An Evening With Roger Moore, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Thursday, September 18

The Argus: Roger More at the theatre royal

9:34am Friday 19th September 2014

We have a family 'heirloom' at home - a copy of Practical Home Knitting, published in 1949, featuring a young model, Roger Moore.

Gruff Rhys, St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, Thursday, September 18

9:29am Friday 19th September 2014

For his third visit to Brighton this year, Gruff Rhys once again brought the story of long lost pioneering relative, John Evans, and his 18th century American travels to life.

Laughtermarket, The Old Market, Hove, Wednesday, September 17

10:56am Thursday 18th September 2014

Laughtermarket once more breaks down the doors of The Old Market to bring Brighton a great weekday comedy night. The four acts wove together a relaxed show of warm, political and surreal comedy for an audience of regulars and newcomers.

Jackson Live, Theatre Royal Brighton, Wednesday September 17

9:42am Thursday 18th September 2014

This polished tribute to the King Of Pop opened with a bang to a cheering audience. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ was an exciting opener.

Lulo Reinhardt, Komedia, Brighton, Wednesday, September 17

9:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

With a pedigree like Lulo Reinhardt’s it’s hardly surprising that the good folk of Brighton were treated to such an extraordinarily good evening of gypsy jazz.

Bridget Christie, Ropetackle Centre, High Street, Shoreham, Tuesday September 16

10:17am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Bridget Christie joked during her set she only took up feminism recently as a means to boost her career.

A Show of Two Halves, Hailsham Parish Church, Hailsham, Tuesday, September 16

10:13am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Linda Francis and Ken Pollock gave outstanding performances in Ropemaker Theatre Company’s A Show of Two Halves, as part of the Hailsham Festival, at Hailsham Parish Church.

It’s The Only Way I’ve Got, Emporium Theatre, Brighton, Saturday, September 13

9:57am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Fenton Gray, and guests Emma Odell and Robert Metson, took his audience on a nostalgic journey to celebrate the two worlds of sophisticated revue and knockabout music hall as well as paying respects to Gilbert & Sullivan and Irving Berlin. And what a marvellous journey it was.

Leo Appleyard Quintet, The Verdict, Brighton, Friday, September 12

6:29pm Monday 15th September 2014

London-based jazz band the Leo Appleyard Quintet brought some smooth beats and intricate solos to The Verdict in an intimate gig.

Stones In His Pockets, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Sunday, September 14

12:33pm Monday 15th September 2014

The Olivier Award-winning tragicomedy by Marie Jones tells the tale of a quiet Irish community turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood movie shoot and had the audience in stitches almost immediately.

Kantanti Ensemble: Sweeney Todd St John Sub Castro, Lewes, Sunday, September 14

12:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

The Kantanti Ensemble served up Stephen Sondheim’s ever-popular tale of the demon barber with trademark relish to a Lewes crowd typically hungry for cultural titbits. And no-one was disappointed. The chorus’s lip-smacking verdict on Mrs Lovett’s pies - “God, that’s good!” - might have been what we were all thinking about this delicious performance.

Sohn, The Haunt, Brighton, Saturday, September 14

10:29am Monday 15th September 2014

Intimate seemed to be the adjective on the lips of Christopher Taylor, the man behind Sohn. The previous night he had sold out the Shepherds Bush Empire, so the vastly smaller confines of The Haunt were stark to the man behind moniker.

Hugless Douglas Connaught Studio, Union Place, Worthing, Saturday, September13

10:21am Monday 15th September 2014

Hugless Douglas is a simple story. The pyjama-wearing bear wakes from hibernation and is looking for the perfect hug. He tries hugging rocks, trees, sheep and owls before stumbling across the source of the biggest, warmest arms he knows.

Blind Hamlet, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Saturday, September 13

10:03am Monday 15th September 2014

Blind Hamlet is a collaboration between the award-winning Actors Touring Company and Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour exploring the tragedy of going blind.

Bryan Adams, The Brighton Centre, Wednesday September 10.

The Argus:

12:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Bryan Adams performed the musical equivalent of the water into wine “miracle” during his captivating Bare Bones concert.

The Holy S***s, aka Foo Fighters, Concorde 2, Brighton, Wednesday, September 10

The Argus:

9:55am Thursday 11th September 2014

FROM the show’s last minute announcement to the censor-baiting name they performed under, Foo Fighters’ return to Brighton was always going to be about one thing – having some fun.

Gittins To Know You, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton, Thursday, September 4

1:27pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

There was an extra buzz in the air at Sticky Mike’s ahead of this month’s regular Gittins To Know You comedy night with the much-anticipated appearance of bona fide national treasure Harry Hill.

Will Self, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Tuesday, September 9

11:27am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Will Self cycled through the streets of Shoreham on his fold-up bicycle looking around, seemingly for the first time, at his surroundings.

An Evening With Barbara Hulanicki, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Tuesday, September 9

11:25am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Thanks to the Brighton Museum Biba show in 2012 and the rave reviews it attracted, many in the packed audience for An Evening With Barbara Hulanicki will know that she studied at Brighton College of Art and actually opened a branch of Biba in Queens Road.

Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince Of Leaves, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, Monday, September 8

9:29am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The panto season arrived early this year, with Ha Ha Hood! And The Prince of Leaves making a one-night visit to Eastbourne on Monday.

Daytona, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, September 13

9:27am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Actor Oliver Cotton has written an intriguing play, providing a meaty part for himself and similarly hefty parts for his two fellow actors. It combines emotional drama with wisecracks.

Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, September 5

3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant’s homecoming show reminded the crowd that there are other musical power couples besides Jay Z and Beyonce.

Chantel McGregor, Komedia, Brighton, Sunday, September 7

2:22pm Monday 8th September 2014

It's not often you come across someone who makes it sound as if a fretboard is actually a part of their body.

Brighton Digital Festival: Beyond The Bright Black Edge Of Nowhere The Old Market, Hove, Thursday, September 4

The Argus:

9:42am Friday 5th September 2014

DIGITALLY manipulated B-movie footage, skittering electronica and live strings all combined to tell the story of an unsolved disappearance in 1950s America.

This Will Destroy You, The Haunt, Brighton, September 4

The Argus:

9:36am Friday 5th September 2014

This Will Destroy You

Murder On Air, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, September 6

10:55am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Murder and revenge are the themes, yet everyone was smiling as we made our way out of the theatre, signalling a successful first night for this show.

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, St Paul's Art Centre, Worthing, Saturday, August 30

10:02am Monday 1st September 2014

With a character as notorious as Ginger Baker there is always an element of risk.

King Buzzo, The Haunt, Brighton, Saturday, August 30

10:01am Monday 1st September 2014

Whether unplugged or amped up to the nines, King Buzzo is a master in the art of discomfort.

Pitcairn, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, until September 20

The Argus:

1:13pm Friday 29th August 2014

It’s a big year for playwright Richard Bean who has three world premieres opening. He’ll be hoping one of them catches fire and matches the still-glowing flame of 2012 hit, One Man, Two Guvnors, due to arrive to Brighton’s Theatre Royal in December.

Vasen, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Thursday, August 28

11:20am Friday 29th August 2014

The Swedish trio Vasen returned to the Ropetackle and drew a rapturous response with their immaculate polskas and waltzes.

Sense And Sensibility, Field Place, Worthing, Thursday, August 28

11:19am Friday 29th August 2014

Laura Turner released Sense And Sensibility not only from the page, but from the proscenium arch.

The Black Lips, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton,

10:03am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Black Lips’ raw, youthful energy has definitely not faded, as they produced an energetic set of old and new material to please a wild crowd at Concorde.

Annie Get Your Gun, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, until Saturday, August 30

10:01am Wednesday 27th August 2014

This enjoyable production fills the stage with a live band, swags of fabric creating a circus big top, and a flamboyantly costumed cast performing There’s No Business Like Show Business among other Irving Berlin hits.

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, The Old Market, Hove, Monday, August 25

1:06pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

False starts and technical gremlins aside, Stephen Malkmus’s visit to Hove (backed by long-time companions The Jicks) served as a reminder of his ragged brilliance.

Idlewild, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, August 22

1:04pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

After four years of indefinite hiatus, the champagne corks can be popped now that Idlewild have officially returned.

Roy Ayers, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, August 21

10:23am Friday 22nd August 2014

A pioneering figure whose career spanned four decades and countless genres, there was a groundswell of love in the sold-out Concorde 2 for Roy Ayers.

Guys And Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre, until Sunday, September 21

9:48am Friday 22nd August 2014

Frank Loesser’s musical is big, brash and boasts a brilliant score that is stylish, witty and packed with tunes, many have gone on to become well known classics.

Don Broco, The Haunt, Brighton, Wednesday, August 20

1:06pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Pop-punk band Don Broco demonstrated why festival warm-up shows are always a mixed bag.

Fat White Family, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, August 19

12:23pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The demise of Top of the Pops is sad for many and varied reasons but the fact that the Fat White Family aren’t able to invade the nation’s living rooms on a unsuspecting Thursday night is surely one of the most unfortunate.

Culture, Concorde 2, Friday, August 15

The Argus:

10:10am Monday 18th August 2014

"Are you feeling the music?", asked Kenyatta Hill, frontman extraordinaire of the legendary roots reggae band Culture.

An Evening With Sir Garfield Sobers Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sunday, August 17

The Argus:

10:05am Monday 18th August 2014

The accolade legend, so freely applied but often un-merited, is fully justified regarding Sir Garry Sobers. His track record and statistics fully support the claim that he is one of the finest all-round cricketers that have graced the game.

The Song Sisters Tour, Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle, The Marwood Cafe, Brighton, Sunday, August 18

The Argus:

10:00am Monday 18th August 2014

The two rooms above the Marwood Cafe were packed with people eager to hear the sultry tones of two of Britain's best female singer-songwriters – Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle.

Phantom Runners, Green Door Store, Brighton, Wednesday, August 13

The Argus:

10:03am Thursday 14th August 2014

Brighton-based dreamy indie pop merchants, Phantom Runners, played a set worthy of a much bigger crowd on Wednesday night.

P***** Jeans, The Haunt, Brighton, Wednesday, August 13

The Argus:

10:01am Thursday 14th August 2014

Pennsylvanian quartet P***** Jeans have spewed their cathartic punk rock into the world for a decade, but their latest album, the 2013 Sub Pop release Honeys, has revealed a more constructed and refined version of their sound. 

Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Tuesday, August 12

The Argus:

10:47am Wednesday 13th August 2014

It says something about the elusivity of Neutral Milk Hotel that their singer, Jeff Mangum, essentially disappeared for three years following their much-eulogised second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, in 1998.

Rock Around The Clock, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 16

9:37am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Rock Around The Clock sees Eastbourne shake, rattle and roll back to the 1950s - the time of Teddy boys, poodle skirts, blue suede shoes and, most importantly, rock ‘n’ roll.

Slint, The Old Market, Hove, Tuesday, August 12

The Argus:

9:35am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Slint, and in particular tracks from their 1991 opus, Spiderland, were treated with a reverence at The Old Market that saw anyone making a noise – even while the amps hummed between songs - swiftly hushed quiet.

Rime, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Friday, August 8

11:02am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The audience held a collective breath on Friday as the ensemble cast of Rime performed jaw-dropping and gravity- defying acrobatic stunts.

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, near Lewes until August 24

The Argus:

11:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Handel’s opera weaves together a love story, abduction and sorcery amid Jerusalem’s siege during the First Crusade.

Little Monsters Bash, Stanmer Park, Brighton, Saturday August 9

10:57am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The inaugural Little Monsters Bash was blessed with bright sunshine on Saturday and, despite a few 'dark clouds' when it came to value for money, it was a lovely day of sunny family fun.



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