Francesca Martinez, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Thursday, October 30

The Argus:

11:50am Friday 31st October 2014

When Francesca Martinez was born, medical professionals told her parents that their new-born daughter was physically and mentally retarded.

Klaxons, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, October 30

The Argus:

11:46am Friday 31st October 2014

Shortly before embarking on their nationwide tour, the Klaxons announced this would be their last.

Brighton Comedy Fringe: A Night Out with ABBA and Esme, Otherplace @ Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, Thursday, October 30

The Argus:

11:43am Friday 31st October 2014

I always loved ABBA’s music.

John Bishop, Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Wednesday, October 29

The Argus:

10:56am Thursday 30th October 2014

John Bishop’s Supersonic tour kicked off with big-screen footage of the football-loving comedian failing to win a penalty shoot-out, before the voice of God (Samuel L. Jackson) informed him of his true vocation: “to make people laugh”.

Grease, Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, until Saturday, November 1, call 01323 412000

The Argus:

10:51am Thursday 30th October 2014

Grease proves a wise choice by The Rattonians as the last show in their 30th anniversary year and they make this classical rock and roll musical truly electrifying.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Wednesday, October 29

The Argus:

10:47am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sharon Jones did not know if she would be around to visit Brighton a year ago.

Lamb, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Wednesday, October 29

The Argus:

10:43am Thursday 30th October 2014

The densely packed, joyously swaying crowd at the Corn Exchange were buzzing with anticipation as Lamb took to the stage.

Belle And Sebastian, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, Wednesday, October 29

The Argus:

10:39am Thursday 30th October 2014

Stuart Murdoch admitted the last time Belle And Sebastian came down to the wilds of East Sussex was for two weeks of 2001 recording sessions in Battle - which produced only one song, the lesser-known B-side Love On The March.

Clean Bandit, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, Tuesday, October 28

The Argus:

11:27am Wednesday 29th October 2014

There is only one band that can elicit screams of excitement by walking on stage to the sound of a string quartet playing the sombre hymn O Sacred Head Sore Wounded.

The 2 Bears, The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, Tuesday, October 28

The Argus:

10:32am Wednesday 29th October 2014

There were no bear suits to be seen on stage for the opening gig of The 2 Bears’ first live tour – a curious state of affairs given that Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard are routinely seen donning furry costumes and sending huge festival tents into blissful pop-house dance-offs.

Il Divo, Brighton Centre, Tuesday, October 28

The Argus:

10:17am Wednesday 29th October 2014

The “op-pop” quartet Il Divo has more cheese than a bacon and brie sandwich.

Real Estate, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Tuesday, October 28

The Argus:

10:14am Wednesday 29th October 2014

It all seemed so effortless for Real Estate.

Feral, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Tuesday, October 28

The Argus:

10:08am Wednesday 29th October 2014

When depending on technology to create something new and original in theatre there is always a chance that one night it will go wrong.

Thumbelina, Emporium, Brighton, until Friday, October 31,

The Argus:

9:48am Tuesday 28th October 2014

There is often a tricky balance to find when it comes to children's entertainment.

The Monday Literary Society, Pelham House, Lewes, Monday, October 27

The Argus:

9:52am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Most writers aren’t speakers but Philip Hensher isn’t most writers.

The Cloggz, Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton, Friday, October 24

9:54am Tuesday 28th October 2014

When The Cloggz play it’s not so much a gig as a musical voyage.

Mogwai, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Sunday, October 26

The Argus:

11:29am Monday 27th October 2014

It’s almost 20 years since Scottish post-rock heavyweights Mogwai first began making music together.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Alan Cochrane - (Me Neither), Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Saturday, October 25

2:39pm Monday 27th October 2014

I enjoyed Alun Cochrane’s stand-up show on Saturday but couldn’t help feeling that the end was a little abrupt.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Seann Walsh – 28, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Saturday, October 25

11:15am Monday 27th October 2014

Seann Walsh’s latest report on his life, in a year which has seen him leave lie-ins and miles of washing up for a place with his girlfriend and the relative maturity that demands, zoned in on co-habitual familiarities.

Teleman, The Haunt, Brighton, Friday, October 24

11:14am Monday 27th October 2014

Shifting in front of a packed-out Haunt with all the ceremony of technicians carrying out final checks on the venue’s sound system, Teleman – a three-piece formed following the dissolution of folk-indie yarn-spinners Pete And The Pirates – were a study in unimposing politeness.

BREMF: Resonet - The Santiago Pilgrim Trail, St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton, Sunday, October 26

10:55am Monday 27th October 2014

St Bartholomew's Church was packed for the visit of Resonet, a band specialising in medieval and early music, to BREMF, the Brighton Early Music Festival. They were supported by the BREMF Community Choir, and all performers wore medieval costume.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Cardinal Burns, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Friday, October 24

10:51am Monday 27th October 2014

Madcap, surreal, innovative and genius.

The Pop Group, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Middle Street, Brighton, Saturday, October 25

10:50am Monday 27th October 2014

Genius or lunatic?

Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, until Monday, October 27, call 01424 229111

10:48am Monday 27th October 2014

I've always been a big fan of the theme tune to Charlie and Lola.

Peepers - An Installation By Maisie Broadhead, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, until Sunday, March 1 2015

10:47am Monday 27th October 2014

Never has exploring the Royal Pavilion come with such a sense of paranoia and artistic trickery.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Friday, October 24

10:46am Monday 27th October 2014

There was a settee of sorts. Herring stood on it briefly, but most of the time he wandered about with a restless energy. He also shouted a lot, though not in an angry way.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Shappi Khorsandi – Because I’m Shappi, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Friday, October 24

10:44am Monday 27th October 2014

Shappi Khorsandi created a warm and entertaining show at Brighton Dome’s Corn Exchange telling stories of single motherhood and getting things wrong when you’re firmly in the public eye.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Jon Richardson – Nidiot, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Friday, October 24

10:43am Monday 27th October 2014

Fame can be a double-edged sword.

An Inspector Calls, Brighton Little Theatre, Clarence Gardens, until Saturday, November 1, call 0844 888 0432

10:42am Monday 27th October 2014

We never meet the heroine of this famous play. Neither do we know the Inspector.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Sara Pascoe Vs History, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Friday, October 24

10:40am Monday 27th October 2014

Presumably Brighton being just one of many sold-out shows, and with numerous accolades and a screenplay in the works, it seems now is certainly Sara Pascoe’s moment.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Vikki Stone – Instrumental, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Friday, October 24

10:39am Monday 27th October 2014

Stand-up show names are usually a very vague affair, with only the most tenuous of links to the actual material.

St Vincent, Winter Garden, Eastbourne, Thursday, October 23

The Argus:

10:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Annie Clark is at her peak. Four albums and a collaboration with Talking Heads’ David Byrne and she’s delivered her finest work.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 23

12:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

It is always nice to be flattered and Rich Hall knows how to get an English audience to warm to him by favouring us limeys above our American cousins.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Susan Calman - Lady Like, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Thursday, October 23

10:54am Friday 24th October 2014

“If you are heterosexual , let me warn you, you are seriously in the minority tonight,” warned comic Susan Calman at the start of her Lady Like show.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Robert Newman’s New Theory Of Evolution, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Thursday, October 23

10:51am Friday 24th October 2014

Neo-Darwinism isn’t just a dry and dusty scientific movement – it is something which informs today’s society, and the freemarket economics which hold sway.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, Thursday, October 23

10:46am Friday 24th October 2014

Billed as the ‘cream of the crop’ Brighton Comedy Festival’s second Best Of The Fest night did not disappoint.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Robin Ince - In And Out Of His Mind, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Thursday, October 23

10:44am Friday 24th October 2014

Robin Ince's comedy has similar properties to a superfluid helium fountain – it never stops flowing, creeping up the sides of the constraints put on it to find a way out.

The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Thursday, October 23

10:43am Friday 24th October 2014

The Big Boy Band Reunion Tour brought together 28 performers from our new decade of nostalgia – the 1990s.

Brighton Comedy Fringe: Werewolf Erotica, She Wrote, Otherplace at Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, Wednesday, October 22

10:21am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Mathilda Gregory’s story is as unlikely as any she’s dreamed up for the commissioning publishers of her six-book repertoire of erotica.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Ivo Graham – Bow Ties And Johnnies, Komedia Studio, Gardner Street, Wednesday, October 22

10:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Following the boneheaded Bullingdon Club behaviour of Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, there are two ways for a comedian to deal with having attended Eton and Oxford; to ignore it and adopt a mockney accent or milk it for all its worth.

Georgie Fame, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Wednesday, October 22

10:18am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Booker T's Green Onions kicked things off nicely with that delicious Hammond organ sound so immediately identifiable with Georgie Fame.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Hardeep Singh Kohli – Hardeep Is Your Love, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Wednesday, October 22

10:16am Thursday 23rd October 2014

It’s a rare couple who admit to being in love on a live comedy show, especially one given by Hardeep Singh Kohli on a roll.

The Antlers, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Wednesday, October 22

10:15am Thursday 23rd October 2014

New York’s most iconic music tends to swing between the scuzzy reality of its mean streets, and the transcendental escapism of club culture.

Agnes Obel, All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, Tuesday, October 21

The Argus:

10:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

It’s easy to see why Agnes Obel used to suffer stage fright.

The Shee, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Tuesday, October 21

10:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

They started with something traditional, Tom Banes Blues, and the audience were immediately under the bewitching spell of The Shee.

Oliver! Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, until Saturday, October 25, call 01903 206206

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Worthing Musical Comedy Society (WMCS) brings Lionel’s Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s masterpiece to life with gusto.

The Sadies and Legendary Shack Shakers, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, October 21

10:26am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Strutting like a decapitated chicken overdosed on geek love; Colonel JD stormed the stage fronting Legendary Shack Shakers as they opened up for what promised to be an incredible double-header of Americano-psycho-country-hillbilly-blues.

The Hypochondriac, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, until Saturday, October 25, call 08448 717650

9:43am Tuesday 21st October 2014

“You like two things – being ill, and letting everyone know you’re ill.”

Nick Mulvey, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Monday, Oct 20

9:42am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Nick Mulvey has a rapidly growing fan base following the recent radio air time of Meet Me There and Fever To The Form.

The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne, Firle, near Lewes, until Friday, October 24, call 01273 815000

11:05am Monday 20th October 2014

Since Jonathan Kent’s 2006 production we have all had reason to talk aloud about the haunting power of abusers.


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