The Common Land, Otherplace at Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, until Saturday, October 4, call 07800 983290

9:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Fine Mess Theatre have kept things simple with their original production The Common Land returning to Otherplace at Bar Broadway after an award-winning run at the International Youth Arts Festival.

Robyn Hitchcock, Komedia, Brighton, Wednesday, October 1

9:28am Thursday 2nd October 2014

At first, Komedia had the temperature of an arctic bivouac and it was requested that the aircon be turned off. The climate became near-tropical in minutes.

Sherlock Holmes – The Scandal of the Scarlet Woman, Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne, until Saturday, October 4, call 01323 412000

9:53am Wednesday 1st October 2014

The confrontation between the world’s most dangerous woman and most famous detective does not live up to expectations.

Cold Specks, Green Door Store, Brighton, Monday, September 29

10:46am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Originating in Canada as the brainchild of singer and songwriter Al Spx, Cold Specks are now a trans-Atlantic five-piece capable of producing powerful, psychedelic music.

Porchlight Smoker, The Greys, Brighton, Monday, September 29

9:34am Tuesday 30th September 2014

The four Porchies hail from Portslade way but sing with an Americana twang.

The Importance Of Being Earnest, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, October 4, 08448 717650

9:21am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A new conceit allows farcical elements a la Noises Off to invade this comedy of manners. To the purists this blend will appal but for me it worked. Having sat through many other productions this one made a refreshing change.

Ólöf Arnalds, Komedia, Brighton, Sunday, September 28

11:25am Monday 29th September 2014

Icelandic acts are expected to be either twee, twinkling oddballs or purveyors of soaring, stunningly orchestrated epics.

Breakout Festival, Brighton Racecourse, Saturday, September 27

11:23am Monday 29th September 2014

Saturday saw the South Coast's metal community descend on Brighton for what was the inaugural Breakout Festival.

Brighton Digital Festival: The Measures Taken, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, September 26

11:19am Monday 29th September 2014

Alexander Whitley teamed up with digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast to bring contemporary dance to Brighton Digital Festival at the start of a national tour.

Small Wonder: Edna O'Brien, Charleston, Sunday, September 28

11:14am Monday 29th September 2014

“Where’s the whisky?” asked Edna O’Brien unashamedly, peering into the specially-thrown ceramic vase presented to her, esteemed recipient of the Charleston-Chichester Award For A Lifetime’s Excellence In Short Fiction.

Small Wonder: Rose Tremain, Charleston, Sunday, September 28

11:09am Monday 29th September 2014

“Remember when you read each story, all the work that’s gone into each one!” said Rose Tremain, as she promoted her new collection of short stories.

Honeyblood, The Hope, Brighton, Saturday, September 27

11:02am Monday 29th September 2014

Sold-out gigs are perhaps the most desirable tonic for acts facing turbulence.

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Saturday, September 27

10:58am Monday 29th September 2014

The London Philharmonic's season of four concerts at the Dome opened auspiciously with a programme of 20th Century Russian music with their chief conductor, Vladamir Jurowski, in charge.

UK Foo Fighters, Concorde 2, Brighton, Saturday, September 27

10:51am Monday 29th September 2014

The atmosphere was electric in Concorde 2 as this tribute band took to the stage in an almost faultless homage to the Foo Fighters.

Teen Creeps: Traams, The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, Thursday, September 25

11:20am Friday 26th September 2014

Most recently seen touring with grunge-rock conspirators Drenge, Traams’ reputation as serial show-stealers in support slots made this appearance as headliners a rare treat.

Lovesong, Brighton Little Theatre, Clarence Gardens, until Saturday, September 27, call 0844 888 0432

9:59am Thursday 25th September 2014

We’re not in the theatre. We’re eavesdropping on a marriage. We’re utterly involved in the forty years that Billy and Maggie have shared together.

The Cherry Orchard, The Barn, Southwick, until Saturday, September 27, call 01273 597094

9:56am Thursday 25th September 2014

Chekhov’s tragicomedy, considered to be his masterpiece, is set in pre-revolutionary Russia telling of the feckless Madame Ranevsky and her family.

Throwing Muses and Tanya Donelly, Concorde 2, Brighton Wednesday, September 24

9:53am Thursday 25th September 2014

Over their long career Kristin Hersh’s Throwing Muses have toured with Pixies and REM, but for fans a reunion with step-sister and former bandmate Tanya Donelly was always going to be pretty special.

John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Tuesday, September 23

10:28am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Otway, as always, gave Shoreham his trademark anti-rock star performance.

alt-J, Brighton Centre, Tuesday, September 23

10:10am Wednesday 24th September 2014

alt-J could easily be one of those bands which sounds almost identical live as on CD. The awesome package of distinctive vocals, carefully-crafted riffs and stomach-flipping beats needs little improvement.

The Magic Numbers, St George's Church, Brighton, Tuesday, September 23

10:08am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The likeable pop rock tunes of The Magic Numbers lit up St George's Church with a night of charming and reflective music.

Quilt, Green Door Store, Brighton, Monday, September 22

9:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The New York based four-piece showed off their alternate take on psych-pop as they serenaded fans with soft retro sounds at Green Door Store.

Hay Fever, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, September 27

8:38am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A family is at war in Noel Coward's Hayfever, scrapping and swapping partners in this classic and charming farce.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Komedia Studio, Gardner Street, Brighton, Sunday, September 21

11:18am Monday 22nd September 2014

It must have been quite a week to be Scottish. Despite the results of the referendum, passions have run high, not least among the country’s musical community.

Walking Home: An Evening With Clare Balding, Theatre Royal Brighton, Sunday, September 21

11:07am Monday 22nd September 2014

Clare Balding is one of those people on telly who you feel you know. If you bumped into her in the street, you’d probably just smile, say hello as if she were a neighbour before you realised she’s actually a National Treasure.

Mazes, Bleach, Brighton, Sunday, September 21

11:01am Monday 22nd September 2014

“Good luck to you all,” announced Jack Cooper, Mazes’ innately unassuming singer, attempting an exquisitely unsmooth interaction with the line of fans in front of him. “Does that sound sarcastic?”

The Hustlers, Ovingdean Village Hall, Saturday, September 20

10:59am Monday 22nd September 2014

They don’t make ‘em like they used to any more. Not just the rock and roll numbers from the 1950s and 1960s but the bands that used to play them.

Illegal Eagles, Theatre Royal Brighton, Friday, September 19

10:58am Monday 22nd September 2014

Consisting of six musically gifted individuals, The Illegal Eagles took to the stage to the sound of pre-recorded southern strumming guitars.

Grant Nicholas, The Haunt, Brighton, Saturday, September 20

10:56am Monday 22nd September 2014

As he emerges from the shadow of a band in its twilight years, Feeder front man Grant Nicholas is taking his first tentative steps as a solo artist.

Jon Richardson, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Saturday, September 20

10:55am Monday 22nd September 2014

Jon Richardson has made a living out of being miserable.

The Saturdays, Brighton Centre, Saturday, September 20

10:54am Monday 22nd September 2014

The Greatest Hits Live tour celebrated the English-Irish girl band’s biggest songs and kicked off with a bang as the five-piece performed new single What Are You Waiting For?

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.


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