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12:42pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
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Considering that the next gig for Cambridge’s Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats after the four-piece's Brighton visit was to be at the O2 Arena supporting Black Sabbath, the impression that this was a band better suited to small venues and their own dedicated, throbbing fans never lifted tonight.
11:14am Tuesday 10th December 2013
1:16pm Monday 9th December 2013
Whether springing about the stage, pink ruffles flying, during the incantation Son Of A Gun, or spinning and dragging herself by her pastel blue ponytail to Renaissance Girls, Oh Land’s stage presence was testimony to her dance training.
1:13pm Monday 9th December 2013
The inclusiveness and sense of community this choir created was wonderful. One tiny toddler staggered up the aisle, mesmerised by the feel-good atmosphere of Joyful, Joyful, and began to clap, bounce and chuckle, encouraged by the beaming crowd.
1:11pm Monday 9th December 2013
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1:07pm Monday 9th December 2013
CS Lewis’s famous fantasy operates on several levels: as Christian allegory, as time and space exemplar, and as a fairytale. Beloved by all readers since first publication in 1950, the book has been dramatised, serialised and filmed.
1:03pm Monday 9th December 2013
1:00pm Monday 9th December 2013
There’s something about church gigs that lends the usually subdued displays a certain air of elegance. Canadian post-rock band Esmerine needed no such boost; this six-piece, featuring members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt Zion, were effortlessly brilliant live.
12:56pm Monday 9th December 2013
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10:35am Monday 9th December 2013
All credit to Southwick Players at the Barn Theatre for Jerusalem. For their decision to stage such a radical play, for their courage in performance, and for the spectacular set and dramatic production, only the highest accolades are possible.
4:55pm Friday 6th December 2013
4:47pm Friday 6th December 2013
There are 30 versions of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night. We were treated to three on a list of carols and songs harking back centuries before Kate Rusby’s memories of sitting in the back room of a pub with other kids, pop and crisps, while their folks got on with a few beers and a good ol’ sing.
4:44pm Friday 6th December 2013
4:39pm Friday 6th December 2013
Loop originally formed in 1986 as part of a sonically aggressive generation of alternative rock bands such as The Jesus And Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3, with whom they were frequently compared. Drawing from drone pioneers such as Suicide and Can, Loop’s recordings were based on precision-ground riffs with an aesthetic of repetition.
4:38pm Friday 6th December 2013
Icelandic neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds’ latest album is fittingly entitled For Now I Am Winter. After a lengthy spell of touring in incongruously sunny climes, the night’s headliner was more than comfortable embracing the cold, dark night for his almost glacial music.
4:35pm Friday 6th December 2013
1:10pm Friday 6th December 2013
Teetering on spindly high-heels, Ivo Dimchev lurched into the long, sparse performance space at The Basement as Lili Handel, his grotesque, wailing and darkly funny alter-ego. Naked apart from a jewelled thong and a matted fur coat, Lili Handel was a creature from another world.
1:06pm Friday 6th December 2013
On Thursday, the candlelit basement of Komedia played host to a coming-together of some of the city’s finest wordsmiths, as Brighton Hammer And Tongue’s annual poetry slam championships came to a head with their yearly grand slam final.
1:02pm Friday 6th December 2013
His musical tastes include Ali Farka Touré and an English choir boy. He performed Randy Newman’s Baltimore even though he doesn’t do covers. He recounted compelling observations made on the road recently while supporting Joan Armatrading.
5:00am Friday 6th December 2013
2:30pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
2:27pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
2:26pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
An early Christmas gift was the return of John Wilson and the lush sound of his incredible musicians. From the thunderous cheering echoing throughout the hall, a passer-by might be forgiven for thinking they were outside the Amex Stadium.
3:37pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
JOSIE Long’s first fully-realised films, shot on the dramatically accommodating streets of Scotland’s second city alongside director Doug King, served partly to fill thinking time during what seems like the most troubling personal circumstances yet for a comedian who normally trades in optimism.
3:35pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Guitar bands have a habit of using and misusing string sections to boost their drug-addled oversized egos. So it was a relief in the case of Dutch Uncles that the three-piece ensemble joining them at Komedia was fully realised and added real value, rather than needless sheen, to their multi-dimensional sound.
2:55pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
12:57pm Monday 2nd December 2013
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts at the Dome are usually of a high standard but few have been as outstanding as this, conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada who hails from Colombia but trained in Vienna – the clue to the authenticity of his interpretations.
12:55pm Monday 2nd December 2013
The De La Warr Pavilion survived a pounding by Second World War bombers but would it survive an attack from grindcore merchants Napalm Death? That was the question which saw the band play through a public address system built by former V&A resident ceramicist Keith Harrison.
12:53pm Monday 2nd December 2013
We All Live Together: World AIDS Day Concert featuring Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, St Mary’s Church, Brighton, December 1
12:50pm Monday 2nd December 2013
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12:46pm Monday 2nd December 2013
The Double is the second film directed by Richard Ayoade and, after the success of 2010’s Submarine, anticipation was high. So high that it had been chosen as the closing film for this year’s CineCity festival, with a sold-out screening at the Duke of York’s.
12:45pm Monday 2nd December 2013
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12:48pm Friday 29th November 2013
12:45pm Friday 29th November 2013
12:43pm Friday 29th November 2013
“We don’t give a s***!” boomed Jimmy Urine, instigating the first of many deafening call-and-response exchanges with the crowd, resembling a farcical superhero in an all-white ensemble with fishnet sleeves and a luminous shock of hair.
12:41pm Friday 29th November 2013
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12:35pm Friday 29th November 2013
Children: “Oh god, not opera!” Me: “It’s Hansel and Gretel.” “That’s babyish!” “The witch’s house is a supermarket...” Muted interest. “... full of Tunnock’s Tea cakes.” Got them. You can learn a lot from a witch.
3:49pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
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