AS IF anybody needed a reminder of Brighton’s wealth of music talent, the inaugural Triptych Festival showcases some of the city’s most stimulating acts.

Promotion company Love Thy Neighbour is behind the event which takes place as part of Independent Venue Week. Last night saw visceral lo-fi guitar groups Porridge Radio and Garden Centre open proceedings along with distorted banjo specialist LC Pumpkin. For every night at the festival there is an accompanying compilation vinyl record, available for purchase at the venue.

Andy Rossiter, founder of Love Thy Neighbour and Triptych, said the motivation behind the festival was multi-faceted.

“The idea came from a combination of things, really. It reflects my desire to showcase my favourite Brighton-based acts in an event that would create excitement and interest outside of these acts’ usual audience.

“Each night is very different musically and I wanted the artwork to reflect that while also linking it together as one event, so that is where the idea for the name and theme of Triptych came from. The end result is three eight-inch vinyls that look and sound amazing.

“The link with Independent Venue Week happened by chance but it fits perfectly. Everyone involved has that independent, DIY spirit — from the bands and venue through to myself as the promoter.”

Triptych 2

Tonight, 8pm


With a lyrical focus on the nature of temptation and poisonous relationships, KUB’s music is electronic and ethereal. She might be known to some as a former member of US Baby Bear Bones.

Dog In The Snow

The existentially-minded solo project of Helen Ganya Brown takes inspiration from the nuanced songwriting of Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newson as well as the brooding textures of Scott Walker. The singer uses guitar, synth and layered vocals to create a multi-dimensional soundscape.


The duo incorporate electronic loops and samples into their folk-tinged sound. They were The Guardian’s new band of the day a few years back, with the newspaper describing their sound as both “relaxing” and “disconcerting”.

Triptych 3

Tomorrow, 8pm


Powered by a palpable sense of kinetic energy, this dynamic project has been lauded by Resident Records. While it has reflective moments, Immersion’s music is most striking for its pulsating rhythm.

Eva Bowan

The Polish-born artist combines natural field recordings with electronic elements. As a result, her music sits somewhere between ambient and experimental pop.

Merlin Tonto

The three-piece are masterful manipulators of electronics. While the sound is propulsive, it is never in a hurry to get anywhere, making for a slow-building, throbbing proposition.

Triptych Festival, The Hope and Ruin, Queens Road, Brighton, today and tomorrow, Tickets are available from Resident Records, priced at £4 per night. Very limited weekend tickets are also available, priced at £8 each.