Laura Johnson - Girl about town

Keep on running

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Posted on 2:24pm Thursday 2nd June 2011

Since my Marathon blog post, my life has been returning to normal – no more getting up at the crack of dawn to run and evenings where I can choose to go to the pub for a pint or two. I was even able to enjoy some of the Brighton Festival.

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The Great Escape

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Posted on 1:36pm Wednesday 25th May 2011

The Great Escape I am a little late to report back on the Great Escape this year, but I can’t let one of the main festivals in Brighton go past without a little mention, so here are my key take always from the festival: You never know how good the bands will be. Most of the bands at the festival are up and coming so however much research you do, it is hard to spot the “band of the festival” from the “worst band of the festival.” So don’t spend time researching all the bands and running from venue to venue, chances are you’ll just end up queuing to get in anywhere later in the evening. Choose one or two venues, stay there and let the band surprise you – the band you enjoy most could easily be one you would have never thought to see if the first place.

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Brighton Marathon 2011 bigger and hotter!

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Posted on 1:38pm Wednesday 13th April 2011

Last Sunday was the second Brighton Marathon – and what a lovely day for it…if you were a spectator that is!

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Don't get down...get out!

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Posted on 2:54pm Sunday 2nd January 2011

Christmas is over; everyone’s sick at the thought of any more food or drink; wallets are empty and it is still cold - it must be dreary January. So I thought I would start a list of free and fun things to get you out of bed this month:

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Decisions, decisions over remember, remember

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Posted on 4:13pm Thursday 4th November 2010

I love piling on as many scarves and coats as I can manage and venturing out to see fireworks, eat hot dogs and warm my hands by big bonfires to celebrate Guy Fawkes and his failed gunpowder plot.

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FAB Brighton Festivals

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Posted on 8:58am Wednesday 18th August 2010

After a summer of running around seeing relatives here there and everywhere it was great to spend last weekend just chilling in Brighton As we have not been around much - it would have been rude not to spend the weekend how you should any summer weekend in Brighton; pub hopping and not letting the rain stop a long beach BBQ!

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Tis the season to...not wash and sit in a field

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Posted on 8:56am Thursday 22nd July 2010

The reason I have been quiet on the blogging front is that it is festival season and so I have spent quite a few days sitting in fields - or attemptig to recover back in the real world.

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Before I sleep….

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Posted on 12:28pm Friday 11th June 2010

Officially Brighton Festival may have come to the end but there are some welcome stragglers. The other week I learned of one production that has been extended and so after hearing great reviews, I popped along to see the production called Before I Sleep.

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Not only is it Friday, but it’s a bank holiday weekend!

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Posted on 1:41pm Friday 28th May 2010

...and although the sun keeps going in the clouds and the wind seeming to be picking up, I can feel it is going to be a good one - as for many people it is also pay day!

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Who are you seeing at The Great Escape?

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Posted on 9:01am Tuesday 11th May 2010

Last year come festival time, I went to a bit of everything, I saw music, comedy, plays and monologues. Some were good, some, not so. And so this year, I have been pickier in my choices.

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A little disappointed in the Easter events happening this weekend

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Posted on 1:40pm Wednesday 31st March 2010

Yes I admit after living for just over a year in Brighton, I’ve become spoilt. I am used to festivals and events happening almost every weekend with sporadic extra gigs on weeknights to keep me on my toes. And if there’s an odd weekend with nothing going on, I don’t mind. But this is a bank holiday weekend and not just any bank holiday weekend- we have Friday and Monday off!

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Get ready for a good feeding this weekend!

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Posted on 8:32am Friday 19th March 2010

The Brighton Food Festival is in full swing and this weekend it is geared towards the whisky and chocolate fans!

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Terry Garoghan - Brighton, the sing-a-long-a musical

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Posted on 10:41pm Monday 8th March 2010

On Saturday night we saw some comedy with a difference – it was a sing-a-long and it was all about Brighton.

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Smokestack at The Ranelagh

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Posted on 8:24pm Monday 1st March 2010

Taking my own advice, this weekend I didn’t let Sunday night slide by and I filled it with another free gig.

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Sunday night blues

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Posted on 2:53pm Sunday 21st February 2010

It’s all to easy to let Sunday night slide past you as you prepare the another week of working and admit that the weekend is coming to an end.

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I wonder who will steal the show tonight?!

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Posted on 12:00pm Monday 15th February 2010

Over the weekend there was news that magazines such as NME are losing money. The internet has changed the way we listen and buy music but also the way we read news. Like many bands having to adapt giving their music away for free instead getting money from promotions, there has been big shift in how magazines such as NME can stay a float.

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Everyone has an opinion of the West Pier – most people either love it or hate it

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Posted on 2:13pm Sunday 14th February 2010

When I first moved down to Brighton, I was in the group that saw it as derelict remains of a building that should be torn down, but I have really grown to love the pier and think it can be quite beautiful. I love the stories about the conspiracies of the fires for insurance claims and think its uniqueness has made it somewhat an icon for Brighton with a lot more to it than the new pier.

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January Blues

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Posted on 8:43pm Monday 25th January 2010

The snow halted everything – especially my social life.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

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Posted on 8:40pm Sunday 20th December 2009

Thursday saw round two of my Christmas parties – unfortunately it also brought lots of snow and I have learnt that heels and snow do not go – so as I am writing with a broken wrist I will keep this post short and sweet!

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Tis the season for Christmas jollies

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Posted on 4:35pm Saturday 12th December 2009

The Christmas party season is finally here and I went to my first Christmas party last night. Working in a PR agency, I have found that you never have a simple dinner dance for the Christmas do.

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I wanna be the Lord of the Dance!

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Posted on 8:49am Wednesday 25th November 2009

On Monday I saw Lord of the Dance. Now this isn't something I would have usually chosen to see but I bought two tickets as a gift for my mum and it was quite amazing.

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Born bad

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Posted on 6:02pm Saturday 21st November 2009

For months we have been wanting to go to Born Bad, a 60’s rockabilly night at Komedia and last night we finally had a chance.

Forbes Coleman, local music scene

Win Studio Time at AudioBeach Studios

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Posted on 8:25pm Monday 2nd November 2009

So a while a go I announced that I'd be looking for a band to become the first band to record at my new studio, AudioBeach Studios, in Hove.

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Halloween fun!

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Posted on 8:42am Friday 30th October 2009

The ghouls and ghosts come out this weekend and there’s so many fantastic spooky events to go to!

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Not seeing the funny side

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Posted on 8:53pm Thursday 22nd October 2009

This weekend is marking the end of Brighon’s comedy festival and you have two days left to catch some giggles.

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I wish...

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Posted on 4:28pm Thursday 8th October 2009

This post is about a great event I am not going to but I want to tell you all about! Speakeasy is returning from tonight for four nights after a successful stint at the Fringe festival. I didn’t hear of them first time around, but they won “Most Groundbreaking show” and I have been updated about their antics this year.

Forbes Coleman, local music scene

AudioBeach Studios and a Great Prize for Unsigned Bands

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Posted on 5:45pm Wednesday 7th October 2009

AudioBeach Studios will be Brighton & Hove's newest, and best, recording studio for all types of bands, groups and solo artists. It's has received National Lottery funding and is now ready to take the leap and finally start building!

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The Future of Live Music in Brighton

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Posted on 4:58pm Wednesday 7th October 2009

As one of the last free venues in Brighton started to charge promoters for it's venue hire, I started to question the future and sustainability of the Brighton Music Scene.

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One festival has barely finished and another one begins!

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Posted on 8:40am Wednesday 30th September 2009

And this one has a great selling point…IT’S FREE!!!

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Sometimes things come along just when you need them

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Posted on 8:43am Friday 25th September 2009

After a few hectic weeks (yes holidays do seem to take it out of you) my plans for this weekend was to do as little as possible. However being one of those people that get bored within two minutes I knew I would end up doing something. I just hoped that I wouldn’t find a late night gig too good to miss.

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Beyond the WhiteAir festival

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Posted on 9:13am Friday 18th September 2009

While everyone is talking about the White Air Festival that is happening this weekend, I have my mind set on a different kind of festival.

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The Neptune: it's like an old friend

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Posted on 8:45am Friday 4th September 2009

Only a short post from me this week as it’ll be a short weekend. Don’t fret though, it’s not because I have to work over half the weekend, it’s because I will be flying out to sunnier climes and having a holiday in Croatia – woo hoo!

Forbes Coleman, local music scene

Sell-outs, Trendoids and New Opportunities

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Posted on 1:44pm Monday 31st August 2009

The music industry is suffering and has less money than ever before. Last night, while watching BBC3 I found out why; it’s being wasted on "TRENDY" bands that will release an EP of five tracks, then get dropped as soon as the next “trendy” band appears.

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Beachdown back-ups

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Posted on 8:52am Friday 28th August 2009

It was such a shame to hear about the cancellation of the Beachdown festival. As festivals are so much fun like most people I have had to carefully choose the few that I have gone to. Given infinite amounts of money Ithere's many more I would have jumped at the chance to go to. So given this and the economic climate, Beachdown had it tough from the start. But fret not, in true Brighton spirit companies are stepping in and offering people who have Beachdown tickets special offers.

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We're all going on a suuummer holiday

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Posted on 10:10pm Thursday 13th August 2009

So this weekend I’ll be even more excited to see the clock to show going home time and the weekend to begin. Why you ask? It will mark the beginning of my first holiday in what seems like years and man I need it!

Forbes Coleman, local music scene

Another Project Completed...

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Posted on 1:08pm Wednesday 12th August 2009

So today I've finished the backing track for another song ready for the vocals to go on later. And it got me to thinking about all the unsung heroes of the music industry. The faceless writers who produce the stuff you all listen to.

Dan Garland - searching for a singer

Sizing up a singer

The Argus: Dan Garland

Posted on 6:54pm Friday 7th August 2009

I'd always been taught that a job interview means a suit, tie and a bag of lies about how much you love the company, with your prepared answers for the inevitable 'what are your strengths' question rolling around your mind, leaving perhaps just enough room for a nervous and forced demeanour, in which you try to sound nice and employable.

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Romantic meals and a second chance for Brighton Marina

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Posted on 9:02am Friday 7th August 2009

Some would argue that you should treat your date to an expensive restaurant – I would argue that I would rather go somewhere where I can pick whatever I want on the menu with as much wine as I would like without feeling guilty – I’m a great catch!

Forbes Coleman, local music scene

So where do I go from here?

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Posted on 5:09pm Thursday 30th July 2009

So this is my first blog post for The Argus, and I’m here to blog about the music scene in the area that The Argus covers.

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The Pride of Brighton

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Posted on 9:36pm Wednesday 29th July 2009

Three weeks ago I had never heard of Brighton Pride – this week, I must have been asked at least twice a day if I am going to Pride – seems like it is a pretty big deal down here! (Pride is such a fitting name - I have never been to a city where all residents are so proud to be part of)

Dan Garland - searching for a singer

Seeing Stars

The Argus: Dan Garland

Posted on 5:33pm Wednesday 29th July 2009

Last week I remarked to my producer how it was that we'd spent so long looking for singers, without the ideal singer appearing.

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Internet crazes and boutique festivals

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Posted on 12:53pm Friday 24th July 2009

Sorry I didn’t post last week – there was an unfortunate train incident that left me stuck at Balham on a hot train for far longer than I had wanted or expected… Anyway, enough excuses!

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Child's play

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Posted on 9:16am Friday 10th July 2009

My young and carefree lifestyle has been very children focussed over the last week – not only did I have my 1 year old niece staying with me over the weekend, I also checked out the latest children’s film, Ice Age 3.

Dan Garland - searching for a singer

Jammin' with Jess

The Argus: Dan Garland

Posted on 5:44pm Thursday 9th July 2009

I recently held an audition in Brighton and heard five very good singers. I was glad to see that people actually turned up, as this was the first time I've organised one and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a good experience with an audition I attended at Guildford's ACM a while ago, so I thought it would be easy to organise my own.

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The festival season is finally here and there's something for everyone!

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Posted on 12:16pm Friday 3rd July 2009

Well, I’m officially a Glastonbury convert. The plan was to go the once just to say I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. But six months down the line, I can already picture myself sat at a computer continually hitting refresh along with half of the UK making sure I get tickets to Glastonbury 2010.

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Naked bike rides and Glastonbury!

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Posted on 12:59pm Friday 19th June 2009

I was highly disappointed when my friend pointed out that I missed a big even last week – I can’t believe I failed to mention the infamous Naked Brighton Bike Ride! I had been seeing the posters around for months and keeping a mental note to remember the ride – Gutted that I missed it (Must get a diary to stop such occurrences happening again) The Brighton naked bike ride is to celebrate cycling and the human body, it's is an annual event so I hope to catch it next year!

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Fun at the races - less so in Newhaven!

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Posted on 8:47am Friday 12th June 2009

Last weekend, I mentioned going to Goodwood. While it wasn’t overly sunny and I didn’t win any money, it didn’t rain, I didn’t lose any money and I had a whole lot of champagne fuelled fun.

Dan Garland - searching for a singer

The search for our singer starts here

The Argus: Dan Garland

Posted on 3:40pm Monday 8th June 2009

Last summer, I enjoyed six months of recording at a remote farmhouse in the French countryside. I went over as a novice musician and returned a slightly more accomplished but determined one. I was developing my song-writing talent; trying new methods of working, finding new inspiration and above all taking time-out from the nine-to-five.

Laura Johnson - Girl about town

Boyzone, betting and bands

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Posted on 9:18am Friday 5th June 2009

Last week I mentioned reliving my youth by seeing boyzone and I have to say they were absolutely amazing! They didn’t pretend to be cool, they knew they were going to come across as corny…and embraced it! From Stephen being openly camp, dancing with a pink vacuum to Prince and all the gang singing bohemian rhapsody. They didn’t disappoint and only plug their new material and rolled out all their classics. Great if you were once a fan and if you weren’t, they are still well worth seeing for the show alone. As an added bonus, it was easy to get back to Hove in the evening, so well worth remembering that day trips to gigs in London are not too much of a mission.

Laura Johnson - Girl about town

Here we go again . . .

The Argus: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:24am Friday 29th May 2009

Doesn't the weekend come around quickly after a bank holiday weekend?!

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