Concorde 2, Brighton, tomorrow

“IT’S CHRISTMASSSSS.” As Noddy Holder belts out that one line you know what season it is, what week it is, what day it is.

Actually wait, it’s only September. But Slade are still a great live act to check out.

Merry Xmas Everybody captured the hearts of the nation but the Sixties group are more than just that one festive hit.

Noddy isn’t Slade frontman any more but that’s no reason to not turn out to see the band live.

It’s a show for older souls but there’s no doubting the impact Slade had on rock music.

Gary Numan

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Monday and Worthing Assembly Hall, Worthing, Tuesday

Gary Numan is considered one of the founding fathers of synth-pop music and is still as popular as when he brought his brand of innovative songs to the charts in the Seventies.

He first got into music as the singer for new wave band Tubeway Army but it is his work as a solo star that made him a household name.

His popularity peaked in the early Eighties with number one hits like Are “Friends” Electric and Cars but he still has a loyal cult following and can often be found touring the country.

Romesh Ranganathan

Brighton Dome, Brighton, Tuesday

Having already laughed the Dome silly twice this month, Romesh Ranganathan is back for more.

The comedian has never been shy about saying what is on his mind.

In his new tour, The Cynic’s Mixtape, he will delve into his life and the world around him with brutal honesty.

Romesh’s cynicism has become a trademark of his personality and has earned him national acclaim both in stand-up and on television.

Not bad for a man who a few years earlier was a teacher at a school in Crawley.

Aled Jones and Russell Watson

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Tuesday

For fans of classical music this sensational double header is not to be missed.

Aled Jones has released more than 30 studio albums and his voice has even captured some memorable film moments.

Some may not know that it is Aled whose voice gave birth to the performance of Walking in the Air that is so well loved in The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Meanwhile Russell Watson has been described at “Salford’s answer to Pavarotti”.

He has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic and even performed for George W. Bush.

The Goldhawks

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Friday, September 27

International eight-piece band The Goldhawks are the group tasked with bringing The Who to life at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre.

Tommy the Album Live sees The Who’s concept album performed in its entirety by The Goldhawks, who deliver a live performance of the record that has been the background to so many Mod moments.

The music is timeless and will be the perfect way to get to see The Who songs performed live in an intimate setting.

A Woman Of No Importance

Theatre Royal, Brighton, Monday to Saturday, September 28

A Woman of No Importance was the opening production in Classic Spring’s celebrated Wilde season and marks the company’s first touring production. It enjoyed both critical and commercial success in the West End and was much admired for piquantly evoking new layers of dramatic depth in Wilde’s work. This production not only includes glittering Wildean wit but also a selection of classic music hall songs performed by the irrepressible Roy Hudd. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord and an innocent young chap join a house party of fools and grotesques. A woman lives nearby, cradling a long buried secret. In A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama created a vivid new theatrical voice. For tickets and more information visit

The Mousetrap

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Monday to Saturday, September 28

Written by Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is the longest running stage production in the world or at least that’s how it bills itself.

Since debuting on London’s West End in 1952, the show has spent the last 67 years enthralling show lovers across the country and beyond.

Almost a Cluedo style murder-mystery, the show revolves around a group of people at a secluded countryside manor.

When one of the group is killed the biggest question is which of the attendees is the guilty party. Regardless of its age the show is still considered an enjoyable murder mystery that promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats. For tickets and more information visit

Our House - The Musical

The Hawth, Crawley, Tuesday to Saturday, September 28

Ariel Company Theatre returns to the Hawth with the feelgood, Olivier Award-winning Madness musical Our House. The show is a tale of heartbreak and comedy backed by the irresistibly catchy music of Madness. Hits like It Must Be Love, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and, of course, Our House, will set the tone for this uplifting performance. Joe is celebrating his 16th birthday and, as two very different paths unfold in front of him, he is forced to choose between his head and his heart. The consequences of the choice shape his life and as you follow him through his journey you will be enthralled by what happens next. The show proved an instant smash hit during its run on the West End and has had audiences across the country moving and shaking in their seats as they try desperately to not get up and dance while the performance is taking place. For tickets and more information visit