The Monochrome Set are to return to Brighton for 40th anniversary gig

Posted On 19 Aug 2018 at 10:05 pm

The Monochrome Set

After many previous sell out gigs in Brighton, and nearby Lewes, The Monochrome Set return to the Hope and Ruin as part of their year long celebration of “40 years Of Aural Pleasure”.

Featuring original Monochrome Set members Bid (guitar/vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978, and were heavily influential in the ‘post-punk’ scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk.

The Monochrome Set

The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that labels’ well known ‘Pillows and Prayers’ compilation.Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures.

The Monochrome Set’s first and current albums

After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing five new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, ‘Maisieworld’, on the German ‘Tapete’ label in February this year.

2018 sees the 40th year since the band formed and they will be gigging worldwide to celebrate this, including playing at The Hope and Ruin (11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA) on Saturday 17th November.

The Monochrome Set

The doors open at 7:30pm and the band will be supported by The Bitter Springs and also Pog. You can purchase your tickets in Resident Music, Kensington Gardens, Brighton and also online at

More on The Monochrome Set here:

The Bitter Strings

The Bitter Springs (who’s current line-up are Simon Rivers on vocals and guitar, Andy Deevey on bass, Paul McGrath on drums, Paul ‘Wizard’ Baker on keyboards, Phil Martin on violin and Nick Brown on guitar) are an English rock group from the London suburb of Teddington. The band evolved from Last Party, who had formed in 1985, with the name changing in 1996. The band have released two albums as Last Party, and six as The Bitter Springs and also played with Vic Godard as Subway Sect, on and off for nine years. Learn more here:


Pog are a folk/punk band from Brighton that set tales of everyday failure to disarmingly catchy acoustic soundtracks. Their line-up is Paul Stapleton (vocals, guitar), Joe Davin (bass, vocals), Arv Johnson (drums), Deacon Brown (keyboards, vocals), Bethan Prosser (violin), Jo F Eagle (sax, accordion) and Becky Hogge (clarinet).
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