Free entry Xmas blowout in Brighton

Posted On 13 Nov 2018 at 3:50 pm

Alice from Swoon (pic Alan Poole)

It seems a grand idea to head on down to the Hope & Ruin on Queens Road in Brighton on Tuesday 11th December from 8pm to 11pm as there is a free gig entitled ‘Swoon Xmas Blowout’ which will be featuring three up-and-coming Brighton musical acts. Let’s meet the bands:

Swoon (pic Alan Poole)

Swoon are a socio-political electro-punk band hailing from Brighton, UK. Their first release ‘Teeth’ caught the attention of the Brighton-based label and booking agency, One Inch Badge. They began playing shows supporting artists such as The World is a Beautiful Place, Her’s, Desperate Journalist and most recently, on a UK tour with Pussy Riot.

Swoon (pic Alan Poole)

The band’s influences come from disparate places: a huge passion for the contemporary pop icon Grimes, an intense worship of David Bowie, mass book-consumption and the nostalgic-listening of emo and metal. All of which are tossed into the Swoon melting pot and from this, there emerges their ‘anything goes’ alt-pop music.

Swoon (pic Alan Poole)

Alice from Swoon has told the Brighton & Hove News music team that…“This show is a way for us to conclude an amazing year during which we shared our music for the first time, and brought us first to play some great Brighton shows with artists such as The World is a beautiful place, Desperate Journalist, Her’s, Togetjer Pangea and many more. We released our first EP ‘Fun Police’ under One Inch Badge records, who gave us the opportunity to support Pussy Riot on their Riot Days 2018 UK tour. We already admired them for their political battles in Russia so it’s been a honour to support them. The response of the audience has been unbelievable and we’re definitely planning to go on more tours over 2019, with lots of new upcoming music – as we’ve been writing a lot since when we got back from tour in August”.


Find out more about Swoon here:

Support comes from Kai Khan and Kid Ivy.

Kai Khan

Kai Khan is a Malaysian artist based in Brighton, U.K. Taking inspiration from Disclosure to Katy B and George Maple, Kai Khan embodies a fusion of electronic, soul and dance music. In May she released her decent single entitled ‘Ruin’.

Kai Khan

Find out more here:

Kid Ivy (pic Nick Linazasoro)

Kid Ivy are Josh Craggs and Jordan Terry. These lads met at college and then moved down Brighton and are an Indie/Electronica/Alternative duo. Last December they unveiled their debut 6-track ‘Foreign Lands’ EP which is a mix of emotive melodies, progressive electronica sounds and plangent guitar hooks to provide material influenced by artists from all ends of the music spectrum.

Josh Craggs from Kid Ivy (pic Nick Linazasoro)

We would liken their music to The XX and The Killers and the likes of Crystal Castles – quite a contrast, but all better for it and BBC Introducing have already picked up on the lads.

Jordan Terry from Kid Ivy (pic Nick Linazasoro)

Find out more here:

So head on down to the Hope & Ruin on Tuesday 11th December from 8pm for free entry. Gig goers must be aged 18+.

Gig flyer

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