Top 50 Music Album Releases of 2020

The Brighton & Hove News Music Editor has compiled a list of this year’s Top 50 favourite album releases. We have looked well beyond...
Posted On 30 Dec 2020 at 9:10 pm

‘Top 5 Gigs Of The Year – 2020’

The Brighton & Hove News Music Team have managed to attend a decent number of gigs this year, despite the current Covid restrictions. A...
Posted On 29 Dec 2020 at 6:20 pm

Music Venue Trust distributes £230k to venues in crisis

The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues throughout the UK, has announced that it has taken positive...
Posted On 20 Dec 2020 at 6:08 pm

The Hope & Ruin rides again!

CUTTING TIES + MONAKIS – THE HOPE & RUIN, BRIGHTON, 19.12.20 As large parts of the South-East prepare to enter another lockdown,...
Posted On 20 Dec 2020 at 4:56 pm

Brighton Dome trials Artist Support Scheme

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has launched a financial support scheme for local artists to help develop their creative work and...
Posted On 20 Dec 2020 at 2:45 pm

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” at the Brighton Centre

ABSOLUTE BOWIE – BRIGHTON CENTRE 18.12.20 “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, Turn and face the strange” – an apt statement indeed, as this evening...
Posted On 19 Dec 2020 at 1:40 am

This isn’t ska – it’s wider and brighter

Album review – Hung, Drawn & Quartered by Too Many Crooks Five stars out of five If you live in Sussex and love ska, you’ll be a Too Many...
Posted On 12 Dec 2020 at 10:04 pm

The Great Escape 2021 will be from 12th to 15th May – First 50 acts announced!

The Great Escape has announced the FIRST FIFTY acts to play the internationally renowned new music festival in Brighton, from 12 – 15 May...
Posted On 20 Nov 2020 at 3:45 pm

Concorde 2 announce 14 socially distanced shows!

Brighton’s famous Concorde 2 music and club venue have announced a series of socially distanced events for this December and tickets are on sale...
Posted On 20 Nov 2020 at 1:56 pm

Brighton Centre announce 4 socially distanced events for December

The Brighton Centre has announced that the doors will finally be swinging open again in December 2020, with a host of new events. The format will...
Posted On 29 Oct 2020 at 2:55 pm

Brighton Centre to reopen!

The Brighton Centre has today announced that they will be officially re-opening in December 2020, however, it’s not as you know it! They will be...
Posted On 28 Oct 2020 at 11:39 pm

OMD announce ‘Architecture and More’ arena tour including Brighton date

OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) today unleash an exciting announcement as the band unveil touring plans with an 15 date UK arena tour...
Posted On 27 Oct 2020 at 3:11 pm

‘Live Is Alive!’ part 2 – Brighton Dome rocks!

LIBRALIBRA + DITZ + LAMBRINI GIRLS + WIFE SWAP USA – BRIGHTON DOME CONCERT HALL 24.10.20 It’s a miserably dull and wet Saturday night here...
Posted On 25 Oct 2020 at 5:31 pm

Blondie announce Brighton concert date

Blondie, one of the most influential bands to emerge from New York’s punk scene, have announced a 10 date UK tour to begin in November 2021,...
Posted On 20 Oct 2020 at 4:20 pm

At last! – Live music is back in Brighton

THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS + BAKK LAMP FALL + YUMI AND THE WEATHER + IMMERSION – BRIGHTON DOME CONCERT HALL 17.10.20 Thank God for that! After...
Posted On 18 Oct 2020 at 3:31 pm

Former Brighton residents sign to IDLES & Fontaines DC’s record label

Up until quite recently, Ethan Stahl from Gutter Knife and Joe McMahon were both happily residing here in Brighton. Then the bright lights of...
Posted On 12 Oct 2020 at 3:56 pm

The Old Market receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Brighton & Hove venue The Old Market has successfully received funding as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF)...
Posted On 12 Oct 2020 at 2:34 pm

Brighton Dome welcomes support from Culture Recovery Fund

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has received vital support from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Culture Recovery Fund today. The...
Posted On 12 Oct 2020 at 2:14 pm

Artist brings message of hope for the arts in Brighton #BringBackBrightonDome

Award-winning visual artist Morag Myerscough and cartoonist Steve Bell have contributed artwork in support of Brighton Dome’s Crowdfunder...
Posted On 07 Oct 2020 at 2:43 pm

Tangerine Dream announce rare Brighton concert

The New York Times have referred to Tangerine Dream as “The world’s leading synth band”. This is a really bold statement when...
Posted On 29 Sep 2020 at 11:18 pm

Live Is Alive! Brighton music re-takes the stage

Brighton’s music venues are joining forces to programme a series of live gigs to support and protect the city’s vibrant music scene. Live Is...
Posted On 29 Sep 2020 at 3:23 pm

Paloma Faith announces new album and Brighton gig

Paloma Faith will be performing at the Brighton Centre on Saturday 16th October 2021 as part of a 26 date tour for September – October...
Posted On 25 Sep 2020 at 1:18 pm

Finalists announced for Sussex Young Musician of the Year

The organisers of the Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician of the Year Competition, sponsored by Traditional Oak and Timber Company Tradoak, are...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020 at 6:26 pm

IDLES release album and sell-out Brighton date

Tomorrow (September 25th), IDLES will finally release their anticipated third album – ‘Ultra Mono’ – via Partisan Records. Recorded in Paris and...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020 at 4:37 pm

Brighton Music Conference announce FREE virtual passes for all

The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is the UK’s foremost electronic music conference and networking event, focusing on...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020 at 3:25 pm

Brighton venues unite to light up red in support of #WEMAKEEVENTS campaign

On Wednesday 30th September from 6.30pm-8.30pm Brighton’s iconic moving pier, the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower together with venues along...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020 at 1:42 pm

Artists support Brighton Dome fundraiser with art prints

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) have released a series of high-quality art prints as part of its #BringBackBrightonDome Crowdfunder...
Posted On 24 Sep 2020 at 12:54 pm

Keane on gigging again!

KEANE – ‘PUB IN THE PARK’, ERIDGE PARK, TUNBRIDGE WELLS 19 & 20.09.2020 After what has been the weirdest summer for live music (there...
Posted On 21 Sep 2020 at 9:40 pm

At last! A socially distanced concert to go to!

There has been a giant hole left in local gig goers calendars since the spring, but thankfully there is now an intimate concert that you can...
Posted On 15 Sep 2020 at 9:53 pm

Metronomy announce Brighton gig at Patterns for ‘Passport: Back To Our Roots’ campaign

“It’s absolutely crucial that we stop as many small venues from closing as possible!” Joe Mount, Metronomy Metronomy, Jamie xx, Pet Shop Boys, KT...
Posted On 10 Sep 2020 at 3:43 pm

The Specials announce Brighton Centre concert

Veteran ska-punk band, The Specials, have announced they will play 16 dates across the UK next August and September, including a performance at...
Posted On 07 Sep 2020 at 12:49 pm

Passenger announces Komedia Brighton concert

Passenger perform a one-off, intimate show at Komedia Brighton to raise money for independent grassroots music venues as part of the Passport:...
Posted On 07 Sep 2020 at 11:27 am

Brighton band DITZ announce co-headline UK tour

Hotly-tipped Brighton noise-rock band DITZ are pleased to announce that they will be heading out on tour with fellow Alcopop! Records labelmates...
Posted On 04 Sep 2020 at 12:36 pm

Erasure announce Brighton concert

Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) celebrate the release of their eighteenth studio album, ‘The Neon’, (which went crashing into the official...
Posted On 04 Sep 2020 at 10:31 am

Record Store Day going ahead from Saturday 29th August

Record Store Day will now thankfully be going ahead with staggered releases from Saturday 29th August. The annual event was originally due to...
Posted On 22 Aug 2020 at 7:16 pm

Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund

Our Brighton and Hove music venues and clubs have been shut since mid-March due to Covid-19 and many are facing the severe threat of closure....
Posted On 22 Aug 2020 at 4:12 pm

Treason on the beach with Parodies Lost

The Treason Show returns to the stage with Parodies Lost – a “best of” trawl through a 20-year back catalogue. It features Mark Brailsford,...
Posted On 20 Aug 2020 at 5:35 pm

Music Venue Trust statement on indoor events

The Government has announced that socially distanced live performance events will be permissible in English grassroots music venues from Saturday...
Posted On 14 Aug 2020 at 4:16 pm

The Human League ‘Dare 40’ UK tour coming to Brighton

Celebrating forty years since the release of ‘DARE’, The Human League will be performing this classic album in its entirety, as well as other...
Posted On 27 Jul 2020 at 9:49 pm

Brighton Dome receives support from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund

Brighton Dome has received vital support from Arts Council England (ACE) in response to its closure caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The registered...
Posted On 07 Jul 2020 at 2:32 pm

Brighton & Hove event industry join ‘Light It In Red’

In collaboration with Brighton and Hove Council and many of the city’s event venues, The Brighton Event Professionals Independent Committee...
Posted On 02 Jul 2020 at 5:12 pm

Awesome Brighton band DITZ release first physical record

It’s official! DITZ have most certainly arrived! The Brighton quintet consisting of Cal (vocals), Anton (guitar), Caleb (bass), Sam (drums) and...
Posted On 02 Jul 2020 at 4:33 pm

Further Sussex music and arts venues in trouble as a result of COVID-19

We are all too aware that the global Arts sector has been hit incredibly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have reported on the Brighton &...
Posted On 02 Jul 2020 at 2:28 pm

MP raises plight of Brighton and Hove music venues in the House of Commons

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas highlighted the existential threat facing the cultural and creative industries in Brighton and Hove when she...
Posted On 27 Jun 2020 at 9:17 pm

Will there be any Brighton & Hove music venues left in a few months time?

Despite the launch of #saveourvenues, campaign by the Music Venue Trust charity (MVT), it’s looking very bleak for some of Brighton & Hove’s...
Posted On 20 Jun 2020 at 11:47 am

Love Record Stores event under way in Brighton and Sussex

The music community have launched a high-profile, global initiative known as ‘Love Record Stores’, to help independent record stores during the...
Posted On 20 Jun 2020 at 10:12 am

‘United We Stream’ launches in Brighton

Brighton joins the global streaming community with ‘United We Stream’ launching in the city this week. A movement that started in Berlin during...
Posted On 15 Jun 2020 at 12:31 pm

#SaveOurVenues campaign sees 140 UK music venues removed from ‘Critical’ list – but Brighton still has 9 on the list!

The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that the #saveourvenues, campaign launched three weeks ago has now resulted in 140 grassroots music...
Posted On 20 May 2020 at 10:59 pm

Make Music And Change Lives

Musicians support #444 campaign for charity and raise awareness of the health benefits of making music Throughout COVID-19 isolation, everyone...
Posted On 20 May 2020 at 10:22 pm

Island Records ‘One Love Covid-19 Relief Auction’

Island Records is proud to announce the One Love Covid-19 Relief Auction in support of NHS Charities Together & Feeding America. Artists old...
Posted On 14 May 2020 at 6:25 pm

Brighton-born Stranglers keyboardist dies of covid-19

It is with sad regret that we have learned that The Stranglers’ Brighton-born keyboardist Dave Greenfield has died after a prolonged stay in...
Posted On 04 May 2020 at 7:08 pm

#SaveOurVenues campaign launched

We need to save our Brighton & Hove music venues. And we need to do it now. The Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new...
Posted On 29 Apr 2020 at 8:00 am

Brighton Concert Tickets – treasured souvenirs

The current lock-down situation has highlighted the void left in our lives from not being able to attend music concerts. This encouraged me to...
Posted On 20 Apr 2020 at 8:34 am

Fatboy Slim to perform free Brighton show for NHS staff

Fatboy Slim is to put on a free show for thousands of NHS staff and frontline workers at the Brighton Centre. The DJ, whose real name is Norman...
Posted On 15 Apr 2020 at 7:45 pm

The History of Brighton & Hove Concert Venues – Part 4

Welcome to Part Four. This has been a mammoth task and we would once again like to ask for your assistance in filling in the missing gaps. Have...
Posted On 13 Apr 2020 at 6:00 pm

The History of Brighton & Hove Concert Venues – Part 3

Welcome to Part Three. This has been a mammoth task and we would once again like to ask for your assistance in filling in the missing gaps. Have...
Posted On 13 Apr 2020 at 5:59 pm

The History of Brighton & Hove Concert Venues – Part 2

Welcome to Part Two. This has been a mammoth task and we would once again like to ask for your assistance in filling in the missing gaps. Have we...
Posted On 13 Apr 2020 at 5:58 pm

The History of Brighton & Hove Concert Venues – Part 1

Following on from our recent report on ‘The History of Brighton & Hove Record Shops – The Directory’, we thought that it would be a terrific...
Posted On 13 Apr 2020 at 5:57 pm

The History of Brighton & Hove Record Shops – The Directory

We need your help! Are you able to add any information to our directory of 100 years of record shops in Brighton & Hove? Please read on and...

Burglary today at Brighton music venue

The Concorde 2 music venue on Madeira Drive, Brighton was broken into this morning. The thief arrived on a pushbike and smashed one of the glass...
Posted On 25 Mar 2020 at 6:47 pm

The Great Escape – cancelled for 2020

Not surprisingly The Great Escape organisers have announced that this year’s event will now not be taking place at all. It will now be staged in...
Posted On 23 Mar 2020 at 5:36 pm

Coronavirus, concerts and music

The Coronavirus epidemic is obviously hitting hard at the moment and thus you can almost certainly expect that any music concerts and festivals...
Posted On 20 Mar 2020 at 2:21 pm

Gig Buddies – ‘Coronavirus Fest’

We at Brighton & Hove News Music Team have caught wind of something called ‘Coronavirus Fest’ being organised by ‘Gig Buddies’, and so we...
Posted On 19 Mar 2020 at 9:50 pm

Do you remember this Brighton record label?

Many Brighton & Hove residents will be aware of one or two Brighton based and Brighton associated record labels from down the years. Arguably...
Posted On 19 Mar 2020 at 7:52 pm

Green Door Store closed + Brighton Centre announces more cancellations

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the Green Door Store in Brighton is now also closed. Read their statement below: The Brighton Centre have added a...
Posted On 18 Mar 2020 at 3:27 pm

Support music artists during the Covid-19 pandemic via ‘Bandcamp’

Being a musician can be a hard life! The public perception of music makers can be somewhat skewed by those earning megabucks at the top of the...
Posted On 18 Mar 2020 at 2:21 pm

Glastonbury cancelled + Vive Le Rock Awards postponed

Sadly we at the Brighton & Hove News Music Team have to report that this year’s Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled. Read the...
Posted On 18 Mar 2020 at 11:56 am

‘Dinked’ vinyl editions – the first 50

I’m sure that many Brighton residents and those from surrounding areas have quite possibly at one time or another popped into Resident music...
Posted On 17 Mar 2020 at 11:36 pm

More concert and theatre venues close

Concert venues in Brighton and Hove and the wider county are shutting up shop in light of the coronavirus outbreak. With so many shows cancelled...
Posted On 17 Mar 2020 at 7:56 pm

Brighton theatres and concert venues close while others announce cancellations

As anticipated, Brighton theatres and concert venues are announcing their immediate closures in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The...
Posted On 17 Mar 2020 at 4:23 pm

Brighton’s Pavilion launch new single

PAVILION was born in Brighton 2019 and 6 months later, they’ve twice been named BBC Introducing The South’s ‘Track of the Day’ and are emerging...
Posted On 16 Mar 2020 at 11:47 pm

Brighton concert venues close

As anticipated, Brighton concert venues are announcing their immediate closures in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak. The Concorde 2 have...
Posted On 16 Mar 2020 at 10:13 pm

Andy Shauf Brighton concert date moved to 3rd September

Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician’s songs...
Posted On 16 Mar 2020 at 1:36 pm

Record Store Day UK postponed until Saturday 20 June

Record Store Day was due to take place on Saturday 18 April this year, but now has been moved to Saturday 20 June instead, as a result of the...
Posted On 16 Mar 2020 at 1:02 pm

Glastonwick festival postponed until 2021

Sussex’s premier music, beer, poetry and more beer festival Glastonwick was to be celebrating its 25th anniversary from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th...
Posted On 15 Mar 2020 at 7:09 pm

The Cat Empire – making the Brighton audience purr!

THE CAT EMPIRE + LUCY LU – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON 14.03.20 Our evening out in the City tonight was opened up by Lucy Lu, who was performing...
Posted On 15 Mar 2020 at 5:59 pm

‘Clang!’ Demonstrations drop new single

DEMONSTRATIONS + TOYZ + MONAKIS + NAGASAKI DOG – THE HOPE & RUIN, BRIGHTON 13.03.20 We headed off into Brighton this evening to grab a...
Posted On 15 Mar 2020 at 3:40 pm

Kate Tempest & more at the BBC6 Music Festival

KATE TEMPEST + KIM GORDON + ANNA MEREDITH + JEHNNY BETH + NADINE SHAH – ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON 08.03.20 Today being International Women’s Day,...
Posted On 14 Mar 2020 at 8:17 pm

Brighton mini-festival cancels due to Coronavirus worries

The organisers of the popular Hidden Herd annual Brighton music mini-festival, have decided to err on the side of caution and have pulled the...
Posted On 14 Mar 2020 at 4:10 pm

Another Brighton concert cancelled due to Coronavirus fears

It has just been brought to our attention that Australian female rock band Stonefield have cancelled their forthcoming UK tour dates due to the...
Posted On 14 Mar 2020 at 3:28 pm

Second band cancels tour including Brighton gig due to Coronavirus

It has just been brought to our attention that Glasgow rock band Twin Atlantic have now also cancelled the remaining tour dates due to the...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020 at 5:24 pm

Brian James book launch in Brighton

BRIAN JAMES – WATERSTONES BRIGHTON 12.03.20 The Brighton & Hove News Music Team were on a tight schedule this evening as we were...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020 at 4:43 pm

Tour cancelled including Brighton gig due to Coronavirus

We have been notified regarding the cancellation of tomorrow’s (14th March 2020) concert by London based trio PALACE, which was to be held at...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020 at 1:27 pm

Hardcore punk in Hove? Surely not?

NEGATIVE MEASURES + NEGATIVE FRAME – BACK BEAT BAR, HOVE 12.3.20 Yes it’s absolutely true! Tonight the foundations of the popular Back Beat...
Posted On 13 Mar 2020 at 11:33 am

Hands Off Gretel Brighton concert postponed until 12th May

To coincide with their recently announced headline tour for Spring 2020, Barnsley’s ferocious four piece Hands Off Gretel have revealed details...
Posted On 12 Mar 2020 at 4:54 pm

Survivors’ Network charity concert a resounding success!

WIFE SWAP USA + FRANK & BEANS + DE LA CHAMBRE + ANNIE DORRET – THE PRINCE ALBERT, BRIGHTON 11.03.20 We were in Brighton this evening in...
Posted On 12 Mar 2020 at 3:43 pm

The Only Ones, Jim Jones, and Arthur Brown joining Vive Le Rock Awards

Staking its reputation as an essential rock ‘n’ roll date in the annual calendar, with two now fabled awards nights at the 02 Islington Academy...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020 at 5:14 pm

Jessica Lynn announces first UK concert date will be in Sussex

Jessica Lynn is being hailed by press around the world as a rocket force and country music’s next big star. A unique face and voice in modern...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020 at 3:32 pm

Country, Pop, Gospel singer Philippa Hanna announces Sussex concert

Philippa Hanna is an internationally acclaimed performer racking up over 1500 shows in 25 countries. Since her industry debut in 2007, she has...
Posted On 11 Mar 2020 at 2:41 pm

Punk legends returning to play Brighton concert

44 years on the case and still going! The 1976 Punk Rock legends, The Vibrators, are set to make a welcome annual return to Brighton in April....
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 10:15 pm

Hagar The Womb to head up a night of punk at The Prince Albert

The Prince Albert at the top of Trafalgar Street in Brighton will have its windows booming and walls shaking on Saturday 11th April as there is...
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 8:57 pm

Toots And The Maytals announce final Brighton concert

Toots And The Maytals were huge in the ’60s and are still huge in 2020. Known as one of the pioneers of Jamaican music, whether it be Ska,...
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 7:41 pm

The Hope & Ruin is rocked by PENGSHUi

PENGSHUI + KID BOOKIE + PARA FICTION – THE HOPE & RUIN, BRIGHTON 09.03.20 Joy. and The Hope and Ruin host the ‘Kerrang Radio Fresh...
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 4:30 pm

Punk Rock bonanza

SUBHUMANS + WERECATS + BUTANE REGULATORS – CROWLEY’S BAR, HASTINGS 07.03.20 This time around, punk stalwarts the Subhumans were not...
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 2:40 pm

Samantha Fish enchants Brighton concert goers

SAMANTHA FISH + FÉLIX RABIN – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON 08.03.20 I arrived in plenty of time outside Concorde 2. Again another cold wet and...
Posted On 10 Mar 2020 at 1:42 am

‘Life’s A Bitch’ for Sheep On Drugs

SHEEP ON DRUGS + NOISFERATU + DIGITALIS – THE PRINCE ALBERT, BRIGHTON 08.03.20 Tonight, we hot footed it to The Prince Albert in Brighton...
Posted On 09 Mar 2020 at 11:56 pm

Monakis liven up Brighton’s Hope & Ruin

MONAKIS – THE HOPE & RUIN, BRIGHTON 08.03.20 We were heading off out into Brighton again tonight in order to see Sheep On Drugs...
Posted On 09 Mar 2020 at 6:09 pm

THUMPER – Brighton concert of the year?

THUMPER + HEIRLOOM + BAD LAWS – PATTERNS, BRIGHTON 07.03.20 THUMPER are a band that deserves to be as big as IDLES and Fontaines DC. It...
Posted On 09 Mar 2020 at 3:39 pm

Glastonwick festival celebrates 25th anniversary

Sussex’s premier music, beer, poetry and more beer festival Glastonwick will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this June. This year’s event...
Posted On 07 Mar 2020 at 12:26 pm

Hayley Williams to play The Great Escape in Brighton as one of only two UK gigs

The Great Escape has announced that Hayley Williams will be performing at this year’s festival on Friday 15 May 2020. The Great Escape festival...
Posted On 07 Mar 2020 at 1:36 am