As always we’re here to give you the round-up of the best gigs going on this week across Brighton. It’s a particularly good week for new bands just breaking on to the scene as well as some beautiful and delicate neo-classical and traditional Syrian music. Take a look at our list below and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy.
Vundabar and Heirloom
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts Vundabar take to the Hope & Ruin’s stage on Monday night. Their most recent album tackles the unavoidable truth of death whilst still maintaining their up beat and classic rock sound. Support comes from Heirloom, one of Brighton’s newest additions to the ever-growing indie scene. They have the look, the sound and the laidback Brighton vibe that people flock to the city to hear and see. Don’t miss out!
Poppy Ackroyd released her debut album in February of this year. Since its release she has garnered critical-acclaim for her “staggering lovely” sound. Her music is classed as post-classical and she uses her classical training in piano and violin to give a modern edge to a more traditional sound. She’s shaking up what it means to be a classic musician with her involvment in Hidden Orchestra and her previous, and well loved, piece ‘Escapement and Feathers’. It’s ten pounds in advance and on the door in Komedia’s studio theatre.
Sam Walker and Jon Cohen
Sam Walker falls in and out of telling tales of imagined lands and dreamscapes. His strong vocals play delicately over the fun and rocking moments of the music behind. The songs tell stories of worlds beyond and are all reinforced with a truly eclectic, rock n roll sound. You could almost compare his music to Arcade Fire but perhaps without the grandeur of their huge crew and live show. Montreal-based Jon Cohen comes in as support with his “art-rock inventions”. Formerly known as ‘Jon Cohen Experimental’ his sound has progressed and matured as the years have gone by. The band tells “potent stories that spring from a natural, and infectious, sense of curiosity…promise a subtle yet sultry escape from those pesky workaday hang-ups”. They’re playing at The Rose Hill for just eight pounds!
SONGS from Syria: The Saleh Brothers and iytra quartet
Perhaps the most poignant and emotional group on this week’s line up, SONGS from Syria teams up iyatraQuartet with two of the most talented and outstanding musicians from the ‘Orchestra of Syrian Musicians’. Damon Albarn invited the Saleh Brothers to the UK and have played at WOMAD, Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their music tells the stories of them through a unique and extraordinary musical adventure, bringing traditional Syrian songs with a difference. The event will be held at Brighton Open Air Theatre on Dyke Road so we should all keep our fingers crossed that it will not rain!
FemRock Presents: The Isle of CC / Tilda Allie / Anth and D Tebs
One of Brighton’s favourite nights out returns with their award-winning club night and live show. FemRock celebrates and showcases the fiercest and strongest women in music and brings ‘gals’ to the forefront. The Isle of CC will be headlining with their “gorgeous vocals and soothing production”. Tilda Allie, the main support, has recently taken Brighton by storm. The Swedish “sensation” has her own “luscious brand of dreamy, atmospheric, electro pop”. She’s definitely one to watch on her climb to the British mainstream. Finally, opening the gig will be Anth and Debs with perhaps one of the best band names we’ve heard for a while. They apparently ” met in a field on the Isle of Wight. We laughed alot. We fell over. We got muddy. We fell asleep listening to acid house mixtapes.” and the rest was history.The venue is wheelchair accessible and will have gender neutral toilets. FemRock has a safe space policy so there is zero tolerance to sexism, racism, homophobia, biphobia, queerphobia, transphobia and ableism.