Top Gigs This Week – 1st-5th November
Tuesday – Bear’s Den @ Brighton Dome
Bear’s Den have announced the release of their brilliant new album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain. The follow up to 2014’s Ivor Novello-nominated debut, Islands, the album sees a group ready to take great leaps forward, with full UK and European tour dates also announced today including their biggest headliner to date. Red Earth & Pouring Rain was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales with the band’s long term producer Ian Grimble, in sessions following a six week European and UK tour that had culminated in an ecstatically received sold-out show at The Roundhouse last October. This capped a year’s campaigning for Islands that saw the group take their evocative, passionate music to audiences across the UK, Europe, America, Canada and Australia and rack up legions of fans in the process.
Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UE, Tel: 01273 709709
wednesday – GoGo Penguin @ Brighton Dome
Hailing from Manchester, UK, acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to Manchester’s grey rain-streaked urban streets they create a brave new sound all their own. Defined by skittering break-beats, powerful sub-bass, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody they create an emotionally rich palate for the listener that has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years. Their album V2.0 (Gondwana records) was named a Mercury Prize album of the year 2014 alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle and has won them a legion of fans across the world. In April 2015 they announced signing a three album deal with Blue Note Records and tonight’s show will feature material from their Blue Note debut album Man Made Object, released worldwide on 5th February 2016.
8pm, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UE, Tel: +44 (0)1273 709709, Website
Thursday – Excellent Songs For Children @Ropetackle Arts Centre
With Al Start & The Beastie Band. Back by popular demand after a smash hit summer show, bring your little ones (and not-so-little-ones) to a real live and kickin’ gig as Al Start brings her excellent original children’s songs to life with her brilliant band.
Leading a revolution in amazing music for families, Al will have you jumping, giggling, singing along, and beaming as your kids have the time of their lives!
Featuring songs such as Creepy Castle, There’s A Bear In My Wardrobe and Banana Milkshake, we guarantee this gig is great for you grown-ups too!
Ideal for ages 3-8 years. Duration approx. 60 minutes. £7 individual, £26 family of four, www.gokidmusic.com
Friday – The Wytches @Concorde 2
If, as the cliché goes, a band has a lifetime to prepare for their debut, then The Wytches second album All Your Happy Life draws on a lifetime’s worth of new experiences shoehorned into two whirlwind years since their acclaimed debut. Their day beats your month. Their week beats your year.
There’s no difficult second album syndrome here. This black-hearted set is a combination of heavy comedown psychedelia and bilious and brilliant baroque ‘n’ roll. It’s portentous and scathing. Scabrous and bold. Utterly nihilistic.
Saturday – Mother Me @ Green Door Store Presents:
Mother Me are an Indie duo from Brighton UK. They create moody pop music inspired by The Cure, Alt-J, Warpaint and loads more.
7pm, £free, 18+, Bar now accepting cards, Supporting Brightons DIY Music Scene