T-Minus one week until Brighton Festival, Fringe and the plethora of events in May are upon us! Take the opportunity while you can for a slightly more chilled weekend than the ones approaching, this weekend we’ve compiled a list just for you of the best music, arts, film screenings and events happening across the city!
Marbled Eye / Hi Vis / Structure / Eke Buba / The Celetoids
This Friday at The Pipeline, brand new Brighton promotion company Freak of Nature, in collaboration with Marbled Eye and Echochamp, present some of the best bands around at the moment. Marbled Eye have recently released a great promo tape. They are joined by High Vis, one of the best post-punk bands with one of the nicest lead singers around. Pay close attention to Graham’s intense stare as he sternly states “I don’t want to change the world/Just a positive intervention/All you do is drag me down”. Additionally are Structure, a janky, structured, stop-and-start punk band with a very catchy song about going to the disco which is guranteed to stay in your head for whole week after you see them.
The Pipeline. 6 Little East Street, BN1 1HT.
Juno Dawson’s Lovely Trans Literary Session
The critically-acclaimed author of ‘The Gender Games’, Juno Dawson, has invited some of her favourite trans authors to celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of writing talent within the trans community. The two authors joining her are Charlie Craggs and Christine Burns. Craggs is the founder of the award-winning national campaign ‘Nail Transphobia’ and is the publisher of the much-loved recent collection of letters ‘To My Trans Sisters’. The publication was a collection of essays and letters written by trans women sharing the lessons they’ve learned on their journeys through and into womanhood. Burns has been campaigning for over quarter of century for the civil rights of trans people, working as an equalities consultant, being proactive in the introduction of a new employment legislation and the Gender Recognition Act and wrote the first ever official guidance about trans people for the Department of Health. She has recently written a book entitled ‘Trans Britain’, an anthology of eye-witness accounts describing the historical journey of trans people over the last 100+ years. The night will be full of readings, conversation and good vibes.
Marlborough Theatre & Pub. 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD.
AK Patterson / Night House / Ellie Ford at St Nicholas’ Church
St Nicholas’ Church is the oldest standing structure in Brighton and this Friday night join the lovely people at Back in the Woods Promotions for a night of ethereal and delicate music. Headlining is Brighton based trio AK Patterson. Their frontwoman has been described as a “woman possessed, disappearing to a place of disconcerting enchantment when she sings.” Joined by Night House and critically-acclaimed Ellie Ford, a favourite of BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing.
St Nicholas’ Church. Dyke Road Cemetery and Gardens, BN1 1LJ.
Busy Doing Nothing 26: Sports Team + Yowl
Busy Doing Nothing is back! The popular night at Sticky Mike’s hits the stage again this weekend with a mix of DJ’s playing pop, punk and everything in between as well as some pretty killer live acts. For this edition they have Sports Team and Yowl joining them for a night of chaos and fun. Sports Team are hotly tipped for being one of the best bands to see live at the moment with DIY describing them as “an intoxicating live prospect”. Catch them from 11pm onwards.
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. 9-12 Middle Street, BN1 1AL.
Bra Making Weekender
If you’re fed up of bad bras that don’t fit properly and want to make something entirely unique, head down to Friends Centre on Saturday afternoon. You will learn the techniques and skills to sew your own perfectly fitting bra and will be introduced to the fabrics and trims used to create bras and bralets. Everything you could possibly need to know will be covered so you should walk away and never need to buy a bra again!
Friends Centre. Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, BN1 4GQ.
Y17 – A Night of Visual Arts
At ONCA on Saturday night is the new creative platform by Ellie Judd and Matilda Davy. They are bringing an evening of visual arts and a celebration of young, local filmmakers. The works range from installations to projections to photography and will hold host to a plethora of truly talented young people. There are 17 artists in total including Ezekiel, Holly Moorton, Ellie Woodward, Daisy Hayes, Cole Quirke, Ruby Clarke and more. It’s a great opportunity to meet and interact with the up-and-coming creatives of Brighton and beyond.
ONCA. 14 St George’s Place, BN1 4GB.
13th – Free Documentary Screening & Vegan Snacks
The Oscar nominated, BAFTA and Critic’s Choice award-winning documentary 13th will come to The Cowley Club for one-night-only. Ava DuVernay’s excellent film investigates the history of racial inequality in the United States. Starting with the 13th amendment which meant that farmers could enlist petty criminals to work for free on their farms (essentially enabling slavery to continue under the guise of a different name) to modern day prison systems and the systemic issues of racism in all infrastructure of the US and beyond. The film is exhaustive with its education and research and will leave any viewer enlightened. There are vegan snacks available with the viewing. Definitely not one to miss.
The Cowley Club. 12 London Road, BN1 4JA.
Persona @ Duke of York’s
Duke of York’s are holding a one-off screening of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece ‘Persona’. The film explores the volatile relationship between an actress and her nurse. The film charts “the increasingly tense battle of wits between the chatty Alma and the mute Elisabet, who are isolated together in a cottage on the island of Fårö.” There is a sustained focus on the “complex fragility of personality” and the film brilliantly touches on the difficulty of communication.
Duke of York’s. Preston Circus, BN1 4NA.
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie Vintage Tea Dance
At The Railway Inn in Portslade this Sunday, there’s a wonderful night of vintage music, clothing and people. DJ Jivin Jim Dandy will be spinning everything from 1930s Swing to 1950s Rock ‘N’ Roll to Lindy Hop to Charleston to Foxtrot! There will be delicious Sunday Roast, Savouries, Desserts, Cream Teas and more from the excellent menu at the pub. Meat-eaters, veggies and vegans are all catered for here and as long as they’re well behaved children are more than welcome too!
The Railway Inn. 2 Station Road, BN41 1GA.