May Days > The Great Escape 2014


The Great Escape Festival has now been around so long it doesn’t need an introduction, however my editor says that’s a cop out so I need to write one – plus using the term “Tight Butthole” from the TV show Workaholics isn’t seen universally as a positive saying, so you can’t just use it to describe every band you like (which is totally “Loose Butthole”).

Now in its 9th year The Great Escape has gone from strength to strength, making it one of the premiere new music festivals in the country, unveiling the latest and greatest new acts and musical trends coming on to the scene. With this year’s line up finally seeing the festival deleting Folk numbers and burning the checkered shirt of pain, we instead get to jump in feet first into the pool of the 90s alterna-rock revival.

The annual event covering three days has over 350 musical acts flooding into the city. But which ones should get your attention? Well I have your back with my twenty acts you should make time for at TGE 2014.

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Deathcrush – A big bag of loud or ‘noise rock’ (as they like to call it) from Oslo, Norway. DC are a three-piece sick noise machine of feedback last seen in the final days of Rome – or at that Bloody Valentine gig you went to and forgot to wear ear plugs.

Big Ups – The first time I heard this band I thought “Man, they’re angry… Never heard of Nectar points?” Turns out, coming from Brooklyn (NY), no, they hadn’t. Sicking up a mix of post wave/punk oddity, prepare for a wave of random happenings.

BadBadNotGood – In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve found this band a few years back, being drawn to any act with a strange name (and having access to an internet connection at 3am) is a massive deal for me, from the likes of Tacocat (sharing a name with the best palindrome ever), Heavens to Betsy (think Daisy Chainsaw with a bigger smile) & Slutever (the best no-wave duo you never heard but need to add on Facebook and buy their merch!). So it’s weird for me to recommend a jazz act. Think the instrumentals the Beastie Boys pulled after their “farting on each other” period meets Radiohead after the robots got ‘em.

Dolomite Minor – If the White Stripes had opened their own school you couldn’t help but feel that Dolomite Minor might have been top of the class with their excellent blues two-piece rock. You know, if they showed off to class instead of drinking bourbon behind the bikes sheds.

Andy Shauf – Last year Andy was one of my first impressive finds: I gushed several ways from Sunday over his Indie lite, college rock revival of his 90s cool… Then the fucker cancelled and I had to find nice things to say about Alarm Bells instead.

Buffalo Daughter – The  latest crop of acts brought to us by the fantastic musical importers Made in Japan, who have a bit of a mix bag this year but nothing that sticks out like BD – from their impressive credentials over the last 20 years from being on the Beastie Boys label, Grand Royal, to popping up on the Katamari Forever videogame Soundtrack. Making an odd mix of all genres and mixing it up in a way that only Japan can, just think something odd and that’s probably BD jumping off point.


Dune Rats – Australia’s answer to Japandroids, DR are a perfect mix of guitar fuzz indie rock roar slowed down ever so slightly to not throw you off you their good times sailing.

Gnarwolves – Hardly “new” to anyone in Brighton (and from last year to the rest of the world) – but everyone should have a space in their record collection for Gnarwolves. After relocating to Brighton, this trio has set the country alight with crazy live shows and their own brand of skate power punk that pisses on all that came before it.

God Damn – Very rarely does a band name sum up what you actually end up hearing (with the exception of the Shitty Beatles from Wayne’s World), so when checking out God Damn it’s no surprise when you’re slapped in the face with the heavy edge of Pulled Apart By Horses (who are also playing this festival and are rad so check ‘em out) meets the more psychedelic side of 80s Matchbox b-line disaster.

Pup – Can Canadians really get angry? According to PUP they can, playing a mix of that weird part in the early 2000s when England had a “post-hardcore scene” that zigged in and out of rock and punk without the makeup and dress sense of a bitchy fourteen year old.

Youth Man – So it turns out Birmingham has a long and prestigious heritage of music, but it appears the trio of Youth Man probably weren’t too happy about UB40 being the number one Google pick, answering the question “famous bands from your home town”, so decided to form their own one and make it awesome. Energetic and frantic punk passing bring this trio into fist punching glory.

Love Zombies – After watching all four seasons of The Walking Dead I have developed a theory that the virus that makes zombies also has made everyone else’s necks very thin but also very kissable thus the zombies are drawn to give hickies. It’s the kind of out of the box thinking that gets you kicked out of most social circles and fan fiction groups, but could be seen as the template for the Love Zombies. More of a love letter to classic punk of the Ramones era, mixed in with a big chunk of Blondie and some Gwen Stefani vocals – you’ve got a tight mix.

Vimes – Although this year’s TGE has been slanted on the harder edge of music, Electro is still playing a big bit of the festival with the likes of German duo Vimes who are knocking out cool Kitsune-esque electro that kinda comes out like a more precise version of Hotchip.

The Wonder Villains – So if you didn’t hear Ireland’s officially made up Bono during the 90s as we now have The Wonder Villans, like a less “punch you in the face” version of Fight Like Apes with light dance beat of C.S.S or a non-lame version of Junior Senior.

The Wet Secrets – TGE and Canada seem to have a bit of a cool thing going on at the moment as the bands we’re getting yearly seem to get better and better. This year it’s the turn of Wet Secrets, blowing raspberries in the expected direction of sounding like Arcade Fire and instead making odd 80s electro-rock-dance-pop just because they can.

The Amazing Snakeheads If John Spenser of the JSBX got conked over the head and woke up speaking in a thick Scottish accent you wouldn’t be too different to The Amazing Snakeheads. Think thick blues rock ‘n’ roll with a pinch of Begbe from Trainspotting.

The Dumplings – So who knew Poland took a look at Crystal Castles and thought, “Yeah it’s good, but can we do it without all the screaming, banging around and allegedly being a massive bitch to everyone before you got mega-famous and everyone put up with it?” And thus The Dumplings were born. All the best parts of chip tune with a smothering of overwhelming female vocals that feel like you should probably put on a tie before listening.

Superfood – A fuzz reminder of what music sounded like in 1993; all alternative college rock and badly fitting t-shirts ‘n’ things like that – it’s friggin’ super.

September Girls – A bit Jesus and the Mary Chains, you know, sounds like they’re singing down a traffic cone after finding out you’re rocking the same dress and haircut as that bitch you don’t like from work on your company fancy do.

White Lung – If someone told me that a curse got put on Courtney Love following the same rules that apply to Space Jam, where all her talent was sucked out in 1994 by aliens only to years later be divided by the super talented White Lung, I would probably believe it, hearing their mix of trash grunge alterna.

The Great Escape is in venues all over Brighton, 8th – 10th May. Tickets and more info here:

Cinecity 2013


INTRO > It’s that time of year when film lovers plan their days and nights around Cinecity. The Brighton Film Festival is currently celebrating its 11th year with previews, Q&As, short and feature length films, live scores and archived footage throughout November. 

Words > Rosie Davis

This year’s team has prepared two weeks of world cinema as well as commending the work of Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer. Brighton University are currently holding a free exhibition ‘The Inner Life of Objects’, which is already on show at the Sallis Benney theatre and gallery, marking the 50th anniversary of his first film. Explore Švankmajer’s work on various nights during the festival where you can catch short films, documentaries and talks about the man himself and his art.


220px-Nebraska_PosterThe opening night kicked off last night at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse with ‘Nebraska’, directed by Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants). Woody (Bruce Dern) is a retired, cantankerous man that is convinced that he has won a large of sum of money in a marketing prize. His son and him drive to a certain American state; yes you’ve guessed it, Nebraska to collect the winnings. But their journey isn’t just on the road as Woody returns to his hometown, confronting his estranged family and former business partner, finding himself on a personal journey.

Day two of the festival has already brewed up a lot of excitement with its Q&A with author Chuck Palahnuik, the creator of Fight Club, followed by a screening of the film. Unfortunately everyone was so excited they ran out and bought all of the tickets, so it’s sold out. It is elements such as the Q&As that make Cinecity the success that it is, it scratches with force and passion beneath the visuals and takes us to the root of the creation process and aesthetics. Exploring Cinecity Post-Film Discussions will highlight key themes within the films ‘The Rocket’, ‘Faust’ and ‘Leviathan’ and place them in cultural, social and historical contexts. Brighton University lecturer Monika Lind will lead the discussions at the Komedia Studio Bar following the screenings.


Cinecity have thrown in a musical twist to the festival as Brighton three-piece Esben and The Witch will be performing a live score for the Argentinian Sci-fi film ‘La Antena’. This will be an event that will more-than-likely never pop-up again, so book now and experience their version of the film’s original orchestral score.


This festival isn’t just about the established; it is also a platform for Brighton filmmakers to reveal their talents. The Brighton Film School Screening, is a free event and will be a chance for you to see what happens behind the film school’s doors! There is also the Brighton Screenings. These are a must see as directors and crews of all abilities and experience have submitted short films for the festival, and the one main criteria that was requested, was that there was a Brighton connection; whether the film was shot in Brighton or the crew live in Brighton. These are split into four categories: Artists’ Cinema & Experimental, Short Documentaries, Short Dramas 1 and Short Dramas 2. This is an opportunity to learn about filmmakers on your doorstep as well as those that have a style that you appreciate and want to know more about.

Cinecity starts Thursday 14th November and you can catch the range of events at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Dukes at Komedia and The Basement . For more information visit and feed your creative urges with this triumphant film festival!

Weekend Headsup; 25-27/10/13

HEADSUP-LOGO3Intro > A regular in the magazine, we are now bringing you a weekly headsup of what’s happening each weekend, in Brighton and beyond…

Words > Elliott Caranci-Finch

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Jan ŠvankmajerJan Svankmajer
– The Inner Life of Objects

When: Now – 2nd Dec 2013, Mon-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
Where: University Gallery, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton

How much: £Free

Renowned for the dark, surrealism and comedy in his films, Jan Švankmajer exhibits  ‘The Inner Life of Objects’ at the Brighton University Gallery and heralds the 50th anniversary of his first film. The show features sets and decor, puppets, costumes, drawings and storyboards for many of his acclaimed films.  Alongside this sees a collection of Švankmajer’s imaginary beasts assembled from bones, shells and stones .

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Eelus, Horrorshow

When: Now – 17th November
Where: Ink_d Gallery, North Road Brighton

How much: £Free

Timed perfectly for Halloween, Brighton based artist Eelus steps away from his child-friendly images of the past and debuts ‘Horrorshow’, an exciting collection of works based on horror images from the silver-screen, pulp comics and classic literature.

This show is a ‘a love letter to the stories and characters’ that have captured his imagination over the last 26 years and pays homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and of course Frankenstein.  Make sure you get down there for Halloween night as Ink_d Gallery have a gruesome gift for anyone that makes the effort to dress up!

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Brighton Craft FairBrighton Craft Fair 2

When: Saturday 26th October 11am – 5pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton, BN1 1AF

How much: £Free

The Friends Meeting House will be hosting this monthly affair for you to purchase unique, handmade arts and crafts from a selection of Brighton based artists.

Organisers are also asking exhibitors interested in booking a stall to visit their website or contact them via email at for information.

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Brighton Early Music Festival

When: Now – 10th November
Where: Various venues

How much: Various, see brochure for each event

With a strong following The Early Music Festival is the second biggest in the UK bringing you a huge collection of music from various art forms. With concerts taking place all over Brighton and Hove this rich collection of music will also be broadcasted on BBC Radio 3.

Hear the newest talent, in a laid back and informal setting with three stages and a surprise presenter. Not forgetting the amazing grandeur of St. Bartholomew’s Church!

See their web brochure for a full listing of what’s going on

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OXJAM Brighton Takeover 2013oxjam logo

When: 11am 26th October 2013 to 3am 27th October
Where: See here for all artists + venues 

How much: £5

This weekend will see Oxjam make its way to Brighton to fight poverty around the world as part of the UK’s biggest ever charity music festival. The Oxjam Brighton Takeover will feature The Jar Family, MOK and Tiny Dragons and loads of other brilliant acts, with acoustic coffee shops sessions, live music and DJ sets all across the city.

Oxjam Brighton Takeover have released tickets online here, which are available at the early bird price of £5, with 100% profits going to Oxfam. This will get you a wristband for every venue, day and night. Prices will increase close to and on the day and if for any reason you can’t make the festival, you can still donate to Oxfam at Justgiving: Text OXBR to 70070.

Having begun life in 2006, Oxjam has now seen over 1 million people attend a gig, helping raise over £2 million towards vital humanitarian work. Every year, every penny counts.  You can visit Visit Oxfam’s donation page to find out more about how you can help in the fight against poverty.

Find information on all the different artists and venues of Brighton’s Oxjam events here

Featured below is Simonne & The Dark Stars, playing at The Royal Pavilion Tavern at 6.30pm.

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When: 25-27th October. Friday 11-8pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm
Where: One Marylebone, formally Holy Trinity Church, 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ
How much: £8.50 E-Tickets, £10 on the door, £20 private view tickets (24th October limited supply)

The MADE LONDON Design and Craft Fair is back for its second year running and takes place in the jaw-dropping One Marylebone Venue. The event features the very best and most original makers in this country and aims to exhibit the highest quality contemporary craft and design over four levels of the reconverted Sir John Soane Church.

MADE LONDON celebrated their success at last year’s event with over 5,500 visitors. This year they are hoping to be even better with the very best in contemporary design.

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Subversive DesignSubversive Design

When: Now – 9th March 2014
Where: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
How much: £Free

Exploring how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them the Subversive Design exhibition looks at how design can challenge our daily relationship with objects around us.

From ‘rubbish’ jewellery, cheeky ceramics and controversial chairs, over 200 years of craft and design have been used to engage and challenge our political and social issues in obvious and hidden ways.

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craigcharlesCraig Charles Funk & Soul Club, with The Apples (live) + DJ Format, with support from: Soul Casserole + WWWG

When: 25th October, 10pm-2am
Where: Concorde 2, Madeira Drive,
Brighton, BN2 1EN

How much: £10 early bird

Red Dwarf star, Craig Charles, now has a successful broadcasting and DJing career presenting the BBC 6 Music’s Funk & Soul show. This night he is bringing to Brighton, along with some other amazing acts for a spectacular line up.

The Apples are an Israeli Post-Funk nine-piece instrumental collective.

DJ Format probably needs no introduction but to those not in the know, he is the master of UK Hip Hop. Format has collaborated with the likes of Akil and Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, Abdominal and Canadian rapper D-Sisive.

Tune in next week for more of our weekly Headsup listings! TTFN x

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Weekend Headsup > 18-20/10/13

INTRO > A regular in the magazine, we are now bringing you a weekly headsup of what’s happening each weekend, in Brighton and beyond…

Words > Elliott Caranci-Finch, Lyssa Rutherford + Rosie Davis

middle-farm-apple-fest-2013Apple Fest 2013, Middle Farm

When: 19th + 20th October, 10am – 5pm both days
Where: Middle Farm, Sussex

How much: £10 advanced booking / £12 on the door, under 12s free

East Sussex’ favourite farm is once again putting on its annual Apple Fest following a rest in 2012. The two day shindig will have music across two stages, a fun fair, food stalls, morris dancing, chicken racing and of course barrels and barrels of delicious ciders and perrys for you to taste! All ages welcome, see the vid below!

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Oxjam fundraiser; It’s Not So Badoxjam logo

When: 19th October
Where: The Royal Pavilion Tavern, Brighton

How much: £3

This gig is part of the Oxjam Brighton Takeover event where Oxfam have a UK wide one day music festival in aid of raising cash to fight global poverty, with the slogan Local Music, Global Impact.

At this event By Polaroid take over the Royal Pavilion Tavern in Brighton for Oxjam as part of their ‘Not so Bad’ tour alongside brilliant local bands like Lights, Camera, Attraction! and Kind Sirs.

Find details on this event here
Keep up in the know with all of Brighton’s Oxjam events by heading here:

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Frieze Art Fairfrieze logo

When: 17th – 20th October
Where: Regent’s Park, London

How much: £34.40/£55.90

This is an art exhibition that gives art lovers the opportunity to see and buy work from over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists. There will be talks, lectures and panel discussions as well as over 150 of the world’s most innovative galleries as the fair coincides with Frieze Masters. There will also be the sculpture park, an art bookshop, a champagne bar and food at the Hix Restaurant.

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lunatrixBeLIVE 2013 Music Festival: BeSWING
– Student event

When: Starting 19th October
Where: The Lectern, London Road
How Much: £20 for the week / £5 for the BeSWING event

The BeLIVE event organised by Brighton Student Union compiles eight days of the best bands in town at all the best venues our seaside town has to offer. This weekend features BeSWING – a swing night at the Lectern pub on Lewes Road. Swing-goers can see Lunatrix, a seven-piece contemporary swing band based in London, We R Bob and Get With It. Doors open at 7.30pm

If you find that you are left shouting for more, wristbands for the whole week are now available online and at SU receptions for £20. It’s also worth mentioning that the organisers are also planning the biggest Halloween event in town at the end of October – BeALIVE.

For a full line-up of events starting this Friday and to purchase wristbands, head here.
For the BeLive facebook page, visit:

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The Colour Run, Brighton

The Colour Run Brighton
Words > Lyssa Rutherford
Photos > Elliott Caranci-Finch

A couple of weekends ago our Assistant Editor, Elliott, ran his little legs off at The Colour Run in Brighton, a 5k running event which saw thousands come together to raise cash for the cancer charity, Stand Up To Cancer, and have lots of fun in the process, making their way around the multi-coloured route.

Presented by Dulux, The Colour Run isn’t timed as it’s not a race and is all about having fun taking part. The participants are covered from head to toe at each kilometer and they get to enjoy a colourful music festival at the end of it. The Brighton leg of the tour was the final for 2013 and so far the event only takes place in Belfast, Manchester, London and Brighton. We expect this to spread to several more cities next time so keep an eye out on The Colour Run’s website below if you’d like to get involved.

Here’s what Elliott had to say about the event:

“Being part of The Color Run in Brighton was an experience that will stay with me for a very long time. I have to admit, initially I felt quite cheesy running under a sign that read ‘The happiest 5k on the planet’, however it was evident that running through numerous people ready to smash you in the face with bright pink, purple and green powder paint was a truly hilarious experience. With people of all ages, sizes and heights the sense of community was really prevalent, even with sun hidden away for the day. With each check point being a different colour and resembling a super technicolour version of ‘Saving Private Ryan’, myself and my friends were jumping through paint, dropping and rolling on the ground and also forgetting to close our mouths as we laughed and shouted through the crowd – that, I won’t forget to do next time!”