Weekend Headsup > 08/11/13

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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Colour Out of Space @ The Old MarketColour out of space

When: Friday 8th – 10th November
Where: The Old Market
How much: Various prices

As one of the UK’s leading festivals of international and experimental music and sound, Colour Out of Space takes place over ten days at various venues throughout Brighton and appears for three days at The Old Market theatre in Hove.

Featuring over thirty performances from visionary sound artists all over the world they include: Ilan Volkov, Hiroshi Hasegawa (Astro), Azuma Reiko, Angela Sawyer, Dinosaurs With Horns, Maya Dunietz, Alessandro Bosetti, Joachim Nordwall, Luke Fowler with many more included in the line-up. Do not miss out on this weekend of improvised and avant-garde noises.


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Vera Boingvera boing

When: Now until 1st January  (Closed Mondays)

Where: The Brighton Arts Club

How much: £Free

With giant suspended sculptures made from recycled washing machines and cutlery, Vera Boing is an experimental artist partial to using kitchen utensils and appliances to make her works. If you have ever hated the idea of doing the washing up before then this may be just for you as Vera breaks barriers with her art installations. The exhibition is at The Brighton Arts Club until the new year so make sure you don’t miss it.


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Building a Photographyeva
Portfolio with Eva Kalpadaki

When: Saturday 9th November, 10am – 4pm

Where: Green Room, The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, BN2 9NB

How much: £30

Arranged by photographer Eva Kalpadaki and aimed at anyone interested in photography, this short course will guide you and your camera from editing images, writing a statement and producing an artist CV. It will even include how to organise proposals with potential clients.


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When: Friday 8th November, 8pm

Where: The Brunswick, Brighton

How much: £5 adv/ £6 OTD

This evening at The Brunswick promises “spiritual messages and deep rhythms to keep the body and soul dancing”. Who wouldn’t want that? Performances throughout the night come from Linos Wengara and his band that combine traditional African sounds with an equally powerful modern show. Reggae DJ’s playing original roots and new releases are also due to feature during the event.


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Strange Factoriesstrange factories

When: Sunday 10th November, 8:30pm

Where: Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton

How much: £TBC

If you like a good horror movie or two then The Duke of York is set to blow your mind with amazement. FoolishPeople bring us Strange Factories. This “unique and live cinema experience” aims to make you the protagonist with characters coming to life around you – surely an experience not to be missed!


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Brag is Dead brag
– Let’s Put that Sucker to Bed

When: Friday 8th November, 6-9pm (Exhibition runs 1-12th November)

Where: Art Schism, Brighton, BN1 4AP

How much: £Free

Celebrating the seven years of the Brighton Rock Artist Group, BRAG celebrate their final show with a range of new and rare screen-printed gig posters. Exhibiting images in San Francisco, Austin, Berlin and Estonia, members of BRAG have hosted workshops all around the world and are now at Art Schism in Brighton for one final night. Get their early for drinks and nibbles.


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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 Inkd

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 bookings@brightoncraft.co.uk 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 issuu.com/bremf

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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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Soundsci At The Black Lion!

The waves of US Hip Hop come crashing across the Atlantic! Soundsci are performing live at The Black Lion this evening with the Vinyl Veterans crew from 8.30pm. It’s going to be rammed so get there early to avoid disappointment. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free to get in??


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 https://www.facebook.com/events/296403760497385/
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: www.facebook.com/beLivemusicfestival

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The Secret Garden Party: 2013

Photo by Nick Caro

Words And Photos > Lyssa Rutherford
Main Photo > Nick Caro

Having never ventured to SGP before I could only imagine what to expect, pieced together with snippets friends had told me about their own experiences. Stories have ranged from being kidnapped by security and thrown into realms too far to mention, to partying with pop stars in the woods. Well, I’m too nice to be kidnapped, surely, so maybe the latter will occur? Here’s hoping!

The travel from Brighton mission seemed a bit of a challenge. We could have opted for the fun bus that takes you from door to door, partied with the goers on the way – that’s always a treat. The problem with that was that it only went on the Thursday and came back on the Monday. Being in the middle of deadline we wanted a Friday to Sunday slice, so that wasn’t an option. The train, seemed far too much work with all of our luggage, cameras and ‘refreshments’ we were taking. So, we left it in the capable hands of GoCarShare.com, the new greener way to travel to festivals. You make friends with someone who is driving to your destination, sling them a few quid for petrol so they pay less for their journey and you get to travel in ease and for significantly less than any of the previously mentioned options. Everybody wins.

So Friday comes around and indeed, Nathan, our driver for the journey, rocks up in a very cool VW T25 Camper. Music to our ears when he divulges that his fridge is fully stocked with ice cold waters, cokes, beers and ciders and that we were free to help ourselves. Even better when he says he didn’t want any cash for the journey as we was ‘going anyway’. Well you certainly don’t get that on Southern Rail! Receiving a text from a friend already at the Party describing the festival as one word, “Lush!”, got us properly in the mood for our mini break and our new friend Nathan, programmer by day and DJ by night (who we subsequently learn is also playing at the Garden) whacks on some serious tunes in the van.

natheSadly we arrived at SGP at a rather depressing 6pm after a five hour drive (jam on the M25 of course), however the smiley young chap on the ticket desk made us feel very welcome and pointed us in the direction of the press tent, where there would be yet more cold waters and ciders. Is it me or do people really know how to treat a girl these days?

Gawping at the magnitude of the festival and seeing the amount of nipples and bottoms on display we quickly realised naturism might be a little theme here. With SGP being known friends with The Burning Man festival in Nevada, I was aware that freedom and artistic expression would be at optimum level here. Having previewed the art installations and been advised that music was not the main focal point of SGP, I was cool with this. Festivals are not just about music, they’re about letting go and experiencing new wonderful things, and the ethos of this party is that you need to leave your inhibitions at the gate. Luckily for everyone I was not letting go of any of mine just yet – despite the temperature telling me I should do otherwise.

After two hours of arriving we’d done a circuit of the entire site. One thing we noted was that at every point we stopped some nice chap would smile and welcome us in one way or another. You got the feeling that this was a very well behaved place, and that people really cared. We eventually found Nathan at the campervan field, our gear, and then set about the final leg of our trip to the north field to find our gang. After a ten minute breather and a warning that there was a mass robbing in all the fields the night before (and two people got arrested), I went off to snap Friday’s headliners, Django Django, the Scottish indie surf rock outfit, that just totally light up your life. It was dark, it was warm and contrary to the slight concern of a mid-gig tent raid the smell of excitement was too strong to ignore. Django Django are one of my favourite bands to emerge from 2012 and being in the photo pit is always a thrilling moment for me. The band were great, although so crazily lit that it was near impossible to get a good shot. Nevermind. After DD we had a wander to scope out the situation we were in. A little maze led us to a small rave in the woods. Aside from the stewards who were laid back as anything, you really felt like this was a special little space to party… So we did, and suddenly being 3am we decided call it a night and scampered back to camp.

Day one, all things considered, a massive success.
Django Django SGP13

This day was all about the immense back-to-back headlining acts of 2ManyDJs and Faithless. Having melted in the impossible heat for most of the day and deciding that it was far too hot to work, heading out in the cool summer rain seemed very appealing. Being told that the lake stage was going to be set alight as part of the Saturday night main stage show got us very excited and when the moment came when we were amongst it all; lasers and fireworks coming out of a burning ship to a live set from 2ManyDJs, I couldn’t help but think, when else would you ever get this? This was an epic moment and one that we were all very much in awe of.

At the Where The Wild things Are stage we stumbled across Natty, the beautiful reggae singer/songwriter from London. Worried about my camera and catching my death for deadline I had nearly given up in the rain but he brought the summer to the Garden and saved us all. From then on the torrential downpour killing my camera didn’t matter, the overflowing toilets that stunk of piss, shit and god-knows what, didn’t matter, the fact that we were probably all going to wake up robbed and dying of flu, just didn’t matter. All that mattered was being with friends and savouring the beautiful moment, and that, we did. It was at this point precisely that I realised, I loved this place.
Natty SGP13

Totally blissed out and ready for more action we stayed at the WTWTA stage – a piece of artistic brilliance in its own right, designed to look like it had been made completely out of old tree branches, it’s quite extraordinary. Next to come on were the awesome The Bombay Royale, who as a mixture of Bollywood, ska and disco really need to be seen to be believed. Now the heavens were really alive and so were our disco feet. We grooved, we skanked, with nothing but smiles on our faces all the way. TBR put on a suburb show and I urge anybody, anywhere to see them live. Spotify just does not do them justice, and perhaps it’s something about seeing a man dancing disco in a 70s sailor uniform talking at me in a stern but sexy manner that does it for me (and he was, clearly talking to me), but either way, not to be missed. Having decided then and there that we must book them for our next PL party I was mortified to then learn that these guys were from the other side of the planet, Melbourne. Gutted.
The Bombay Royale

Ravenous, our trusty Mac’n’Cheese van had closed in the storm, bless them, so we opted for a some sort of Mexican wrap that hit the spot. And as if the night couldn’t have gotten any better we stumbled across The Artful Badger stage, a hidden rave stage in the woods with with all sorts of neon and base going on. There we noticed that once again, the atmosphere was just really friendly and unthreatening. Just what you need it to be at 4am when you’ve been in the sun-baked wild drinking cider for three days. Well one and a bit for us but you get my drift… Next up at the AB was MC Gaff E. Seeing her and her Beast bouncing their butts in mankinis in the bewildered crowds’ faces was probably the highlight of my whole weekend. I’m only sorry I was too shell-shocked myself to take any photos. The guy introducing them had warned the audience that they were about to be in for something ‘different’. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed a group of ravers so dumbstruck. Again, to be appreciated in person rather than online but she’s definitely worth following; Gaff E is an artist not afraid to stand out, and amongst all the processed performers we see too often these days it’s so refreshing when people do their own thing. We’d already seen her perform at Brighton Fashion Week this year so we knew how alive her show was. Having her man fake perform oral sex on her, though, was undoubtedly taking it to another level. The Artful Badger stage; a true treat and one that I must return to.

Waking up wet, hungover and seriously dishevelled there was just one thing for it; to get amongst the famous SGP paint fight. This is where thousands of revellers all congregate at the main stage and divide into two parties; SGP virgins and SGP veterans. Then they beat the crap out of each other with balls of beautiful dry coloured paint bombs, inspired by Holi; the Hindu festival of colours. A stunning sight and lovely SGP tradition brought about by a group of people who just decided to do it at the Garden one day.
Paint Fight SGP 13

After chatting at length to Nathe, our V-Dubya van man and SGP veteran, he informed us that SGP have always encouraged people to do their own thing, and that the festival’s main ethos (aside from getting naked and being free) was largely about audience participation. Something also adopted by the Arts branch of the company, Secret Arts, who fund large interactive installations that we saw a lot of this weekend. We also learned that SGP first came about because a group of friends just wanted to have a good party together. And that was evident during the Saturday night speech in between 2ManyDJs and Faithless that lay beside the laser/fireworks/ship explosion. It was dedicated to the festival’s friend, Vito, who passed away recently. Vito was a well loved guy among the UK festival community and despite tens of thousands of people being gathered at the main stage, all there to see the show, I thought it was great that SGP gave pause and thought to their friend. I never knew Vito but after the speech and seeing the beautiful display you felt honoured to have been part of something so personal and important.

After being back home and taking it all in you realise, there’s just something about being left to your own devices, feral, and semi drunk with a group of really nice strangers for a while that’s so utterly important to the make up of human sanity. To know that you can set yourself free, into the wild and be okay, more than okay, and come back home, rested, unscathed and feeling fresh to take on life again, is just great. Not at any point during SGP did we witness or feel disorder or unkindness in any way and this is something I personally feel has helped to make this festival stand out from some of the other popular ones in the UK today, certainly the larger ones anyway. At a 32,000 capacity and set in 220 acres of land, it’s nice to know people will have your back should stuff decide to get real.

I’m sat writing this a few days after the event and I tell you, festivals like this one are special. And they do very strange things to you. We were only gone for a couple of days, we didn’t even commit to the full event but it feels like we were there for weeks. I was hoping that the Garden would ‘get’ me, and it did. I love it when I form a relationship with a new special place, it’s important to have these breaks from normal life. People pay thousands for therapy but all you really need is one good festival a year, to clear your head and let your inner wild run free for a few days. If I had to invest in one festival, one that could promise so much and would deliver more, it would be this one.

‘Til next year SGP!

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