mon 23/10/2017

Brighton Festival

The Unfilmables, Brighton Festival review - lost classics get soundtracks they deserve

The main room of the Duke of York’s is humming. Brighton’s cinema-goers and music-lovers have turned out in their droves to catch Wrangler (an electronic outfit made up of Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, Tuung’s Phil Winter, and producer Benge...

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High Focus Records showcase, Brighton Festival review - smart hip hop, dodgy sound

The two main commands coming from the stage at this evening's Brighton Festival event are “Everybody jump, jump” and “Put your hands in the air and go side-to-side”. The crowd are mostly under 30 and emanate dancing energy from the moment the doors...

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Kate Tempest with Orchestrate, Brighton Festival review - heartfelt poetic dynamite

The capacity crowd at the Brighton Dome occasionally bursts into noisy life, whooping, whistling, roaring with indignation as poet and Brighton Festival 2017 Guest Director Kate Tempest performs her album of last autumn, Let Them Eat Chaos. During...

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Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore, Brighton Festival review - impeccably crafted silliness

There are two types of family-friendly entertainment; the kind you’d happily watch a bit of whether you have small children in tow or not (The Simpsons, The Clangers, Laurel & Hardy, etc), and those where you grit your teeth, hold your nose, and...

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Five Short Blasts, Brighton Festival review - atmospheric boat trip is set adrift

Few Brightonians now set off in boats from what was formerly the fishing village of Brighthelmstone. Not many of us even get as far as the Pier. Brighton Festival director Kate Tempest’s mission to reach the city’s far-flung corners was therefore...

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Hot 8 Brass Band, Brighton Festival review - rapturously received New Orleans party music

New Orleans musicians are diplomats as well these days. The Crescent City’s greatest son, Louis Armstrong, once made a live album, Ambassador Satch, in which, backed by the State Department, he toured post-war Europe as the finest the USA had to...

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Under The Skin, Brighton Festival review - slow-burning sci-fi gem with live Mica Levi soundtrack

There is a moment in Under The Skin when it’s finally revealed what happens to the men Scarlett Johannsson’s deadpan alien has been seducing and bringing back to her various crash pads. In the strange gloop-scape these unfortunate individuals find...

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Chineke! Orchestra, Brighton Festival / Saleem Ashkar, Wigmore Hall

Anyone who missed the opening Southbank concerts of the Chinike! Orchestra, figurehead of a foundation which aims to give much-needed help to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians, could and now can (on YouTube) catch snippets of...

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For The Birds, Brighton Festival review - 'night walk into exquisite sensory thrills'

For The Birds is art as event, described in the Brighton Festival programme as “an immersive night-time adventure into a wild avian landscape”. It takes place throughout the Festival and, judging from its opening weekend, looks likely to prove very...

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Folk Singer Shirley Collins' Pick of Brighton Festival 2017

Shirley Collins was one of the Sixties British folk music revival’s central figures. Having built a reputation as a highly rated innovator and interpreter during the course of the decade (initially with her lover/partner, American folklorist Alan...

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10 Questions for Photographer Eddie Otchere

Eddie Otchere is best known for the plethora of photographs he’s taken of artists from hip hop’s golden age, circa the late-Eighties/early-Nineties. He’s shot everyone from icons such as Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls, to the late Aaliyah to a startling...

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10 Questions for Artist Jony Easterby

Jony Easterby (b. 1966) is an artist renowned for working on large-scale projects that combine the natural world with technology and sound. Born and raised in Birmingham, he now resides in the Welsh countryside at Machynlleth, Powys. As a recording...

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