Music Events

Brighton Fringe 2018

Various venues, Brighton, Hove and beyond

Friday May 4-Sunday June 3

Tickets on sale from March 1

With more than 1,000 events, Brighton’s creative soul is showcased in Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival. Featuring a host “wild and wonderful performers”, the creative, fun and off-beat festival sets out to “stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a wide variety of art forms  – and all of this in an iconic city with unique cultural heritage”. Events range from performances of Myra, the story of Myra Hindley, performed by Pretty Villain Productions at Brighton’s Rialto Theatre, to My Divorce Runneth Over, with three blokes looking at life in the divorced lane at at The Richmond in Brighton. There are food tours, history tours and an aquarium history tour, loads of comedy, art including an exhibition of work by Melvyn Biddulph at the Skyway Gallery in Shoreham-by-Sea, storytelling, children’s events and improvisation. Highlights include seasons of Dutch, Flemish and Finnish work, as well as an impressive slew of world premieres. A theme of the festival this year is widening access to the arts, so there will be more than 300 free events. Picture: Fringe performers The Kalande Drummers at the launch of the Fringe programme at Brighton station/picture: Stephen Lawrence.

Phone 01273 917272, email boxoffice@brightonfringe.org or visit brightonfringe.org.



The Spire Secret Festival

 

The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27, and June 1 and 2

Free

The Spire, a creative space for theatre, dance, circus and performance makers located in the Grade II-listed St Mark’s Chapel, whose faded glory has been reborn, hosts Kemptown’s first secret festival programme. Visitors can discover experimental art, unusual performance and out-of-the-ordinary music.  Performances happen throughout the evenings. Opening the festival with performances on May 4, 5 and 6 at 9pm will be performance innovators DOTDASH, with Passing Phase: 24 lights. 24 loops. 24 minutes. A dazzling ode to chaos, performed in circles. DOTDASH explore patterns, order and disorder, to ask: is hope a Passing Phase? DOTDASH is the collaboration between Eoin Furbank and Jessica Jordan-Wrench. Together they make noisy theatre, live and installation art. On May 11, RAW will take over the Spire bar. RAW is a low-key evening of bite-sized performance and experimentation, run by independent producers with no agenda and no pressure! RAW was conceived by Abby Butcher, Ruth Dudman and Faith Dodkins and has been imagined as a space for the creative community of Brighton & Hove to come together in a social setting – part theatre, part social-club, part extension of your living room. Pictures: Rosie Powell.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/thespirearts/ or thespirearts.org.



Brighton Festival 2018

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Saturday Sunday May 5-27

Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (pictured) is the guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival, following in the footsteps of arts luminaries including Kate Tempest, Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith, Hofesh Shecter and Michael Rosen. His offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus’s seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and performances from genderqueer rock‘n’roll hero Ezra Furman and cult-favourite Amanda Palmer. Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name, which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the ‘model’, there is an illustrated talk billed as ‘containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring’, and a screening of a documentary about his work. Other events close to the artist’s heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad (picture below); and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley’s poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. Picture of David Shrigley: Victor Frankowski. Picture below: John Janca.

Phone 01273 709709, email tickets@brightonfestival.org or visit brightonfestival.org.

Read our feature on the Brighton Festival.



Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit steyningfestival.co.uk.



Black Magic – The Little Mix Show

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath

Tuesday May 29, 7pm

Tickets £15 and £12/family of 4 £48

This tribute band to award-winning girl band Little Mix has all the big hits, including Black Magic, Hair, Love Me Like You, How Ya Doin, Wings, Shout Out To My Ex and covers from their time on The X Factor. Added extras include dance competitions, free giveaways and a meet-and-greet with the girls after the show.

Phone 01444 455440 or visit clairhall.org.



Digital Sound Makers

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Thursday May 31, 2pm-5pm

Tickets £8. For ages 11-19

This half-day introduction to making music and sound with RaspberryPi is hosted by musician and educator Fingers Push Buttons. Participants can learn some of the basic principles of Raspberry Pi, assemble it for audio, learn how to use freely available softwares such as Sonic Pi and Pure Data to transform it into a unique instrument and make a performance or sound art installation. The workshop is for any young person with an interest in music, sound art, sound design, synthesis, audio manipulation and/or computing.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.



The Blues Band – 40 Years and Back for More

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead

Thursday May 31, 7.30pm

Tickets  £26

The Blues Band, which features the five virtuosos Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher, are celebrating their 40th year with a performance of blues music. Many of The Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these music industry veterans decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’.  Since then, they have released 20 albums and played thousands of gigs.

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.



The Counterfeit Stones: Street Fighting Sham

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Thursday May 31, 8pm

Tickets £25

Street Fighting Sham is the latest show by The Counterfeit Stones in a night of pure unadulterated copy rock. Now in their 27th year, these prank stars continue to deliver the best mock ‘n’ roll show on the circuit. Packed with big hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of Spinal Tap humour, it’s Satis-fiction guaranteed.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



Kylie On Show

St Paul’s Art Centre, 55b Chapel Road, Worthing

Friday June 1, 7pm

Tickets £12.50/£16 on the door

Kylie On Show is a tribute to pop princess Kylie Minogue, complete with the look, the sound and the atmosphere. Featuring all her greatest hits, authentic costumes and the sound and lighting, the original Minoguettes sing live backing vocals. All proceeds go to Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning difficulties to live the best lives possible.

Phone 0843 902 0768 or visit stpaulsworthing.co.uk.



The Jive Aces: Jump, Jive & Wail

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday June 1, 8pm

Tickets £19

The Jive Aces present their spectacular Jump, Jive & Wail show with guests Miss Amy Baker, a singer from Portsmouth, and the JiveSwing.com lindy hoppers. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, they were the first jive band to reach the final rounds of Britain’s Got Talent. The live show includes classics like When You’re Smiling, Mack The Knife and Sing, Sing, Sing, plus originals such as La Dolce Vita taken from their various albums.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



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