Music Events

Giant Sand

Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton

Wednesday June 6, 7.30pm

Tickets £20

Americana group Giant Sand formed in 1985 in Tucson, Arizona, and this gig is among the group’s first dates in the UK for two years. With Howe Gelb the group’s mainstay, other members and guests have included P J Harvey, Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth and Chris Cacaos from Green on Red.

Phone 01273 673311 or visit concorde2.co.uk.



Songwriting Retreat with Chris Difford

Tilton House, Lewes Road, Firle

Thursday-Monday June 7-11

£499

Spend four days with Chris Difford, founder of 80s rock band Squeeze and one of the UK’s finest lyricists, as he guides participants through the writing process. The retreat, which includes up to 10 sessions, includes a special guest appearance on Saturday.

Phone 01323 811570, email info@tiltonhouse.co.uk or visit tiltonhouse.co.uk.



Hell Is For Heroes

Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton

Thursday June 7, 7pm

Tickets £20

Hell Is For Heroes are on tour as they revisit their acclaimed 2003 album The Neon Handshake, which features their singles I Can Climb Mountains, Night Vision and You Drove Me To It.

Phone 01273 673311 or visit concorde2.co.uk.



The Music of George Harrison

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

Thursday June 7, 7.30pm

Tickets £18/pensioners and children £17

George Harrison wrote many of The Beatles’ songs including Something, Here Comes The Sun and While My Guitar Gently Weeps, as well as solo hits such as My Sweet Lord. Tonight, All Things Must Pass Orchestra, a 10-piece ensemble band from Brighton formed by band leader Alex Eberhard and dedicated to the work of the Quiet Beatle, deliver his songs with energy and skill.

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.



Human Cargo

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Thursday June 7, 8pm

Tickets £15

Human Cargo is a night of story and song as storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton and American traditional music legend Jeff Warner cast fresh light on human migration together. Each performance features stories researched locally as part of the Parallel Lives project, which gathers local stories of migration.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.



Habadekuk in Concert

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday June 8, 8pm

Tickets £16

Eight-man band Habadekuk catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century in a vibrant mix of folk, rock, salsa and big band jazz. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes and rough n’ ready sailor songs from this Danish band that has wooed audiences across Europe, Asia and Canada.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



A Bernstein Songfest for the City Angels & Friends

Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester

Saturday June 9, time to be announced

Tickets: by invitation

“In Chichester, I heard angels sing,” Leonard Bernstein wrote in the New York Times after his visit to Chichester Cathedral in 1965 to hear the first performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms. As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer, this informal singing session brings together and honours Chichester’s City Angels, trained volunteers who go into the city centre between 10pm and 2am every Friday and two Saturday nights a month to help make it a safer place. The session, to enjoy Bernstein’s music from West Side Story and Wonderful Town, is led by choral leader Emily Barden with pianist Jeff Leach.

Read our feature on the Bernstein in Chichester Festival.

Email info@bernsteininchichester.com.



The Shires

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday June 9, 7pm

Tickets £23.50, £29.50 and £33.50

The Shires are the biggest-selling UK country act of all time and have just released their third album, Accidentally on Purpose. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the new album combines country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. Their special guests tonight are Andy Brown and Sinead Burgess. Picture: Pip.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.



Purple Zeppelin

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Saturday June 9, 7.30pm

Tickets £20.50

Purple Zeppelin pay tribute to two of the greatest rock bands, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, in a full-on two-and-a-half hour show complete with costume changes for each band. The show by these four musicians with decades of playing between them is more than just a great band performing all the greatest hits – it’s also a theatrical insight into these two giants of rock, complete with special effects, onstage ‘artistic differences’ and audience participation.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.



Whitney: Queen of the Night

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Saturday June 9, 7.30pm

Tickets £25/concs £23/FWT £21

This celebration of the music and life of Whitney Houston features a line-up of musicians and artistes who perform the star’s classic hits including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby and I Will Always Love You.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



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