FRIDAY 18/5

FOLK / FESTIVAL

LANKUM AT ST GEORGE’S CHURCH: 2000

Acclaimed Dublin four-piece Lankum combine vocals with uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. To see them in action, click here. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £16

ROCK / DRAG

ADORE DELANO AT CONCORDE 2 : 1930

Adore Delano aka Danny Noriega is a Californian drag artist and singer who competed in American Idol 10 years ago and whose latest album, Whatever was released last summer. To see Adore in action, click here and for venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £35

JAZZ 

ALINA BZHEZHINSKA QUARTED FEATURING TONY KOFI AT THE VERDICT: 2000

An unusual line-up: Ukranian/Polish musician Alina Bzhezhinska on harp, Tony Kofi on saxes, Larry Bartley on bass and Joel Prime on drums. The quartet kind their inspiration in the music of John and (Jazz harp player) Alice Coltrane. For venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £15

LIVE MUSIC / NEW ACTS

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL (VARIOUS VENUES – THURSDAY TO SATURDAY)

Day two of the annual Great Escape Festival, showcasing new music at venues across Brighton for three days. Kemptown venues which are participating include The Latest Bar, Patterns, Horatio’s (on the Pier), St Mary’s Church and Volks. For a comprehensive day-by-day guide to what’s on when, visit their website — or download the app.

CABARET

 A MUSICAL HISTORY OF 24 GEORGE ST AT BOM-BANE’S: 1900-2130

Jane Bom-Bane and her musical collaborators can be relied to produce an evening which is quirky, fun and accompanied by good home cooking. This is a musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm’s Tun to present day Bom-Bane’s in George St, with the building’s colourful historical inhabitants brought to life. Meal included. For event (and menu) and venue details, click here. 

Tickets £25 / £12.50


SATURDAY 19/5

JAZZ 

JOSS PEACH TRIO AT THE VERDICT 1900

Joss Peach (piano, percussion) is joined by Oz Dechaine on double bass and Milo Fell on drums. Expect “a mix of standards and originals, with plenty of room for spontaneous detours along the way… driving rhythms and intricate textures, always guided by a strong sense of melody and groove.” For venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £10 / £5

POP / FESTIVAL / SINGER-SONGWITER

NAKHANE AT ST GEORGE’S CHURCH: 1430

Award-winning South African singer Nathan has a wonderful voice – and has been tipped by The Guardian as ‘One to Watch’. He’s also a pioneer, speaking openly about his struggles to be an openly gay man within the Xhosa community. For a taste of his sound, click here. For event and venue details, click here. 

Tickets: £10

LIVE MUSIC / NEW ACTS

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL (VARIOUS VENUES – THURSDAY TO SATURDAY)

Last day of  the annual Great Escape Festival, showcasing new music at venues across Brighton for three days. Kemptown venues which are participating include The Latest Bar, Patterns, Horatio’s (on the Pier), St Mary’s Church and Volks. For a comprehensive day-by-day guide to what’s on when, visit their website — or download the app.

NEW MUSIC

ALTERNATIVE ESCAPE AT SHORTT’S BAR: 1800 ONWARDS

Shortt’s offers more than four hours of live bands as an ‘Alternative Escape’ to the Great Escape festival taking place elsewhere across town. Bands include: Of Empires, Dantevilles, Dirty Orange, Beach Riot,  The Racket, Carnation, Courtyards and New Tropics. For venue details, click here. 

POP

LE FIL AT THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE: 2030-2130

Le Fil is a British-Chinese pop artist, and tonight he/she/it “explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, desire and objectification through a fusion of gender-bending performance art, hip-thrusting dance, twisted autobiography and kaleidoscopic music from his ‘Nightlife’ EP .” To get a taste of what that sounds like, click here. For event and venue details, click here.

Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50

COVERS

BLAKK TREAKLE AT THE RANELAGH: 2130

The Ranelagh is one of Brighton’s most iconic music venues: the Late Gary Moore played there – and there’s a lively Blues’ scene. Tonight’s band is covers band Blakk Treakle. To see them in action on a Bill Withers number, click here. For venue details, click here.

CABARET

 A MUSICAL HISTORY OF 24 GEORGE ST AT BOM-BANE’S: 1900-2130

Jane Bom-Bane and her musical collaborators can be relied to produce an evening which is quirky, fun and accompanied by good home cooking. This is a musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm’s Tun to present day Bom-Bane’s in George St, with the building’s colourful historical inhabitants brought to life. Meal included. For event (and menu) and venue details, click here. 

Tickets £25 / £12.50

 


SUNDAY 20/5

GEORGE MICHAEL TRIBUTE

FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY AT CONCORDE 2: 1930-2300

Hard to manage to look and sound like George Michael, but according to The Stage magazine, Wayne Dilks and his eight-piece band manage impressively. The Saturday performance at Concorde 2 is already sold out. Expect hits including from Wham! and the solo years, including Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, and Careless Whisper. For venue details, click here.

Tickets: £18.50

JAZZ

LIVE SUNDAY JAZZ AT THE HAND IN HAND: 2000-2300

How is it possible to fit so much entertainment into such a tiny, cosy space? The Hand in Hand team explains that the line-up for their weekly Sunday jazz sessions can change right up till the last minute – but neither that, nor much else, really, is a problem at this relaxed pub which specialises in unusual and specialist beers. For venue details, click here.

CABARET

 A MUSICAL HISTORY OF 24 GEORGE ST AT BOM-BANE’S: 1900-2130

Jane Bom-Bane and her musical collaborators can be relied to produce an evening which is quirky, fun and accompanied by good home cooking. This is a musical journey from 400 AD Boerthelm’s Tun to present day Bom-Bane’s in George St, with the building’s colourful historical inhabitants brought to life. Meal included. For event (and menu) and venue details, click here. 

Tickets £25 / £12.50