What's one to do when they are bored with Brighton's infamous Pier amusements,
and has then had their fill of the plethora of fashion and food-orientated
establishments that are packed into Brighton's cosmopolitan city centre?
Aside from any shows that might be playing in the few theatres in the city,
there should be a decent gig or two on in Brighton on any given night, with
the Concorde 2, seemingly one of the best venues to head for if good quality
live music is indeed your bag.
Larger venues such as the Dome and the Brighton Centre logically stage gigs by the
best known bands (such as Greenday, GLC and The Hives).
Still, if up-and-coming bands are more your thing, then there is a tiny venue
called Audio - to be conveniently found literally a hundred or so yards from the
Palace Pier - on Marine Parade.
And it was here that I witnessed The Black Velvets make a play for thoroughly deserved fame.
It's a pity, though, that the venue didn't seem to be worthy of such a brilliant
rock 'n' roll band. There can't have been many more than forty people watching
the gig, with Audio being little more than a dingy and dark basement venue.
There was supposed to be a support band on before the BV's, but as the first
band - and as it later transpired the only band - of the evening smashed into
the exuberantly riff-rolled Get On Your Life anthem, it became apparent that
there wasn't to be a support band after all (I later learned they'd cancelled,
but none of the punters were informed and the entrance charge to the gig was in
no way modified; thus, everybody was charged a pretty dear £6 for just the one band).
Thankfully, the long-haired Black Velvet boys put on a stunning rock show that
also featured their new single 3345 (due for release in March), and - given the
exhilarating quality of the quartet's tunes - there really is no wonder that
the nation's music presses are collectively wetting themselves over
the prospect of this band, with 2005 genuinely looking to be the year that
these guys break into the mainstream.
It's just a shame that their set was only about half an hour long.
Thank God then that they played as though they were performing in front of a
stadium crowd, further proving that their rock 'n' roll livin' and lovin'
hearts are in the right place...
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Saturday 12th February - Last People on Earth and The Morphines at Sweet n Sour, Silhouette Club By Michelle Dee
Sweet n Sour has a new home, a new night and a different feel. In order to take advantage of the Saturday night crowd the Sweet n Sour promoters have moved to Silhouette on Park Street.
As I walked up Princes Ave I heard shouting then saw in the distance a brawl breaking out.
Music Reviews - 23rd January 05 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
Young Jesse Malin, trading New York for Olde York for one night only! I could hardly contain myself
at the prospect, for Jesse is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to have emerged from
New York City in the past few years since the release of his beautiful debut album,
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th February 05 - Elobo at The Adelphi By Lucy Kynman
Many of you who go out on a regular basis will know the disappointment you get when you're
shakin' your thing on the dance floor and the music changes to your least favourite track.
Wouldn't it be nice for every song played to be one that you love, so you could party
Music Reviews -
Tuesday 25th January - Mike (The Bonnits) and The Last People on Earth at The Sesh By Daniel Laney Photos by Darren Rogers
Quite saddened by the fact that this was going to be my last trip to The Sesh in a while,
I hesitantly vacated the cars warm interior, knowing full well as soon as my battered
trainers hit the cold, coarse concrete, the evenings egg timer would be turned and
I would be left
Music Reviews - Thursday 3rd February - Ernest with Park and Ride, Dirty Dreamers and Steve Reed at Thee Box, Asylum By Michelle Dee
In, what has been a busy week, I had a date with The Asylum pencilled in.
I arrived in good time, and queued with a few others, eventually we were all let in.
Tonight's admission was £4 very reasonable for four acts.
For those not in the know The Asylum is a large venue
Music Reviews - Saturday 5th February 05 - Sidewinder, Mr. Mojo and Tekoba at The Late Room, Manchester By Richard Kemp (Racing Pulse Records / Tardis Music)
Saturday saw Hull's latest assault on the Manchester music scene in the form of Sidewinder,
Mr Mojo, and Tekoba as well as two coach loads of some of
the city's most dedicated music fans and followers.
The event organised and run by Red OktoberRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 2nd February 05 - M.J. Hibbett at The Lamp By Michelle Dee
Tonight the Lamp is filled with an eclectic crowd all anticipating the return of M.J. Hibbett to Hull.
He has brought a Validator with him this time, in the shape of the violinist Tom Mc Clure who appears
on many of the Hibbett Recordings.
Music Reviews - Saturday 29 January - ThisisUll 'avin' it large in Liverpool with Blue Sand and Park and Ride, Courtesy of Under the Influence By Michelle Dee
The last Saturday in January 2005 is sure to become one of the most treasured days of my life.
Long before we arrived in Liverpool, the excitement was overflowing.
Owing much to all the fun and great atmosphere that my fellow Park and Riders
Music Reviews - Sunday 23rd January 05 - Tsunami Benefit Gig at The Welly By Daniel Laney Photos by Mo
The Freaks Union, Silence In The Streets, BB Bruce, Diverse Unit, The Favours and Face to Feet.
The winter's bitter chill began to make my hands weak and numb as I walked along the street in the pitch black.
Whilst listening to my walkman I began to ask myself what the
Music Reviews - Park & Ride, Andy (The Sneaks),Andy Cornfoot Tue 18th Jan - The Sesh at The Linnet & Lark By Daniel Laney Photos by Michelle Dee
For two Tuesdays in a row now The Sesh has proved to be the venue of choice.
Last week it was almost impossible to move, due to all the people that turned out to show
their support for the tsunami benefit gig.
This Tuesday the whole place is again full, it may not be as
Music Reviews - Tuesday 11th Jan - Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Gig at The Sesh By Lee Atkinson Photos Darren Rogers
A Turismo acoustic session, a new member of The Bonnitts, The Johnsons making their live debut, all at
The Linnet and, most importantly, all for a very important cause.
The date is 11th January and I am standing in the middle of an enthusiastic crowd at a very
Music Reviews - The Reputations, Jonny Panic and When Water Comes at The Ringside
- Mon 17th Jan By Daniel Laney
You know it's been a good night when your face hurts from smiling and ears are ringing from
the evening's entertainment. The performance given last night from all three bands made the
evening highly entertaining.
It was also the first time that I had managed