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Brighton BnB hosts special one-off gig

Usually the only music you here in a Brighton BnB drifts out from a knackered radio in reception. And you can guarantee it’s tuned to Bland 103 FM.

Aidy, on tour

Aidy, on tour

Well, as the only BnB in Brighton with a real blog – rather than a ‘what’s on’ list – The Ambassador is bringing some outstanding live music to the party.

Aidy is playing a one-off gig on Saturday 9th July  at 8 p.m. – this is the man who wrote a song every week for a year! The singer/ songwriter’s first album drew an insightful review from Steve Lamacq, who described it as having a “cinematic quality that pervades the haunting weirdness”.

It’s going to be intimate, and a rare chance to catch him with his three piece – picked up a recording contract this year, so watch out.

Tickets are £free, yes free – that’s just the way he rolls -so spread the word: the best Brighton BnB is also putting on live music. Come on down!

Saturday 9th at 8 p.m.

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Brighton’s turning Japanese, I really think so…

There are not many people who’d ever say that when visiting Brighton they didn’t have a ‘cultural’ experience. ‘Culture’ is hard to define when we are talking about Brighton – it’s more a hybrid soup of styles and superficialities – and when it comes to describing other countries’ cultures, it’s often best to let them do the talking.

Brighton Japan Festival

Brighton Japan Festival

Across Brighton this week there’s a celebration of Japanese culture – and it’s not all sushi and stereotypes. Brighton Japan Festival features both the contemporary and the traditional. So while you’ll get taiko drumming, you’ll also be baffled by poster art of the 1960’s – and Nintendo gamers will get an all-nighter.

It’s a treat for Anime fans, as the week ends with the Asahi Anime Festival, where the oddest fashions to ever grace even Brighton streets will take centre stage.

Expect whisky tasting, cult movie watching at the Duke of York’s and tasty, tasty Japanese treats served up all week.

Visiting Brighton and want to check out what’s happening? Pop along to Moshi Moshi as it’s the centrepiece of it all.

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Family weekends in Brighton on People’s Day

Some people looking to entertain the kids might think it’s too much of a party town, yet spending family weekends in Brighton you’ll soon find the town lays on lots of family friendly events, take this weekends People’s Day festival.

Slap in the middle of town thee are ten different zones to explore, stages and performances and plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

People's day map

People's day map

The part of town known as the North Laine area is the place to start looking for the family friendly activities. History zone, Play zone, even quiet zone can al be found within a few minutes’ walk.

And there’s a rare opportunity to get unique access to the backstage areas on a guided tour around the Theatre Royal.

There’s a stage in New Road and also one inside the Dome, where the local community groups will be performing. From Zumba dancing to Archaeology boot camps, there are activities to brighten up every kid’s day and make family weekends in Brighton a regular event.

The fun and games start at 10 a.m. so give them an early wake up, grab a bite from your Brighton B&B and get into interactive mood!

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Spend your weekends in Brighton worshipping the stars

Most weekends in Brighton, for the party crowd at least, are spent in deep indulgence. Well, this month it’s time for the stars to come to town. And not just stars of the DJ booth or the big screen, we’ve got some stars of their own bedroom visiting Brighton. Yes, it’s time for Britain’s Got Talent to hit Brighton!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

After the bull****ers and bedroom divas were weaned out, the show kept the best acts to take on tour, and they are here, on 22 June.

Four days later, seasoned pro Michael Ball will be bringing his new show to the Brighton Centre and showing them how it’s really done.

‘Girls just want to have fun’ could well be the motto for girls spending their party weekends in Brighton, and for one girl, Cyndi Lauper, it’s exactly what she’ll be doing on 28 June. The pop icon and 80’s fashion find will be knocking out the tunes in the Brighton Dome.

Concord2 is also hosting some stars of old and new. Ratpack and Ellis Dee get the old skool ravers jumping on 18 June, while Adam Ant will stand and deliver tunes from his greatest hits tour.

It’s not just the weekends in Brighton that are star-studded, look at our listings to see more of what’s on in Brighton day-to-day.

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Visiting Brighton: Bikes and birthday suits

UK has really clear laws about public nudity and us Brits have a bit of a reputation as prudes. Well, this weekend anyone visiting Brighton for the first time will get a very different view. That’s because it’s not just in the Brighton bed and breakfasts where the action is happening…

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride!

Visiting Brighton - be prepared: it's naked bike ride! Pic: Flickr/Elsie esq

It’s on the streets and it’s on two wheels. And if you want to see bums, bushes and bits of all shapes and sizes you will have come to the right town. Ladies and gentlemen – and very embarrassed old ladies – it’s the Brighton Naked Bike Ride!

Last year, a marvellous 800 people bared all and pedaled around the streets of this oddball town. They had a ball, all to demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists – although, if you look closely – if you must – you’ll probably notice that many are just happy to get their kit off!

If all this skin is too much, get yourself to the beach; but not to Black Rock Beach, because as Brighton’s naked beach it’s in a constant state of undress.

The spokesperson for the ride wasn’t available for a comment, but the only real complaint we’d expect to hear is likely to be from the tandem rider – the one at the rear!

If you’re here for a family weekend, don’t worry or shut yourselves into your Brighton bed and breakfast, just look at our Brighton local events pages – you’ll see there’s a lot happening for the clothed community too!

Our favourite activity this weekend – after Brighton’s contribution to World Naked Bike Ride:

North Laine Summer Walks – Starting from outside Brighton Museum & taking

you back in time to when the North Laine was the industrial and commercial centre

of Brighton, 11am, £3

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Top 10 tips for the London to Brighton bike ride

It’s less than two weeks away, so if you haven’t cycled it before, here’s ten tips to help you on the London to Brighton bike ride, and a great vid from the organisers (tip 11 – book a Brighton Bed and Breakfast for Sunday night, you might just need it!)

1.  Prepare: bit late if you are just getting started! Ideally you’ll be putting in a mixture of rides: longer weekend sessions to get you used to spending time on the bike, regular commutes to keep the legs ticking over, and hopefully some hill training to get your fitness up.

2.  Check the map: Yes, the crowds will help you on your way, however you’ll be far better off if you have an idea of the scale of the challenge ahead.

3.  Check the hills: There are four lung busters on the road to Brighton. Note when they start and you’ll be prepared mentally for the harder sections – and remember: there may be four big ‘uns but there are many other smaller uphill sections waiting for you.

4.  Trial your clothing: Whatever you do, don’t wear a new pair of shorts, or an outfit you’ve never cycled in before – beware the dreaded chafe!

5.  Prepare your bike: the absolute least you should do is make sure your tyres have enough air (A), your brakes work (B), and your chain is oiled (C). And make sure your gears are working – you are going to need them!

6.  Prepare some food: Big breaky of oats or similar would be a great start, although you should plan to be munching along the way. Look for snacks with lots of carbohydrates but avoid the sticky bars – chocolate is lovely but it’s not the best energy source.

7.  Get fluids ready: So important to keep hydrated, even if it’s overcast. Make sure you start with plenty and keep topping up along the way. After an hour of exercising, the body needs to replace lost salts and minerals. An easy way to do this is to add a little salt to your water and perhaps some natural sugars from a splash of apple juice.

8.  Sort your team tactics: It’s not the Tour de France, but you should sort out what to do if you separate, and how you plan to ride he hills – together or meet at the top – it’s guaranteed to be busy.

9.  Get ready for the Green Monster: Ditchling Beacon is the last hill before you head into Brighton, and it’s tough. Coming to Brighton for the weekend, you probably won’t have seen have seen it before. As you leave Ditchling Village get some water on, shove in the emergency sweeties or choccy (it’s instant energy and useful psychological support) and don’t stop at the bottom to prepare; if you’ve any chance of making it to the top, do it with warm legs.

10.  Love every minute! It’s a fantastic ride, and for anyone new to cycling a really memorable challenge. On Sunday night every bed and breakfast in Brighton will be packed with tired cyclists, off to their slumbers after a couple of well deserved pints.

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Gladrags and handbags: it’s Brighton Fashion Week

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!
So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.
What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?
Brighton is like my home town as my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets people’s heart to visit or live. Its my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.
How do you describe your style?
I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar somewhere for a night out.
This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?
Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends. Smiling is much better than looking hot.
Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?
Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:
For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.
Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Brighton has always been a fashionable place. Hotels in Brighton have long hosted designers, stylists and photographers keen to shoot here. And we know the shopping in Brighton out of this world!

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

Masato soon to be showing in Brighton

So, when it comes to Brighton Fashion Week, it’s no surprise that we’ve got a fabulous fashion designer and pattern cutter, Masato, staying with us in our Brighton bed and breakfast.

Busy preparing for the show, we caught up with him:

What’s in your mix for Brighton Fashion Week?

Brighton is like my home town as its my first place to live in UK. It’s a feeling that Brighton gets in people’s heart to visit or live. It’s my pleasure to come home and show my collection in Brighton.

How do you describe your style?

I want them to be real and comfortable. It would be nice if a girl in my clothes is in the jazz bar, somewhere for a night out.

This summer, what’s hot and what’s not for looking cool on Brighton beach?

Doing whatever you want to do on the beach with your friends – Smiling is much better than looking hot!

Your one summer styling tip for guys and one for girls:

For guys including me, we must get cool t-shirts. For girls, let’s wear skirts more.

Seen anything special in the madcap mix of styles of Brighton?

Definitely the mapcap Jess Eaton! (she’s showing again this year)

Why should people come from London to go shopping in Brighton?

Shopping is not only  about buying something. Take your friends to Brighton for shopping and have a fun. I promise that it will be one of your favourite days-out!

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Artists Open Houses: Our pick of the bunch

Fantasy house moves over and it’s the work that soon teases your attention, in our pick of the open houses. With some skill, photographer Ted Davis and his partner have transformed their living room into an exhibition space worthy of a contemporary gallery.

Pride of place in the typically expansive bay window is a sculpture by Steve Yeates, made from ’socially intrinsic recycled materials’ – see ‘broken glass’.

Image: Ted Davis

Image: Ted Davis

Ted’s detailed images of floral organics (flowers) are boldly set, and show his dedication to this theme is returning some stunning images.

By pooling the talents of six other artists: Richard P.Cook, oil and water colours; Liz Hancock, silver and gold jewellery based on organic forms; Annie Mendelow, oil and pastel paintings: Tim Dolby, richly textured mixed media; and Catherine Beckett, silver and gold jewellery, they’ve brought something unique to the room.

And it’s something Ted hopes to continue, with more regular events and collective exhibitions planned.

The only disappointment in all this were the cakes: there wasn’t any – but who’d eat cakes in a gallery!

Fantastic flat, warmly hosted and highly recommended!

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Visiting Brighton Citroen shows its C-side

Fringe sponsors

Fringe sponsors

Zipping through the seafront traffic past the Brighton bed & breakfasts and not a sound. That’s because, thanks to Citroen, we had a whole hour in one of the company’s new electric cars. And we can tell you: it was impressive. Visiting Brighton you’d think there would be more of these on the roads, but these were the first we’d seen and they looked great.

As sponsors of the Brighton Festival Fringe Citroen has taken a back seat, letting the acts, not the company PR, do the talking – smart move, as we’re hardly a crowd that likes overpowering corporate sponsorship of our much-prized arts events.
But getting out its two funky new Citroen C-Zero electric cars for the public was a wise move: A town with a green council, thousands of cyclists and streets busy with holiday-makers leaving hotels in Brighton, it’s the perfect place to show off the newest green motor.

Citroen checks out the arches

Citroen checks out the arches

Parked up and charged up outside Brighton town hall, it wasn’t long before these two bumble bee-yellow bubble cars racked up the miles.

We took ours out along the coast to see if it had the horses to keep up with traffic, and it did. Then it was into the marina to see how it fared in small spaces – its turning circle proved as tight as the Sunday market traders.

Not cheap mind (32k) – there’s a government grant to bring costs down – although for now, Citroen is really still showing what can be done in a practical city car. With a decent range (90+ miles), useable top speed (80mph) and room for four and a couple of bags of shopping, it could tempt if you’ve the money, or maybe make a council car –  perhaps we’ll see the Mayor / Caroline Lucas behind the wheel?

Most cyclists I know would like a car, it just needs to be a green car – even if it is bright yellow. And Brighton’s the perfect place to see what it’s really like to live with an electric car. No emmissions, no road tax, no petrol and you can charge them from 8 points around the city – perfect even for people just visiting Brighton: C’mon Citroen, roll it out!

If you think Citroen should let our blogger test the C-Zero for a month, so we can see really how good it is, vote on the hotel’s Facebook page

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Music festival season has begun: The Great Escape

Hotels in Brighton have been packed out every weekend with families enjoying weekends in Brighton and the hours of summer sun. Well, now it’s the turn of the partygoers as music festival season has begun!

As summer festivals go, it still seems a little early for a full-blown music festival – not that the weather conditions or the time of year ever mattered in Brighton, which has been enjoying a pre-summer, summer.

And to kick things off, we’ve ‘The Great Escape’ this weekend (12-14 May). Billed as Europe’s leading festival for new music it promises a wild collection of tunesters (300+) playing at 30 venues across the city.

And it’s more than just a music festival; it’s a conference during which you can get to hear the thoughts and views of the leading movers and shakers from within the industry.

Names we spotted performing are Beardyman, DJ Shadow and John Cooper Clarke – look at the Great Escape gigs list for more details. And speaking at the conference, you’ll hear Wired Magazine’s Duncan Geere talking about the future of digital music and DJ Shadow reviewing his success in the biz.

So, from Thurs to Sunday expect to see plenty of music industry types sauntering in and out of hotels in Brighton. ‘Then after the show it’s the after party and after the party it’s the hotel lobby’ – sorry, could help it.

It’s going to be another weekend to remember, but remember to pack your sun cream and maybe even your swim shorts because if current form is anything to go by, the music festival and the regular beachfront party will merge into one. Bring it on!

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