If you don’t know what Brighton Live is, it’s time to find out!
For the next few days there will be more than 150 bands playing at 20 locations around Brighton, and it’s all free!
If you’re on the lookout for fresh talent or just a lover of all live music, read through we’ve more details for you coming.
And it’s all sponsored by Asahi beer – of course it is , all self respecting rock fests are sponsored by beer, or JD! Yet there’s more than Brighton rock going on, much more…
Here to tell us all about it is one of the organisers, Mark Ede:
Seven years on, is this the biggest and best Brighton Live yet?
`To call it the ‘best’ might be disrespectful to a lot of people previously involved with our great festival, but it’s certainly an impressive line up this year, with a lovely mix between ‘open access’ and curated events. Having an international star (and now Brighton resident) Z Star performing is an extraordinary bonus, as is having ‘Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’ as part of a very strong special night at the Concorde. In that respect, the festival is certainly spreading it’s wings and ambitions.
What is it about Brighton that fosters such a creative spirit?
Whatever the reason, Brighton is fast becoming an important music hub not just for the UK but Europe as well. I suppose our proximity to London, the sea, our wonderful architecture plus the general ‘vibe’ and ‘alternative yet open’ nature of our fine City provides a unique atrraction for many. We’ve our share share of record companies, artists and music business people here already as well as a number of noted musical education facilities too – ‘The Great Escape’ (worldwide industry event) coming here only really serves to confirm Brighton’s status as a true ‘Music City’.
Who should we be looking out for from the 150 bands you’ve got playing?
As one of the main festival organisers I like to be seen to be supporting everyone rather than pick out individual artists. However the festival usually throws up a previously unknown band or two, so, if pushed, I’d say I’m looking forward to checking out teenage band ‘Raising Maisie’, largely on the strength of their demo which is full of strongly melodic, hook driven pop.
How can music fans best keep track of what’s happening this week?
‘The Source’ carries the events programme as well as some great editorial. Overall though it’s perhaps best to keep in touch with the website at www.brightonlive.net, which should carry the most up to date info, not least because, with nearly 200 artists involved, the programme can be subject to change.
Once it’s all over and you’ve got your feet up with a cuppa, who are you listening to?
We’re in the process of recording Jo Harman’s debut record (made it big at last year’s Brighton Live) so that tends to dominate my listening at the moment. My all time favourite artist though is the reclusive underground cult artist – and genius – Lewis Taylor.