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Here comes Johnny – Smiths guitarist set to play Brighton

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

The Cribs: Johnny Marr is second from left

It has just been announced that Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist who was Morrissey’s side-kick in The Smiths, is set to grace a Brighton stage during the city’s The Great Escape festival.

Marr, whose jangly playing style inspired thousands of teenagers to put down their air guitars and pick up real ones, is now plying his trade with British indie group The Cribs – who will be appearing at the Corn Exchange this Thursday, May 13th.

Since The Smiths rather acrimonious break, Marr has found gainful employment drifting from bands and projects such as The The, Electronic and Modest Mouse.

But he’s drifting no more and seems to have found a happy home with Yorkshire band The Cribs, gelling perfectly with twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross.

Marr said of recent album Ignore the Ignorant that “it’s as good as anything” he’s ever done. I agree, and have barely stopped listening to songs such as Cheat On Me since its release.

Surfer Blood and Yuk will also be playing the intimately-sized Corn Exchange venue on Thursday evening but seem sure to be overshadowed by the new, late addition to the bill.

A limited amount of tickets, priced at £15 were still available at time of going to press.

If you do manage to nab one, why not go for a drink at the Wagon and Horses, just opposite the Exchange, before the gig?

For those who want to unwind with a really late post-gig tipple, there’s always Rikki Tiks nearby.

And don’t panic if you don’t get a chance to see The Cribs as The Great Escape festival runs from Thursday to Saturday and offers the chance to see lots of other great acts, large and small, at venues all over the city.

The Cribs play Brighton Corn Exchange on Thursday, May 13th, 8:30pm.

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