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Of all the weekends in Brighton, this is possibly our favourite!
The longer the summer stretches, the more precious each weekend feels, so when it’s a bank holiday weekend in Brighton as well, you can guarantee visitors will be making the very most of it.
And the most notable arrivals this weekend will be the Mods. Of all the movements, styles and fashions to have evolved from Britain, it’s the one with the longest and strongest following – and it’s ’so’ Brighton.
Don’t think it’s all about nostalgia, either. The New Untouchables will be in town and have events lined up that celebrate current Mod culture, as well as giving a good nod to its origins.
Check them out across town all weekend, with events at Komedia and The Volks. New Untouchables events
To help the weekend along the way, there’s a special screening of the classic Quadrophenia by Nomad Cinema. Showing at the racecourse, there’s free parking for the scooter and a bar laid on.
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Paul Weller’s on his way, and hotels in Brighton are getting ready for one of the biggest concerts of the year.
Now, while Weller’s still a Mod icon, there’s much more to this movement than its parker jackets and scooters.
To dig a little deeper we’ve caught up with Rob Bailey from the New Untouchables. Also working as DJ Dr Robert, Rob’s at the heart of the Mod movement.
Q. To the outsider, Mod is retro, so what’s happening on the Mod scene?
Mod is back to the future. Mod always comes back with each new generation adding a contemporary twist. It’s no coincidence. Great music, style and substance that is a unique British trait has not spread its appeal globally.
Q. Are there different sub-Mod groups by which people are now defining themselves?
Yes of course hard Mods (skinheads/Seudeheads) Dandy’s/Freaks/Swirleys the more swinging London/Psychedelic look, original Mods, Mod revivalists, Brit Poppers and Mockers and mix of Mod and Rocker. That’s what makes Mod unique, it has so much diversity.
Q. At the recent Brighton weekender a biker, on his chopper, rode by the collected scooters gunning his engine, all good-natured stuff?
Yea of course we got much more in common than most.
Q. Weller’s playing Brighton soon, is he still a Mod icon?
Of course without Paul Weller there would be no recognisable Mod scene as we know it today. That was my introduction to Mod like millions of others.
Q. On music, who is best representing the new Mod scene?
You mean new bands? I like Little Barrie, The Faithkeepers, The Shoestrung, Big Boss Man
Q. It’s easily forgotten how progressive the modernist/Mod movement was. What defines it now?
What defines Mod for me is attention to detail.
If your interested in finding out more check out the New Untouchables network and get involved – there’s events on all the time.
Here’s some pictures from the last outing to Brighton, proper Mod!
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Country, Ska, Pop, Mod and all in one venue: it can only be the Brighton Ballroom.
Recently refurbished and lovingly re-launched, the Ballroom plays host to Brighton’s most eclectic mix of genres and cultural germinations.
One quick look at the play list reveals all:
30 Sept: Ska Toons, jazzy Ska classics and rock-steady versions of great songs in the old-skool 60’s style.
1st Oct: MISS HOPE SPRINGS presents BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – Dance to Bacharach, Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass, the Carpenters Sergio Mendez Sylvester, DIvine and latin jazz of the 70’s and let your hair down to the latest handbag hits.
2nd Oct: Boogaloo Stu’s Popkraft – A good old-fashioned party with boogaloo stu, dollyrocket, sparklemotion, the size zero albino & darran duran, with things to make and do – plus pop music too.
4th Oct: Mercury Music Prize Nominees Villagers play the Brighton Ballroom
And from here on it gets more interesting: There’s a We Love Pop night, a night for Mods featuring ‘The Spitfires’ and ‘Departure From Normal’ and even something described as Electro Swing versus Speakeasy Jazz!
Sounds like our kind of night!
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When you run a Brighton bed and breakfast, you get to see a mod or two! Well, this weekend gone there were some of the best dressed people and best maintained scooters ever.
Sat by the Volks enjoying the weather; scooters rolling up, people drinking, taking in the sunshine and the good times.
So, here’s some pictures for all the guys and girls who rode down. And a big hello to the biker dude who revved his engine on the way past!
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Brighton is known for many things: entertainment, fashion, music, digital culture and its love of the obscure. But if there’s a Brighton image that stays in the front of many people’s minds, it’s the one of mods and rockers battling it out on the beach.
The mid-sixties were a time when the generation born after the war was expressing itself. And these two sub-cultures ended up as rivals, and clashed in running battles on Brighton seafront.
Perhaps the symbol of the mod culture was the Vespa motorbike. This, a parka with a target on the back, and a Ben Sherman were de rigueur for mods at the time – at least that’s how they are represented, there was, and is, much more to mod culture than Quadrophenia.
Now, if you love the scooters, this weekend is the one for you: it’s the Mad Weekender. There will be Lambrettas and Vespas from all around the world rolling up.
It’s been 46 years since the original modernists made their impression on Brighton and celebrations will be going on all weekend.
Volks is hosting the welcome party and Komedia is running two consecutive all-nighters.
And to finish off, there’s a scooter competition on Sunday followed by a ride out to Beachy Head.
So expect to see some proper dapper gents, and box-jacketed babes. Brighton: the mod generation is back in town!Share on Facebook