It seems that we’ve not done a Gig List for a while. August is a slightly weaker period for live music in Brighton, (with a handful of lucky exceptions), as venues await the return of students in September and October, so here are a couple of highlights as Autumn’s flood gates open.
Is there a bigger name on the world’s DJ scene right now? This one-man, tidal wave of a DJ launches his next album, Lack Of A Better Name, in the next few weeks and follows it up with a tour around the UK. Out of all the places on this tour, Brighton is lucky enough to get the man-sized mouse for two consecutive nights at our beach-fronted club, Digital, such was the massive demand for tickets. It seems Brighton has a special pull on this Canadian tech-master. His recorded music is often tucked into the minimilist, progressive techno pocket, which suits the fact that he’s rather a techie geek, often spending almost as much time inventing programs and software for his studio productions than he does actually creating new music. However, it’s with his live sets that the mouse truly begins to roar, as he steps into a more thumping electro realm with extroadinary power and finesse. This is a DJ totally in control of any crowd he faces, building up tracks and dropping the breaks to perfection. He’s famous for wearing many different custom designed, massive mouse heads that range in colour from bright red, to black, to diamond encrusted. Prepare to see the giant mouse ears bobbing up and down above the frenzied crowd’s pumping fists. (MB)
So big are this indie band that they’ve taken it upon themselves to rebrand the month of October for us. As they drive their UK tour around to most major cities outside London through ‘Bloctober’ they stop off at our largest capacity venue, The Brighton Centre. It’s a pity that this is the only venue big enough to squeeze in a band of this size as the acoustics are piss poor. Really, really piss poor. If a band are to avoid getting lost in this vast chasm they’ll need to create a sound as big as a stampede of horny elephants. Taking in the evidence from their summer festival slots it seems that Bloc Party could scare off a thousand, rabid mammoths with one blast of their bursting choruses, so they’ll be just fine. Adored by millions, Kele will no doubt bring his usual self-assured frontmanship to each set, whilst Matt Tong, a man that is the definition of extroadinary drumming and technical timing, will provide his usual metronomic brilliance as the back drop. With such a vast catalogue of generation-defining songs in their locker, prepare for mass sing alongs and an atmosphere that The Brighton Centre probably hasn’t seen since the likes of Muse or Kasabian. And that’s saying something! (MB)
ACT: BLOC PARTY
VENUE: The Brighton Centre
COST: £ 22.50
DATE: Saturday 24th (BL)October 2009
TRACK: BLOC PARTY – HUNTING FOR WITCHES (RUCKUS ROBOTICUS REMIX) (ysi)
The Recommender is off to SourceFest tonight for the annual celebration of our town’s best going out bible, The Source Magazine, which I also write for. On show is a truly exceptional line up of Brighton’s talents, including The Half Sisters, The Agitator and The Lyrebirds. All of which are due a mention on this blog in due course.