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Ditz: “Playing live is the heart of the band”

Brighton-based noise-rock mavericks, Ditz, had big plans for 2020. A rapidly-growing fan base, summer festivals and a massive support slot with Idles meant the year look to be a good one. Unfortunately Covid put a considerable spanner in the works, but that didn’t stop Ditz – An EP under their belt, new tracks written and now a return to the stage for Live is Alive, … Continue reading Ditz: “Playing live is the heart of the band”

Libra Libra: “With art people just keep going and I think that is the beauty of it.”

Brighton is a wonderful metling pot of people, art and culture, comments Beth from garage-punk visionaries Libra Libra. We caught up with the band ahead of their first show in six months, this Saturday’s Live is Alive showcase. How is the band approaching Live is Alive? It must seem odd having such a gap between playing shows! We’re very excited to be playing live again … Continue reading Libra Libra: “With art people just keep going and I think that is the beauty of it.”

Komedia: “Live performance is part of the very fabric of our community”

Header image by Indy Brewer // Instagram: Indyebrewer // Site: http://www.indybrewer.com Komedia is one of Brighton’s most iconic venues. Situated in the very heart of the city, it has held host to countless bands, comedians, film events and club nights within its storied walls. Ahead of Live is Alive, we spoke to Komedia’s Lex Hollingworth about working with other venues to create the event, the … Continue reading Komedia: “Live performance is part of the very fabric of our community”

How do you see colour? Open now at Jubilee Library, online

How do you see colour?, a photographic exhibition exploring the experiences of some of the black and POC communities in Brighton and London is open now at the Jubilee Library and online. Presented by PhotoVoice and the Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) How do you see colour? showcases the work of five photographers: Koffi Nguessan, Jade Hylton, Diensen Pamben, Crystal Alleyne and Deshe M Gully. … Continue reading How do you see colour? Open now at Jubilee Library, online

Dead Slow Tattoo and Jimi’s Barbershop teaming up for spooky Halloween stream showcase

Two of the spookiest businesses on the block, Dead Slow Tattoo Co and Jimi’s Barbershop are teaming up to raise a Halloween stream spectacular from the dead. The live music event will be broadcast straight from the Dead Slow crypt (downstairs) and will feature the city’s most mysterious synth punks Top Left Club. The Halloween spooktacular was announced via a cryptic post which read: “Missing … Continue reading Dead Slow Tattoo and Jimi’s Barbershop teaming up for spooky Halloween stream showcase

Live is Alive! a “special event”

Live is Alive is bringing together the full breadth of Brighton’s music scene for a special, emotional event, comments Anna Moulson of Melting Vinyl. Whilst tickets for the opening night are sold out, streaming passes are available for the historic concert via The Dome. Livestream tickets for Live is Alive! Saturday 17 October HERE How did you get involved with the Live is Alive project? … Continue reading Live is Alive! a “special event”

Yumi and the Weather: We need to do everything we can to keep the arts alive

Header image by Emilia Cox // @EmiliaAliceCox // Yumi and the Weather : Instagram // Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp Yumi and the Weather will be bringing its unique brand of dreamy electric pop to the Brighton Dome for the very first Live is Alive showcase this coming Saturday. We caught up with singer, composer and all round multi-instrumentalist Ruby Taylor ahead of the event … Continue reading Yumi and the Weather: We need to do everything we can to keep the arts alive

Happy Maki owner accused of biphobia, transphobia by ex-employees

A collective of 10 former Happy Maki employees have released a joint statement accusing owner Anna MacDonald of transphobic and biphobic actions. On Thursday 8 October 10 former employees of Happy Maki released a joint statement detailing their collective resignations due to the actions of owner Anna MacDonald. “In the past week, 10 staff members from the Happy Maki Brighton store, have quit over the … Continue reading Happy Maki owner accused of biphobia, transphobia by ex-employees

Washed Out launches its own coffee

Washed Out Festival has launched its own-limited run coffee, made in collaboration with Hastings-based Sham City Roasters. Washed Out Festival may have sadly been cancelled for 2020, but have no fear, the city’s number one punk fest can get your blood pumping all winter long with its brand new coffee. The Washed Out Roast has been made in collaboration with Hastings bean bandits, Sham City … Continue reading Washed Out launches its own coffee

It’s (almost) come home

Ring the bells, dance in the street and rejoice. Non league football is admitting fans – albeit at reduced numbers and with social distancing measures in place. In one small way football has come home. The incumbent Tory government has got football very wrong, very often. Since the Covid pandemic kicked off we have had; Matt Hancock, the world’s smarmiest prick (Undercurrent Awards 2020) scapegoating … Continue reading It’s (almost) come home

Live is Alive! Brings music back to Brighton

Live music is coming back to Brighton with Live is Alive! A collaborative event backed by a host of the city’s venues. Brighton music venues have joined together to put on a series of live gigs at The Dome to help raise support for the city’s beleaguered music scene. Live Is Alive! will take place at the Brighton Dome and via livestream over four consecutive … Continue reading Live is Alive! Brings music back to Brighton

Brighton Fringe kicking off this Thursday

Header image by Andy O’Hara // Instagram: @aoharaphoto The Brighton Fringe Autumn Edition is kicking off this Thursday 1 October, with tickets on sale now. The wonderful, wonderful Brighton Fringe is returning with an Autumn Edition 1-31 October, bringing a range of Covid-safe comedy, theatre and music performances to our fair city. With the initial event cancelled due to lockdown measures, the Fringe team has … Continue reading Brighton Fringe kicking off this Thursday

Horror short Chitarra Maledetta Part One releasing this Sunday

This Sunday 27 September will see the release of Chitarra Maledetta Part One, a horror short inspired by the films of Dario Argento and his work with the prog rock band Goblin. Chitarra maledetta part one, from by Pysch_o_Delilah productions, is being released Sunday 27 September on Youtube, with its accompanying soundtrack going live on Bandcamp at the same time. “It is a short horror … Continue reading Horror short Chitarra Maledetta Part One releasing this Sunday

Undercurrent issue three released

Undercurrent issue three: Return to service has been released to the world. Featuring 52 pages of interviews, features, research publications and various other lovely things the magazine takes a detailed look at the very strange life we find ourselves in. UC003 is centered around the food and drink market of our fair city, from tins on the beach to eating out to help, our basic … Continue reading Undercurrent issue three released

In conversation with: The Tinfluencers

As part of Undercurrent’s deeply scientific investigation into the tin drinking habits of our fair public we spoke to some of the best and booziest minds around to get their take on the big questions surrounding the purchasing and drinking of tins. What is your earliest memory of drinking tins? Jake Hawkes: Aged about 15, taking a few cans of Stella from the garden shed … Continue reading In conversation with: The Tinfluencers

Official Guide: Brighton beach

Over the weekend Undercurrent spent a lot of time on Brighton beach as part of its official review If you live in Brighton you may well have noticed that it has a big beach. You may have also enjoyed spending time in, on, or around it. There may well be those, however, that have not spent any time on the city’s hallowed pebbles, so in … Continue reading Official Guide: Brighton beach

Bloody Death releases Never Have I Ever video

Brighton’s premier lo-fi rock solo act, Bloody Death has released a video for its latest single, Never Have I Ever. The second track off the band’s 2020 release After Hours Dreaming, Never Have I Ever is a wonderfully angular, measured journey to a very nice phasey climax. Filmed throughout the hills of Andalusia, where Ted Foster found himself at the outbreak of the ole ‘rona … Continue reading Bloody Death releases Never Have I Ever video

Independent Black Businesses: Create change with your cash

Change starts with choices. The way in which we spend our money can have a profound impact on the social make up of our communities. Independent Black Businesses is a platform that helps promote black-owned firms both in Brighton and Hove and throughout the UK.  Independent Black Businesses: “Following another horrific, unjust murder of a black man, the death of George Floyd, I felt compelled … Continue reading Independent Black Businesses: Create change with your cash

Black Lives Matter in Brighton

On 13 June 15,000 people took to the streets of Brighton in peaceful protest for the Black Lives Matter movement, but that must only be the beginning, comments protest organisers, Brighton BLM. How did the Brighton BLM team come together? As one of the organisers I made the Instagram profile for Brighton BLM and at the same time I received messages from a number of … Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Brighton

Pease Pottage: Where dreams go to die

Deep in the dark heart of West Sussex there is a place shrouded in mystery. A thing of myth and legend akin to the Loch Ness monster or a Brewdog regular not mentioning his ‘disruptive’ startup every other sentence; Pease Pottage Services. An aberration on the M23, a ghost of journeys past, present and future. Cobham this is not, the haunted rest stop has evidence … Continue reading Pease Pottage: Where dreams go to die

Synchronicity

Synchronicity. Occurrences of incredible importance that come to pass seemingly without reason. Yet, it is in this acasual happening that true meaning can be derived. Neither as flippant as the concept of coincidence nor as faith-centric as that of fate, synchronicity is understanding of the unfathomable. It is the convergence of existential parallels that cannot be adequately understood in terms of chance. The understanding of … Continue reading Synchronicity

Jimi’s: The punk rock barbershop

Beyond fond memories of youth and the current gentrification drive, Brighton still offers refuge for the rejects of this world and all the fun and games that entails, comments Jimi Dymond,  bossman of Jimi’s Barbershop. Header image by @acases_photography Undercurrent: How did you find your way down to Brighton? Jimi: I had come down for punk gigs and nights out from time to time as … Continue reading Jimi’s: The punk rock barbershop

Love Brighton, hate The Argus

Brighton is a city typified by its understanding and acceptance; by its artistic, cultural and social progression. These are what make this city great and the Argus is the antithesis of them all. To live in Brighton is to accept its many flaws, knowing that where you see characters others may see chaos. It is not a perfect place to exist and for the great … Continue reading Love Brighton, hate The Argus