Monday, November 24, 2008

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Being a Hove resident two of my favourite sights are 1) the starlings over the west pier and 2) Nick Cave walking around the town. So, I have to say I was excited when I saw that he was playing the Brighton Centre. I caught the recent Grinderman gig from outside and that was great. So to be in the same room as the band this time should be amazing, and what a great show he put on.

They played for the best part of two hours, the set featuring a few tunes from his last couple of albums and a lot of his "greatest hits". Apart from a couple of songs, the light show was quite restrained. The band however really let rip through the more rocky songs. Mr Cave running round the stage and high kicking everywhere, Warren Ellis playing a little kids guitar and two drummers for added umph!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hove Folk Club

A bit of a late review but a couple of weeks ago I went to see Leon Rosselson at the Hove Folk Club. The clubs home is the Eclipse pub in Hove and takes place in the upstairs function room. It is a small room with room for about 20 to 30 people in it. The performer simply stands down one end with the crowd sat at tables. The hosts are Robb Johnson and the author Robert Rankin, though the latter didn't make an appearance that night.

The evening began with a couple of numbers from Robb followed by by an open mike slot by one of the regulars. Leon did two sets of old school political folk songs, the sort they sung around the barricades back in the 70s. Also won a prize in the raffle, which was nice.

The sort of acts they book seem to be trad folk acts and if news of its existance reaches outside of poets corner then they may have to get a larger room. Well recommended.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dance For Camera 2008

Roughly parallel with CineCity there is the Dance For Camera Festival. This looks like a collection of exhibitions and films all about Dance. It runs from the 5th to 7th December at various places around Brighton.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Anish Kapoor to be Brighton festival's guest director

In a suprise move, the world reknowned artist Anish Kapoor is to be the guest director for next years Brighton Festival.

The festival said that Kapoor's work will be used as "the catalyst for themes and ideas" for a series of events featuring dance, music, theatre and debate, which will last three weeks. The artist said that Brighton would provide a "unique backdrop" to his work.

Sounds interesting.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Cinecity 08

Later this month we have the Cinecity film festival happening all over Brighton. In its sixth year now this festival showcases new films, documattaries and other film related things. This year we have the new Woody Allen film, an exhibition on the Quay Bros and a whole host of indie films. I fancy the documentaries on Patti Smith and Hunter S Thompson.

The festival runs from the 20th Nov to the 7 Dec at various venues all over Brighton.