Best Of Brighton: Rocks it! – (Scroll down for video of all bands)
Concorde 2 in Brighton was the place to be 11 July 2019. Brighton seafront had basked in the sunshine all day, and as the sun light dipped away, a buzz of last minute preparations was underway. There was something kind of special and unique starting up. An indoors celebration of Brighton, almost a mini festival indoors. The very first Best Of Brighton was taking place. A fairly slow start as people arrived, this picked up pace and Concorde 2 was pretty near full to capacity in a fairly short period of times.
The Hash Machine: As you approached Concorde 2 – there was a wonderful aroma of food cooking. The steam rising from the massive pan catching the sunlight.
The aroma was stunning! I had not had a chance to eat all day and not sure when the food would be available, I had stopped off for a pizza before the event. That wont happen again. Seriously desperate to try some of this tasty street food. Everyone seemed to really dig it and dig in!
Outside greeting new arrivals along with the smell of the wonderful cooking was the unmistakable aroma of spray paint. Cassette Lord (Martin) was a delightful person to chat with. If you live in Brighton you will have seen his fabulous work adorning power exchanges and telephone hub boxes. One of Brightons best known, but maybe unknown, street artist had grabbed his spot for the event.
Cassette Lord had a captive crowd outside and it was fascinating watching him create an art item, “live”. He was donating it as a prize for the charity raffle.
Loud Shirt Brewery
Once inside that nice fella from Loud Shirt Brewery was on hand to give out some free samples of their beers from thier local Brighton brewery! Excellent and let me assure you dear reader I thought it best to try them all!
It was hot enough in Concorde 2 for a Hawaiian shirt – and – living up to the company name there was a seriously loud shirt! Anyway – give their delicious beers a try!
Through out the night there were various presentations for a local song writing contest. I caught a couple of the presentations. This was a nice touch to the evening and kudos to who ever thought to include. Brighton clearly has talent!
Now, onto some music… There were four local bands on the line up tonight. We had been promised a mix of genres on offer.
First up: The Mann and I…
They are a twosome made up with singer Edd Mann and vocalist Tara Vowles. They formed in 2018 and they cater to both upbeat and downbeat audiences and occasions.
I loved their versatility displayed during their short but very tasty set. People who know me know I am a rock and roller – but these two put on a super set. Top vocals and harmonies and even a splash of Spanish style guitar had the crowd, and me fixed to the spot as Edd let his hands and fingers do their thing. A stunning technical display.
Brighton four piece Badlaws, came on next…
The Concorde 2 smoke machine hit the overdrive setting for these guys, and with no, or little front lighting they were silhouetted against the lighting. Thankfully we could hear them ok! The set, once the band took their position, Lucy Hinton (vocals), Daniel Bright (guitar), Travis Powers (bass) and Josh Caplin (drums) started off with a few tech issues with Daniel and his guitar. But as the set progressed these guys motored it. An enjoyable rock set which got better and better as they warmed up.
Another new band for me was Clowwns…
“Without a doubt one of Brighton’s finest live bands… They rock like one mean bastard.” Brighton Source – that sums them up pretty well. They had pulled in a sizeable crowd and put out an absolute belter of a live set.
A smashing set from these guys and seriously got to catch up with them again. The heat in Concorde 2 was rising and you could see many happy sweating faces as they rocked along with Clowwns.
Absolute Bowie frontman was on hand to draw the rather special raffle, some seriously great prizes, a guitar, Cassette Lord art, some super vouchers for GAK . Congratulations to all the winners and well MC’d by Mr Bowie!
There were about five winners and a super selection of art and music related prizes. Up for grabs was Cassette Lord artwork, freshly created, £50 and £100 vouchers for GAK, with the top prize being a brand new IBANEZ guitar from GAK! A sizeable amount of prizes and a generous amount going to the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.
Final Band: 12 Stone Toddler
Another first for me tonight was 12 Stone Toddler. A new line up and sound was promised as the guys took to the stage.
Chris Otero (vocals and bass), Ben Jones (keyboards) with current members Helen Durden (guitar) and Robin O’Keeffe (drums). I’d imagine 12 Stone Toddler was more like 10 Stone Toddler after their lively set in the heat! They had the crowd bumping from the get go. A great set guys.
All four bands in a montage for you – enjoy!
A massive congrats to the Black Rabbit promotions and their team. It worked! It is something that Brighton needs. A superb showcase in a great venue to bring everyone together to share in the best that Brighton has to offer – music, food and art. It was a different experience, a sensible ticket price ensured everyone was happy. It was great to see the crowd made up of all ages and various musicians from the City. This is Brightons night, this is the Best Of Brightons night and everyone rose to the challenge to make this first event a truly memorable one.
Well done to all the artists and everyone who took part.
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