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Thursday 17 August 2017

Brighton 23: Discordian Counter Culture Celebrated By Eleven-Hour City-Based Happening

Festival 23, the world's only three-day celebration of Discordian counter-culture, took place outside Sheffield in July 2016 and was a huge success, with contributions from comics legend Alan Moore, the KLF's Jimmy Cauty, DJs Greg Wilson and Richard Norris.

Several key members of organisers Notwork 23 are based in Brighton, and the collective has been organising smaller events around the country since the festival. 

Festival 23 proper returns in 2018, but first they present their first ever Brighton event.

Brighton 23: Is A Hotdog A Sandwich? takes place at the Rose Hill Tavern on Saturday September 2. Doors open at three in the afternoon and the event runs until two in the morning. The 11-hour happening will be an immersive and cosmically playful happening with a psychedelic funfair theme.

Headlining is the audio-visual experience that is Sculpture. This London duo are true Discordians, whose incredible live manipulation of sounds and psychedelic visual imagery will be truly mind-blowing in the intimate confines of the Rose Hill- an old school pub that's now a community hub for Brighton's alternative DIY scene.

Festival 23 favourites Terry Logan and Chris Manley, will be performing a special show ahead of a major tour to launch their new EP. Terry Logan is an incredibly soulful and charismatic singer from the north of England, and this is a rare opportunity for southern audiences to see her live.

The spoken word bill is topped by Melinda Gebbie, a fantastic artist best known for Lost Girls, her legendary collaboration with partner Alan Moore. Melinda's history however goes right back to the underground comix scene of 1960s San Francisco. Again, this is a rare chance to hear her speak about her life and work. 

Local author Ben Graham will also be presenting a multi-media version of his Discordian science fiction novel in Brighton for the first time. 

First presented at the fourteen Hour Super Weird Happening in Liverpool on April 1st, where Festival 23 hosted their own space, Room 23, Amorphous Albion: A Warp in Progress will feature live music from the Hove Space Arkestra and live visuals from Shardcore.

1960s counter-culture guru Timothy Leary will be resurrected in puppet form by Future Zen Puppetry (previously known for Puppet Alan Watts), and Daisy Eris Campbell, director of the award-nominated Cosmic Trigger play that recently completed a twenty-three night run at London's Cockpit Theatre, will be performing a short work. Daisy is the daughter of legendary director, writer and performer Ken Campbell, and continues to create new anarchic work in the same spirit as her father.

There will also be short sets from some of Brighton's finest modern poets: Alan Hay, Dolly Turing, Lisa Jayne, Timothy Thornton and Verity Spott, plus cabaret performances from Bang Crosby, Irving Rappaport and Claudia Boulton.

Alan Hay and Fuk Skool will be DJing during the day, and from 11pm we'll hand over to 3Eye DJs Anie Ujjik and Dolly Dollycore, with special guest Horton Jupiter, for three hours of mind-bending party tunes and mayhem on the dancefloor.

Brighton 23: Is A Hotdog A Sandwich? at The Rose Hill Tavern on Saturday 2nd September 2017.Tickets £10 in advance, or £8 concessions (plus booking fee), available online or in person at Brighton's Resident Records. 23 tickets will also be available on the door.

by: Mike Cobley


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