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At just thirty-one, Kate Tempest is set to be the youngest Brighton Festival Guest Director to date, taking the mantle from pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who led the 50th Brighton Festival this year. 

Director Sean Foley returns to the Theatre Royal Brighton with this perfectly-timed revival of Ronald Harwood's 1980 play, The Dresser
Pic By Warren Meadows

Being an iconic band is all about chemistry. Be they the Beatles, Small Faces, the Who, the Jam or the Stranglers. It's the mix of the individuals that makes the perfect whole.

Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming U.S. tour — Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band's troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.

Bobby Gillespie didn't think he'd make it to thirty, yet here he is at the age of fifty-four on the cusp of releasing new single Feeling Like A Demon Again, and paying a visit to Brighton to support Primal Scream's critically acclaimed new album, Chaosmosis.

The writer, musician and entrepreneur, Chris Wade, first came to our attention when he penned an insightful and in-depth account of one time Stranglers' frontman Hugh Cornwell's 2008 solo album, Hoover Dam.

A half-century long career can be a minefield to dissect, especially when there's a back catalogue that boasts as many twists and turns as a Formula 1 track, and just as many cohorts discarded in the never ending search for 'the muse'.

It's the ultimate rock 'n' roll road trip. In 2016, on the 90th anniversary of the opening of America's 'Mother Road', Brightonians Suzanne Rolfe and Melita Dennett spent five weeks travelling the dirt roads and gravel byways of Route 66.


American experimental rock band Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with three critically acclaimed albums, beginning with My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010).

From its nebulous beginnings in the latter part of the 50’s the peacock male's rise into the conscious of the nation has been well documented. 

David Baddiel travelled on Virgin Trains over the summer months across the UK on both the east and west coast routes to create new children's fiction. 

They were the overnight success that was almost 40 years in the making.The Very Reverend Eugene O’Hagan, Martin O’Hagan and David Delargy – collectively known as The Priests – were catapulted to fame when they signed a major recording deal in 2008. Number one hits, a rumoured duet with Lady Gaga and interest from Australia, the USA and Europe followed.

Chris Levine, who previously collaborated with Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Massive Attack, has unveiled his new work - a spectacular immersive sound and light installation which is set to become one of the iconic events that form the Root 1066 International Festival in Hastings.

Singer Alison Moyet, who has experienced dementia within her family, will walk beside thousands of others who have been affected by the condition at the Brighton Memory Walk.

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