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Saturday 08 February 2014

Two Top Brighton Bands Join Arctic Monkeys At Reading Festival 2014

Arctic Monkeys have chosen the South of England to play their only festival date in England and Wales.

Band member Matt Helders said of:their headling slot at Reading & Leeds Festivals:

"We've got a lot of history with the festival. It's the first festival I ever went to – we all went together as kids, with Nick as well. 

"We were 15 or 16 and it was a big deal going to a festival like that on your own".

They first performed on one of the smaller stages in 2005 prior to the release of their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That"s What I"m Not.. 

They took their rightful place on the Main Stage in 2006, returning to headline the Festivals with an electrifying set in 2009. 

Voted as NME's Album of The Year in 2013, AM" saw the band return more confident than ever, with hits including debut single and instant classic Do I Wanna Know?, Why"d You Only Call Me When You"re High and R U Mine?

Brighton duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher make up the two halves of Royal Blood. 

Despite their minimal line-up of drums, bass and vocals the pair create melodic, riff-heavy power rock that has, since their recent 2013 inception, seen them championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1 & included in the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist. 

Reading & Leeds also welcome Brighton metalcore titans Architects to The Pit and back to the Festivals this summer. 

Following their signing to Epitaph, the band release their hotly anticipated sixth full-length album Lost Forever // Lost Together this March.
Lead vocalist of Architects, Sam Carter, says: "We're delighted to be playing Reading & Leeds again this year! 

"Reading festival was a huge part of our musical upbringing and it was the first festival that any of us attended. 

It's an honour to be part of such a huge and prestigious festival - August can't come soon enough!" 
Prior to the Arctic Monkeys announcement, the Festivals had already announced headliners Blink-182 in their only UK shows of 2014, as well as Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion.

After announcing a brief hiatus back in December, Manchester's Courteeners will be heading to this year's Reading & Leeds for an exclusive festival performance..

Having first burst onto the scene with 2007's St Jude, last year saw the band release their third Top Ten album ANNA to their devoted throng of fans, as well as selling over 100,000 tickets. 

The band comment: "We grew up going to Reading & Leeds Festival. It's so humbling knowing we are going to play such a prestigious slot there this year. Cannot wait!"

One of the most in-demand DJ's currently on the festival and club circuit, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac is a globally renowned name in the world of dance music. 

With her finger held firmly on the pulse she is a genuine champion of true underground electronic music and her Friday night BBC Radio 1 show is a testament to that. 

Annie adds: "Reading & Leeds Festival is close to my heart and I went religiously back before I was a DJ.  It's been a dream to play there and I'm really looking forward to it."
Ticket Information:

Weekend tickets currently £202.50 plus applicable booking fees ●  Early entry permits £15.00 ● Campervan permits £60.00 ● Lockers £16.00  ● Reading car parking £5.00 ● Weekend ticket prices include camping. For more info visit

by: Mike Cobley


Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

It's 2018 and the results of The Damned's collaboration with another legend from pop's golden age – Tony Visconti, is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band's dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
Charlie Craggs: Founder of Nail Transphobia

Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.
Pic By Jasmine L Dunne

In the summer of 1969, Clarice looks back on her turbulent life. Having experienced a sheltered upbringing, the events that followed have left her with a feeling that the world around her was moving too fast. 

Brighton author Elly Griffiths is offering crime fans the chance to become immortalised in the pages of her next novel, in support of the Get in Character campaign for CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children.

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