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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:

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by: Mike Cobley


The Passion of Remembrance, the 1986 groundbreaking feature film by Isaac Julien & Maureen Blackwood that defined the Black experience in the UK, is to be screened at Brighton's Duke of Yorks. 

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on her final UK tour before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album. 

It is unusual to find Joni Mitchell's River alongside Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, but that’s exactly what happens on Katie Melua's latest record, In Winter.

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.  
Photo By James Bellorini

In 2015 William Rennie, 26, originally from Cardiff, and Darwin Prakash, 23, from Delhi in India, were participants of Glyndebourne Academy, based in Sussex, a talent development project for outstanding young singers who face barriers to following a standard path towards music college or a professional singing career.

Brighton-based tailor Gresham Blake's bold and inventive take on traditional suits has generated interested worldwide, with an impressive list of clientele including Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Plan B, Steve Coogan and Ray Winstone among many others.

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.

A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger's Syndrome.

Nina Conti whipped out her monkey early. It's a puppet and she used it to get to know that evening's Brighton Dome audience. It's a clever trick from a genius act as it's also a way for Nina to identify who,. later in the act, is going to be chosen to don one of her famous ventriloquist masks.

Described by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp', The RPMs have plenty to celebrate as they follow the release of their debut EP Digital Disobedience with a coveted support slot on the Buzzcocks 40th anniversary show in Brighton.

Bringing their spectral indie pop to The Green Door Store, this Autumn, Gengahr's Brighton date is just one of a slew of intimate UK shows.
Photo Credit: Alison Baskerville

All the profits from a new necklace designed by an award-winning Brighton based jewellery and gift company, will go to the Women for Women International (WFWI), a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help restore the hope and future of women survivors of conflict.

Two thousand people rallied together to join the fight against dementia at Alzheimer's Society's Brighton Memory Walk, last Saturday (8th October 2016).

It can not be underestimated how much of a legend Jean-Michel Jarre is in the world ofelectronic music. 

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