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Tuesday 17 April 2018

Review: Marillion @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Riding the wave of success and universal critical acclaim for their most recent album, F.E.A.R, Marillion graced the stage at Brighton Dome last night (16/4/18) and served up an epic and confident display of prog.
Pic by Andy Sturmey

But, this isn't the kind of prog swamped in noodling self indulgence and twenty minute drum solos. 

Marillion's take on the genre is one of atmosphere and emotion more akin to Pink Floyd, who premiered an embryonic version of their opus, Dark Side of the Moon, at the very same venue back in 1972. 

Front man Steve Hogarth, the good humoured, self-proclaimed new boy of 'just' thirty years, lead the well oiled machine through three decades of its career, throwing down an unassailable gauntlet by opening with the epic El Dorado Suite; bolstered by tastefully choreographed lighting and films which enhanced a band playing tighter than a penguins chuff. 

Marillion - All One Tonight - The Space Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Cherry picked highlights from the catalogue Afraid of Sunlight, Seasons End, The Party and Mad ensured they rose to their own challenge, only once acknowledging the years with previous vocalist, Fish, for a rousing performance of Sugar Mice that rivalled even the original. 

The absence of further hit singles went unnoticed as the band effortlessly ploughed through a stream of emotive and powerful album stand out cuts. 

Steve Rothery's subtle and thoughtful guitar playing provided the glue that held together a band firing on all cylinders.

Marillion may not be the household name they once were, but the intervening years have seen them move from strength to strength as musicians who are now delivering their finest performances. 

Marillion tour the UK until Sunday 22nd April 2018. For more info CLICK HERE

by: Stuart Avis


Beartooth began as an emotional exorcism. Conceived, constructed, and unleashed by one man in a basement studio. 

This year has been something of a benchmark for the Essex-based artist, with the release of new album Young Adult, a true testament to Sam Duckworth's re-invigorated return as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. 

Look Now is the first album Elvis Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of Momofuku, and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost.
Credit: Tony Tree

A new development will launch at Charleston, in East Sussex, this September, with the inaugural exhibition Orlando at the present time, which will present a contemporary response to Virginia Woolf's renowned novel Orlando: A Biography

Etta James' frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues, she lived the blues. 
Pic by Rohann Agalawatte

Bringing together the talents of Chrisy Hurn (vocals, guitar), Nimal Agalawatte (bass, synth) and Brandon Munro (drums), the band hail from Hamilton, Ontario and were named Basement Revolver due to Chrisy's basement apartment, rather than any trigger happy leanings. 

This month the 'sophisticated and stylish popsters' All Saints will play an intimate gig in Brighton, on behalf of Nordoff Robbins, the UK's largest independent music therapy charity.

Make way for protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, folk singer, socialist and social commentator Grace Petrie.

Sat in the TV room at The Courtlands Hotel, in Hove, on the evening of 1st December 1973, with just one other guest. That was a twelve year-old me (ed) and a sockless and scowling Brian Clough. On the screen were 'the highlights' of Brighton & Hove Albion getting hammered 2-8 by Bristol Rovers. Clough was the co-manager of the Albion!

Northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs have unleased their new album 'This Is Eggland', ahead of a date in Brighton.

A full twenty-five years after the release of Baka Beyond's debut album, Spirit of the Forest, the band celebrate their beginnings with a date in Sussex, re-joined after a long absence by Paddy Le Mercier, a member of the original line-up.

A follow up to Sue MacLaine's award winning work Can I Start Again Please, Vessel takes inspiration from the remarkable history of Anchoritism to ask if voluntary solitude could ever be defined as a political act. 

In the year that has seen knife crime in the UK soar to an unprecedented level, writer and actress Ambreen Razia, presents POT, which goes inside the corrupt and violent world of inner city gang culture. 
Photo by Delaney Brooks

Sussex-based music charity, AudioActive, has taken a big step towards their vision to establish the UK's first centre for excellence for the talent development of marginalised and under-represented artists in Worthing, thanks to £92,618 National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

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