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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


Snow Patrol are set to return 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. 

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

Rituals is the ambitious new album from Australian musician Amaya Laucirica (who played a storming set at last weekend's Brighton's Great Escape Festival). Her work blends the swirling contours of the Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. 

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

Following band frontman Mike Peters' major undertaking for last week's Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within twenty-four hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album Equals.

A special ceremony is being held next month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

It was always a pleasure for The Brighton Magazine to host The Beat's Dave Wakeling, when he performed in the city as part of the 3 Men & Black collective (alongside Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from The Selecter).

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.

Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.

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