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Thursday 26 April 2018

Vinyl Revolution's First Record Store Day Turned Into A Brighton Street Party

Brighton's newest record shop, Vinyl Revolution, celebrated its first Record Store Day, last Saturday, and it turned into a day to remember.

Due to it being the shop's first Record Store Day, Vinyl Revolution"s owners weren't expecting much of a queue. 

They were surprised to learn that their first customer Steve had arrived outside the shop at 3.05am. 

He wasn't alone for long and when owners Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe arrived at 6am they were thrilled to see a sea of familiar, smiling faces. 

The queue saw people sharing friendly banter and Bagelman opened early to serve breakfast bagels and hot drinks and the first thirty in the queue gratefully received a free breakfast.

Simon Parker said "One of the most memorable events during the day was a gentleman donating the last copy of David Bowie's live album 'Welcome to The Blackout' to the lady behind him who desperately wanted a copy for her husband who had attended the concert. It was that kind of a day" 

Danny Pike from BBC Sussex added to the atmosphere by broadcasting his entire morning show live from Vinyl Revolution. 

For the first time in decades Danny played all the show's music on vinyl from record
decks set up in Vinyl Revolution"s window. 

Duke Street shoppers were treated to a window display unlike no other and listeners in Sussex and Surrey shared Danny's re-discovered love of vinyl.

With most of the Record Store Day stock having sold out by midday Vinyl Revolution's focus moved from selling music to celebrating it. 

Five live bands played on a stage set up outside the shop and large crowds gathered to enjoy the music. 

The bands included competition winners Dirt Royal who are a local band specialising in a clattering new wave sound, followed by lysergic psych pop from White Room, before moving on to Scotland's dirtiest rockers The Filthy Tongues, Brighton's swamp blues specialists Mudlow and the ornate and affecting indie pop of Desperate Journalist

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by: Mike Cobley


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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