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Saturday 19 June 2021

Following Recent Virtual Appearance at Great Escape Festival Junodream Return To Brighton For In-The-Flesh Gig

Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months.

Having recently played Brighton's Virtual Great Escape, they announce a Brighton headling date and new mixtape Travel Guide.

The Travel Guide mixtape is informed by new ideas and sounds

Set to a wider hybrid of influences from synth-pop to punk and even prog, Junodream take us back to 2000 and the potential for a bright new future that was promised by the new millennium. 

The benefits of an increasingly digital world are countered by the claustrophobia of 24/7 rolling news and the constant demands of progressively more polarising social media. 

On a more personal level, it also looks at how perceptions change during the transition from childhood to adulthood, and the realisation that seemingly innocent events often had a darker undercurrent.

Junodream said: 

"Everything now feels charged with a doomsday atmosphere, like Y2K twenty years on. 

"We wanted to capture that anxiety: climate change, advertising, destructive tourism and paranoia. It"s a soundtrack to the end of the world. 

"We're also at that point where childhood innocence has almost completely evaporated, so being a bit cynical with nostalgia is really revealing. 

"There's a darker layer you can never be aware of as a kid."

These themes are prevalent throughout the previous singles Let Me Breathe Again, Eden Burns and Travel Guide

In contrast to the wilder sounds that preceded it, the new single White Sunday is a beautiful cinematic ballad that feels akin to an unlikely merger between Radiohead and George Harrison.
"'White Sunday' tells the story of a guest who is struggling to deal with a hangover at a family wedding. 

"His inner turmoil is ramped by the purity of the wedding as he realises his own life is lacking any emotional fulfillment. 

"Riddled with shame and anxiety, he just falls apart."
The Travel Guide mixtape is completed by two new pieces of music

The expansive instrumental NY2000 establishes the mood of a world on the cusp of change, while the interlude Niugnep captures the anxiety and confusion as those hopes spin off into very different realities. 

Junodream play The Prince Albert, Brighton, on 9th December 2021. CLICK HERE for tickets. New mixtape Travel Guide is AVAILABLE NOW.

by: Mike Cobley


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Written in 1888, Miss Julie - which comes to New Venture Theatre, Brighton - caused outrage when it opened and was banned by the censors — yet over 130 years later, it's no surprise that this powerful drama still retains its shock factor.   
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With the shackles of lockdown finally released and Brighton's cultural swing doors once more admitting concert goers, photographer Andy Sturmey was back in the pit at Concorde 2 Brighton, last night, and this time he had folk-punk hero Frank Turner in his lens line.

The honour of 'Freedom of the City' of Brighton & Hove has been awarded by the Green council to 'all those who helped during the pandemic,'  kick-starting a programme of recognition of city residents that will run throughout the year.

Following months of closure for many stores across the UK, successful pop-up marketplace The Pop-Up Club is returning to Brighton's Dukes Lane.

Students with additional educational needs from across the South have come together to participate in the South of England Agricultural Society's 23rd Jim Green Challenge. But, due to Covid, the format of the competition changed for 2021.

Back in the old world at the start of 2020, psychedelic punk heroes The Lovely Eggs were primed to release their new album I Am Moron – a work over-flowing with political venom and fresh ideas, set to a gloriously independent noise.

A local community group is creating new school resources for primary and secondary schools focusing on the story of the Three Kings of Botswana and their visit to Brighton and Sussex in 1895. 

Brighton & Hove Green Councillors joined in solidarity with the city's trans and non-binary community and allies once again as part of last weekend's annual Trans Pride celebrations in the city.

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With the summer holidays fast-approaching, Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) launch their Digital Summer School; a family-friendly programme that offers a vast choice of online music education from under £30.

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