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Wednesday 26 January 2022

Oxygen Thief: A Cathartic Release Of Pent-Up Energy Unleashes The New Single From The Luka State

The Luka State are poised for big things in 2022 as they look to build upon the momentum following the release of last year's debut album, Fall In Fall Out
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Not letting a pandemic hold them back they played thirty-five shows across Europe in just two months, including two laps of UK gigs supporting The Reytons. 

Even then they still found the time to write a body of new songs to channel their lockdown frustrations into a cathartic release of pent-up energy. 
Previously known for their anthemic rock 'n' roll, new single Oxygen Thief sees The Luka State tearing off the shackles with full-throttle ferocity. 

Their fierce new attack melds visceral punk aggression, a gritty melodic rush and their swaggering indie rock attitude in a savage state-of-the-nation address. 

It positions them as a new leading light in a growing scene of outspoken, social aware alt-rock bands alongside The Blinders, Demob Happy, Kid Kapichi and Strange Bones. 

A song of revenge and recrimination boils to a peak in its bridge as frontman Conrad Ellis screams, "If you've got a fucking problem, I'll rip you a-fucking-part." 

It sets the tone of what to expect from The Luka State's upcoming releases. 

Fuelled by a rush of anger, their material possesses a propulsive zeal without losing the band"s skill for immensely catchy hooks.
Frontman Conrad Ellis says

"'Oxygen Thief' holds no prisoners and pins you to the wall. It's an embodiment of grief, pain and anger. 

"It chews you up, spits you back out and then punches you in the gut one more time for good measure.  

"This song is for the misunderstood.  Honesty is always the best policy."

To Listen/Watch The Luka State's new single Oxygen Thief  CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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Hastings Fat Tuesday have teamed up with The Marina Fountain and The Prince Albert to bring Primal Scream to the White Rock Theatre for a special warm up show ahead of their Screamadelica live dates.

After collaborating with Noel Gallagher on the single Where's My Family Gone, Brighton-bound Andrew Cushin picked up the support of another iconic rock 'n' roller when Pete Doherty signed him to his Strap Originals label.

Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is the latest offering from Brighton-bound The Avalanches.
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Barrie Kosky's highly anticipated new production of Poulenc's powerful opera Dialogues des Carmélites will premiere next summer at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival. It was originally scheduled to appear at the event in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tens of thousands of fans will unite in Brighton to watch the World Cup 2022 on huge anti-glare screens with a world-class sound system, food, drinks and a proper big game atmosphere. 

Actor Michelle Collins chats ahead of her starring role in the comedy thriller Cluedo, the new play, directed by Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong), which visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th June.
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Syrian architects Marwa Al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz will bring a unique architectural element to this year's Brighton Festival by building a temporary community arts venue on Hove seafront in the form of a traditional Arabic arcade.

Brighton-bound Canadian songwriter and musician Leith Ross shared their new single We'll Never Have Sex, alongside a self-directed and produced video, after finding viral fame. 
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Mercury Prize 2020 winning Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.
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Before Dylan Thomas drank himself to death at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin (née Macnamara) were the great lovers who boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 30s and 40s mixing with fellow artists and the bohemian in-crowd, living on tick, behaving scandalously and being forgiven. Their marriage was stormy, passionate and explosive.

Comedian Jason Byrne - who brings his new show to The Old Market, Hove, this October - has not only had his heart unblocked and been given a new lease of life, but his whole career has been unblocked too! 

The artist Maggi Hambling will present her first exhibition at Glyndebourne at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival, with support from Marlborough Gallery.

Soulful Edinburgh-born newcomer Brooke Combe will be support for Miles Kane when he plays Concorde 2, Brighton, this week.

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