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Sunday 20 March 2011

The Stranglers: Self-Styled Meninblack Were In Full Attack @ Brighton Dome

Ah, nostalgia, it ain't what it used to be. You can never step in the same river twice, so I'm told. But what I did do on a chilly March night was see the Stranglers for the 23rd time.

Amazingly, up until a year ago, I hadn't seen the self-styled Meninblack for a quarter of a century.

Having waved goodbye to them at the Brighton Centre in 1985, I followed them in vinyl alone until their parting of the ways with singer, guitarist & co-songwriter Hugh Cornwell, on August 11th 1990.

From thereon-in they barely blipped on my radar until their collective & spiritual mojo returned with the release of 2004's hauntingly dark, stark & beautiful Norfolk Coast.

Add to their recent catalogue 2006's swaggering & punky collection, Suite XV1, and my radar was picking up on their signal once more.

Having been blown away by the band's performance at the Brighton Dome last year, it was with nothing less than stomach tingling anticipation that I awaited their 2011 return to the same venue.

This time around the audience were less reverential and more inclined to party like it was 1979.

Plus, having the added bonus of Wilko Johnson & Norman Watt-Roy as main support was a masterstroke.

They banged out those Canvey Island blues with all the sweat, hunger & intensity of men half their age.

Then it was to the well worn strains of Waltzinblack that the Stranglers emerged & crashed into the double whammy of I Feel Like A Wog & Was It You?

A promised more eclectic set than last year's Decades Apart hits led outing brought out dusted down gems the likes of Dead Loss Angeles, Sweden, (All Quiet on the Eastern Front), Baroque Bordello & Never To Look Back.

The twin front of stage attack of original Triumph Bonneville boy JJ Burnel & decade old Strangler Baz Warne were the prowling, menacing playoff to the eccentric back-up boys Jet Black & Dave Greenfield.

For every showstopping bass-run from Burnel came a cameo keyboard flourish from Greenfield .. and all the while 'the Ayatollah of rock 'n' roll' Black defied his 70-plus years providing the band's heartbeat.

Nice 'N' Sleazy, Peaches, Always The Sun, Golden Brown, Hanging Around & No More Heroes all played their part in making the 2011 model of The Stranglers just as vital, riverting & entertaining as their once 20-something selves."

by: Mike Cobley


Head First Acrobats return to the Brighton Fringe Festival with two spectacular shows, Railed for adults, and PreHysterical for children.

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.
Credit Leigh Simpson

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.
Credit Jim Stephenson

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. 
Credit Olivia Rose

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.
Credit Summer Dean

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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