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Friday 09 May 2014

Here Comes The Sun: Cat Power Cleans Up Her Act Prior To Brighton Festival Visit

Next week Chan Marshall (AKA Cat Power) will drop in on Brighton for a one off performance to present work from her latest album, Sun.

"It is don't look back, pick up, and go confidently into your own future, to personal power and fulfilment,' she says of Sun, which she wrote, recorded and produced herself.

Now almost two decades on from her debut album, she has striped her looks back to basics, having chopped off her hair and dressed down and covered-up.

Chan was born in 1972 and has worked as an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress and model. 

Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has come to refer to her musical projects with various backing bands.

Critics have noted the constant evolution of Power's sound, with a 'mix of punk, folk and blues' on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. 

Sun incorporates electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the "really slow guitar songs" she initially wrote for the album.

Marshall's live shows have been known for their unpolished nature, with songs beginning and ending abruptly or blending into one another without clear transitions. 

She has also cut short performances without explanation. On some occasions this has been attributed to stage fright and the influence of alcohol.

Recently, Marshall's performance style has been said to be much more enthusiastic andprofessional. 

Marshall states that her newfound musical collaborators and sobriety are largely responsible for her increased confidence onstage.

Around the time of the release of Sun, Power had to cancel European shows because of illness.

 "I'd get a bump which would itch and itch, then it would turn into a blister. That was the beginning. It just seizes you and there"s nothing you can do.

"What caused it? Just stress with life. The same thing happened when The Greatest came out. A week beforehand I was in the hospital. 

"This time I was psychologically strong enough but I was older, so the stress attacked my organism. I was in a feeling of failure and was angry about it. 

"But you're incapacitated, you can"t get up. It makes you see how quickly you can be dead, without choosing it."

With Sun debuting at a career chart-high of No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, it seems Brighton Festival goers are likely to witness a late career high from Cat Power.

Cat Power plays Brighton Dome Concert Hall on 18th May. Tickets £18, £20, £22.50, Festival Standby £10 available from

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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