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Monday 11 January 2021

The Bergamot Frontman Nathaniel Paul Takes Us To A Place Of Hope Amidst A Looming Dark Shadow Cast Over Our Lives

What will become of 2021? The dream is to go back. The nightmare is that we never can.
Credit Jillian Speece

Emmy Award winning The Bergamot frontman Nathaniel Paul's Songbird is one man's story of escape, as the majority of 2021 towers over us.

"During quarantine, I had to make a trip to the grocery store. I met an elderly man who struck up a conversation with me. We almost seemed to be kindred spirits. 

"He began the conversation with, 'Life is hard when you outlive all the ones you love'.

"It seemed like a bit of a quick start to a conversation, but I could tell he just needed someone to talk to. 

"After talking for a while, I felt this sense that he had that the world at large had forgotten about him. 

"But he had created a plan to travel the world on a train he had read about. He could work on the train and it would take him across the world.

"He was amidst planning his way out.

"Songbird was a direct inspiration from that moment. This idea of life after all that you love and care for is gone. 

"His story resonated with me in the way that I feel from COVID taking away so many small businesses - so many dreams from all of us."

But what do we do now? Where do we go from here?

Songbird hopes to take you to a place of hope amidst a looming dark shadow cast over the world.

Nathaniel Paul will release his debut full-length solo album in the summer of 2021.

The Bergamot are currently busy co-producing a full-length documentary, entitled State of the Unity, filmed across an entire twelve-month US road-trip and set for release in early 2021.

by: Mike Cobley


Brighton's Green Councillors are among those who have slammed 'discriminatory,' rule changes that could see migrants deported if they become homeless, saying new rules will harm and undermine vital homelessness prevention work in the city.

A Sussex-based author fought censors, do-gooders, powerful unions, and corrupt business tycoons, and now the man behind Britain's comic book boom has told his story.

This Thursday, Latitude Festival and international charity ActionAid will bring some of the best comedians together for a virtual stand-up comedy gig in support of women and girls leading change.

The experience of seeing actors live on stage is under threat during the present Covid restrictions. Simon Annand's Time To Act reminds us of what we are missing while theatres are closed. Through the eyes of this legendary photographer we observe how performers get ready to face their audiences.
Credit Andy Labrow

As part of a worldwide day of action organised by the Union for International Cancer Control to reduce the global impact of cancer, Mike Peters of Welsh rock band The Alarm's Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS) has announced their Love Hope Strength Big Night In, an evening of entertainment on February 4th, World Cancer Day.

With more than three-hundred food parcels being delivered each week in Brighton, a local family support service has swapped single use carrier bags for bags for life thanks to a donation from a local co-operative.

Brighton Greens are among those who have spoken out regarding a last-minute change in guidance, which means that early years providers seeking to protect staff and children from covid-19 transmission will be penalised by Government.
Credit Antony McIntosh

Lighthouse has launched an online public survey and series of short films - Let's Talk Public Art - to encourage residents and communities across Brighton & Hove to voice their opinion about public art in the city. 

“We are living in extraordinary times, I wanted to respond but had the urge to offer more than one voice, more than one perspective. Not an echo chamber.”

Pod Experiences - the team behind Pier Pressure, Brighton's escape room provider – will be opening a new experience visitor attraction in the centre of Brighton, in April 2021.
Credit Sam Wiehl

Supported by quietly melodic vocals, Ritchie Sacramento, the new single from Mogwai's forthcoming tenth studio album, As The Love Continues, oscillates between moments of tranquility and disorder.
Credit Will Robson Scott

Pa Salieu, who is set to play Brighton's Great Escape Festival in 2021, is a 23-year-old rapper from Coventry. He is proud of his Gambian heritage, fluent in Wolof and keen to represent his culture wherever possible.

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