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Thursday 10 December 2020

Bill Bailey Uses A Comedic Twist On Own Experiences Of Dealing With Isolation For New Brighton Centre Bound Show

Tracing lines through chaotic moments in history, in his new show Bill Bailey seeks out parallels where human resilience and our ability to endure has got us through times of strife.

He recounts his own experiences of dealing with isolation, including his thoughts on the 'sounds of lockdown'. 

This led to a greater appreciation of birdsong and how the natural music of nature in general has inspired many great composers throughout history, and perhaps led to the creation of music itself. 

Our reliance on technology has inspired Bill himself to create dance remixes of video-calling ringtones.

Through music, songs, and memories, Bill considers our changing priorities, the wonder of dogs, how little things can keep you on track and rhapsodises on his new-found love of skydiving. 

In a show who's title Bill had written before we'd even heard of COVID, En Route To Normal has become not just a funny, heartwarming mix of stories, music and history, but a personal mission to find our way through these Strange Times.

"As a young man, the temptation was to drink the minibar dry. I did all that — now I prefer to get outdoors." 

"We have a rule that we will always do something on days off. We ride bikes or go birdwatching, otherwise you get cabin fever."

Having made his debut with Cosmic Jam in 1995, like many comedians, Bill honed his live skills at the annual Edinburgh Fringe, earning a prestigious Perrier Award nomination for his 1996 follow up Bill Bailey Live. 

The festival also enabled Bill to branch out as a dramatic actor, firstly in an extremely well-received production of 12 Angry Men and two years later as the slouchy, unkempt Oscar in the equally acclaimed, The Odd Couple.

Having played the first ever Comedy Session at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, Bill has always been a regular on the festival circuit with previous appearances at both Kew The Music and the Reading and Leeds Festival, to name but two. 

A personal festival highlight, in 2011 Bill was invited to perform at The Sonisphere Rock Festival in Knebworth. 

Headlining alongside rock gods Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, Bill rocked out with some 60,000 metal fans, in what was one of the biggest comedy gigs in the world.

Bill Bailey will be appearing at The Brighton Centre on Wednesday 5th January 2022. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 11th December 2020 at 10am priced from £35. CLICK HERE for more info.

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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