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Monday 02 October 2017

Review: Joel Dommett Live 2017 @ Brighton Dome Concert Hall

The lights went down, his voice came over the PA "how are you doing Brighton?" and then he messed up the next line of his intro and yelled "I've fu**ed it guys!" This was Joel Dommett's grand entrance to his recent rip-roaring performance at Brighton Dome.

After the lights came up he took centre stage and added: "It's gonna be a good gig if I can't even get my intro right"

He talked about his love of the city: "It's the only place in the UK, actually probably the world, that could maintain a shop called Vegetarian Shoes!" 

Joel riffed about the fact that just over a year before he played this show, he did a gig at the Caroline of Brunswick, in Hove, to just three people but "eat an animal's dick on TV and suddenly everyone's interested!"

At his request the lights dimmed so he could tell the audience: "How funny my show could be if I still lied at gigs" and then sung a song about how he killed his girlfriend with his "laser dick" and shone a bright green laser up at the ceiling from within the crotch of his jeans.

He added: "The worst lie I've ever told" when he lied to his best friend Steve to avoid paying to fly out to his wedding, citing "family problems" as his reason to not pay £2000 to fly to Thailand for the event, only for his family to be at said wedding." 

After a short break Joel returned and pointed out the on stage confetti cannon and gave over control to a member of the audience with instructions "to press the trigger when it felt appropriate, you'll know when!"

He opened-up about the time he tried to "woo a lady that led to a lot of you seeing my dick" (referring to his leaked sex tape) after talking to her online for ages, she asked him to have Skype sex, to which he agreed, he then never heard from her again and about six months later a rather dodgy twitter handle called Celebs Busted UK added him so he clicked on their profile and the bio read "if we follow you then we have naked pictures of you". 

They told him to pay £2000 to stop the picture being made public. He snorted "if I had £2000 I"d have gone to my best friends wedding, you"re not gonna release it, I'm not famous enough, it"s done." 

Several months later he went on "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" (where he came second behind Scarlett Moffat from Gogglebox) and they released the video - "shit," he exclaimed.

It was a fantastic night full of laughs-a-plenty and Joel knew how to handle his audience (even when he had to tell them off!).

by: Stephanie Keane


Whats on in Brighton today

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

Novo Amor, aka Ali Lacey, has unveiled a poignant video for the title track from his anticipated debut album, Birthplace.

The flamboyant world of Brighton in the 1880s and back-street life of the 1930s and 50s are the focus of two new books from community publisher QueenSpark Books.

While touring the UK in November 2016, American songwriter Amelia White viewed the bitterly divisive election season back home via the BBC, and from a promoter's attic began to complete the songs on her album, Rhythm Of The Rain. 

For too long festivals have been too male and now Byline Festival is doing something beyond the usual rhetoric….

Reading the wonderful new Ronnie Lane oral biography, Can You Show Me A Dream?, it would be easy for the reader to be left with the impression that Ronnie's life cycle had been a wild journey with a sad ending. But for Ronnie the journey hadn't ended. The letter had left the envelope, that's all.

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

The RPMs new single Let Things Happen raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. 
(c) Tom Sheehan 2018

Del Amitri return this summer for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band's first run of dates since 2014.

Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 

Sea Life Brighton has issued an urgent appeal for the public to become more responsible with their waste after collecting a record amount of rubbish on Brighton beach. 

One-hundred years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of forty-one buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

The drama and magic of Glyndebourne Festival provide the inspiration for a new children’s book, The Mulberry Bees.

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