By James Rugg
We have been waking up to a soup-like fog or an unrelenting drizzle all week. Since the clocks jumped back we have been waddling home in the dark, illuminated only by street lights. Winter is on its way and many of us have taken a knock down to a zombie–like state by a cold or a crippling case of the man–flu. It has been a long, hard and tiring week at work.
But in the immortal words of Rebecca Black: “It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend.” And this Friday, and indeed weekend, should be no exception. So down that Lemsip, read this guide to what’s on and get out there and have some fun before the barbaric notion of Monday morning returns.
Regular sardine–packed club–nights aside, here are a few musical highlights that are going down in the city of Brighton this weekend:
Easy Star All Stars: Thrillah – Concorde2, £16 Advanced + Booking fee, starts 8pm
The Easy Star All Stars are an ever changing collective of reggae musicians and singers formed by the co-founders of New York’s Easy Star Records. They broke onto the scene in 2003 with their album Dub Side Of The Moon, covering the entirety of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon.
Later cover albums include: Radiohead’s OK Computer (Radiodread); and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band).
Coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller the reggae outfit released Thrillah this August.
The band’s live performances are legendary and despite the tour being named after their latest release, I am assured they will be performing handpicked songs from their library of dub infused classics. So if you love Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles, Michael Jackson or reggae in general, what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket now before they sell out here.
They are also being supported by Bristol’s urban reggae band Laid Black,(a personal favourite of mine),who will no doubt be playing their somewhat unsubtle stoner–anthem My Eyes Are Red.
Stanton Warriors – Digital, £10, 11pm
Hailing from the West Country, Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley are breakbeat DJ and producer combo the Stanton Warriors. The duo can usually be found at big club nights all over the globe, pumping out blends of their own bass fuelled, electric–blipdripping dance tracks and party starting, filthy remixes.
Expect flashing lights, sub-bass and dancing; hours and hours of dancing. Make sure you bring lots of shapes to throw, everyone else will be.
Tickets on sale here.
Heatwave and Aswad – Concorde2, £20 advance + booking fee, doors open 7:30pm
Sundays are meant to be a day of rest, but if there is one thing that should be able to drag you from your sofa it is two great bands in one night.
Heatwave are the international disco/funk band of Boogie Nights fame. Heatwave jumped into the disco scene in 1976 with their début release Too Hot To Handle and have been (despite various reformations) spreading their funky groove ever since.
Also under the same roof, on the same night, are reggae veterans Aswad. Famously adding infusions of RnB and Soul to their music, Aswad formed in mid–70s London and went on to be one of the UK’s most prolific reggae acts of the 80s with hits such as Don’t Turn Around and Give A Little Love. And let us not forget their 90s classic party tune Shine, my eight–year–old self’s most beloved song (seriously).
If you are lucky enough to have Monday free for a potential recovery, then there really is no excuse for avoiding this funky strut back in time.
Tickets available here.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend make sure to wrap up warm and attempt to find some form of merriment!