9 Things You Need To Do This April

Ding dong, the winter witch is dead. Long live longer evenings and transitional jackets! April sees the city uncrumpling itself from its semi-hibernation and, as always, there’s loads of stuff going on. Here’s nine things we can’t wait to see, do, eat or play.

 

Hutch Solo Show @ Brush

Hutch’s work has daubed Brighton’s walls for a decade and this solo show at Brush will showcase the next-level skills of this stencil and screenprint artist. The show has a private viewing on Thursday 5 April – with the first ten people through the door getting a free screen print – but will be on all month.

Thursday, 5 April – Monday, 30 April

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Get Down Symphony: Kanye West - The College Dropout @ Concorde 2

The College Dropout was the launchpad for the career of probably the millennium’s most revered and influential male artist. In this iteration, the 16-piece Get Down Symphony will reimagine the album in its entirety, before blasting out some of his hits.

Saturday, 07 April

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Digital Forest Cocktail Masterclass @ Pop-Up Brighton

Hosted by Pop-Up Brighton, this immersive installation of video-projected woodland and live British butterflies will see you mix three avant-garde cocktails under the stewardship of your own mixologist.

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8

Record Store Day

Record Store Day is when the UK’s vinyl junkies come blinking out into the sunlight and battle each other for special editions and one-off waxy treats. This year there’s releases from David Bowie, Tinariwen, Bat For Lashes and a Kate Bush picture disk of her songs ‘Lake Tahoe’ and ‘Among Angels’. People take this very seriously so expect roadblock queues at all the city’s record stores, and a one-item-per-customer system to keep the hoarders at bay.

Saturday, 21 April

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The Great English Taste Off @ Isaac At

The guys at Issac At have programmed a second round of their wine taste off, where the restaurant’s enigmatic sommelier Alex Preston faces off against Chris Orr, MD of The British Wine Company in a war of the British vines. You’ll get to try them all, plus canapés cooked by head chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland.

Monday, April 23

Brighton SEO @ Brighton Centre

Brighton SEO brings together the city’s sharpest minds in SEO for a day of talks, workshops, and networking. Their last event saw 3500 people attend and their USP is to provide an antidote to stale conferences of yore; so expect it to be hands-on, detailed and practical. Plus, for the man-boys and gal-girls they lay on fun stuff like arcade machines, table football, toy hacking, Oculus Rift testing and 3d Printing stuff.

Thursday, 26 April – Friday, 27 April

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Let’s Get Retro Social @ PLATF9RM Tower Point

Join us for our first retro gaming Social, where the Retrobution gang will come down with all the games consoles from your foolish days. Expect NES, SNES, Megadrives, Playstations and some seriously competitive Tekken competitions. We’ll be keeping it pre-00s real with coke floats, penny sweets and boozy slushies.

Thursday, 26 April

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codebar Brighton

We recently interviewed Cassie Evans from codebar Brighton for our We ❤️ Brighton Heroes blog. codebar are a talented, passionate team of professionals who teach programming to underrepresented groups in tech. We think they’re doing a really important job and their weekly workshops are FREE, so find them on Twitter and have a read of the blog here

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Source @ Stanmer House

Alex Proud is one of the country’s better known entertainment impresarios; owner of Proud Camden, our very own Brighton Ballroom, and writer of this infamous takedown of hipster culture. He’s the new chief at Stanmer House and their Source restaurant just announced their insane-looking spring menu. Farm-to-fork with all food sourced from within 20 miles – think Newhaven whitebait and roasted Southdown lamb – it’s a wonderland of hearty Sussexian gastronomy.

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