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Sussex Has Loads Of Amazing Festivals. Here's 9 Of Our Favourites

It’s time to dust down the waterproofs and dig out the baby wipes; festival season is upon us. Sussex has an array of weird, wired and wonderful events which we’ve rounded up the best of. See you in the toilet queue…


Friday 13 - Sunday 15 July

Brainchild has quietly made a name for itself as a haven of music, arts and ideas in the Sussex countryside. With a DIY spirit and focus on collaboration across artistic forms, it ticks a lot of PLATF9RM boxes. If festivals are more about inspiration than hedonism (with maybe just a soupçon of the latter) Brainchild will be your jam.


Friday 24 - Sunday 26 August

If, for you, celestial joy resides on the snakebite-streaked floor of the indie disco, then Victorious will deliver you to festival nirvana. From heavyweights like Paul Weller and The Libertines to Gomez, The Cribs and ‘him with the hips’ Friendly Fires, it’s domestic indie bliss.

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Byline Festival
Saturday 24 - Monday 27 August

Say the words ‘journalist’ and ‘festival’ and one tends to think of hungover freeloaders, hanging around in the press section and trying to blag beers from the PR team. (Or maybe that’s just us…)

Byline Festival differs in that it’s run by The Frontline Club – the Paddington based club for independent journalists – and has curated a programme of thought-provoking musicians, talks and workshops. Headliners are punk activists Pussy Riot, but that’s really just the tip of the fatberg with sessions on Cambridge Analytica and a lecture from John Cleese. There’s plenty of time for partying too, with DJs spinning until the early hours.


Bimble Bandana
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July

A friend once described Bimble to us like this: “It’s a lot of happy families, and people in their 40s trying to behave like they’re 21 then regretting it the next morning.” Sounds like Brighton in a nutshell. We’re in.


Tribal Earth Summer Gathering
Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 August

Tribal Earth has a rich 20 year history. Expect alternative activities like pranayama and laughter yoga, plus music workshops for international instruments including the kora (African harp) or bodrhan (Irish drum). Chuck in drum circles, sound baths, natural saunas and vegetarian food and you’ve got a family friendly festival experience that’s the very antithesis of Reading and Leeds. Amen to that!


Rye Jazz Festival
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Rye Jazz festival collects some of the greatest international names for a jazz explosion in Sussex’s most Dickensian outpost. Zara McFarlane recently won Jazz FM vocalist of the year whilst Lucky Peterson is a legend of the blues axe and Hammond B3 organ. Brought the sun with you? Get out to Camber for half an afternoon and trail across those boundless white sands.


Magical Festival
Friday 17 - Monday 20 August

Props to Magical who raised over £30,000 for their 2018 event through an Indiegogo campaign. This 1,000 person super boutique festival styles itself as ‘the playground of possibilities’ and with its theme of ‘You are AMAZING!’ is on a mission to pump up your soul glow.


Love Supreme
Friday 29 June - Sunday 1 July

From crowd-pleasing headliners like Earth, Wind & Fire to new soul upstarts like Tom Misch to quietly legendary British saxophonists (Denys Baptiste), Love Supreme has one of the most diverse line-ups on the festival calendar. It’s very shall-we-say Brighton, but that’s okay, and you can get there in a horse-drawn carriage for the big Instagram Story win.


Into The Wild
Friday 24 - Monday 27 August

Into The Wild describes itself as a ‘vibrant creative village of life’ and, with over 100 workshops, is a dream for curious kids and inquisitive big kids. From falconry to hip-hop Shakespeare workshops, to slack-lining or shamanism, it’s a wonderland of knowledge and unorthodox skills. It’s also drink and drug free, so if you want to get into it rather than out it, jump on that Big Lemon bus to East Grinstead.


9 Brighton Bands You Need To See At The Great Escape

It’s festival season and there’s girls with guitars and boys with synths on every corner. Many of them come from our own city, but trying to navigate your way around the line-ups for The Great Escape or The Alternative Escape is a fool’s errand. So we’ve done it for you! Here’s the best of Brighton playing this year’s festival.


Phoria - St. Mary's Church, Kemptown
Saturday 19 May

Phoria are headlining the bill at Brightonsfinest’s Saturday showcase at St Mary’s Church and their music – which veers from soulful, slightly jittery electro-pop to Keaton Henson-esque, burst-your-heart acoustic laments – should find its spiritual home in such grand surroundings.


Gaffa Tape Sandy - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Thursday 17 May – 9.30 PM - Saturday 19 May - 1.30 PM

Local trio Gaffa Tape Sandy are in the midst of an almighty festival run that’ll take them to Truck, Latitude and Iceland Airwaves. They’re proprietors of a hooky kind of garage-pop that reminds us a bit of the noughties; 2016’s ‘Smart Dressed Guy’ is famed for getting everyone leaping around like its last orders at the Hawley Arms.

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FUR - St Mary's Church, Kemptown
Saturday 19 May - 6.30 PM

FUR’s Facebook page lists Maroon 5 as the solitary artist they ‘like’; thankfully, that proves a misnomer as the band are much more indebted to classic English 60s rock than dreadful Cali pop. Think The Kinks, early Beatles and sad songs with jangle-groove (‘joove’?) written by guys wearing corduroy and Breton caps.


Of Empires

The Revelator – Friday 12 May - 9 PM

Shortts Bar - Saturday 19 May - 10.35 PM

Of Empires deal a mean hand in psychedelic rock and roll, indisposed with surf licks and an occasional pout of moody glam. They’re actually releasing their new song ‘Suzie’ the day of the show and it’s a psych-pop stomper for fans of The Doors, The Animals and The Last Shadow Puppets.


Hanya - Cafe Plenty
Saturday 19 May

A bit shoegazey, a bit psychy and not shy of a Wolf Alice-esque yelp, two-piece Hanya are singer/guitarist Hev and drummer Jack. They were previously known as Post-Heather but the first singles under their new guise – ‘Airplane’ and ‘Stone’ – hover happily in that space between sleepy and sludgy.


Our Girl

Our Girl have had a busy year. Supporting fellow Brighton alumni Magic Gang on tour and going out with Pale Waves on DIY’s Class of 2018 tour. Now they’re back on home turf with their agave-sweet garage anthems.


Dream Wife- Beach Club
Thursday 17 May - 8.45 PM

Dream Wife are one of Brighton’s biggest success stories of the last year, with their power-pop punk getting regular spins on 6Music. They’ve got a famous story of inception: forming the band for an art project then realizing it was so rad that they just had to carry on. ‘Hey Heartbreaker’ is platinum-certified, got-one-of-those-records-in-a-picture-frame banger.


Night House - Cafe Plenty
Friday 18 May – 6 PM

Night House lead singer Nick Williams has one of those falsettos that’ll make you shiver like someone’s dripping Calippo juice down your back. His band combine two musical worlds – folk and electronica – that don’t always twin well unless your name’s Justin Vernon, but it’s dreadfully pretty and they’re playing at PLATF9RM fave Cafe Plenty so soak up the beer with one of their insanely big sausage rolls.


ADAL - Seven Stars
Thursday 17 May - 8 PM

ADAL’s music could be classified as future-pop but it harks longingly back, with mournful 80s synths and smoove 90s production that tickle the hot spot between moody and shirts-off-banger. He had a hit earlier in the year with ‘Synthesize’ (a collaboration with Alexanderson) and is one of those artists that could explode with a summer jam and be banging out your gym's speakers within a month.


May The Fourth Be With Us

May is officially here to save the day. But April was pretty rad too! Here’s your guide to everything that happened in PLATF9RM last month.


The Social Took Its Retrobution!

April’s Social saw the guys from Gaming Retrobution bring all (literally all) the consoles of our youth with them. Time Crisis delivered us straight back to late-90s arcades whilst Street Fighter II exposed some seriously passive aggressive competitive streaks.


For this month’s Social we’re heading to The Warren! We did this last year and it was mega. Please come!

BrightonSEO Was

Brighton SEO was an avalanche of key knowledge and learnings. We had a stand and our photobooth pulled in lots of snap-happy humans. We’re already looking forward to the next one!


We Love Our Updated AV

We updated the AV in the Event Space at Tower Point. It sounds and looks AMAZING. You could pretty much have a rave in there now (we’re not going to).



Cutting To The Heart of The Fringe

Fringe Director Julian Caddy and PLATF9RM member and Fringe trustee Steve Bustin talked us through the best bits of this year’s Fringe festival. Steve also wrote us this awesome blog.

Screw It Just Do It

Our Virgin Start-Up saw talks from giffgaff founder Tom Rainsford and City Girl Network founder Pippa Moyle. The theme was ‘screw it just do it!’and saw both telling the story of their lives (so far) in business and how they managed the fiendishly fiddly task of monetizing online business.


Welcome 15 Gifts

We had 15 Gifts moving into Tower Point this month and we’re delighted to say they’ve already made themselves at home. 15 Gifts have built a super (like, super super) smart decision engine that’ll help you buy with confidence and certainty when you’re shopping online.


New Portraits Are A Go

We had photographer, Emma Croman, do a day of portraits for our members. She’s great and got everyone looking their best (especially George Buko, but you will have to ask him VERY nicely to see them as he is quite shy of them it seems!).


Birfday Walkshop For Matt

Front of House fave Matt turned 23 in April and spent the morning of his birthday on a Walkshop. As always, attendance was good and everyone embraced the chance to chat and connect in the great outdoors.


Psst, don't forget...

Jump In The Relaxi Taxi

Tuesday, May 15

12.30 PM – 6.30 PM

Registered Osteopath Rory Lemon will be fixing our hunched shoulders for the day. He’ll be in the Grey meeting room at Tower Point and offering 20 minute massage slots for fifteen of the Queen’s. Booking essential.


9 Reasons May Might Be Brighton's Best Month

There isn’t a competition for Brighton’s best month. But if there was, May would (almost) certainly win. Here’s why.


The Fringe - 4 May - 3 June

The Fringe is great because you’ll walk down the street and see two men mostly nude men doing a Shakespearian interpretation of ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ and instead of rolling your eyes and going “it’s Brighton” you can say, “it’s the Fringe!”

The programme is prodigiously big so have a read our ‘How To ‘Do’ Brighton Fringe’ guestblog PLATF9RM member Steve Bustin.


The Warren - 4 May - 3 June

The heart of The Fringe. A temporary wonderland of dinky theaters, bars and stalls that all Brighton residents, by law, spend the rest of the 11 months of the year getting into a lather about.


The Festival- 5 May - 27 May -Various Venues

We’re incredibly fortunate this year that we’ve got David Shrigley, one of the world’s most important artists, curating the event. Highlights abound, but The Arms Of Sleep – an overnight choral work in the ground of history-tastic Firle Place – and Problem in Brighton, a wry alt-rock/pop devised and created by Shrigley should all be added instantly to your Google calendars.


The Great Escape - 17 - 19 May - Various Venues

For three days in May, the city’s venues gets overrun by musos and liggers of London’s music press. The line-up is a who’s who of the world’s new and emerging acts; check out the almighty Phoebe Bridgers (pack a hanky though), Ida Mae and Hockey Dad.


The Bank Holidays - 7 & 28 May

Two in a month. Two big Sundays. Two days to avoid anywhere near The Tempest at all costs.


The Weather

With its long nights and average temperate of a balmy 14C, May is the second-best month for alfresco eating and drinking (presuming you pack a jumper obviously). Our suggestions? If it’s not windy– Murmur on the seafront for casual, family-friendly dining from Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees fame. If you’re drinking (or watching the football)– Lion and Lobster is hard to beat.


The Norfolk Square Street Party - 6 May - Robin Hood Pub

It’s the month where people truly take to the streets. Try Norfolk Square street party (nicknamed Norfolk Square Festival) which is run by the good folk at the Robin Hood pub and takes over the road with bands, food, Pimm’s and general revelry.


The Perfect Amount of Stag and Hen Parties

Stag and hen-dos comprise an important part of our city’s nighttime economy and they’re great. Vicariously enjoy their excitement, silliness, the outfits, the ‘waheyyy’s’, the L Plates, then wave them off when they make their way, inevitably, to West Street.


The Social - 31 May - The Warren

Yeah, fair play, total self-promotion but it’s our blog. We’re going down The Warren for the night on the 31st May. Well did it last year and it was brilliant fun. Come join us!