4 MAY - 3 JUNE 2018

Countdown to Brighton Fringe: Music

Guest Writer Nicola Driscoll-Davies

Live music acts presented at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival include award-winning favourites and independent newcomers.

We round up just some of the exciting highlights at this year’s festival, from live piano to electro-acoustic.

Electroacoustic Experiments – Installation

Audiences can expect mysterious live projection mapping, improvised musicians, experimental audio visual and interactive performances at this installation.

The afternoon and evening performances are truly immersive audio-visual experiments.

No need to buy tickets, just show up and donate. For age 12 and above.

Speakers Corner, May 26


Epicene - Paul Diello Music

Nominated for the LGBT Brighton Fringe award last year, Paul Diello returns and pours out the emotions of his childhood musings into songs from female artists including Bjork, Annie Lennox, and Joni Mitchell.

The original received five star reviews last time around, this updated version promises to deliver the same.

Tickets are expected to sell out quick, so this is one not to be missed.

The Brunswick, May 26 and 27


All About Us – Brighton City Singers/MJ Paranzino Choir

The MJ Paranzino choir is celebrating a milestone of 15 years at the Fringe Festival and is set to perform the ‘Best of the Best’ from its many performances.

More than 200 singers will be in attendance, from new choral music, and gospel, to musical theatre, R&B, and jazz.

A choral event not to be missed.

The Old Market, May 5


Kemptown Carnival – The Resonators & Barnacles Ensemble & Guests

Award winners at the 2017 Fringe, nine-piece dub and reggae band, The Resonators return with deep psychedelic bass.

This years performance will feature reggae legend Roots Garden.

Barulho, the 40-piece samba reggae funk band, will also bring their Carnival Bizarre, blending South American traditional forms with funk, hip-hop and drum and bass.

Funds raised will go towards Brighton’s longest running free street-arts festival, the Kemptown Carnival.

Brighton Spiegeltent, May 10


Soundscape: Brighton Film Quartet

This multi-faceted concert returns in a new venue for 2018, providing unique performances.

Music, art and cinema combine with a live concert from a string quartet, and piano.

Escape into this distinctive performance of live music, and cinematic film.

Brighton Spiegeltent, May 6


John Callaghan’s Cabaret Electro

Spend an evening at this eccentric show of electronica, visuals and quirky songs featuring dynamic performance and ingenious costumes.

To Do List gave it five stars, writing: “All you could desire from a gig: frenetic energy, a lively intelligence, and the lyrics and presentation combine to create a performance at once spectacular and profound.”

Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco, May 29


Stunning Shostakovitch – Classical

This performance will feature piano soloist Simon Ballard with Mark Andrew-James conducting the Sussex Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring the music of Dmitri Shostakovitch: Festival Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5, this is a must-see for classical music lovers.

All Saints Church, May 19


Vesper Walk - Independent Musical Theatre

A duo of piano-playing sisters present a quirky celebration of original songs about womanhood and midlife.

Alternative performances include prog rock, cabaret and theatre.

Vesper Walk was nominated for Outstanding Band 2016 and 2017 by Yorkshire Gig Guide.

Komedia Studio, May 10

Written by Nicola Driscoll-Davies
Photo by Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests