July

THE BLUES BAND: 40 Years & Back For More

2020 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 40th year together Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Formed in 1979 by five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, The Blues Band are celebrating 40 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time.  It began back then with Paul Jones, actor, singer, musician and radio presenter, no stranger to the pop charts throughout the 1960s as front man for the hugely successful Manfred Mann. Fellow Manfred member, Tom McGuinness, shared the same love of the blues - he’d started out with Eric Clapton in The Roosters. They brought in legendary slide guitar maestro and singer Dave Kelly, who brought along a talented fellow musician, bassist Gary Fletcher. With the addition of Tom’s chart-topping partner from McGuinness Flint, drummer Hughie Flint, (ex John Mayall’s Blues Breakers), that first line-up stormed the post-punk music scene, and contrary to their expectations, they soon had an international career playing the music they loved.  After two and a half years, Flint left due to the pressures of touring. His place was admirably filled by another fine drummer, Rob Townsend, a member of one of Britain’s most eclectic, legendary outfits, Family. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. But what history. TV, films, a stadium tour with Dire Straits, over 20 albums and thousands of shows later, they’ve earned a worldwide reputation as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms.  With this all-star line-up, it’s hardly surprising.  What’s on offer is always the same; a stunning menu of original compositions and blues classics, all delivered with passion, knowledge, love of the genre and entertaining showmanship. Other blues groups come and go, but it takes something special to achieve the iconic prestige they've earned. If you want to know what 40 years of skill and devotion sound like, here’s your chance - if you love the blues, it doesn’t get any better than The Blues Band

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

The Blues Band: 40 Year...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Friday

23 Jul

October

Adam Buxton Rambles

To coincide with its publication, we invite you to join comedian and podcast host Adam Buxton as he talks about and reads from his upcoming new book. It incorporates rambles on topics including parenthood, formative cultural influences of the 80s, confrontations on trains, wet dreams, boarding school trauma, The Adam & Joe Show, dead dads and David Bowie. The evening will include both funny and serious moments and some questions will be answered, maybe even some VERY big ones. To be honest that’s unlikely, but it should be fun anyway. Copies of the book will be available and there will be a signing session after the show.

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Adam Buxton Ra

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Friday

01 Oct

Adam Buxton Rambles

To coincide with its publication, we invite you to join comedian and podcast host Adam Buxton as he talks about and reads from his upcoming new book. It incorporates rambles on topics including parenthood, formative cultural influences of the 80s, confrontations on trains, wet dreams, boarding school trauma, The Adam & Joe Show, dead dads and David Bowie. The evening will include both funny and serious moments and some questions will be answered, maybe even some VERY big ones. To be honest that’s unlikely, but it should be fun anyway. Copies of the book will be available and there will be a signing session after the show.

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Adam Buxton Ra

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Saturday

02 Oct

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest...

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 touring hit, SPOILER ALERT! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The Pilgrimage, Top Gear and QI.

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Tuesday

05 Oct

Eddi Reader: 40 Years Live Tour

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland's greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with the ‘40 Years Live’ concert tour. From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe (like her hero Edith Piaf) Eddi's path soon lead her to a professional career in music as a backing singer for Eurythmics and Gang of Four. Her own band, Fairground Attraction, went onto have huge international success and number one hits with ‘Perfect’ and debut album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ which stormed the charts in the late 1980's. Throughout her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as 'The Songs of Robert Burns' and last years 'Cavalier'. She has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the worlds greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres including Folk, Jazz, Pop, World, Punk and even Classical work with various orchestras. In 2019, Eddi was invited to be a special guest with Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for an extensive tour, she released her ‘Starlight’ EP, played sold out headline shows, recorded a programme for BBC Radios' Classic Scottish Album series about her Robert Burns recordings and appeared on BBC Television's Songs of Praise and as part of Billy Connolly's ‘Made In Scotland’ series. 2020's ‘40 Years Live’ concerts promise to be something special, as with any Eddi Reader concert, the magic is being made in the moment, no two concerts ever the same.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Eddi Reader: 40 Years L...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Tuesday

05 Oct

Jonathan Pie: Fake News (Corona Remix)

Jonathan Pie’s critically acclaimed sell-out show FAKE NEWS finally returns, updated and remixed for a post-Corona world.  After months stuck in LOCKDOWN, Jonathan Pie returns to the road to discuss how corona has changed the world… and his career prospects. Jonathan Pie is the exasperated news reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. With over 1.5 million Facebook followers, his online videos regularly achieve millions of views going viral internationally.  Jonathan Pie has been described as ‘brilliant, brave, raw and analytical without forgetting to be funny’ by Ricky Gervais.   His three live shows have sold out venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium and have been performed across the US and Australia. "Brings the audience to their feet - hilarious" - Chortle "As exquisitely performed as it is well written, damningly scathing of current political discourse and engagement" - The Scotsman "A true tour de force" - Evening Standard

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Jonathan Pie: Fake News...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Friday

08 Oct

Emily Atack Has Left The Group

Emily Atack is back with a brand-spanking-new show.  She’s said goodbye to her carefree twenties and is now wondering what life is like as a mature, responsible grown-up... if she finds one, she’ll ask. Until then she’ll be bringing her trademark humour, honesty and playfulness to explore everything from work to dating to her latest obsession… leaving the WhatsApp Group. Join Emily this autumn for her famous anecdotes and range of impressions, for what promises to be a truly incredible night.  

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Emily Atack Has Left Th...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Saturday

16 Oct

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this sh*t show. 50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are? Mark says, “Look, I have been doing this for 34 years. I have gone from stand-up to theatre and half way back again. It’s another slightly odd show, a sort of sweary History Channel with laughs and creative mischief. If you’ve seen my shows before, this one is going to be a show in the vein of 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.” ????? "A master of this type of entertainment…" - Arts Desk ???? "This is a show that comes from the guts" - Telegraph ???? "Righteous, moving and funny… Mark Thomas should be on prescription" - Herald

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Mark Thomas: 50 Things ...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Tuesday

19 Oct

Tony Law Identifies

Tony Law identifies as a Hominid. Homo Sapiens, Neanderthal, Indo-European horse tribesman, an Englishman a Canadian a non iron man and a Trinidadian and a Tobagonian. A dog, a dog owner, owned by a dog, a surrealist, an absurdist and an artist who is comedy of person. A parent, a thrower, a catcher, a reader and a farmer. His 16th show is turning out to be his best yet. For connoisseurs of comedy who have seen it all and are funny in their own bones. Top drawer Tony. I’ve said too much. Get in. ???? "Inspired nonsense" - Scotsman ???? "Takes post-modern stand-up to a dangerously funny new level" - Guardian ???? "Chaos has rarely been so finely constructed and this much fun" - Times ????? "Flies by in joyful abandon" - Upcoming

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Tony Law Ident

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Friday

22 Oct

Jason Byrne: Audience Precipitation

He’s back for more comedy chaos! Jason has learnt over the past few years that we all need to “play” a bit more in our lives. With this in mind, Jason will do what he does best, connecting with the audience in a way no other comic can. Whether it’s inviting or dragging (as it has been known) people up onto stage and making a “holy show of them” as they say in Ireland. Jason’s Audience Precipitation will be a laugh out loud, must-see show, with a light drizzle of audience participation… oooh, clever that. "Unmissable" - Evening Standard "Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle" - Edinburgh Evening News "Byrne is consistently brilliant" - Metro "The outright king of live comedy" - Times

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Jason Byrne: Audience P...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Saturday

23 Oct

Halloween-o Bop: Smoove & Turrell / The Allergies

NO TRICKS - JUST TREATS AND FUNKY BEATS Brighton’s own flaming hot soul and funk label Jalapeno Records team up with saucy south coast beats specialists Soul Casserole for a very special Halloween-themed party, showcasing some of the best live bands and the finest DJs on the scene. For this spooky spectacular, we have live sets from UK Dance Album Chart-toppers Smoove & Turrell, as well as tasty beats and tunes from The Allergies. Add in the Soul Casserole and Jalapeno Sound System DJs, and you’ve got yourself a party like no other this Halloween!

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Halloween-o Bop: Smoove...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Saturday

30 Oct

November

Rob Newman's Philosophy Show

In this all-new show, multi-award-winning stand-up comic Rob Newman weaves together Nietzsche’s sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric spiders and singing neanderthals into a hilarious tour-de-force that offers new hopes for a changing world. Rob Newman’s Philosophy Show coincides with the release of his BBC Radio 4 series. ???? "Hugely entertaining, gleefully jaunty and refreshingly intelligent… I loved it" - Guardian "He is one amazing comedian" - Time Out "Intellectually charged and adorably ambitious… a delightfully digestible dose of brain food" - Times

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Rob Newman's Philosophy...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Sunday

07 Nov

Tez Ilyas: The Vicked Tour

The brand-new stand-up show from the star of The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three). Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive humour to celebrate all that we still have. Expect mega laughs, happy groans and cheeky provocations, as Tez guarantees a vicked time. ???? "Radiantly entertaining" - Times ???? "Blackburn’s Chris Rock" - Guardian ???? "Tez Ilyas’s political stand-up takes serious talent to pull off" - Telegraph

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Tez Ilyas: The Vicked T...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Friday

12 Nov

Off The Record - Independent Music Festival 2021

Welcome back live music! It's been a crazy year but finally it looks like there's some light at the end of the tunnel. With that in mind we're delighted to announce that Off The Record Independent Music Festival 2021 is back in its original November slot at The Brunswick.  Band announcements will all be going live soon. Watch this space... Now entering its 4th year Lights And Lines is proud to present Off The Record 2021 - a music festival celebrating Brighton's vibrant, alternative music scene with the city's best independent bands. After the huge success of our 3rd year we're teaming up with The Premium Blend Radio Show once again to bring you another 20+ local independent bands across 2 stages! We've listened to your feedback over the last 3 years and are pleased to offer the following great ticket deals... Day Ticket: Access to both stages and the bar for the entirety of the festival. Set times will be staggered again which means this ticket gives you access to see over 20 bands for a tenna! (£10 ticket) Under 16s: By popular demand we can now offer Under 16s tickets at the half price. Full access to both stages and the bar until 8pm when the license runs out out, giving you access to at least 13 bands throughout the day. (£5 ticket - must be accompanied by an adult) 5 for 40: The ever popular group discount gives 5 adults the chance to enjoy the day together with 1 person going free AND a reduced booking fee. As always these packages are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! (£40 for 5 tickets) Please note that tickets bought for original pre-covid dates are still valid or can be refunded / exchanged on request. Thanks for supporting live music!

The Brunswick, Brighton, United Kingdom

Off The Record - Indepe...

The Brunswick
Brighton

Saturday

13 Nov

Stacey Kent

Alongside a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honours and awards, Gold, Double-Gold and Platinum- selling albums that have reached a series of No. 1 chart positions during the span of her career.  As part of her worldwide tour, Stacey returns to the UK with her 5-piece band for a very select number of 2021 dates. Stacey’s visit to The Old Market in Brighton will see her performing music from her latest release and most ambitious album to date, ‘I Know I Dream’ (Sony Music / Okeh) alongside a collection of numbers from her previous albums, including the Grammy nominated ‘Breakfast on the Morning Tram’. This bewitching collection of songs, includes American Standards, Bossa Nova classics, Chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey's most loved repertoire - including numbers co- written by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro, whose songwriting partnership with Stacey has formed an essential plank of her repertoire.  For Stacey, whose international touring schedule keeps her on the road for most of the year, her return to Brighton provides a rare opportunity for UK fans to see her live in concert. 

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Stacey Kent

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Tuesday

16 Nov

Rachel Parris: All Change Please

BAFTA-nominated comedian Rachel Parris is back with a brand-new show about big life changes.  Join viral sensation and star of BBC’s The Mash Report as she performs stand-up and songs about sudden love, the highs and lows of relationships, family, weddings, kids, going viral, going mental, and the baffling state of play in society right now. "Venomously witty" - Evening Standard "A natural charm and keen eye for observation" - Chortle "This is classy, clever comedy - uproarious" - Scotsman

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Rachel Parris: All Chan...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Wednesday

24 Nov

Ministry Of Sound Classical

Ministry of Sound. Three words which have had a vast impact on so many worldwide. The club, which shaped, defined and set the ultimate standard for a generation of music lovers. The record label, which redefined the compilation album, with its all-conquering ‘The Annual’ series - outselling artist albums and making the DJ mix album a mainstream art form. The sound system, around which the club was designed and still regarded as the benchmark to which all other venues aspire. And now, at the pinnacle of the orchestral dance concepts which have so swept clubland in recent years, comes Ministry of Sound Classical.  This ain't no DJ set! We've joined forces with some of the most talented players in classical music to create a Ministry of Sound take on what an orchestral performance can be. Each performance features a full 50-piece orchestra performing iconic dance classics, completely rearranged and reinterpreted for 2021. We've handpicked the very best tunes from dance music and recreated them in a breathtaking orchestral performance. Ministry Of Sound has had some pretty decent DJs through it’s doors, so they’ve recruited many of them back to perform alongside an incredible 50-piece orchestra. This breathtaking event is Ministry of Sound’s first-ever fully produced classical music show. Featuring the renowned London Concert Orchestra, special guest live vocalists and a performance from DJ Danny Rampling - one of the original founders of the UK's rave / club scene. All this against a backdrop of big-screen visuals, lights, lasers, special effects and a live-scored documentary featuring Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold, Brandon Block and key Ministry of Sound players including Justin Berkmann and Lohan Presencer. The show spans chart-topping albums with huge tracks getting a never heard before classical remake.  RELIVE THE GREATEST DANCE MUSIC OF ALL TIME. REIMAGINED. REDISCOVERED.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Ministry Of Sound Class...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Friday

26 Nov

December

Michael Spicer: The Room Next Door Tour

Join Michael Spicer, creator of internet sensation The Room Next Door, as he talks about his life making comedy under the radar, his viral hits of the past and of course, brand new Room Next Door sketches on his highly anticipated first live tour - The Room Next Tour. This is a unique opportunity to see the man from The Room Next Door finally leave his room behind and walk out onto the live stage. The Room Next Door has amassed over 60 million views online and in 2020 made its American debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Michael’s Radio 4 series entitled Michael Spicer: Before Next Door is scheduled for the summer and his book, The Secret Political Adviser, was released by Canongate in October 2020. "Spicer is the foil who reflects the absurdity of what’s being said" - The Observer "Genius" - Richard Herring

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, United Kingdom

Michael Spicer: The Roo...

The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
Brighton

Friday

03 Dec

February

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2022 being their 55th anniversary. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has  remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance.  2022’s Winter Tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album, Shuffle & Go, which was released just before ‘lockdown’ in 2020.  Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most  Influential Folk Album of All Time'. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.  The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.  "Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material for a vintage act,  Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down."  THE GUARDIAN "Fairport is an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of  the folk flame. But most of all they are a brilliant live band."  FOLK & TUMBLE

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Fairport Conve

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Wednesday

16 Feb

June

THE BLUES BAND: The Farewell Tour

As live entertainment finally steams out of Covid’s long, dark tunnel, there may be a few carriages missing. In music terms, survival has depended on the durability of the genre. Thankfully, no vehicle is as robust as the reliable goods wagon called The Blues Band.  It is now 42 years since five experienced musicians, no strangers to the pop charts of the 60s and 70s, decided they’d ignore the cultural slurry of disco and the tail-end of punk and throw caution to the wind by returning to their solid roots – The Blues. Harmonica hero Paul Jones, charismatic front man of chart toppers Manfred Mann, fellow Manfred Tom McGuinness, who brought along the other half of top act McGuinness-Flint, drummer Hughie Flint. Completing this seasoned line up was slide guitar virtuoso and powerful vocalist from the John Dummer Blues Band, Dave Kelly, brother to England’s renowned blues singer Jo Ann Kelly, plus the young, experienced and talented bass player Gary Fletcher. Drummer Hughie Flint, once in the ranks of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers alongside Eric Clapton (check out Flint’s graphic immortality on the ‘Beano’ album cover) left the line-up in 1982 to be replaced by another legend, Rob Townsend, ex Family, Medicine Head  and numerous other top pop permutations. The idea behind The Blues Band was simple. Five experienced aficionados steeped in the Blues would get together in a pub one night and enjoy themselves. The pub was The Bridge House in London in April 1979. Tom McGuinness recalls “It took us by surprise. You couldn’t park a car within three quarters of a mile from the pub. We didn’t realise until we got there that they were all there for us. The place was packed.” There was a buzz around the band and venues began throwing gigs at them. They recorded a live LP, The Bootleg Album, which was soon selling 5,000 copies per week, and tracks were even being played by Simon Bates on Radio One. Record deals followed. They played everywhere. America, Australia, Europe, Canada, Scandinavia. In 1981 they toured with the Allman Brothers Band, with Dave and Paul sitting in with them some nights on Statesboro Blues.  By 1992 they were touring Europe with Dire Straits. Among dedicated Blues fans what placed The Blues Band ahead of the pack was their musical maturity. For example, Dave Kelly knew Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker well; he’d toured with them as a sideman, played with Buddy Guy and Son House and even jammed with Muddy Waters in New York, and has recently played with guitar legend James Burton. McGuinness had played host to Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup when he came to England. Paul Jones has played with Memphis Slim. Name a Blues legend and members of The Blues Band could cite a connection.  Although the band are saying goodbye, you can still enjoy their continuing offshoots such as Dave Kelly solo, or Dave with Paul Jones as a highly entertaining and erudite Blues duo. Bassist Gary Fletcher is also a noted songwriter with his own band, Tom McGuinness will no doubt continue writing and recording, a good drummer like Rob Townsend is always in demand. So here’s the last golden chance to experience a quintet whose authentic roots stretch way back before the great British Blues boom of the 1960s. They have kept the flame of a great tradition burning, the result being that the Blues is more popular today than it’s ever been.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

The Blues Band: The Far...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Friday

17 Jun

Jo Whiley’s 90's Anthems Beach-Side Outdoor Day Festival

Bringing you all the best tracks from the greatest decade for music. Think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, The Prodigy and a whole lot more.  Arguably one of the most recognisable voices in British Broadcasting, Jo Whiley has had an exciting and varied career and is considered one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs. Jo was born in Northampton. After studying in Brighton and dabbling on BBC Radio Sussex’s new music show, her first broadcasting job was as a presenter for WPFM, Radio 4’s youth culture and music show. She then moved over into TV, initially on satellite, then to Channel 4 as band booker for ‘The Word’, giving Britain its first television taste of bands such as Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine.  Jo joined Radio 1 in the Spring of 1993 and in September she became permanent co-presenter of The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq. Four years later she landed her own daytime show, and remained part of Radio 1’s weekday line-up until 2009, when she began a new weekend programme.  Jo has also presented coverage of the Glastonbury Festival on Radio 1, Channel 4 and BBC-TV, plus she’s hosted several music programmes for Channel 4. Jo now presents the 7-9pm slot weekdays on BBC Radio 2.  Jo is a celebrity ambassador to Mencap, a UK charity that works to support people with learning difficulties. She hosts the Little Noise Sessions concerts, in aid of the Mencap charity enlisting the support of many well known international music artists. She is also a supporter of Tommy’s – The Baby Charity. Jo is also the Patron of the Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group.

De La Warr Pavilion, Brighton, United Kingdom

Jo Whiley’s 90's Anth...

De La Warr Pavilion
Brighton

Saturday

18 Jun

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