I’ve only ever been to Brighton once. It was the summer of 2018, England were lining up to play Sweden in the quarter-finals, and the pavements were awash with plastic cups, empty beer cans, and sweaty louts. Not the best start to a birthday holiday, but I ventured on anyway, destined for greater adventures. What did occur was a chance meeting with two famous YouTubers called PewDiePie and Zoella. A say meeting, I accidentally barged Pew. To hide the embarrassment, I pretended to be drunk. Not a smart move. He looked disgusted.

I’m not painting the best picture here, but the seaside resort is a beautiful and culturally diverse place. You can visit Franco Manca and eat a large amount of pizza, then stumble to The Hope & Ruin for craft beer and live music. And that’s why we’re here today. To promote the best acts Brighton has to offer. There were way too many to choose, but we picked our top ten. Enjoy.

Daniel Thomas

Kavanagh

Kavanagh

Do you miss the ’90s? The Spice Girls, scrunchies, and the Nokia 6110? You do. Well, I have a little surprise for you then. Press play on any Kavanagh song, and you’ll be transported back in time. Floating through the void, She Stole The Sun will be playing loud with its melodic guitar lines and poetic lyrics. 

As you land in Seattle, on the 1st January 1990, Mother Mary will be beckoning from a local dive bar. You enter and witness the greatness that is a Kavanagh live performance. Ones to watch for sure! These lads have a bright future ahead of them. Right, how do I get back to 2020? Doc?  

Daniel Thomas

Porridge Radio

Porridge Radio

Porridge Radio were one of the first bands I wrote about when I started at Independent Music News six months ago. I was extremely impressed with their music and still remain a fan to this day. I remember sending my close friend Sweet, and he went on to become an even bigger enthusiast than I am. Basically what I’m trying to say is, they’re a great group, and once you listen to one tune, you’ll be left hooked. They went on to release their latest album, Every Bad, which is full of everything you’d want from neo-grunge. Check them out! You won’t regret it. 

Daniel Fagan

The Brave Faces

The Brave Faces

Look, I was an indie fan in the late ’00s. Doesn’t mean I can’t buy a pair of tight jeans, a checkered shirt, and play Lots Of Nights Out by The Brave Faces, and not enjoy it in 2020. Packed full of twists and turns, I had to go and visit the hospital yesterday due to the band’s hypnotic sounds. The doctor clicked his fingers, and I immediately stopped dancing. Next time, TBF, please let the listener know how addictive your music is and disclaim it may induce unusual body movements. Cheers. 

Daniel Thomas

RADIDAS

RADIDAS

RADIDAS have been another mainstay in my time here at Independent Music News. Once I listened to these lads, I knew that Brighton had a unique music scene. Their sound is incredibly tight, with flawless production and catchy hooks throughout each song. Check out their latest release, Daisy Chain, here.

Daniel Fagan

LES BODS

Les Bods

I’m a rubbish music columnist. Instead of searching for Brighton-based acts on Bandcamp, Soundcloud or Spotify, I put a status out on Facebook asking for suggestions. Thankfully, the legend known as Rory Lethbridge of School Disco recommended a load of great bands and artists. One of which was Les Bods. To which I replied, More Bods, please, and we all had a little chuckle. 

If you’re into taking acid, then tripping balls to music, Les Bods are your group. If not, play their debut single, People, anyway. Their electrifying garage rock sound is soaked in fuzzed-out riffs and grooving bass lines, that drills through one ear to the other. And no, I didn’t steal that from their social media pages. Yes, I did. Sorry. 

Daniel Thomas

LIME

LIME

I’ve already praised RADIDAS, but did you know they collaborated with another brilliant Brighton-based band? Well, now you do! I recently heard their disco remix of Surf N Turf by Lime and instantly knew I had to go and check out the original. A powerful, anthemic piece of music that effortlessly oozes energy and charisma, LIME are one of the most exciting new acts around. Once lockdown is over, I need to see them live. Have a listen to Surf N Turf and boogie the day away.

Daniel Fagan

School Disco

School Disco

Look, like I said in the LES BODS write up, I’m not a good journalist. Yes, Rory did recommend a load of amazing bands from Brighton, but to be honest, I’d already heard of School Disco, so go fuck yourself.

I love these lads. They’re a three-piece grunge act but sound like a bunch of hooligans when they pick up their instruments. You’ll be bombarded with dirty guitar riffs, heavy drum noises, and slimy vocals, and they’ll slide right into your ear and stay in your brain for years to come. Sorry about that. Peace.

Daniel Thomas

Koala Club

Koala Club

In April, I wrote about Koala Club’s single, City Lights, and spoke highly of the dance-worthy beats and rip-roaring guitars. Listening back now, I enjoy it just as much. Full of great melodies that stick in the brain, this is an anthemic indie tune that deserves to be played loud. 

Koala Club are the perfect festival band, and I personally think next year’s line-ups will look a whole lot better with this act on the bill. They have an incredible back catalogue and have just released a cover of Crazy In Love that you need to listen to. Enjoy. 

Daniel Fagan

Our Family Dog

Our Family Dog

My family dog is a bit of a prick. His name’s Cauliflower, a Bichon Frise, and he always barks at the window cleaner. My house is pitch black due to the mould and dirt, and I nearly broke my back yesterday trying to clean them. At least Our Family Dog aren’t twats. They’re a bloody clever post-punk band and will shout down your earhole. If you don’t enjoy their music, I’ll send Cauli round. So go and listen to their latest single, Money Stick, and appreciate it for what it is.

Daniel Thomas

Matilda Bond

Matilda Bond

Strictly speaking, I may have cheated slightly with this one. Matilda Bond was born in Stockholm, but Brighton is her newfound home. It’s fair to say, the city is lucky to have her amongst the immense talent that already exists in the area. 

With an alluring voice and captivating lyrics, her presence shines through the speakers. Smooth and groovy, Matilda is perfect for those profound moments in life that need soundtracking. Her debut single, Midnight, revels in the joy of storytelling, looking outward and being present in the moment. Check it out now, then play it again at midnight to get the atmosphere just right. 

Daniel Fagan

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