Blues Singer Best in Britain Brighton singer Jo Harman has won the Female Vocalist of the Year award at this year’s British Blues Awards. Harman, who released her debut album Dirt On My Tongue in March last year, has risen spectacularly in the music industry. Following a schedule of over 40 festival performances in 2013, she is now widely regarded as one of Europe’s foremost female blues artists.
Thieves to launch new album at Pelirocco If you like hard, strange, bluesy and melodic rock you are in luck. Local band Thieves by the Code, after years of knocking audiences dead on the live circuit, launch their majestic debut album, Tales From the Green Muse and Beyond, with a live set at Hotel Pelirocco on Saturday 4th October from 8pm – 2am. Entry is free so go early to avoid disappointment. The album is released on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, with CDs direct from www.thievesbythecode.com
Lutine Release Debut Album Brighton-based duo Lutine released their debut album White Flowers on September 29th through Front & Follow. Emma Morton and Heather Minor, aka Lutine, only released their debut single Sallow Tree in August and have continued to mesmerise listeners with their tender vocals and supreme songwriting with this much anticipated release.
Brighton Reigns Top in UK Music Cities Brighton provides the best chance for fledgling music acts to make it, according to research produced by live music discovery app Timbre. With more than three times as many concert venues per person than London, Brighton outdoes the country’s capital as well as the rest of the UK.
Oxjam Set to Takeover Founded in 2006 to bring music lovers together to raise money to fight poverty, Oxjam returns to Brighton this month bigger than ever before. On October 18th Oxjam will be taking over venues in Brighton, with more than 50 acts expected to perform. Local band Departure From Normal will be opening the main stage, with more Brighton favourites expected to follow.
Great Pagans to Release Debut Album Brighton locals Great Pagans will be releasing their debut album Cupid in Error on October 20th. Released through local record label, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, the four-piece have already released a track from the EP titled So Pure, available through their Bandcamp page.
Wytches Drop New Album Brighton-based trio The Wytches have released their debut album Annabel Dream Reader through Heavenly Recordings. The album was co-produced by frontman Kristian Bell along with The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones and the group, who were recent recipients of government funding to promote their music around the world, will be stopping by Brighton as part of their worldwide 2014 tour, with dates to be announced.