Music Galore at Brighton Live 2008

Featuring Brighton’s top talent at free gigs across the city, Brighton Live is an annual event of note in the city of Brighton, which attracts musicians and music lovers from near and far. Celebrating the fifth year of this popular event, Brighton Live 2008 promises to live up to all expectations when it rocks the city from 23 to 27 September 2008.

Brighton Live is collaboration between Brighton musicians, promoters and music industry professionals to highlight the city’s impressive music talent. The line-up for Brighton Live 2008 includes Gloria Cycles, fresh from their well earned victory at the Emergenza Festival Competition in Germany, which saw them performing in front of a crowd numbering around 25,000. Other bands making an appearance at Brighton Live 2008 include Floors and Walls, Transformer, Sweet Sweet Lies, Drookit Dogs, Doll & The Kicks, Mascara, The Perils and The Pursuit – each with their own unique style and sound which audiences will no doubt appreciate.

Leading up to Brighton Live 2008, local schools have been participating in a Battle of the Bands competition with the goal of earning a slot on the program. On Saturday 27 September the winning act from each participating school will compete against each other during the All Ages Show at Audio from midday. Also on Saturday, the Best of Brighton Live, featuring artists selected by a panel of music industry professionals, will perform at Audio.

Each year Brighton Live introduces a new music genre. In 2007 the genre was The Automatic Muse, focusing on mechanical, electro-acoustic and radiophonic music. Brighton Live 2008 will be turning the spotlight on African and World music and a number of artists have already confirmed their participation, including Arabic Soul Hip-Hop performer Rahma Ali and jazz-funk pop flutist Lawrence Jones. Audiences can also look forward to some music from African Night Fever.

As with previous events, a variety of venues across the city will play host to Brighton Live 2008. Stage times have been staggered so that party-goers can fit in as many gigs as possible, using the color coded “festival zone” map to find participating venues with ease. Last year over 20,000 music fans enjoyed Brighton Live and there is every reason to anticipate an even more successful event in 2008.