Music Events

East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead

Sunday-Sunday April 8-May 13, various times

Tickets: various prices

This festival, first held in East Grinstead in 1968, encourages and promotes singing, dancing, and speech & drama in Sussex and neighbouring counties. Students from all over the south of England take part and many of its competitors have gone on to perform professionally in national and international productions.

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk or egmaf.org.uk.



Gomez

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Tuesday April 24, 7pm

Tickets £29.50

Gomez are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic album Bring It On, writes Jack Smith. Released in 1998, it won the Mercury Music Prize and later was voted BBC 6 Music listeners’ favourite Mercury winning album.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.



An Acoustic Evening with Nahko

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton

Tuesday April 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £20. Ages 14+ (u16s to be accompanied by an adult)

Nahko, of Medicine for the People, will be debuting his debut solo album, My Name Is Bear, which was successfully released last year, writes Jack Smith. Nahko is a hugely accomplished pianist and guitarist, having previously toured a sold-out run of dates in the UK last December. He will be supported by his friend and fellow singer-songwriter Trevor Hall, whose last album , The Fruitful Darkness, was the #1 Kickstarter Music campaign of 2017.

Phone 01273 647100 or visit komedia.co.uk/brighton/.



Kim Wilde: Here Come The Aliens Tour

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Tuesday April 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £35.50, £32.50 and £26.50

Kim Wilde’s biggest hit was her 1981 debut Kids in America and now the Platinum-selling pop star is back with her new tour Here Come The Aliens and a show featuring all her hits and new music too.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.



Mercury Queen

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Tuesday April 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £23.50

Mercury Queen, winners of the National Tribute Awards, perform a show featuring popular Queen hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and more.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.



Oh What A Night!

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Wednesday April 25, 7.30pm

Tickets £26.50/White Rock Friends and cons £3.50 off

Oh What A Night, a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, premiered in Las Vegas and makes its UK debut at the White Rock Theatre. An all-star cast from the USA including Christian Nielsen, Paul Holmquist, James Bullard and John Pohlhammer perform hits including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Grease, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.



The Bootleg Beatles

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing

Wednesday April 25, 7.30pm

Tickets £31/concs £29.50

The Bootleg Beatles are the world’s most famous Beatles tribute band, performing their great songbook as well as ensuring every tiny detail, from the costumes to the period instruments, reflects the Fab Four’s musical journey through the 1960s. And they have a little help from their orchestral ensemble.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.



Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Wednesday April 25, 8pm

Tickets £14

Young folk duo Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011, released their debut album The Queen’s Lover in 2012 and won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013. Following their second album, they won again in 2014 and are now one of the most sought-after young acts on the English folk scene. Picture: Redwood Photography.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.



Brighton Music Conference 2018

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Thursday-Friday April 26-27, 10am

Tickets £25-£120

Now in its fifth year, the conference is attended by several thousand delegates drawn from all corners of the dance music spectrum, with veteran industry legends and the hottest new artists turning up for two days of talks, seminars, and club nights, writes Jack Smith.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.



Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton

Thursday April 26, 7.30pm

Tickets £12. Ages 14+ (u16s to be accompanied by an adult)

Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo in 2016 and 2013, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have collaborated for more than 20 years, including making music with the likes of Cara Dillon, Levellers and Show of Hands, writes Jack Smith. Described as ‘songwriters par excellence’, their varied songs include tales of wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale.

Phone 01273 647100 or visit komedia.co.uk/brighton/.



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