The queue at Komedia was literally all the way down the road for Alabama Shakes, seemingly the next big thing and one of the most popular gigs at the festival. Since releasing their debut album Boys and Girls last month they have appeared on Later… with Jools Holland and graced the front cover of NME.
Having been nominated in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, featured on Later… with Jools Holland, toured with Bon Ivor and written songs with Prince it’s no wonder a lot of people turned up to see Lianne La Havas play at Komedia as part of Brighton’s Great Escape festival.
The new tour coincides with the release of the band’s new album, also titled Rant, a collection of covers, traditional and their own songs all performed acapella.
When The Duke Spirit took to the stage with their first song Into the Fold I was a little bit worried. There was a lot of energy but it seemed forced and though it was musically fine the great voice from the records just wasn’t there.
On Sunday night (4 December 2011) Zoe Lyons hosted the final Bent Double night of 2011 at Komedia. With it being Christmas we were treated to a sparkling line-up with more bang than a box of crackers. Read the rest of this entry »