Forget Glastonbury (Slight Return) ~ Get on Down to Brighton’s Beachdown Festival


Ha ha, am I playing jokes on you today? No, I wouldn’t do that, it’s just the way it’s worked out. Like the proverbial buses along comes another festival in the same Sussex town. Seven weeks after the Wilkommen event, Brighton hosts the altogether bigger Beachdown Festival.

This has been put together by Adrian Gibson’s AGMP Concerts. Adrian ran Camden’s Jazz Cafe from 1992-2008, less a jazz venue than a hang out for twenty and thirty-something old mods, acid jazzers, groovers and Britpopers with a never-ending string of great headliners (Mother Earth, JTQ, Lee Perry, Ike Turner, Ian McLagan, off the top of my head).

The Beachdown runs over August Bank Holiday weekend from 28th to 31st and hosts The Fall, St Etienne, Super Furry Animals, The Zutons, JTQ, The Blockheads, Prince Buster, Grandmaster Flash, Grace Jones etc etc plus DJs, cinema, family area and, a nice touch, a ton of local groups.

Might just be an excuse to call up an old friend and see if the spare room or sofa is free for the weekend.


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