May Bank Holiday Going Out Guide 2014

Published On April 15, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Music & Nightlife Features, Things to do features

May Bank Holiday is fast approaching, and with the Fringe Festival in full swing, there are loads of great nights out to be had. It’s going to be a Weekend full of freak shows, electro swing nights and legendary DJ sets. Luckily we’ll have an extra day to recover!


The Iron Boot Scrapers and The New York Dollies – Brighton Fringe’s number one late- night shindig, The Fringe Club, hosts two unique bands, the inimitable Iron Boot Scrapers, and the New York Dollies! Throughout the Fringe, This exciting, pop up venue will be hosting the most thrilling live bands around. At The Warren.

Ultimate Power – A night playing nothing but the greatest power ballads ever written, celebrated by the friendliest club goers around, creating a night of pure euphoria! Bring your Air instruments and throat sweets, leave your inhibitions at the bar and come follow us to the Promised Land where pure balladic power will move you to your very core! At Komedia.

The Lazlo Device plus support – The Hope presents a showcase of some of Brighton and London’s greatest new bands: The Lazlo Device, Dead Man’s Hand, The Knievel Dead, Sandweaver and Port Rhombus! A great way to warm up for the festival season!

White Mink – Electro Swing Vs Speakeasy Jazz. The sounds and styles of the 1920 and 30s turned on their head and smuggled into the 21st Century. White Mink’s long- standing Brighton residency continues its sell out run with a Festival special, featuring The Sweet Life Society, Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm, visuals from Department of Brilliant, plus residents Hollywood & Tofu and more! At The Old Market.


FunFair Freak Show – Slip through the gypsy caravan, down the haunted stairs and into the hedonistic heart of FunFair’s revolving Freak Show. An interactive walk through experience of awe-inspiring, death defying Human Wonders. Contortionists, Sword Swallowers, Human Blockheads, Snake Charmers & Strong Men.

Unhooked Generation – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar presents a night of 60’s soul, Northern Soul and garage. Resident DJ’s Iced Gems and Bon Qui Qui will be presiding and playing the likes of: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas / The Four Tops/ The Velvettes / The Temptations/ Freda Payne/Al Wilson/ The M.V.P.S/ Garnet Mimms/ The Ronettes/ The Shirelles / Frank Wilson/ Stevie Wonder/ Diana Ross & The Supremes and many many more!

Skatadays – Under new management, Riki Tik is now a relaxing Jamaican music bar and late night dancing spot covering 50 years of Jamaican and Caribbean music! On Saturday night, Riki Tik’s presents its’ reggae, rock-steady and infectious SKA rhythms from 1960’s Jamaica, with resident DJ’s The Skatadays.

Gorgeous Cabaret – Take the free Proud Cabaret’s bus to Proud Cabaret as it puts on a retro- eclectic mix of 60/70/80/90/00’s tracks performed by Disco Bomb Ibiza and Creams legend Sean Hughes with support from some of Brighton’s iconic DJ talent. Hosted by Miss Stephanie Starlet.

Craig Charles – The legendary Craig Charles is back at the seaside for his only south coast residency at Brighton’s most popular music venue, Concorde 2. First known for his poetry, Craig has developed a fruitful career within the music industry both as a DJ and a band member. This Funk and Soul club night is an extension of his popular BBC music show the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.


Chaos Carousel –Blending music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans with mesmerising Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, “Chaos Carousel” , at Latest Music Bar, takes us on a journey that not only crosses continents but also takes us deep into ourselves. The four players weave a frenetic and alluring evening of hypnotic and intoxicating live music & belly dance.

Bitter Ruin – This boy/girl duo are Georgia Train and Ben Richards. They have been described by others as Noir Pop, Indie, Rock, Punk, Folk, Soul, Flamenco, Classical and so many more sub-genres, but the best thing to do is listen and make up your own mind. They have toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Melissa Auf Der Maur, and gained a lot of high profile support, with Tim Minchin, Elton John and Stephen Fry amongst their fans! At Green Door Store.

Spiegel Late presents the English Disco Lovers – Spiegel Late, at the legendary Spiegeltent, hosts some of Brighton’s finest festival DJ’s, bands and live music enticing you to come and dance the night away. This Bank Holiday Sunday see the English Disco Lovers, with their irrepressible mix of underground disco and classic house music and help raise money for Brighton’s LGBT Switchboard and Somerset Levels Flood Victims. 

Inspired Presents A Very Special Bank Holiday Show: David Morales Extended Set In Honour of Frankie Knuckles  On March 31st 2014, music lost Frankie Knuckles, one of it’s true pioneers who continued to influence the dance floor for almost 30 years. On bank holiday Sunday, David Morales will be at Digital to play an Inspired, Influenced and Extended Classics set in honour of his life. Inspired Presents will be donating part proceeds to one of the many charities to which Frankie dedicated his time.

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I grew up in Cambridge but after studying History at Sussex University, I couldn't bring myself to leave Brighton! As well as writing for We Love Brighton I study Journalism and hope to one day make it as a features writer. Brighton is the perfect place to get inspired!