25+ rock and metal bands play across two stages at the inaugural Mammoth Fest, created at an opportune time what with the recent demise of the Engine Room. Such beauties as Entombed, Mnemic, Divine Chaos, Beholder, Furyon, Lithurgy, This Means War, Funeral Hag and the rather excellent Breed 77 will provide the loud, heavy, crunching sounds for your delectation.
Saturday 18 September, Hove Town Hall
15+ local punk bands hold court at this new two-dayer. Local outfit Skurvi have seen fit to organise this, and a good one it is shaping up to be what with the music of The Asbo Retards, Bitter Emergency, The Barracks, OIZ II Men, Atombuzz and The Liabilities amongst those who aim to get you pogoing until you drop. Plus beer, hay, frivolity and all the other things you might expect at a small festival such as this.
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 September, Coombe Farm, Lancing, www.skurvfest.co.uk
Nashville-born singer whose debut album Own Side Now has been reaping loads of praise, and which draws upon her love of female greats such as Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks and Patsy Cline. Expect a beautifully wrought, emotional rollercoaster of a ride complete with wry vocal drawl from this exceptional talent.
Tuesday 14 September, Latest Musicbar
Music and Freedom
Billed as ‘an evening of free thinking and optimism, music and words’, Music and Freedom: Imagining Beyond Consumer Capitalism is an intriguing event put together by local musician Kit Ashton, and featuring artists with something to say, including Mark Chadwick (The Levellers), Chris T-T, Thomas White (Brakes), contemporary classical performers CoMA Sussex, and speakers such as our new Green MP Caroline Lucas, actor Ralph Brown, Brighton Solidarity Foundation and author Mark Fisher.
Wednesday 15 September, Concorde 2