I’m not sure what I was expecting. Although it fashions itself as Europe’s SXSW, it clearly isn’t. Disappointingly, there’s almost no buzz around Brighton for the festival. The numbers are clearly less, and that’s a very good thing given the small number of dispersed venues.
I guess as as somebody who hops around venues at SXSW, the fact that it’s 10 minutes walk between most venues discourages bouncing around. If you do, as I tried at one point yesterday. You end up seeing the changeover at a late running venue. With SXSW you just bounce on to the next one, hear you spend another 10 minutes trudging to the next venue.
Clearly, Brighton can’t hope for Austin’s weather but disappointingly, it’s cold, rainy and windy, making it a drudgery walking between the seafront venues.
Music wise, I’m not sure it’s any worse than SXSW. It’s just that you’re more likely to be stuck with a poor band rather than moving on. But a quick rundown of yesterday
His Clancyness – didn’t register a like or dislike
Raleigh Richards – not my cup of tea
Lola Colt – ridiculous number of instruments, peddles, drums, and keyboards. Not sure how they fitted everything on the stage. But lead singer had great voice and the band are all excellent. Really enjoyed them. But I knew I would. I’ve got a ticket to see them next month
After Lola, the rest of the programme was dance orientated with the like of East India Youth. So I called it an early night. Friday and Saturday’s late evening programming looks much more my kind of music