Friday, 30 August 2013

Editors at Brighton Dome

Before I start this post I feel it is important to point out that I am a big fan of Editors (please note they are called Editors, not The Editors). So as you can imagine I was thrilled to see that they would be coming back to Brighton, and even more delighted to see that they would be returning to the Dome.

I've seen the band three times so far, twice in London and once at Brighton Dome. You may think I'm biased but I guess I'll just have to ask you to take my word for it when I say that the Brighton gig was defintely the best. Of course the band were still brilliant but because the London venues were larger - Alexandra Palace and Hyde Park - I didn't get so caught up in the atmosphere. One of the main things I love about seeing concerts at the Dome is the size of the venue - it's big enough for you not to feel like you are sitting on top of the act but it's also intimate enough for you to soak up the atmosphere & actually see the band rather then squinting at them from miles away. Another advantage is the fact that there is a balcony so you can still get seated tickets. Yes I'm not ashamed to admit it, I like to sit down! That way you can see the band without craning around the giant stood in front of you, people respect your personal space more in the seated area and there is the added pleasure of watching the often interesting & educational dance moves of the people in the standing area.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Photo credit: Jim Stephenson
Please note for gigs, such as Editors, the stalls seats are removed.

Another plus point for the Brighton Dome is the building itself. I love the art deco style of the concert hall, but importantly the hall is curved which I think helps to explain the excellent acoustics. So even if you're sat in the balcony, the sound is just as good as it is for those next to the stage.

So all in all I'm very excited. Although don't do like me and wait until your favourite band happens to be playing at the Dome before going there. Check out their programme and book something up now. It's not just music as in September and October they will be hosting some of the events from the Brighton Digital & Comedy Festivals respectively. They also have a host of Christmas shows from the Gay Men's Chorus to the Ceilidh and the Nutcracker. And if you're still not sure then why not try one of their free events?

But to get back to Editors I do have another Brighton link aside from the fact I'm going to see them in November. The video for their next single 'Formaldehyde' has been directed by the Brighton-based director, and patron of the Cine-City Festival, Ben Wheatley. Enjoy... 
Oh and just in case anyway from Editors is reading this can I put in a request for 'Hyena' and 'Eat Raw Meat=Blood Drool' at the Brighton Dome concert please? Thank you :)


Friday, 23 August 2013

#BABeachside - Dine at 100 feet!

Often on my lunch breaks I'll take a walk along the seafront, making the most of being by the sea. However yesterday I wasn't by the sea, I was above it - 100 feet above it!

Yesterday British Airways opened it's six day Bank Holiday event. Situated by Hove Lawns #BABeachside includes a pop-up lounge plus the opportunity to dine in the sky.

Dine in the Sky. Photo credit: Stuart Wilson for BA

When we arrived we were asked to stow our bags before being given a safety briefing, then it was time to take our seats and get strapped in for an experience like no other. Each day the meals will be themed around a different destination - Italy, St. Lucia, Lanzarote, Morocco, St Kitts and Mexico. Coincidentally these are all destinations that you can fly to from Gatwick with BA ;)

Our day was Italy and the food was delicious, although eating while strapped in was a bit of a challenge. Eating something messy like soup or spaghetti would have been difficult but the chicken & mushroom rissotto was much easier to handle.

Dinner is served!

While the food was great, the highlight was of course the spectacular views over the city. Hove Lawns was a good choice as it meant we were more or less in the middle of Brighton & Hove giving us spectacular views whichever way we looked. We could even see the Downs in the distance ahead of us. It was rather surreal to be eating lunch while suspended in the air, with no capsule or casing around you so I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who suffers from vertigo but for anyone else it is a rare treat!

Fantastic views of Brighton...
... & Hove

Away we go...
Perhaps the most surprising part is the fact that BA aren't charging anyone for this experience. Tickets are being given out in a Willy Wonka fashion but instead of bars of chocolate, it's sticks of rock. Over the next few days British Airways Ambassadors will be handing out sticks of rocks across the city. So if you see them, make sure you grab one as each stick gives you access to the Beach Lounge and a lucky few also include a ticket to fly.

Good luck!


Monday, 19 August 2013

The Winner of July’s Flickr Competition

Hola amigos,

It’s the summertime and here’s a groove slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm - it is, of course, the monthly Flickr competition! (Ooh you love these, don’t hide it).

The time has finally arrived for me to put my fake tan away as July was certainly scorchio! Our love was like a heatwave (heatwave baby), with the highest temperature in Brighton being 31 (not three) Degrees Celsius, and the high temperatures are set to return for a sunny August Bank Holiday weekender!

And with all this summer madness we had the LoveBrighton POP Summer campaign – check out all of the fabulous ideas for the Brighton summer of POP – with the theme for July’s competition being ‘Love POP, LoveBrighton’. We had a great many kitsch, retro, fun and funky photos to choose from, but the winner hands-down (or feet-up?) was David J Stanley with his shot of the brand new ride on Brighton Pier; the Air Race:

David’s photo captures perfectly the frivolous nature of days by the seaside, with blue sky and primary colours, where you can almost hear the arcade games, musical carousel and cries of ‘weee!’. David won vouchers to spend at the totes delish Coal Shed Restaurant in Brighton’s Lanes.

But I’m sure the best is yet to come with August’s theme ‘Love Celebrating, LoveBrighton’. Pride provided the perfect colourful start to the month of celebrations, parties, shindigs and impromptu BBQs on the beach. So grab your camera and celebrate the city in all its summertime glory!

As for me, well, I’m spending my days chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ and shootin’ some ball outside of school.

Happy holidays folks and don’t forget the sun cream!

Siobhan at LoveBrighton HQ :)