10 events to go to in April
1st April: 5pm, tickets £5
Local poet Rachel Shorer brings poetry to life by discussing her own fuck ups in her twenties. Using inspiring poetry with a dabble of comedy and embarrassing photos, this show is guaranteed to make you giggle. This is one of those shows that’ll make you realise you're not alone in making hilariously poor life decisions.
2nd April: 1pm, free entry
If you’re not too hungover this Sunday, trade in your tired garms and revamp your wardrobe in time for spring at The Hope’s Swap Shop. With a live DJ playing the best of Britpop and Punk with free entry, this cheap and cheerful outing is a win win for everyone, with any unswapped clothes at the end of the day being donated to the vegan charity shop Dr Hadwen Trust.
2nd April: 7pm, £10.50 tickets
Voted #4 in the BBC Music Sound of 2017, Jorja Smith’s sound has been described as smoky soulful reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, with touches of Lion Babe and Izzy Bizu. Smith’s sultry sound is nostalgic and makes for the perfect lounging soundtrack. Catch her at The Haunt the first weekend in April.
8th April: 8pm, free entry
Following on from the success of their previous screening of Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket (I can vouch for how good this was, there was even free frozen yoghurt), White Wall are back in a different location for a secret screening of a mystery film ‘counter to the current crop riding high at the box office. Clues are being dropped on the Facebook event leading up to the screening - head to Bleach on London Road for the big reveal.
15th April: 11pm, tickets £7
Dig out your flares for a night of funk, disco and Motown classics as the Soul Train rolls into town. Inspired by the Classic American show Soul Train, expect endless dance offs and, of course, an obligatory venue-wide soul train. With make-up artists and 10 DJ’s featuring throughout the night and lasting till 4am, you can expect to still be up to catch the first train home on Sunday morning.
18th April: 8pm, £5 on the door
Artist collective Rixon Music is back at Sticky Mikes with their second Support Your Local Girl Gang event. Championing female musicians, this is a handpicked selection of the best Brighton has to offer. Featuring bands across all genres, they guarantee you’ll leave feeling awesome.
20th April: 7:30pm, tickets £15.50
The Banff Festival sees a collection of epic short films, chronicling some of the most incredible adventure cinematography. This epic night will showcase the best in adrenaline seeking filmmaking, featuring incredible feats and beautifully wild locations.
20th April: 7:30pm, tickets £12.50
2017 sees the 10-year anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black entering the charts at No. 1. To celebrate this and Amy’s life, Lioness are on the road again with their hugely popular Amy Winehouse tribute and are joined by previous X Factor and Stars in Their Eyes finalist Emma Wright as their lead. Expect warm, heady jazz and blue undertones as they recreate Amy’s classic mix of soul and pop, remembering her at the height of her stardom.
22nd April: 5.30pm
If you love a good murder mystery, then this is the event for you! The 368 Theatre Company are using their incredible talent to act out the perfect 'who dunnit' leaving you guessing who the bad guy is until the very end. Brace yourself for a night of suspicion and tension as you become a detective for the evening – the best thing about this event is that it’s participatory!
30th April: 12pm onwards
Head to the Robin Hood for the last weekend of the month for a great street party at one of the best pubs in Hove. The day promises plenty of music and alcohol, as well as face painting and other stalls. Dogs are also welcome!
Written by Olivia.