After a complete refurbishment, The Hope and Ruin is now one of Brighton’s best live venues in it’s own right. Hosting gigs almost 5 nights a week, the new and improved hipster hangout is promoting the cities best up and coming new talent, alongside the finest ales and primed facial hair.
Saturday night’s show included a set of blissful indie, guitar pop followed by the main act DJ’ing classics into the night. To start the evening’s proceedings, Brighton based indie pop quartet This Party brought all the fun, frivolity and frantic moves to their performance. With only a year in the making, this is a band that isn’t afraid to push indie conventions, mixing catchy lyrics with a pop stance and ebullient stage presence.
Next up was another local lot: Mantras conveyed a captivating set of electronic, psyche rock mixed with endearing aura. Described as “Like Primal Scream wearing Serge Pizzorno’s cubans; as ready for a sweat box as they are the Pyramid Stage”, Mantras definitely provided a lot of energy and charisma to their performance.
Scouse foursome Sugarmen projected their northern charm onto a somewhat already inebriated crowd. With pretty impressive support slots behind them, Sugarmen have played Hyde Park this summer backing up Blur, The Who and Paul Weller as well as having their debut album produced by Clash legend Mick Jones. Sugarmen take influences from their peers presenting a sonic and enthralling modern take on classic rock’n’roll, even swaying a somewhat hard to excite seaside swarm.
As the night of enthusing fresh talent came to an end, This Feeling took over with their DJ set of indie club bangers for a fairly overwrought audience, getting heads swaying and hips moving into the early hours.