Last year’s inaugural Together the People, curated by those good people at One Inch Badge, was a mixture of established acts Super Furry Animals, Roots Manuva, Levellers, Billy Bragg and Brakes playing alongside up and coming musicians such as Lucy Rose, Public Service Broadcast, Ghostpoet, Normanton Street and the Neon Satins Brass Band. Together the People wasn’t just about music though, there were local interest events going on too. From Beach Hut Writers, Sea Shepherd UK, Brighton Housing Trust, Future Brighton Debate all giving the local community something to engage with while they were waiting for their next musical fix.
This year’s festival is following a similar path. The Saturday Night headliner is music legend Brian Wilson performing the Beach Boy’s best known album Pet Sounds live. This alone looks set to be the highlight of the weekend, but it’s the acts below Wilson that look the most appealing.
Suede are joining Wilson as Co-Headliners. Since 1992 Suede have released forward thinking music, and have a back catalogue that will definitely offer something for everyone!
The Horrors also feature on the bill. Their infectious mixing of garage rock, shoegazing and indie-prog should be enough to win over another crowd. Last year Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiyote’s breakthrough album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ won over music fans and critics alike. Their brand of prog, heavy rock and psych neo-soul got them a Grammy nomination too. Hiatus Kaiyote are predominately a live band though and their set looks too good to miss!
Hip-Hop is your thing, don’t worry as there is plenty on offer, most notably US rapper Sage Francis. Francis has teamed up be B. Dolan to present Strange Speech, Famous Development. Let’s hope other members of Strange Famous and Speech Development roster are added as special guests, most notably Scroobius Pip, Buck 65 and even the illusive Jackamo Brown! If you want something on a free style tip, then Poets Vs. MC’s is for you. This Brighton intuition. Basically a team of rappers takes on a team of poets in a word-play street battle. Expect it to be pithy, barbed and epigrammatic!
If you like things a bit more soulful then Max Jury on Saturday and Stevie Parker on Sunday should be right up your steet. Jury’s self-titled debut album puts him somewhere between George Harrison and Gram Parsons. Parker on the other hand uses electronic influences to get her stories of love, loss, rejection and redemption across. You might need some tissues ready after these sets.
Together the People isn’t just about established bands. Oh no. Brighton is the owner of one of the best music scenes in the country today, and this is also on display. Egyptian Blue, Fur and Post Heather, who all played incendiary sets at The Great Escape in May, look set to make a claim on ‘Best Band in Town’ with sets throughout Saturday.
But if you want to sit and enjoy some familiar musical friends in a slightly unfamiliar surrounding then Turin Brakes and Gaz Coombes might be more up your alley. Last year saw Coombes’ second solo album, Matador, receive a platitude of praise and awards. Turin Breaks’ blend of laid-back acoustic indie folk makes them a great addition to any festival line up.
One Inch Badge will have us salivating like Pavlovian dogs until September every-time they make an announcement relation to the festival!
Together the People is taking place September 3rd & 4th in Brighton’s Preston Park.