Daniel Simonsen, Magnus Betnér, Fredrik Andersson, Tobias Persson, Evelyn Mok and myself. The UK comedy circuit is currently being flooded with comedians from Scandinavia coming over to make a living. I am one of them. Comin’ over here, takin’ yer stages. With the hope of creating a showcase, where it’s possible to show off the Scandinavian talent, I have created a comedy night with a Nordic theme. Every month I bring to you, a brilliant Scandinavian act and mix him or her up with other comedians. THIS JUNE we have the amazing Mr Brian Mørk – a Danish comedian with his own show (The Brian Mørk Show) in Denmark and countless TV appearances and one-man-shows behind him. We have had a little chat with him about being a Danish comedian performing in London, what he expects and what we should expect. Meet Mr. Mørk:
Wandering through the emblazoned walls of graffiti dominating the North Lanes (my personal favourite is John Peel on The Prince Albert), it would be fair to say that it’s hard to imagine a more Bohemian or fitting platform for a music festival introducing new and raw music to the British public and media. It surely is the only festival where quiff combing hipsters, impressive taches, mutton chops, Mohawks, skin designs of various size and colour, ball gowns, tiaras and Edwardian three piece suits rub along nicely. It’s hard not to hit the instagram trigger every minute that you are soaking in this mercurial atmosphere and harder still not to be seduced into a café-dwelling, people-watching haze and forget you are there to review music…ur hem…Even those without a formal stage, busking in whatever vacant space the heaving pavement will allow them are of an impressive standard. Although not always appreciated by the office workers above, this amplified madness sets the scene nicely for The Great Escape. Brighton itself and the many varied venues such as the dark basements of The Haunt, the outdoor picnic feel of the bullet stage in Jubilee Sq to the chandeliered decadence of The Old Ship’s Pagannini Ballroom give you an idea of the breadth and depth of the musical tastes on offer from the whimsical Estonian folk gems of Ewert and The Two Dragons to the raw punk ranting of Parquet Courts. Over the next few articles I will be bringing the reviews and the recommendations to your attentions and attempting to catch up with a few of the amazing artists on offer at the moment. On with the show…………..
Some of the first people I ran into on the streets of Brighton capturing the attention of a small crowd near The Royal Pavillion were Bradley Hicks and Simon Stewart. Bradley’s album Candidates is due for release on Saturday 25th May before the start of a number of UK gigs. The album is not on national release but if you can make it to one of the live dates, you may be lucky enough to get your hands on a copy after the show and it’s worth it. Eleven tracks of acoustic beauty, it’s a heartfelt offering of soulful tunes with my favourites Baited Breath and 36/1 – a cautionary tale of gambling addiction and human mistakes. Although it is not just the lyrics that cut to the heart, Bradley’s signature fragile, raw tones mixed with quiet instrumental accompaniment make the lead vocal the star of the album as it should be. If ever there was a voice that deserved to be heard….it features heavily on this album. If you are a fan of unplugged simplicity without the accoutrements and set dressings to distract, give this a whirl.
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Six piece band Mok are set for the release of their second single ‘Rufio’ and if you haven’t been lucky enough to catch one of their high energy live performances then….well why not? Fronted by a female vocalist and male rapper, their unique blend of Pop, Rap and Dance music established them on the festival circuit last year with their first single ‘Hey’. After solid support slots with Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green, Reverend and the Makers and Stooshe, it’s time to take over the stage and make their mark. I caught up with Mok before their single release this Saturday 30th March at The Haunt, Brighton to ask them a few quick fire questions………….
We recently posted a video of Matt Lucas performing a rendition of his infamous Baked Potato song on the Alex Horne presents the Alex Horne Section show for BBC Radio 4. Mr. Horne has outdone himself yet again in the video below where he conducts jazz singer Lianne Carroll and The Horne Section with a table tennis bat and ball no less.
The is currently aired every Sunday with a plethora of top notch guests including Phill Jupitus, Charlie Baker, Nick Mohammed, Doc Brown, Matt Lucas and Danny Baker. For anyone who’s missed any of the shows so far you can catch each and every one of them on the BBC iPlayer.
An A to Z of comedy’s top performers featuring the likes of Jo Caulfield, Jenny Éclair, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden, Phill Jupitus and Stewart Lee willl all be gracing the same stage for a not-to-be-missed gala evening of comedy and music with Carol Grimes and Dorian Ford at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames on Sunday 12th May.
South London band, Bastille, may have been on the scene for some time, but, with the release of their latest single, Bad Blood, it looks like the ante is about to be upped, and rightly so. On stage, they can be seen as a four piece, but originally Bastille consisted solely of founding member, singer-songwriter, Dan Smith. The singles Laura Palmer and Overjoyed sparked the interest of many a national radio station, and this was swiftly followed up with the half a million viewed YouTube sensation Flaws, which proclaimed Dan’s love of the hit 1973 movie Badlands (although the movie scenes have since been removed).
Recently announced as the 13th most blogged artist in 2012 on the BBC’s Blog Zeitgeist, pipping the likes of Grimes, The XX and Django Django to the post, it looks like 2013 could well be the year of the Seasfire. Following a set of highly acclaimed demos, supporting for the likes of Bastille and King Charles and playing the Reading & Leeds festival they have amassed a startling amount of followers. After such a thoroughly successful 2012, I was able to grab a few questions with the Bristol-born electronic band to find out what their plans are for 2013.
London based trio ‘The Midnight Beast’ have been delighting YouTube audiences with their own brand of comedy music, high jinx videos and well played parodies. With enough hits to populate a small country, a successful E4 series and a current tour underway. I sat down with the guys to talk triple bunk beds, dirty pigeons and why they should be scared of Hollywood legend Will Smith.