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Monday 11 January 2021

The Bergamot Frontman Nathaniel Paul Takes Us To A Place Of Hope Amidst A Looming Dark Shadow Cast Over Our Lives

What will become of 2021? The dream is to go back. The nightmare is that we never can.
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Emmy Award winning The Bergamot frontman Nathaniel Paul's Songbird is one man's story of escape, as the majority of 2021 towers over us.

"During quarantine, I had to make a trip to the grocery store. I met an elderly man who struck up a conversation with me. We almost seemed to be kindred spirits. 

"He began the conversation with, 'Life is hard when you outlive all the ones you love'.

"It seemed like a bit of a quick start to a conversation, but I could tell he just needed someone to talk to. 

"After talking for a while, I felt this sense that he had that the world at large had forgotten about him. 

"But he had created a plan to travel the world on a train he had read about. He could work on the train and it would take him across the world.

"He was amidst planning his way out.

"Songbird was a direct inspiration from that moment. This idea of life after all that you love and care for is gone. 

"His story resonated with me in the way that I feel from COVID taking away so many small businesses - so many dreams from all of us."

But what do we do now? Where do we go from here?

Songbird hopes to take you to a place of hope amidst a looming dark shadow cast over the world.

Nathaniel Paul will release his debut full-length solo album in the summer of 2021.

The Bergamot are currently busy co-producing a full-length documentary, entitled State of the Unity, filmed across an entire twelve-month US road-trip and set for release in early 2021.

by: Mike Cobley


Brighton Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has joined businesses, MPs, faith leaders, academics and campaigning organisations in calling on the Prime Minister to introduce legally binding targets to stem the growing tide of plastic pollution.  

When Brighton-born filmmaker Luke Bradford travelled to Tanzania to make a documentary which featured members of a community living with albinism, he met Florence.
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The latest series of livestream talks featuring celebrated authors and TV personalities begin this month, produced by Fane Online in partnership with Brighton Dome, ideal entertainment during lockdown evenings at home.
Credit Andy Sturmey

"I think, how the fuck did that happen, because we did all the wrong things: we didn't bother too much with America but we're the biggest selling live act in the UK." The Stranglers' bassist JJ Burnel is talking about a period from early punk until 1990. But now, thirty years later, the band has announced a final full tour of the UK.
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One Dance UK has teamed up with independent director, filmmaker and photographer Rick Guest and his collaborators visual effects artist Rob Rae, and dancer Jamal Sterrett Phoenix to debut his new film Flow state, part of an on-going series which aims to promote mental wellbeing amongst the dance sector.

Brighton-based trans-national, genre-blending, musical riot Genn's new single Feel, is a luscious blend of 70s psychedelia and shoegaze, and an appetite-whetting taste of what's to come.

Brighton's Green Councillors are among those who have slammed 'discriminatory,' rule changes that could see migrants deported if they become homeless, saying new rules will harm and undermine vital homelessness prevention work in the city.

A Sussex-based author fought censors, do-gooders, powerful unions, and corrupt business tycoons, and now the man behind Britain's comic book boom has told his story.

Fickle Friends ended 2020 on a high when they released Radio 1 playlisted Million, now they now start 2021 in the similar style by releasing new EP Weird Years (Season 1), alongside a new video for the EP track IRL.

This Thursday, Latitude Festival and international charity ActionAid will bring some of the best comedians together for a virtual stand-up comedy gig in support of women and girls leading change.

Bulgarian artist Vera Hadzhiyska has been chosen to exhibit in the In Between Gallery - a temporary gallery in Fabrica's large window space, showing contemporary photography in the heart of Brighton's busy city centre for all who pass by.

The experience of seeing actors live on stage is under threat during the present Covid restrictions. Simon Annand's Time To Act reminds us of what we are missing while theatres are closed. Through the eyes of this legendary photographer we observe how performers get ready to face their audiences.
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As part of a worldwide day of action organised by the Union for International Cancer Control to reduce the global impact of cancer, Mike Peters of Welsh rock band The Alarm's Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS) has announced their Love Hope Strength Big Night In, an evening of entertainment on February 4th, World Cancer Day.

With more than three-hundred food parcels being delivered each week in Brighton, a local family support service has swapped single use carrier bags for bags for life thanks to a donation from a local co-operative.

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