What's Been On

Here's what's been on at the Con Club over the last few months...

 
A Union Music Store Presentation - With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their forthcoming new album Shadows is the follow up to groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk...
Friday 21st April 2017 - Salter Cane
Hailing from the Southernmost Reaches of Great Britain, these Four Players trade in Ballads of Melancholie & Tales of Murder FREE ENTRY - Non Members welcome - Doors 8:00pm - 11:30pm The club is open from 4:30pm so do come along and enjoy a drink in the bar first - All...
Saturday 15th April 2017 - Talitha Rise
Talitha Rise bring their unique and hypnotising experience of art pop and progressive folk to the Con Club this April. The collaboration of emotive singer/ songwriter Jo Beth Young and percussionist Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Robert Plant, Goldfrapp) has increasingly been enrapturing live audiences since the release of their debut EP Blue. Joined by some very special guests, this promises to be an night of unfurling ethereal atmospheres and tribal rhythm. Support from mesmerising Indie-folk...
Friday 14th April 2017 - Piranhas Four + The Shivers
We are delighted to welcome the Piranhas Four to the Con Club. The Piranhas were formed in 1977, and were originally part of the Brighton punk scene, first coming to prominence when DJ John Peel started playing their single "I Don't Want My Body" on his BBC Radio 1 programme, but achieved their biggest success with their cover version of the South African kwela song "Tom Hark" with new lyrics written by the band's frontman "Boring" Bob Grover, it was a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1980. It was the...
Friday 7th April 2017 - Rose Devine & The D'Villes
A little bit folk a little bit americana a little bit rockabilly or Country pure and simple? Steve Wrigley Co-composer/ Arranger/ Musical Director for STOMP’s Lost and Found Orchestra) in yet another incarnation, this time playing Spitkickin' Cowboy music! A great, rowdy evening bound to be had by all! Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - Non members welcome FREE...
ACTS: Edd Hedges, John Mann, Andrew Maxwell. MC Neil Masters The Easter Bunny is bringing you a special comedy treat in Lewes this month, with TV and Radio's man of the moment Andrew Maxwell!  He won't be the only fun on show however, as Edd Hedges is a recent So You Think You're Funny winner and rising star, and John Mann is a circuit favourite and master gagsman.  Another cracking bill for another bound to be busy night...year 7 is proving to be a magic number! Buy tickets online at...
Sunday 2nd April 2017 - 10 String Symphony
The Union Music Store presentation: Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of...
Friday 31st March 2017 - Fat Belly Jones
FAT BELLY JONES ia a 7, 8, 9 or even 10 piece band playing 'toons' you can't help jumping to... we is SKA, we is SOUL, we is none of us called JONES !!!!!!! www.facebook.com fatbellyjones.com Bar from 4:30 - Doors 8:00 - 11:30pm          FREE ENTRY Non Members...
Thursday 30th March 2017 - Sun Ra Arkestra - Sold Out
Dictionary Pudding in association with Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival are gobsmacked to announce... SUN RA ARKESTRA + lights from Innerstrings THURS 30TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT WEDS 29TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT TUE 28TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT DICTIONARY PUDDING MAILING LIST SIGNUP: http:/ / eepurl.com/ b6ROBD Bar open from 4:30pm, Doors 7:30, Sun Ra Archestra 8:00pm with two sets and a finish before...
Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Sun Ra Arkestra - Sold Out
Dictionary Pudding in association with Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival are gobsmacked to announce... SUN RA ARKESTRA + lights from Innerstrings THURS 30TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT WEDS 29TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT TUE 28TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT DICTIONARY PUDDING MAILING LIST SIGNUP: http:/ / eepurl.com/ b6ROBD Bar open from 4:30pm, Doors 7:30, Sun Ra Archestra 8:00pm with two sets and a finish before...
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - SUN RA ARKESTRA - Sold Out
Dictionary Pudding in association with Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival are gobsmacked to announce... SUN RA ARKESTRA + lights from Innerstrings THURS 30TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT WEDS 29TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT TUE 28TH MARCH 2017 - SOLD OUT DICTIONARY PUDDING MAILING LIST SIGNUP: http:/ / eepurl.com/ b6ROBD Bar open from 4:30pm, Doors 7:30, Sun Ra Archestra 8:00pm with two sets and a finish before...
Saturday 25th March 2017 - Loose Caboose
LOOSE CABOOSE is back again with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz. Guest DJ with residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes. £5 on the...
Friday 24th March 2017 - Micky Hart & The Hartbrakers
Following supporting Dr Feelgood, a welcome return to the Con Club. This year, Micky Hart and The Hartbrakers will have been rockin' and rollin' for 28 years!! So come on down & dance the night away to all the classics of the 50s. Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - FREE ENTRY Non Members...
Saturday 18th March 2017 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
The Union Music Store are delighted to present Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - this partnership makes for a brilliant night of music and banter that you only get when two talnetd musciians and friends go out on the road tohetther! Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s...
Friday 17th March 2017 - Meow Meows
THE MEOW MEOWS are bringing their blend of south coast ska 'n' soul to Lewes. Since their debut they have earned rave reviews touring the UK and supporting the likes of The Temptations, Reel Big Fish, King Blues, and The Skints. Producer Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi (Skints, Graham Coxon, Hollie Cook) locked the band in his Brighton-based Ironworks studio to capture the raucous energy of their live shows which have made them firm festival favourites. The band’s sound is a fresh and happy...
Saturday 11th March 2017 - Ramonas
Touring is never boring and these girls are guaranteed to play high energy, full throttle one hour shows that'll leave you buzzing for more of that 1976 spirit. These four lovable cretins rarely even stop for a quick sip of water and a hello.. It's 1234 and they're onto the next hit, and the great thing is that they do it all in their own unique way.. wherever they play, from the UK to Europe to the USA! www.ramonas.co.uk Support Dirt Royal + Scavengers 7:30pm -...
Friday 10th March 2017 - Curst Sons
The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998.  Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released six CDs -and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label.  Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, appeared on several local radio shows and recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio...
Friday 3rd March 2017 - CODA
CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are a group of musicians dedicated to recreating the music of the best rock band ever, Led Zeppelin! Adam Rose-Alison as Jimmy Page - Adam is a Jimmy Page fanatic and has spent countless   hours studying every note, lick and riff that Jimmy played. He has an extensive knowledge of live recordings and has even built his own guitars and speakers to help him recreate Jimmy's early live sound. Simon Wicker as John Bonham - Simon has been studying the playing of John...
MARCH...we're through the worst right?  As long as Trump hasn't blown us all up by then.  Come celebrate with another incredibly strong line up, headlined by Andre Vincent, who has not only beaten cancer and done a one man show about it, he also has sued our MC, Dave Mounfield, for copyright infringement of his face! ACTS:  Andre Vincent, John Mann, Jake Baker and Christian Reilly - MC David Mounfield.   Andre Vincent - "An improvising comedy genius" - The Guardian "He possesses the...
Saturday 25th February 2017 - Loose Caboose
LOOSE CABOOSE is back again with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz. Guest DJ with residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes. £5 on the...
Thursday 23rd February 2017 - Police Dog Hogan
------SORRY SOLD OUT ------A Union Music Store Presentation - Police Dog Hogan return to Lewes + support from The Goat Roper Rodeo Band ! Hardly needing any introduction to their loyal local fans, their previous gigs here in Lewes have always been a sell-out success! They released their popular 2014 album 'Westwood Ho!' on the Union Music Store label and we're delighted to be welcoming them back to Lewes again. Always a brilliant and popular live show, the eight-piece combine fiddle, banjo,...
Thursday 16th February 2017 - Lewis & Leigh
A Union Music Store Presentation - Thrilled to be welcoming Lewis & Leigh to Lewes, with their stunning songs and harmonies. Three well received EPs have built a growing following and Lewis & Leigh received two nominations (Best UK Song & Best UK Act) at the inaugural UK Americana Awards earlier this year. A stand out acoustic performance around one microphone at that event led to invitations to join Billy Bragg’s songwriters’ round at Glastonbury, to open shows for Deacon Blue on their UK tour...
Saturday 11th February 2017 - Burns Night Dinner
BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATION A Piper in full regalia will Pipe-In the haggis, followed by an Address to the haggis, the Selkirk Grace, Toast to the Lassies and repsonse. Two courses - Haggis, Neeps & Tatties plus a Free Dram and Dessert. Highland dress optional - or a small piece of tartan or tweed such as a waistcoat, scarf - even a hanky!  7:00 for 7:45 pm - the bar will of course be open throughout with normal opening times.  Only £16.50 Sign-up at the Club or email us at  ...
Friday 10th February 2017 - Jenny & The Mexicats
NOT TO BE MISSED Since they’ve been together Jenny and the Mexicats have made several multi-national moves, which has helped broaden their fanbase and formed a tight bond among them. They relocated from Spain to England, back to Spain and then to Mexico, where they’re now based. “We’re still the same original people in the band, and we’ve managed to keep growing, moving and learning cultures together,” Ball says. “We’re making music and adapting.” In 2012, they launched a...
Sunday 5th February 2017 - Peter And The Test Tube Babies
Make no mistake! Peter And The Test Tube Babies have written some of the best punk songs ever. In the early '80s they stood out, above all other bands to emerge, with their tales of the hazards of being young punks in Brighton - "Banned From The Pubs", "Intensive care", "Run Like hell", the list goes on...all had the Test Tubes hallmark, combining personal experiences, real cool tunes and, most important of all, maintaining a great sense of humour. https:/ / www.ents24.com/ lewes-events/...
Friday 3rd February 2017 - Joey Landreth
The Whiskey Tour - Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent projectThe Bros. Landreth.The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The...
Comedy at the Con! - ACTS: Joe Rowntree, Lauren Patterson and Stephen Grant - MC Neil Masters - Ah, February.  A month so depressing they made it three days shorter and put a suicide inducing Hallmark holiday in the middle. So, best to gird yourself for it with a treble dose of laughter and jollity at the start, with three of the very best acts on the circuit, including local hero and Krater Comedy Club MC legend, Stephen Grant.  All shepherded  by Comedy at the Con's native Californian,  Neil...
Friday 27th January 2017 - Ska Toons
SKA TOONS - back at the Con Club with their highly-danceablicious mashup of oldskool ska, rocksteady, jazz, classic pop and funk. Tight riffing horn section over the solid skanking grooves you can't resist. Skazzin'! www.skatoons.co.uk 8.00 - 11.30     ...
Thursday 26th January 2017 - Jah Wobble
The one and only! Jah Wobble began his musical career at 18 as a founder member of Public Image Limited. His heavy, hypnotic bass lines defined the post punk era and have influenced many musicians over the last 30 odd years. Bar 4:30pm, doors 7:30pm, Set starts 8:15pm Sorry sold out, links to promoter www.facebook.com/ dictionarypudding/...
Sunday 22nd January 2017 - Cactus Blossums
A Union Music Store Presentation: We're thrilled to be welcoming the very wonderful The Cactus Blossoms for what will be our first gig of 2017. We absolutely loved their recent album 'You’re Dreaming', in which The Cactus Blossoms appeared seemingly from nowhere, garnering comparisons to classic sibling duos. Born and raised in the working-class neighborhood of "Nordeast" Minneapolis, brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkhum found themselves drawn to classic folk and country music, honing their...
LOOSE CABOOSE is back again with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz. Guest DJ with residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes. £5 on the...
Friday 20th January 2017 - Lewes Psych Fest Pre-Party
Acid Box Present Lewes Psychedelic Festival Pre-Party Fumaca Preta, Melt Dunes, Is Bliss, Projector, Rokurokubi 7:00pm - £10 adv Resident Brighton / Union Music Lewes / Seetickets / ...
A Union Music Store Presentation - We are thrilled to welcome Amanda Rheaume back to Lewes on her European tour. We were blown away last time she came to Lewes; possessed of a powerful, slightly gritty singing voice and an ear for catchy melodies and instantly-accessible roots-pop arrangements, Amanda won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for a Juno. Rheaume has released four albums Holding Patterns (2016), Keep a Fire (2013), Light of Another...
BOB MILLS plus two SUPPORTING ACTS - MC DAVID MOUNFIELD Well, the New Year can be a bit bleak, can't it?  And what with Trump being sworn in, Lord knows you'll need a laugh.   Well, worry not.  We've only got the cult LEGEND that is BOB "In Bed With Medinner" MILLS!  Yes! plus two other great acts and the 20 stones of titter that is MC Dave Mounfield. Great way to celebrate our seventh birthday. Bob burst on to the London comedy scene in 1985, turning the faltering "alternative" establishment...
Saturday 31st December 2016 - Contenders NYE Party
The Contenders with special guests from the music scene of Lewes Members and friends only, free...
Friday 23rd December 2016 - Thin White Duke
A welcome return for Thin White Duke for a pre-Christmas gig. TWD are a 6-piece David Bowie tribute band that capture the look, the music and the energy of David Bowie, playing all the hits from 1969 onwards - The tribute band made by Bowie fans, for Bowie fans! See more info at thinwhiteduke.biz Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm Entry £5 Club members...
Saturday 17th December 2016 - Kondoms
Music to get up and dance to - from local Lewes band the KONDOMS! Covers from the 80's and 90's to the present day - if you've never experienced a Kondoms gig now's your chance! Come early as its likely to be busy, and guaranteed to be lively and loud! facebook.com Bar from midday - Doors 8:00pm - 11:30pm         FREE...
Friday 16th December 2016 - Curst Sons
The Curst Sons play their own original compositions cut with a few distinctive arrangements of vintage songs. The inspiration is the pre-Rock & Roll world of Blues. Gospel, and Old Time given a high energy update and a shot of wry humour. Since 1998 they have been nominated for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010 and for Best Alt Country Album in the Independent Music Awards 2011, released 5 CD's on their own Curst Mountain Label and appeared twice on the much missed Mark...
Thursday 15th December 2016 - Yola Carter
A Union Music Store Presentation We are thilled to have the Amazing Yola Carter coming to Lewes. A force of nature and an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, former Phantom Limb frontwoman Yola Carter was raised on gospel and is a greatly in-demand singer and writer on the dance scene (Duke Dumont, Massive Attack, Chase and Status, DJ Fresh and many more). However, country and soul from the likes of The Band, Staple Singers, Otis Redding and Dolly Parton has always been her true passion and she...
Saturday 10th December 2016 - Dead Men Walking
Founding member Kirk Brandon (Spear of Destiny/ Theatre of Hate) will be joined by much heralded rhythm section Segs and Ruffy from The Ruts on acoustic bass, percussion and vocals. Jake Burns, legendary front man of Stiff Little Fingers, will be ‘Flying The Flag’ for Northern Ireland. With a massive catalogue of songs to choose from this new DMW line up intend to deliver a raw stripped back interpretation of a whole host of classic tracks from their respective iconic albums and singles. A few...
Friday 9th December 2016 - Popguns
This Brighton band produced a string of indie-charting singles and albums in the early 90’s including the album “SNOG” which they played in its entirety at a packed show at the Con club last summer. Following up in 2014 with gigs in New York, Paris & Berlin, they then released a brand new album, “Pop Fiction”, which has received widespread acclaim and featured on the BBC 6 Radio shows of Steve Lamaq and Gideon Coe. Reviews for Pop Fiction: “This is what tight musicianship, peerless...
Thursday 8th December 2016 - Comedy Night
XMAS SPECIAL - Tis the season to be jolly, so escape the relentless assault of M and S ads and S and M catalogues from Anne Summers with some delightfully Scrooge like comedy from Danny Ward, filthy Christmas fairy gags from Jessica Fostekew, and the headline act MITCH BENN.  All watched over by our resident Californian shepherd, MC Neil Masters. JESSICA FOSTEKEW, DANNY WARD, Headliner:  MITCH BENN  - MC NEIL MASTERS MITCH BENN is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy...
Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Dr Feelgood + support Micky Hart and The Hartbrakers
TICKETS NOW ON SALE - Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts. Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right,...
Friday 2nd December 2016 - Kast Off Kinks
A welcome return by The Kast off Kinks who were put together in 1994 by Mick Avory, the original drummer of The Kinks, and feature long term members of the legendary band.  Having played on a regular basis at Kinks Fan Club Meetings and Charity Events, they decided to take the band around the country to have fun and keep the music alive.  Along with Mick Avory, John Dalton on bass (60’s & 70’s line-up), and Ian Gibbons on keyboards (80’s & 90’s line-up), they are joined on guitar &...
Friday 25th November 2016 - Rum Boogie + Binmen
Original British Blues with support Binmen Bar from 4:30, doors 8:00 to 11:30pm Free...
Thursday 24th November 2016 - Cam Penner
A Union Music Store Presentation Thrilled to have this pair back so soon - When Cam and Jon were here last something happened in that room! Apparently it wasn't just us... ‘There is an understated glory to their music: enthralling, haunting, comforting, arresting and altogether deliciously spellbinding.’ Celtic Music Radio Live Review, Celtic Connections Festival Show, Glasgow, Jan 2016 ‘...had the emotional heft and strength of ancient spirituals, Penner showing why some folk have...
A Union Music Store Presentation We are really sorry, but this gig has been cancelled. All online sales will be sent automatically - if bought at Union or Resident go to store for refund, if bought using a card this same card will be needed for the refund. Here is the statement from the band - Thank you so much for buying tickets to see us and for continuing to support Larkin Poe. We are so grateful to have such amazing fans! We do, however, want to share with you an update on our plans. We...
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 - Fashion Show
We have teamed up with Travelling Trends to bring you an evening of glamour and bargain shopping! Wednesday November 23rd, 7pm, Lewes Con Club, tickets are £6.00 and includes a glass of wine. After the show a range of clothes from M&S including Per Una and Autograph ranges, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next, BHS, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Monsoon, Wallis, Oasis, DKNY, Miss Sixty, Ted Baker to name a few at up to 80% off normal price. Presented by Cliffe Bonfire...

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