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Fri, 10 May





Time & Location

10 May 2024, 19:00 – 11 May 2024, 01:00

Brighton, 11A Upper Market St, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, Hove BN3 1AS, UK

About the Event

𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝘀 will be performing new songs from their upcoming album with an expanded orchestral line-up, accompanied by two of the most dedicated, purposeful and exciting world-music groups the UK has ever produced (𝙔𝙖𝙢ä𝙮𝙖 - Ethiopiques/Afro-jazz + 𝗢𝗽𝗮 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗮 - Balkan folk/klezmer), and one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the buzzing UK jazz-prog scene (𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱), along with the usual array of walkabout brass bands, circus performers, electro-ceilidhs, non-stop live music, expansive line-ups, and our ever growing community of XL-appreciators!

An old man once said: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

We look forward to celebrating this divine feline combination with you, in the midst of the Brighton Festival, on the historic boards of The Old Market. Japanese legend has it that when cats live to an old age, they begin to develop supernatural powers, and transform into a Bakeneko. Soon they begin to walk abouton their hind legs. As they age and their powers increase, they can grow to be very large, sometimes as big as a full-grown human (or a 20 piece band).

Bakeneko possess great shape-shifting abilities, and frequently disguise themselves as humans – sometimes even their own masters.  While in disguise, they like to dress up as humans - often with a towel or some other fabric wrapped around their heads whilst dancing merrily.  On an unrelated note, Town of Cats will be performing new songs, whilst celebrating their 60th birthday (that's 11 human years)! We have created a careful concoction of creatures great and small, to deliver one of the best Big is Beautiful line-ups we could ever have conceived! Afro-jazz, cumbia, hip-hop, Balkan folk, Klezmer, electro-Celtic reels, new-jazz explorations and lots of other words to describe things that are better listened to than read about - join us on the beautiful Old Market dancefloor for a night of foot-stomping, body-shaking revelry!

█▓▒▒░░░The Town of Cats Orchestra ░░░▒▒▓█

The Cats are back in town to perform songs from their upcoming album ‘What if it’s right here?’ - a 6 track celebration of everything the group has come to represent over their 11 years together - and they are bringing a whole number of extra furry feline friends along to celebrate! Augmented with strings, special guest vocalists, and a whole cat-choir, we have struggled to fit this elaborate feline-display-of-power into the four historic walls of the Old Market. Grown in Brighton’s grubby and fertile musical Petri dish, this ever-mutating municipality of musical misfits are able to harness the transformative power of the BEST parties - in a way that only a huge horn section and super tight rhythms are able to do. The kind of parties that set fire to your zero-hour contract and remind you that change, real change, can come from the most ordinary of places.  Energetic wordplay careens between raised-brow punnage and righteous indignation at the state of the nation; funk rhythms dare you not to dance; boiling blasts of brass and guitar warp from crystalline chicken-scratches to face-melting prog explosions.  Whether the keys belong to some sleazy lounge act or the Mothers of Invention is still up for debate... Town of Cats started life as a winking, whimsical set of backstreet fables. Over the last 11 years they’ve coalesced into battle-hardened groove-bearers with a well-worn but vital message: when we stand together, we break down walls.

"The band mange to capture such incredible energy through their full throttle performance and if the audience were lounging around on our sofas at the opening of their set by song two their all up and dancing and responding to incredible energy the band give off." – Alba Torriset (People's Front Room)

"Town of Cats where incredible at Nozstock: The Hidden Valley this year! They had the audience in the palm of their hands and brought nothing but the best vibes to our beloved Garden Stage! They can come back anytime." – Ben Peer (Nozstock Festival)

"Master Blasters! Town of Cats are the best festival band EVER!! Prepare to dance!" – Constance Dalrymple (Mandrea Festival)

"Town of Cats are nothing less than remarkable. They went down an absolute storm at the festival – they are incredible musicians, fantastic performers – and, just as important to a festival organiser, absolutely brilliant people" – Outfields Festival

TOWN OF CATS ORCHESTRA will be joined on stage by SPRING INTO SOUL CHOIR who will perform several songs together.


Formed in 2006, THEY are Worthing based and open to singers from any (or no) religious background, just as long as they want to sing! There are no auditions and previous choir experience isn’t necessary.

The Choir practises performance, vocal and harmony skills and sing a wonderful, well chosen repertoire of uplifting soul and gospel songs. They learn about singing styles, twang, bending notes, three-part harmonies, breathing techniques, belting and rhythmic singing structure. There are solo opportunities too.

Spring into Soul choir is led by a talented and inspirational Musical Director is SIGGI MWASOTE. Her impressive musical career includes directing several choirs, lead singer with Lakuta (an Afro-Funk-Latino band) and Just the 3 of Us an acapella soul trio.


UK Afro-jazz interpreters Yamäya are back in Brighton for Big is Beautiful 5! This collective of talented London and Brighton based musicians have finely crafted their own distinctly mesmerising sound.  Yamäya amalgamate influences from across the great African continent including Afrobeat, Griots and Ethiopiques with modern tinges of dub, hip hop, jazz and beyond.  Their rich and intricate grooves are then layered with the inimitable rhythm and harmonic palette of Wolof song and rap.

Expect triumphant horns, majestic vocals, and an unparalleled, heavy rhythm section.  One of the best live bands in Britain delivering powerful original music eclectically drawn from Afrobeat, Ethio-Jazz, Dub, Mbalax, Jazz, and other distinctly UK styles.

“Fresh, uplifting... powerfully delivered lead vocals which take me to Senegal, the Trombone solo, tenor sax solo, baritone sax solo, guitar solo all being spot-on where they pop up, to the horn arrangements which create the promise of yet more to come” – Dele Sosimi (Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80)

“An entrancing journey through deep and heavy grooves layered with blazing horns, afro-centric rhythms and mystical Senegalese vocals. Yamäya pay homage to the music's roots whilst forging new frontiers."  – Jon Jones (Rootsgarden Records)

“Yamäya have honed their tight and funky afrobeat with a new dynamic. Expect of course a thumping Fela horn section, razor sharp guitars, and unstoppable percussion, but their sound is made noticeably unique with its incorporation of vibrant Senegalese Mbalax and Wolof vocals from their talented singer Khadim Sarr” - John Warr (Afrobase Radio)


plantfood are a 6 piece, blood-pumping jazz tour de force, summoning an intricate mix of electronic and acoustic layers, with influences all the way from spiritual jazz to contemporary club music. Hard hitting grooves and ENERGY with influences and inspiration from artists such as The Comet is Coming, The Prodigy and fellow Leeds-raised band, Nubiyan Twist - from the mosh pit, to serene soundscapes and back again, the journey that plantfood will take you on is an unforgettable one - and their momentum continues to grow - winning accolades such as the 2023 Drake Yolanda award, numerous radio playlisting spots and audiences hearts and minds with their incredible live shows.

"My favourite discovery of Glastonbury 2023" - Gabriel Francis (AKA Papaoul)

"I thought the camera was shaking from the bass - turns out it was my eyes!" - Dan Akers

"One of the top bands in the currently buzzing Leeds DIY Jazz+ scene" - DJ Lubi Jovanovic

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The first time we met Opa Rosa was on our very first BiB, back in 2022, and they immediately became some of our favourite musical heroes! Fast gaining a reputation as one of UK’s most dynamic and virtuosic bands, Opa Rosa are an energetic acoustic ensemble sharing music from the Balkan, Greek, Klezmer & Roma traditions.  With several combined decades of study and experience, all five musicians are well-versed in the musical traditions’ syntax and significance, capturing all the joy and sorrow that these traditions are so renowned for expressing.  Deeply rooted in Balkan traditions, Opa Rosa’s music aims to explore and reinvent the motifs of Eastern Europe by subtly drawing from other musical influences such as Post-Rock, Classical and Jazz.  With their lineup of violin, clarinet, accordion, double bass and percussion, their unique and refined sound consists of an explosive and grooving rhythm section combined with intricate melodies soaring over rich and nuanced harmonic structures.

“Opa Rosa paint Eastern Europe with a whole new palette of colours - there’s no doubt that the music they make is for the heart and the feet. It is incredibly uplifting, beautifully freeing. Music that is pulsing, heart-racing and, quite simply glorious…" - Gavin McNamara (Bristol 24/7)

"Among the plethora of bands purveying the ‘Balkan sound’ few have taken the trouble to properly immerse themselves in Central Europe’s rich variety of musical traditions. Step forward, then, Opa Rosa - a swinging acoustic quartet whose set list meanders across the region from Macedonia to Moldova and beyond, setting themselves the task of catching the many subtle differences of style and rhythm and fearlessly rising to the instrumental challenge required. Playing with maximum energy and a great sense of fun they soon had a lively Valley Fest audience enthralled and even dancing despite the heatwave temperatures of a steaming afternoon." - Tony Benjamin

"Opa Rosa - a high energy, incredibly tight and talented band. Flexible, fun, great to listen to. A great Klezmer band and lots more besides for your bar mitzvah, wedding, Klezmer Ceilidh, festival or concert." - Fiona Frank (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities)

█▓▒▒░░░CEILIDH BOOM░░░▒▒▓█

As usual, we are lucky to have the inimitable Electro-Ceilidh outfit - Ceilidh Boom - opening the night for us. Making the most of our excessively-sized venue, they will lead you through a selection of willow-stripping, Scotsman-flying reels, hornpipes and jigs - welcoming in the night with a big, sweaty, two-step folkie mess!

"I can't believe it's not better" - the Dairyman's Daughter

“what an amazing way to go get the party started! Well instructed and booming tunes - highly recommend for any event” - David Cameron


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BRASSIC PARP (a special off-shoot of TOWN OF CATS, the MEOW MEOWS and BUFFO'S WAKE) will be on hand to provide you with all your essential 90's pop classics - a new type of brass band, blurting out DJ style pop-medleys and mixing the likes of Limp Bizkit with Celine Dion, Britney with Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and Taylor Swift. However great these musical medleys might sound, you're never quite sure whether or not these intense brass-arrangements are actually just a thinly veiled excuse to dress up as their favourite characters from Jurassic Park.

Kiki LaHula Roller Hoop Queen - International circus performer on wheels.

Kay Monrose Aerialist

Well, that's it. You've made it to the end, you are one of the very dedicated few! We take our hats off to you!


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