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31st October – Don Laka and Band


Sponsored by South Africa GOV


Doors 6.30pm Support band 7pm

Main performance 8pm

South African Jazz Legend, Producer, Composer, Multi Instrumentalist prepares for his UK Tour to Celebrate His 50th Anniversary in Music – Music industry icon Don Laka will be continuing his Golden Jubilee celebrations with a UK tour that will see him bring his acclaimed live show to a series of venues across the country.

Don Laka’s UK Tour follows on from his recent Don Laka and Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert in which the Kwaai Jazz mastero teamed up with legendary artists such as Sipho (Hotstix) Mabuse, Jimmy Dludlu, Nigerai’s Kunle Oditao and Ayo Solanke, and eWatini’s Gcobane Masuku for a weekend of shows in South Africa State Theatre’s iconic Opera Theatre.

Like the Don Laka and Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, the artist’s UK tour will reflect on the Laka’s rich and varied musical journey that began in 1972, and has seen him release over 800 songs, with over 80 collaborations, many awards, and a Grammy nomination for his work with Hugh Maskela.

Laka has been an undeniable music history pioneer for his role in the development of not one but two South African musical styles – Kwaito (and its off shoot Afro-Pop) and Kwaai Jazz (and its off shoot Mapianos). For these, his 6 multi-plat albums, and more, he was awarded the South African Music Award’s most prestigious award – The Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Beyond his own artistic output, Don Laka has been a force for good in the music industry as a whole. In his early career, Laka was a teacher who helped to train many of the next generation to come, and founded the first successful black record company, Kalawa Jazzmee Records, in South Africa allowing artists to produce, record, and market their own music without help from any major label.

Don Laka’s UK Tour will see the artist bring his incredible musical repertoire back here with an unforgettable live show sure to stun audiences.


25th October – Sarah Klang plus special guests





Sarah Klang has enjoyed plenty of success in her career to date, with three Top 5 albums in her homeland of Sweden, sold out headline tours, as well as winning at the Swedish Grammy awards twice.

Klang’s live shows are fun and exhilarating, moving and intimate –  simultaneously – which has earned her fans all over Europe. After a successful European run in 2022, she’s now announcing new shows for 2023 starting in Brighton, UK on October 25th.

Kicking off a string of new releases for this year is Klang’s latest single ”Mercedes”, a song written to her unborn daughter, just months after discovering she was pregnant. The lyrics assures her daughter that she will forever be there for her. “You can always run to me,” Klang sings on the soaring synth-driven track that radiates with hope and optimism for her daughter’s future.

Klang has always had a talent for autobiographical song writing, like on her acclaimed debut Love in The Milky Way (2018) which won Best Album at the Swedish Grammis awards. It continued on Creamy Blue (2019) her second album that earned another nomination for ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Alternative Pop’ at the Grammis awards, and another nod for ‘European Album Of The Year’ at the IMPALA Awards.  While her sound had previously touched upon a mix of influences (‘60 and ‘70s pop, Americana, an undercurrent of country), 2021’s ‘VIRGO’ – her most well-received album to date – then broadened her scope to include elements of ‘80s synth-pop (again winning a Swedish Grammy for Best Alternative Pop). Tastemaker praise followed, notably from i-D, Rolling Stone and Clash.







The prodigiously talented The Ukrainians, made famous for playing in Kyiv on the first day of Ukraine’s independence from the former Soviet Union, are playing this Saturday night at Horatio’s bar on Brighton pier as part of the Ukraine Music Festival and Pier Fest 2023. The band are celebrating over three decades of career.

They will be supported by the celebrated Ukrainian guitarist, Saba Bogorad, one of Ukraine’s top guitarist composers.

This is a special chance to see a fantastic group of musicians and support Ukrainian culture.


Date: SATURDAY OCTOBER 14th 2023

Venue: Horatio’s Bar, Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton


Doors: 7.30pm

Restrictions: None




12th October – Catalyst Club

Catalyst Club

Doors 7.30pm // Latest Music Bar // TICKETS

Established in 2004, The Catalyst Club is Brighton’s longest-running spoken word night and pays tribute to the old tradition of French salons. On the night three guest speakers take to the lectern to talk for fifteen minutes on a subject close to their heart. The Catalyst Club is open to anyone with a passion, no matter how bizarre or niche. Since its inception it has hosted over 700 talks that have ranged from zombie films, Marmite, the history of the Martini, the suffragettes and the Spartans to demonology, bum reading, moths and the wonderful world of slime mould. Their BBC Radio 4 special can be found here:

It is hosted by Dr David Bramwell.

October 11th – Cafe Scientifique

Cafe Scientifique

7:15 Doors // Talks from 8pm // Free

Brighton Café Scientifique is Science for the Sociable!

Informal talks of about 30-45 minutes are given by experts in the field, at a level accessible to all. After a break, the talk is followed by a question and answer session, and open discussion on the topic of the evening.

Returning after almost two years, Cafe Scientifique have been educating the masses from Latest Music Bar for years now and we’re honoured to have them back!

October 3rd – Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness

Free Entry // 6:45pm Doors

Self-described as a “movement for positive social change”, Action for Happiness is a national charity aimed at increasing basic levels of happiness through whatever means they have and is a long-term friend of Latest Music Bar. Here’s what they have to say about their mission….

We’re bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. For fifty years we’ve aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we’re no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we’ve seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It’s time for a positive change in what we mean by progress.


The exceptionally talented Nashville based country singer and songwriter Ruthie Collins graces Hove with her presence on October 18th at The Brunswick. She’s touring with Matt Hodges, a singer songwriter from Wakefield who has been performing for over 10 years, his songs frequently hitting the number 1 spot on the iTunes country charts.

Ruthie started her music career in 2007 when she formed the country duo Wild Honey with Victoria Gordon. In 2011 she signed with Curb Records and released her debut self-titled EP in 2014. In 2016 she released her first album Get Drunk and Cry along with a short film. Most recently, she has released and album titled Cold Comfort, and toured it in 2021. The expanded version of the album, Cold Comfort +, was released last year.

Raised on a farm in Fredonia, New York, Ruthie blends the vulnerable, the volatile, and the serene in her music. Her songs fuse Americana, Bluegrass, and modern Country with vocals in the style of her icons Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris. Her music features some upright bass and traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a style that’s both old-fashioned and very modern.

This is a special chance to see two very talented artists, so book your tickets soon.


WHERE: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove, United Kingdom

WHEN: Wednesday October 18th 2023

DOORS: 19.00







“Ethereal vocals alongside soaring string features, minimal piano parts, and delicate percussion accompaniment.” – Billboard

“Next Women Of Country”  – CMT

“Collins’ voice has the fluttery nuances more common in Seventies Laurel Canyon than in modern country.” – LA Times



Brighton Rocks International Film Festival are hosting a ‘One Night Stand’ Screening event showcasing incredible LGBTQIA+ pioneers through 3 documentaries by local filmmakers with live Q&A.


Brighton Rocks International Film Festival are thrilled to be hosting the next episode in their ‘One Night Stand’ series with the screening of ‘One For The Books: The Maupin Marathon’ by Rose Collis – a heart warming, humorous, uplifting and powerful piece of documentary story-telling revealing many historic episodes that have been hidden or forgotten followed by an exclusive director Q&A with the award winning filmmaker.

The screening will also include the documentary ‘Bending the Note: The Story of Siren’ by Deborah Espect which showcases the story of 4 inspiring women who formed a pioneering lesbian, feminist punk band and theatre company in Brighton in the 1980’s ‘Party Bag’ by Screen and Film School Brighton student Ethne Leaver following the inspiring duo Dick Day and Ophelia Payne – a couple of Brighton’s fabulous drag performers who walk us through the preparation for their latest show Freaky Friday.

Hosted by Latest Music Bar in the heart of Brighton the evening will kick off at 7pm with plenty of time for networking, screenings, Q&A’s and a cheeky drink at the bar!

WHEN: Wednesday October 4th

WHERE: Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester St, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1TF

STARTS: 7.00pm


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