Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

I returned to Brighton last weekend to play a show with The Monochrome Set at the Hope & Ruin pub in Queens Road, a short walk down from the station.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

It was something of a flying visit as we arrived in the late afternoon from our show at Newport in the Isle of Wight, but I’ve photographed Brighton so many times in the past, it was just a relief to come along and mainly play and drink!

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

I captured a few shots between soundchecking, gigging and partying, including this street art by the prolific Detroit-born Minty, who has now settled in the town.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Nice.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Nice again.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Mr Minty’s doing his thing.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

And here’s that zebra keyboard player again.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Early evening view.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Clock tower.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Almost exactly a year ago, I travelled to Brighton to see the Monochrome Set play the Hope & Ruin, but then I was a mere spectator – who could have guessed that I’d soon be thumping the tubs for them all over Europe!

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

I liked the support band, Pog. The singer designs great record sleeves too!

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Look at that mirror ball. It’s bloomin’ mahoosive.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Monochrome Set live shots courtesy of the talented Viola Spanu.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

The wizard of the keys.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Some jokes were exchanged on stage.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Not everyone found them funny 🙂

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Some wag had changed the name of the band ‘Inbreeding Clan’ to the ‘Inbreeding Clams.’ This amused me more than expected.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Later on, we repaired to the wonderful Green Door Store in the Lower Goods Yard by the station.

It’s a great bar with two rooms, laid back security and regular DJs, and the gaff stays open till till 4am and it’s free to get in all night. Highly recommended.

Brighton photos: zebra on keyboards, night scenes and the Monochrome Set at the Hope and Ruin, May 2017

Last tune of the night.

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