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Posted May 20th 2020

St George’s the jewel in the heart of Kemptown

From Bat for Lashes to Patti Smith, Melting Vinyl has hosted some incredible artists in this beautifully unique, heritage Church. St George’s Church in Kemptown is the perfect setting to complement the equally creative artists Melting Vinyl promotes. 

In 2001 we promoted our first show at the church, the ethereal Sigur Rós, I was struck how the space affected the audience experience. People were peaceful, attentive, and loud in the bits where the celebration of the music was encouraged, it was a spiritual experience.  

Soon many other hirers were attracted to the space and the vicar asked us to take over the running of these events, which has meant many national and local festivals and promoters have now hired St George’s. 

“It has been great to work with Melting Vinyl – they have been collaborative in their approach. It has also been a great privilege to host some brilliant artists and performances.” Rev Fr Andrew Manson Brailsford  (Vicar of St George’s Church)

Other acts we have programmed at St George’s include:

The Unthanks, Joan as Police Woman,  A Winged Victory For The Sullen   Bat For Lashes, Patti Smith, Ron Sexsmith, Martha Wainwright, Courtney Pine, Noah & The Whale, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Midlake, Gruff Rhys, Benjamin Clementine, Low, Sinead O Connor, ASMZ, Animal Collective, Sigur Rós, Emiliana Torrini.

Artists promoted by other promoters include (Live Nation, SJM, Kilimajaro, Dictionary Pudding, DHP, ZAZA, Atom, Lout, Brighton festival, The Great Escape, Kit Tarka Foundation)

Ren, The Residents, Seth Lakeman, Band of skulls,  Brian May, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sam Lee, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Lissies, Nick Mulvey, Ride. Gaz Coombes, Michael Kiwanuka, Fujiya Miyagi, Marina and the Diamonds.

There are many reasons to love St George’s, but here are some of our favourite things: 

  • the gloriously curving balconies soar to the very top balcony where the best sound can be found the garden in front of the Church, where you can meet and chat with friends or enjoy nature in between the acts
  • the warm and friendly staff, who love music and welcoming  audiences to the church
  • the beautiful backdrop and acoustics to complement the artist’s music. 
  • the spiritual experience evoked through being in this glorious Church building

“I’m proud to play even a small part in Brighton’s amazing live scene, and Melting Vinyl’s St George’s shows are no exception. A wonderful team at a wonderful venue.” Sam Bryant House manager: St George’s Church

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