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Chris Farren + Really Big Really Clever + H_ngm_n

5 September @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm



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Chris Farren Brighton

Chris Farren live in Brighton at The Hope & Ruin on 5th September!
Get tickets with no booking fee above until 6pm on the show day, or from: Dice

Stage times:

H_ngm_n: 8.20pm

Really Big Really Clever: 9.10pm

Chris Farren: 10pm

Limited tickets available on the door.

Ask Chris Farren how he feels when he finishes an album and he won’t hesitate to respond with:

“Miserable. Miserable. Miserable.”

At least, that’s how it’s been over the years he’s been writing and recording solo. When the time came to make a record, Farren would be overtaken by an unparalleled anxiety, forcing him into the home studio he describes as “barely bigger than a closet,” where he agonized over the minute details of his work in progress. “Looking back on those records… I have no good memories of making them,” he admits. “It’s always been a lonely, doubt-ridden process.”

It’s surprising to hear this, knowing Farren’s reputation as a prolific songwriter who made his name recording with Jeff Rosenstock in Antarctigo Vespucci and before that, the Floridian punk band Fake Problems. In 2014, Farren started releasing music under his own name all while continuing his project alongside Rosenstock, and his first album, Like a Gift From God or Whatever endeared him to fans of the now-defunct Fake Problems and new listeners who had yet to experience the delight of a new Chris Farren song. Like a Gift From God or Whatever was followed by Can’t Die and Farren’s Polyvinyl debut, Born Hot. Last year, Farren wrote what he describes as a soundtrack to a spy film he invented that will never be committed to film. Inspired by Marvin Gaye’s soundtrack to Trouble Man, Death Don’t Wait (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was a creative exercise, one Farren completed in mere months that stands apart from the extensive, at times arduous, process of making a Chris Farren album.

After releasing Born Hot in 2019, Farren knew he needed to make changes to the creative process, but he wasn’t yet sure how to. Enter Frankie Impastato, drummer of Macseal, who Farren met on tour and who became one of his dearest friends and confidants. He told Impastato about the misery, the barely-bigger-than-a-closet studio, the barren memory chest, and together they hatched a plan: they’d make Farren’s next album together. So, Farren got in touch with multi-instrumentalist/producer, and Jay Som mastermind, Melina Duterte (also, a Polyvinyl labelmate), who invited him by her studio where she’s collaborated with a steady stream of notable artists since first opening it in 2020. That’s where Doom Singer, his new full-length album due out August 4th, would be made. https://chrisfarren.bandcamp.com/album/where-u-are

+ Really Big Really Clever: Really Big Really Clever is the new project from Jared Tomkins and Jordan Lilford, formed in 2022 after the split of their previous band Gender Roles. After years of touring, writing & recording together, the pair wasted no time in writing and recording their to-be-titled debut album at London’s The Bookhouse Studio with producer Tom Hill. Expect chaotic fast-paced guitar bangers about doubt, uncertainty and self-help. 

+ Hngmn: H_ngm_n are an emo/punk two-piece from Brighton UK. Catchy hook-riddled sad songs over powerful drums, with a bunch of mathy time signatures thrown in for good measure.

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The venue is only accessible via a flight of stairs however they can offer access via a back door at street level to the venue if mobility is an issue or you use a wheelchair. There are 3 large steps via this route so assistance to gain access and to exit the venue would be required. We can arrange this if you contact us in advance of a show. Please bear in mind that they can only allow access in between bands due to sound issues. Two disabled toilets upstairs, both gender neutral. If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at info@lovethyneighbourmusic.co.uk for guestlist, with evidence such as a blue badge or access card. If strobe lighting is an issue or if standing for long periods of time is an issue, please contact us in advance. They can provide chairs in the venue although if the event is very busy this will impede visibility. If you wish to make use of a chair to view a gig, we advise arriving early to secure a position. They are happy to accommodate assistance dogs.

Chris Farren Brighton

Chris Farren Brighton


5 September
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Hope and Ruin
9-12 Queens Road
Brighton, BN1 3WA
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