Two days of superb alternative music at Brighton’s Undercover Festival

The Selecter. Picture by Jules Annan
The Selecter. Picture by Jules Annan

The fourth Undercover Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, at Brighton Racecourse.

With two days packed full of the finest alternative music the venue will be rocking the sounds of punk, ska, dub, reggae, post-punk, alt, acoustic and plenty more.

Weather-proof, fiercely independent and friendly, this popular event draws together the crème of local and national acts, old and new.

Although the only festival in Brighton to have onsite camping, every stage at Undercover benefits from being indoors. So even the worst of the British weather won’t affect the party. The nature of the venue also ensures that everything is nearby. There are no long walks between stages, parking is free and camping is available literally a one-minute walk from the festivities.

Undercover Festival’s headline acts include: The Selecter, Dreadzone, Spear Of Destiny, Sonic Boom Six, Eddie and The Hot Rods, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, plus an exceptional supporting line-up.

Festival organiser Mick Moriarty said: “We have tried to book as many bands from, or linked to, Brighton & Hove and the south coast as realistically possible. I suppose it would be rude not to…

“It would be difficult to ignore the live music scene this area has to offer, as the range of talented artists locally is breathtaking.”

He continued: “Undercover Festival is back with more stages and bands than ever before at our new home, Brighton Racecourse.

“We are pleased to be able to move to Brighton, a city that is renowned for its appreciation of alternative, ‘outside the box’ music and we are proud to add our festival to Brighton’s rich and varied culture.”

Other bands lined up for the festival include: 999, Chelsea, Sex Pistols Experience, Xslf (X Stiff Little Fingers), The Tuts, The Meow Meows, Rage DC, Xtraverts, Emergency Bitter, Mick O’Toole, Riskee And The Ridicule, Phoenix Chroi, Knock Off, Sweet Jonny, Demon Smiles, The Fanzines, Archive 45, The Marginal, Ray Gun, No Lip, Echo & The Beats, Pig City Angels, Harsh Times, The Disinclined and many more.

Friday’s headliners The Selecter are an anarchic 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry.

In the past few years they have played at major festivals, headlined three UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture, is mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty.

Saturday headliners Dreadzone are electro-dub pioneers who are still going strong after over 20 years in the game.

They re-issued their classic 2001 album Sound on their own Dubwiser label last year and continue to tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe.

General admission tickets cost £75 in advance for the two days (£90 on the door). Alternatively, people can purchase two-day tickets with camping for £85 in advance (£100 on the door).

Family tickets are no longer available.

Day tickets for Friday cost £40 in advance and day tickets for Saturday cost £45 in advance.

Visit to find out more about the festival. Tickets are available online, by post or at shops in Brighton.

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