The Rialto Theatre is the latest incarnation of the grade-II listed building at the bottom of Dyke Road. Last Friday (June 10th) the historical venue played host to a monthly late night live music session, courtesy of events company King Provider. Aiming to fill a gap in Brighton’s nightlife, the event has bands playing from midnight to 2AM, followed by local DJs.
The evening’s red-letter act came in the guise of the flamboyant Lebeaux, a sassy seven-piece band who’s performance showed why they are a very much a band on the rise. Singer Turrell captivated the room with a vigorous energy, reinforced by tight and dynamic performances by the rest of the band. Lebeaux are a gem on the Brighton band circuit – listening to some of their songs it was hard to understand why they aren’t currently signed.
The support on the night came from Paradolia, whose frontwoman Tilda’s powerful vocals and onstage pizzazz ensured an impressive set that was well received by the crowd. “We just want to have fun” she said, when I caught up with her after the event. Fun could certainly sum up their set, which got most of the room grooving. Giorgia-May completed the lineup, starting off the event with a smooth and confident performance.
Live music late at night provided the perfect counterbalance to Brighton’s many pop/club DJ sets that are churned out on the regular. Let’s hope that King Provider continue to provide top notch late night live music.