As 2020 drew to a close, with the end of the pandemic decidedly not on the horizon, Brighton took action.
The city put on four live shows on consecutive Saturdays at the Dome, dubbed Live Is Alive, in order to showcase emerging talent and raise money for grassroots venues. There, three acts in particular – LibraLibra, CLT DRP and Lambrini Girls – began to carve out a space for themselves in a cis-male world, anchoring to Brighton’s queer music scene as they did so.
“It was really an honour to be asked to play the Dome – it’s such an iconic venue,” smiles LibraLibra’s Beth. “There was a load of genuine emotion in that room [after so long without live music]. Everyone was hungry for it.”
“People who were getting paid pennies made that night happen…” continues Annie Doret, vocalist and lyricist of electro-punks CLT DRP. “But without that kind of community and dedication, those places would fall apart.”
And while LibraLibra and CLT DRP were already on the rise, it was Lambrini Girls who arguably benefitted the most from this deserved exposure. At the event, they were name-checked as a cornerstone of Brighton’s queer music scene – and it changed everything. “No-one really knew about our band before that gig,” remember Fox and Catt, bassist and drummer respectively. “Since restrictions were lifted we’ve had amazing turnouts for our gigs, and that’s definitely due to the exposure that Live Is Alive gave us.”