Some of you lucky people will be heading to Brighton this weekend for what promises to be a great weekend for music. As you would expect, we here at the 405 will be there scouring the streets for the best new bands to tell you all about, its what we do best. Expect reviews and interviews from the hottest bands of the weekend. But before we pack our rain mac's and our ever hopeful sunglasses we'd like to suggest to you some artists we think are worth checking out. British Sea Power Expect a righteous and riotous show from the Brighton group in their adopted hometown, famed for their live performances. Well actually, expect two shows, one of a few bands playing twice over the festival, making life a bit easier in terms of nasty stage clashes. Having three albums of supreme high quality behind them, it should be one of the highlights of the festival. May possibly be previewing material from upcoming instrumental/soundtrack album ‘Man of Aran’. Friday - 9:00pm, at the Sallis Benney Theatre, presented by Rough Trade - AND Saturday - 9:45PM at Digital, presented by Topman CTRL. Future of the Left Another band renowned for their live shows, Future of the Left appear on the opening night, with fellow 4AD label mates Pulled Apart by Horses, a set behind at 7:15PM. Falco and co find themselves playing TGE in the middle of their current tour, so should be in full dominating flow. With new album Travels With Myself and Another out next month, it will be the perfect chance to hear new material for the first time in the (sweaty) flesh. Editors note: Falco is either a prophet of god or god himself. This is a good chance to judge for yourself... Thursday – 9:00PM at the Sallis Benney Theatre, presented by 4AD. The Twilight Sad (and fellow Fat Cat Records artists) A double whammy of Scottish folk song-writing goodness is presented by Fat Cat Records, in the shape of the much lauded and lovely The Twilight Sad, preceded by We Were Promised Jetpacks, much influenced by them. Newly signed to the label, WWPJ are due an album in the summer, having impressed with us at The 405 and the world with recent single Quiet Little Voices. The night is topped off by Brighton-based schizophrenic rockers Brakes, a needed antidote to inject some energy to the night. Thursday – at JAM, presented by Fat Cat. 8:00 PM - We were Promised Jetpacks 8:45 PM - The Twilight Sad 9:45 PM - Brakes Metronomy/Holy Fuck Deep into the Brighton night there will also be opportunity to clean up your dancing shoes – or perhaps be sick on them after a long days drinking and excitement. Electro-popsters Metronomy are yet another Brighton collective, and have a good live reputation and rightly so, especially for those who are fans of large circular touch-senstive novelty lights on chests. Well, who isn’t? Holy Fuck provide a dj set after, and also perform live earlier in the evening at the Komedia Theatre at 10:15PM, presented by XFM Xposure. Friday – 12:30PM at the Corn Exchange, presented by NME. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson Our tip for 2009, and now being touted as Brooklyn's "best kept secret", we can only assume its just a matter of time before heads start to turn in his direction. Armed with a voice so full of soul that it evokes within you all the emotions of the human spirit, reassuringly, he has the songs to match. Songs that seemingly face despair with a wry smile, songs that help you through, the most important songs of all. His debut album was named as one of our top records from last year and is only now being released in the UK. Consider yourself advised to see him now so that you can say you saw him first. Thursday - 8:15PM at the Pavillion Theatre, presented by Club Uncut. Saturday - 8:00PM at the Sallis Benney Theatre, presented by Transgressive Records. The Moi Non Plus This guitar/drums duo are famed, in our eyes, for their ferocious live show. They released one of the hottest records of last year, and as kings of the Dutch underground, may also be the coolest two guys on the planet. They sound as if Liars born were with a predilection for Sonic Youth and possess the rage and energy of the Stooges. A must see band. Thursday - 2:30PM at the Arc, presented by Haldern Pop Festival. Thursday - 9:30PM at the Queens Hotel, Sandringham Suite, presented by The Fly. iLiKETRAiNS Watching iLiKETRAiNS is an interesting proposition. They have a way of beautifully garnering empathy. Conveying very human situations from our history with their own brand of epic post-something music. Whenever we've seen this band (and we stalk them like a lion does a gazelle) we can't help but wish that we had history teachers like them. Not only would we pay attention but we'd really care. Saturday - 8:45PM at Concorde 2, presented by Red Stripe. Ex Lovers Expect the heartfelt, the heartbreak, and the heartbroken. Still a relatively new band, Ex Lovers have already achieved a lot, having written themselves a disturbingly catchy catalogue of songs. First seen by us on tour with Emmy the Great, we found ourselves days later humming songs that we weren't aware we knew. They sound like Death Cab For Cutie if Ben Gibbard listened only to Don Caballero, or a British Minus The Bear, with a broken heart and a cardigan. Its sensitive, in the best way possible. Friday - 9:30PM at the Unitarian Church, presented by Blue Flowers. Saturday - 9:00PM at Ocean Rooms (ground), presented by Music Glue. Contributions by Tim Boddy and Wil Cook