The Ultimate Brighton Parents Playlist

This month in Sussex Style magazine we uncovered the mums who parent by day and club DJ by night in Brighton. These musically minded ladies inspired us to think about our own musical history with a city known for it’s scene.

Which lead us to this mission; to find the ultimate Brighton parents playlist, the tunes our readers will forever link to the city of Brighton & Hove and their fondest memories of living here.

Take our super speedy parent poll – help us find the city’s top tunes!

This amazing city embraces a diverse range of lifestyles and it continuously celebrates the musical soundtrack to those lives. And when traditional genres of music began to fuse in all directions, outside of London, you could be sure to find a club night to suit your niche tastes from grime and dubstep to disco punk or northern soul.

Back in 1999, when The Gloucester was a grungy little venue instead of a trendy micro brewpub (The North Laine), my friends and I were regulars on Friday nights with DJ Gremlin. The anthem of the Brighton indie crowd at the time was Place Your Hands by Reef (a choice I wasn’t particularly fond of but the crowd loved it). This will forever be one of my Brighton tunes. Same with Layo and Bushwacka’s Love Story, it is cemented in my top 10 after getting lost in the musical chaos of Fat Boy Slim ‘s first Big Beach Boutique in 2002; that generation’s ‘Stones in Hyde park’ event.

But now, prancing around the kitchen to iconic Brighton bands such as The Go! Team and Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster is simply classed as ‘mum dancing’ and downright embarrassing for my 6 year old.

Those are my memories, now share yours.

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About Claire Jones-Hughes

Founder and co-editor of, Claire has been blogging since 2009. She has posted on a variety of sites including The Argus, The Huffington Post and The Guardian's Comment Is Free. Known as The Contented Mummy on social media, she is dedicated to honest, unsponsored blogging so that parents can benefit from shared experience. Can also be found at - sharing her journey to health & wellness.

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