Brighton show aims to capture The Spirit of Woodstock

Something Underground’s new show The Spirit of Woodstock plays St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove from September 17-20 and from September 24-27.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 8:00 am
Jonathan Brown

Performer Jonathan Brown said: “How is it possible, in this time of social distancing and lockdown, to attend, right here in Brighton and Hove, the world’s largest free festival, with over 500,000 people all squeezed together on a dairy farm in northern New York State?

“How is it possible to witness the shooting of Bobby Kennedy; to be on the beach opposite the Kennedy Space Centre watching the launch of Apollo 11; to be part of an anti-Vietnam war riot in Chicago; to be amongst thousands walking along the 17b Road into the festival; to be a chopper pilot ferrying the world’s most famous musicians upstate; to be the captain of a Russian nuclear submarine submerged off the coast of Cuba; to be one far out, trippy festival-goer; to be a musician about to step out onto the stage at Woodstock? How can you do all this and yet stay safe, in this day and age?

“It’s simple. Something Underground are bringing their new, open air stage show The Spirit of Woodstock to Brighton and Hove in September.”

In The Spirit of Woodstock, Jonathan plays 65 of these characters in quick succession, the whole thing imbued with the soundscape of the time.

“The show was meant to be part of May’s Brighton Fringe, but we all know why that didn’t happen. Now it’s back, with distancing bubbles marked out for you to sit in and enjoy the whole show with your picnics, wrapped up in anticipation of warm mid-September breezes and ready to be taken back to a time that for many was golden.”

St Ann’s Well Gardens (Sensory Garden), Hove. Tickets: (limited and must be bought in advance to ensure distancing):