A Brief History

Art Noise was founded in February 2011, starting life as a series of quarterly live music and art exhibitions. The first of these shows took place at Riki-Tik’s (RIP), with a small crowd of 20 or so people showing up to view the photography on display while a selection of DJ’s played.

Art Noise Riki Tik

The first Art Noise, hosted at Riki-Tik’s, Brighton in February 2011

After listening to feedback the brand changed course slightly, and in July 2011 moved venues to the Green Door Store. Live bands were booked to provide the musical entertainment, with art and photography projected on the wall behind the acts. The bar area was filled with mini art exhibits, with live screen-printing and an arthouse magazine launch.

Art Noise Green Door Store 2011

In July 2011 Art Noise moved to The Green Door Store, expanding in scope.

The success of this event lead to several more throughout the following year, moving to The Blind Tiger Club (again, RIP) with an expansion of the concept to include interactive art exhibits as part of the show. Art Noise even launched a monthly series of mini-events at The Sidewinder in Kemp Town, called ‘Pint-Size’ that featured a selection of artworks projected on the screens while DJ’s spun a few tunes.

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The last Art Noise event: Wonderland, in December 2012 at The Blind Tiger Club

When I had to depart Brighton for university I put Art Noise on hold, and upon returning to Brighton 2 years later I no longer found the time to put into the meticulous planning and execution of live events. Despite this my passion for art and music within the city, and the UK in general, lead me to keep developing the brand. In 2014 Art Noise became what it is today – a hub of live music and art reviews from Brighton, London and beyond. I now have an amazing team of dedicated photographers and writers to work alongside me in making sure the talented people of Brighton and the wider UK are found.

 – Stewart Hicks, Founder / Editor, Art Noise

Meet The Team

Stewart Hicks – Editor / Founder

Stewart founded Art Noise as an event company in 2011, before steering it into the music and arts focused blog it is today. He is passionate about finding new artists to tell the world about, no matter their medium.


Gili Dailes – Photographer / Writer

Gili joined Art Noise in 2015 and since then has contributed a lot to the photography side of things, covering big festivals such as Wild Life and Love Supreme as well as smaller gigs by our beloved locals.

Gili is also a UX designer and a bassist, and loves surrounding herself by everything related to music. 

Cherry Walker – Writer

Cherry is a writer, filmmaker and bassist who is passionate about discovering new music. She loves being surrounded by the written word and attending all types of gigs, local or otherwise.

Terri Witherden – Writer


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