What we're about

"Quintessence is a group for lovers of all aspects of culture: theatre, an eclectic mix of music, literary review, film and art, from Brighton to Hastings and moving into mid Sussex too. The idea is to form a close knit community to share Sussex cultural events with, together with occasional forays to London. We anticipate, and prefer, our meetings to be small and intimate, enabling you to find kindred spirits to share the experience of cultural events. Occasionally we will stretch the boundaries to include country walks and lunches, fine dining and fine wine. We intend to post as many different events as possible- from Romeo and Juliet to Glyndbourne. We hope once established many more of you will become Event Organisers, so we can have as wide a choice for our culture vultures to enjoy."

Upcoming events (2)


Concorde 2

One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around. In 2019, Dreadzone moved forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album ‘Dread Times’ which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic. Their last album Dread Times was the band’s 8th studio album and the 3rd release on their own Dubwiser label. The album stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts on release in 2017 – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years. The album also made the Top 10 in the Indie and Dance Charts. In August 2019, the band’s own label Dubwiser records released ‘Dreadzone presents: Dubwiser Volume One’, on which The Dread collective bring their own individual talents and skills to the label, with a record that steps back to explore Dreadzone’s very own DNA while stepping forward to expand the label. The Dreadzone family tree has grown new branches, with artists bearing new fruit that demand further exploration. Dreadzone Presents Dubwiser Volume One featuring Dreadzone, Submantra, Louchie Lou & Michie One, Earl 16, Bazil & Professor Skank is out now on CD, Double Black Vinyl, Coloured Vinyl and Digital. Tickets on sale Friday 01 November at 10am £19.50 + bf www.concorde2.co.uk/events/dreadzone-7 www.dreadzone.com www.facebook.com/dradzone David:[masked]

Strawbs Acoustic

The Old Chapel

The Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass. The line-up for this trio show features Dave Cousins, undoubtedly the heart and soul of the band since day one, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and on the bass, Chas Cronk. Tickets: £20.50 (Unreserved) https://hailshampavilion.co.uk/events/strawbs-acoustic-live-the-old-chapel-alfriston/ David[masked]

Past events (198)

The Heart of Darkness - online discussion

Online event


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