What's My Weekend: Natasha Bent

The Live Agent for the likes of Chvrches and Foals shares her Brighton haunts

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Compiled by Melissa Henry 

Friday

 

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Working as a Live Agent is pretty hectic. I commute from Brighton to London every day and work a lot of nights - I usually go to between two to four gigs a week seeing bands that I work with now or might work with in the future. I also travel to festivals around UK and abroad, which is great fun but can be tiring. So if I have a weekend to myself, I’ll leave the London office after work on Friday so I can be back in Brighton to see my fiancé, D, early evening.

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If I’m not at a gig I like to unwind on a Friday evening in a different way, so D and I go to Komedia, above, (44-47 Gardner St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UN, 01273 647101, komedia.co.uk/brighton), which is a really good comedy club . Usually they do a three-comedian bill and they do great food too. Obviously we never sit near the front, to avoid being picked on. It’s happened to us before – never again!

 

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After that we’ll head to Bohemia, above, (54-55 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, 01273 777770, bohemiabrighton.co.uk), in The Lanes, for cocktails. It’s the perfect, dimly-lit drinking den with the best selection of cocktails, and no students – I always go for the Cuban Breakfast cocktail ( rum, of course) , straight from Havana – it’s addictive.

 

If we want to carry on drinking we head to Northern Lights, above, (6 Little East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HT, 01273 747096, northerlightsbrighton.co.uk). I love this place because it’s really unusual - Scandinavian and very individual. It’s open late and is known for its incredible drinks selection. Their wine list is made up of organic wines, and they even tell you which are vegan and vegetarian. The best thing is the shots menu, try the sweet and smokey vodka – it’s insane!

Saturday

 

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To deal with my inevitable hangover I love to get up and potter around the garden with my two cats, while D does some custom painting. He runs a high-end custom paint business, D-Lucks (Unit 3, Farm Mews, Farm Road, Brighton, BN1 3LD, d-lucks.co.uk). We live in a popular street in central Brighton that is neatly hidden away, a row of cottages you get to via a hidden footpath, and even though it’s in the centre of town it’s lovely and quiet. At the moment I’m getting my garden ready for barbecue season.

For brunch we head to Taylor Street Barista (1A New Street, London EC2M 4TP, 020 7929 2207, taylor-street.com) it’s hands down the best café in Brighton. Simple and stylish – incredible food and the best coffee in town, and the staff are friendly and learn your name quickly . I usually have scrambled eggs with spinach. D always has the full breakfast, but they also do really great dippy eggs too. Australians and New Zealanders run the place so it feels like you’re not in England. One of my favourite holidays was in that part of the world, so it brings back happy memories. I’d go there every morning if I could.

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After brunch we usually take a walk down The Lanes. Brighton lanes are fun and quirky to navigate, with loads of great shops. I really love The Lavender Room, above, (16 Bond Street, North Lane, Brighton, BN1 1RD, 01273 220380, lavender-room.co.uk), a homeware shop which also does jewellery, clothing and accessories. I always buy my scented candles here. It’s a great place for presents.

 

There’s also a brilliant vintage furniture shop nearby called Brighton Architectural Salvage, above, (33-34 Gloucester road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AQ, 01273 681656, brighton-architectural.co.uk). I recently ordered a bespoke cast iron radiator from here. It’s got some great unique pieces, old fireplaces, door knobs, outside furniture ... For lunch we pop into Yum Yum Ninja (15-18 Meeting House Lane, Brighton BN1 1HB, 01273 329491, yumyumninja.com). It’s really good pan-Asian kitchen in The Lanes, which does amazing duck pancakes, and a really good dim sum lunch menu.

 

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After lunch we often pop into this great, smallish, art gallery called Art Republic, above, (13 Bond Street, Brighton, East Sussex, 01273 724829‎, artrepublic.com), in The Lanes. It’s mostly new contemporary artists. I picked up two pieces recently from an artist called Dave White.

The iconic The Grand Hotel, above, (97-99 King's Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 2FW, 01273 224300, devere-hotels.co.uk/hotel-lodges/locations/the-grand.html) on the seafront – is a very stylish, Victorian building and the service is impeccable. We created an amazing drinks party here recently for my live music company, The Agency Group (theagencygroup.com), during The Great Escape (greatescapefestival.com) music festival. They do the best Bloody Marys, and incredible oysters in the seafood bar, and we all know Brighton wouldn’t be Brighton without seafood. If you want to stay the night, the suites on the top floor are super-stylish, with spectacular sea views, and not pricey. They have a fantastic spa, too, ladies.

Sunday

We love to drive to my favourite country pub, The Griffin Inn (Fletching, East Sussex TN22 3SS, 01825 722890, thegriffininn.co.uk). It’s a beautiful old pub with the most fantastic, sprawling garden that slopes down a hillside and has unbelievable views. The food is fantastic – I love the steak and chips with the nicest tarragon and béarnaise sauce. It gets very busy, so book in advance. You can stay there, too.

When we’re back in Brighton, I’ll often go to a gig - Brighton has a great music scene. The best venue for new bands is the Green Door Store, above (Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, Brighton BN1 4FQ, 07944 693214, Greendoorstore.co.uk) and luckily it’s walking distance from my cottage. My new artist, Benjamin Booker, played there recently. It was absolutely jam-packed and everyone was going nuts – the atmosphere was electric. His album is out in August and he has an incredible, one- of -a -kind voice – definitely one to watch.

Natasha Bent is the Live Agent and Vice President at The Agency Group, London. Her clients include Foals, The Knife, Chvrches, Amy Macdonald, First Aid Kit and Jungle among nearly 2,000 musicians, speakers and authors. The company has driven the careers of the likes of The Black Keys, Muse, Guns N’ Roses, Paramore, Nickelback, Muse, Wiz Khalifa, The Kills, Gotye, Tegan and Sara and RUSH.

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