The Magic Numbers and Penelope Isles: Brighton Old Market

Opening up for The Magic Numbers at Brighton’s Old Market are a starry-eyed young band called Penelope Isles. Somewhat confusingly none of the band members are called Penelope Isles – but two of them are called Jack. One of the Jacks is the brother of Lily, and then there’s Becky to make up the magic number four.

Penelope Isles have a strong Brighton following, but the hark from the Isle of Man – until now best known as the birthplace of The Bee Gees.

As well as the brother/sister thing, musically they share a lot in common with the Magic Numbers. Tight harmonies, sonic shapes, crafty lyrical hooks, and an ever-changing atmosphere as they wind the tempo up and down to keep the audience engaged throughout their set.

Definitely a band to look out for.

The Magic Numbers themselves need no real introduction or description – they are becoming a perennial mainstay of the touring and festival circuit, and we always hear them referred to in terms such as ‘the best live band I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot!’ or ‘a genuine slice of summer sunshine.’

You can’t really say any more than that.

However what is worth taking note of is their new album, ‘Outsiders’.

This is a really good listen, and plenty of the new tracks have instantly made it onto the live setlist.

We particularly like the Fleetwood Mac-meets-Florence and the Machine vibe of ‘Shotgun Wedding‘, the baggy Manchester drums of ‘Ride Against the Wind’ and the T-Rex-influences scattered through ‘The Keeper‘.

Other musical references aside, this is far from a derivative album – it’s pure Magic Numbers through and through, and if you are a fan of the band you need it in your collection.

You can still catch the band on tour at the following venues:
May 22 | Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
May 23 | West End Arts Centre, Aldershot
May 28 | Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
May 29 | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 30 | Arts Centre, Pocklington
May 31 | The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
June 2 | The Cluny, Newcastle
June 3 | The Caves, Edinburgh
June 4 | The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
June 5 | The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
June 7 | Empire, Belfast
June 8 | Cyprus Avenue, Cork, IRE
June 9 | Roisin Dubh, Galway, IRE
June 10 | Whelans, Dublin, IRE
June 12 | Arts Club, Liverpool
June 13 | Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

Photos by Sara Bowrey

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***AUSTRALIA***
Yesss!!! We're beyond excited to be heading back to Australia, it’s been far too long. We’ve always loved touring Aus & we intend on making these shows unforgettable. We also get to be reunited with friends & family over there which is amazing, let’s do this!!!
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***AUSTRALIA***
Yesss!!! Were beyond excited to be heading back to Australia, it’s been far too long. We’ve always loved touring Aus & we intend on making these shows unforgettable. We also get to be reunited with friends & family over there which is amazing, let’s do this!!! 
Tickets on sale this Friday at 9am AEST.
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Yay...! About bloody time 😙🐨🍻🍾🌞🌊🎉🏄♫

Please combine this with South East Asia and come to Malaysia please .

Fil Tassone Twelve years later 🤗

Are we getting the Sydney tickets? Eileen Crinion, Julie Tydd

You had better be coming to Port Macquarie...!!!!!

Waiting for the post that starts ***NEW ZEALAND*** Yesss!!! That would get me beyond excited. Then 0319 would be magic numbers, to join 0106 and 0407.

Kate Hoskin remember these guys?

They were seriously amazing when I saw them last time.. I highly recommend going!

Mandy Chahal pleaseeeeee can we gooooo ???

Darlene Tewhitu you have to go. Our favourite band

Oh yes! And the factory is 10 minutes away from home, perfect!!!

Eleanor Redmond- McDaid oooh, I think we might go to the brisbane concert. Shame we can’t go together 😥 will Loz be there?

Glenn Let's go!

I wish you a great Tour, stay safe and happy.

Shane Schnaars please please please get me tickets!!!!

Oh no nicole mackintosh it's the 22nd of March! Can I squeeze it in before wedding!?!?!

Awesome, l can get my CD signed again that Guenter gave me..lol. Thanks Michelle.

Don Jim Yale they're finally coming back !

Yay, thank you for including Adelaide on the list!

on ya mate. cheers. you beauty

I’m super excited you are coming to Perth!

Come on... Just hold over the ditch to NZ!

Oh love Magic Numbers!!

Nice of the guys to come for your birthday Adrian Steward ☺️

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