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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4 weeks ago

The Magic Numbers

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone!

Soon we say goodbye to 2018. It has been an amazing year for the four of us with releasing our 5th studio album 'Outsiders', touring the world and reconnecting with all of you again. We now settle in at home with our families over the holidays and hope to see you all again in the new year.

Thank you so much for your continued support and love for our band, we wouldn't be here without you.

Remember it's a crazy world out there, lots of haters are taking control. Be close to one another, show kindness, love and care - it goes a long way. We are all Outsiders!

Big Love
Romeo, Michele, Angela & Sean
The Magic Numbers. X
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone! 

Soon we say goodbye to 2018. It has been an amazing year for the four of us with releasing our 5th studio album Outsiders, touring the world and reconnecting with all of you again. We now settle in at home with our families over the holidays and hope to see you all again in the new year. 

Thank you so much for your continued support and love for our band, we wouldnt be here without you. 

Remember its a crazy world out there, lots of haters are taking control. Be close to one another, show kindness, love and care - it goes a long way. We are all Outsiders! 

Big Love 
Romeo, Michele, Angela & Sean 
The Magic Numbers. X

 

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Thekla & Battersea - what a Magic year 💗 Merry Christmas to you guys 💗

Imagine being down the boozer and bumping into those guys 😱❤️

Aldershot and Islington gigs this year. Both amazing. Happy Christmas guys 🎅🎄

& to you too. Thanks for the gig at Gorilla, best yet xxx

Merry Xmas Have a good one!

Have a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year - thanks for giving my husband and I many precious memories at your concerts - we love your music 🎵 x

Merry Christmas and thank you for being so cool 🙏❤️

Love to you all too, see you again in Manchester ❤️

Merry Christmas guys, seen you twice in Liverpool and Manchester this year both where amazing thank you xxxx

Merry Christmas guys - still the nicest people in rock 'n' roll! x

You are all absolutely adorable and beyond talented. Enjoy the holidays with your families. Now I think I will pour a glass of wine and go listen to ALL of my Magic Numbers cds - starting with the first one. Smiles and hugs and thanks for playing in NYC.

Would love to see you come to Orlando! Big fan! Have a great holiday guys!

Have a beer or two guys well deserved happy Christmas 🤶 xx

Merry Christmas to all !!!

Do you have any plans to tour in the UK?

Merry Christmas to you all! Have a wonderful time with family and friends.

we hope you will return to Mexico very soon

Still my favourite gig of the year at the forum tumbridge wells 👍

Merry Christmas Angela and Sean and Romeo and Michelle XOXO when are you guys coming back to Toronto?

Have a wonderful Christmas. Love you all 😘

Season’s greetings from Belgium... hope to see you in the flesh in 2019! Xxx

Very merry Christmas to you all. Look forward to seeing you in Margate in 2019 ×🤔💙

Happy Xmas to you all and thanks for being a highlight (twice) to my year (again) xxxx

Happy holidays guys! Love you so much! Greetings from Chile

& Michele’s legendary Coventry house gig. Happy Christmas Guys! 🌲

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1 month ago

The Magic Numbers

Excited for this tomorrow 💥🤘🏼💥Inchyra Arts Club #perthscotland ... See MoreSee Less

Excited for this tomorrow 💥🤘🏼💥Inchyra Arts Club #perthscotland

 

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Jane Brindley

Glasgow was amazing, first timer here but have four albums, come back again soon-🎶🎶

Stuart Ralston

Playing in ireland any time soon

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