NEWS: The Brighton Paradox – a podcast investigation

A unique new audio series begins in the new year

An always possible project in collaboration with Plus X Innovation Hub

We are connecting tens of thousands of residents, entrepreneurs, change-makers, students, investors and creatives who are invested in the future of Brighton & Hove… to the ideas that are shaping it.

We’re glad you’re here.

What is The Brighton Paradox?

The Brighton Paradox will be a unique six-part audio series, investigating Brighton & Hove’s creative and economic potential in uncertain times.

What to expect?

This project marks just over 20 years since city status was awarded. Together we’ll be celebrating and amplifying Brighton & Hove’s greatest assets and ideas – whilst working out what lies at the heart of its biggest challenges (and what can be done about them).

The Brighton Paradox features previously unreleased music by Fatboy Slim and new instrumentals by Brighton-based Noraay, as well as exclusive interviews with over 60 contributors.

Who is it for?

With so many people involved in what makes Brighton great, from punks to innovators, techies, activists, educators, charities and beyond. We’ve reached out to a host of those who really know the city.

Expand me for a full list of confirmed contributors so far

Bashair Ahmed (Shabaka), Naomi Alexander (Brighton People’s Theatre), Fiona Anderson (Innovate UK Edge / ex Entrepreneurial Spark), Ruth Anslow (HISBE), Carolynn Bain (Afrori Books), Paul Barber (Brighton & Hove Albion FC), Boogaloo Stu (Dynamite Boogaloo), Jeannie Boyle (EQ Investors), Andy Budd (ex Clearleft), Rachel Carter (Future Creators), Kathy Caton (Brighton Gin), Ed Chinn (EY Initiatives), Donna Close (5G Festival/BOAT), Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim / Big Beach Boutique), Katherine Courtney (ex UK Space Agency), Kelly Dibbert (FareShare), Tom Druitt (The Big Lemon), Ian Elwick (The Werks Group), Simon Fanshawe (ex Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership), Darren Fell (Crunch Accounting), Dr Carlie Goldsmith (University of Sussex / Class Divide), Kevin Grist (SparkedEcho), Donna Holland (Rockinghorse),  Michael Kennard (Compost Club), Loubna Khamlichi (Noraay Music), Samantha Harland (Plus X / ex Entrepreneurial Spark), Mat Hunter (Plus X), Barry Joinson (Talk Potential), Phil Jones (Wired Sussex), Adam Joolia (AudioActive), Jenni Lloyd (Collaborate / Lighthouse / ex Brighton Digital Festival), Pam Loch (Loch Associates), Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion), Jack Maddalena (Nuart), Rob Jones Mantle (Magpie Co-operative), Angi Mariani (Latest TV), Claire Mason (Man Bites Dog), Kevin Miller (Whitehawk FC), Adam Muirhead (Trust for Developing Communities), Kelvin Newman (Brighton SEO), Phil Nutley (Mima), Kristina Perekaite (South East Angels), Steve Rackley (Silicon Brighton), Sarah Springford (Brighton Chamber), Charlie Symonds (Alirity), Luke Taylor (UnitedUs), Sarah Ticho (Hatsumi VR), Rifa Thorpe-Tracey (Spring Forward Festival), Richard Tolcher (, Ian Trevett (Rubix VT), John Varah (Same Sky), Andy Winter (BHT Sussex), Joseph Young (, Marisa Zanotti (gl-tch), Seb Royle (Platf9rm), Ali Ghanimi (Brighton & Hove Food Partnership), Declan Cassidy (Into Games), Dr Adam Jones (Brighton Business School / University of Brighton)

When can I hear it?

We’re currently busy recording and editing. The first episode drops in January 2023.