REVIEW: Ghost @ Brighton Dome, 02/04/2017

The Verse’s Lou Clement reviews Ghost and their performance, with support from Zombi, at the Brighton Dome on Sunday 2nd April 2017

Ghost gigs are an experience, I’ve seen them before and their showmanship is striking. I was at the Brighton Dome on a Sunday evening and the venue was packed. I spent a little while looking for a friend wearing a t-shirt and with long dark hair. It was an impossible task.

The warm-up band, Zombi, were performing when I arrive. At the back, the the stalls are already full; the two band members are on synthesiser, keyboard and drums. And I’m pretty sure there are various other instruments constituting the electronic John Carpenter-influenced tracks.

The set change was processional. The stage was dark as the instruments were arranged, black sheets covering everything. And then later revealed by two men who bow to the audience. Gregorian chants were played in the background, the smoke machines emitting enough white atmosphere-creating mist to fill the stage, and flow into the first few rows of the stalls.

Ghost are a Swedish six-piece band composed of five Nameless Ghouls and lead singer Papa Emeritus. They are known for their use of religious iconography, and including costumes in their shows. Also, a good deal of acting and theatrical influences. They have recently won the Bandit Award for Best Swedish Album, for their September 2016 release, a Swedish Grammis Award for Hard Rock/Metal Act of the Year, and will be releasing a new album towards the end of 2017. Although their music is heavy, it is also melodic. It has a darkly enchanting feel to it, but they also make me smile wryly.

Papa Emeritus came on stage dressed in traditional robes, and his face made up to resemble a skeleton. Now, I’m not a religious person – despite my mum being a Catholic – but on a visit to Rome a few years ago, I remember seeing the skeletons of local saints. Ornately decorated and in central positions in the similarly ornate churches. It’s pretty dark, isn’t it? I can see why this has appealing creative territory for a metal band. Their work is anti-religious, but it doesn’t approach it from the atheist’s workbook. Instead, they are engaging in the rhetoric of imagery of the religion. It’s kind of wonderful.

I’m writing too much about what they look like but the performance was excellent, Papa Emeritus moves around the stage, with a camp twist here and there and welcoming the audience as if they were his congregation. He’s also pleased to see such an excellent turnout. The music is guitar-heavy and vocals are epic, stand out tracks included Sqaure Hamer. I think this band will continue to grow in profile and appeal, they aren’t trying to be themselves or sell their personal image. And the music is damn good. 


The Verse Staff

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

CREATIVE WRITING PROJECT @ Brighton Toy and Model Museum, 24/04/2017

Mon Apr 10 , 2017
The Verse’s Lou Clement, as writer-in-residence at the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, announces a creative writing project open for submissions from now until 24 April 2017. Nestled under the railway bridge, next to the Brighton Railway Station, is a surprising find. Brighton Toy and Model Museum. The museum is […]

You May Like

Get In Touch

Editor in Chief                                            Alice Pierre & Daisy Bradshaw

Student Voice Editor                       Sarah Tann

Arts Editor                                      Bethany Jo O’Neill

Entertainment Editor                         Federica Purcaro

Creative Editor                                  Roxanne Clark

News Editor             

Social Media Manager                                 n/a

Photographers                                                Alice Pierre                                                          Tate Batham

Website Manager                                          Amber Eder



About us

The Verse is run by students, for students. If you’re studying at University of Brighton and you’d like to get involved by writing for us or becoming a sub-editor, we welcome you to contact us via email.

The Verse is funded and supported by Brighton Students’ Union.

The views expressed on The Verse online newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of Brighton Students’ Union, its management or employees. For more information or for any enquiries, please contact the Marketing and Communications Team at