The striking design fuses together the city’s love of music with Brighton’s colourful and vibrant landscape – featuring charming illustrations of a street busker and his dog, musical instruments, and iconic landmarks.
Designed by local illustrator, Gary Fever of Identity Group, who said: “This was a great project to work on. It was fantastic the bus company gave us a lot of freedom to come up with something fun and creative. We hope the Brighton community and bus customers enjoy it”.
The number and variety of gigs in the city has never been greater – and popular with students – so the new Music Bus is a good fit for route 25 which serves the two universities and Brighton BIMM, now named the British and Irish Modern Music Institute.
We’ve been working with Brighton BIMM and will be launching a competition to their students in which entrants will be asked to compose a piece of ambient music and the winning entry will be played on the Music Bus.”
The launch of the bus also marks the start of Brighton Digital Festival with a “Hello Music Bus” project. In partnership with London based Pan Studio UK who create experimental digital games, a text message platform for play will invite people to strike up a conversation with the Music Bus from anywhere in the city.
Ben Barker of Pan Studio said: “This project is all about bringing to life the day-to-day objects of our city. We’re really excited to be working with Brighton & Hove Buses and the Music Bus as the two projects have such a great fit. Both aim to bring fun, surprise and tap into people’s curiosity. We can’t wait to see how Brighton responds.”
Look out for posters – or follow @brightonhovebus – for more information.