Brighton is a compact and modern city that hardly needs to prove its credentials when it comes to the live music scene. Alternative and independent music venues continue to thrive in the current market, amongst the likes of the big boys, such as: The Brighton Centre and Brighton Dome.
Which ones should you get down to and make some noise? We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive guide showcasing the best of the best.
Situated in a prime spot just down from the station, The Hope and Ruin is a trendy 150-capacity space that is becoming increasingly popular. The bar/live music venue set across two floors is inspired by Eastern European watering holes and is decorated entirely out of found objects and gig posters.
Tucked under the secretive location of the railway arches is Brighton’s best kept secret: Green Door Store. Playing host to the best new bands on the block, it’s free entry after 11pm and Wednesday is the night to get yourself down to the weekly club night ‘Meet The Sloths’, featuring a live band at midnight and DJ set.
Bleach on London Road is also a popular choice for young indie upstarts, located above a favoured burrito restaurant. It’s a venue that looks set to become a rite of passage for many new bands in the future and we couldn’t think of a more perfect place.
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on Middle Street encompasses the intimate venue setting that many a gig goer craves and comes complete with sticky floor and a sound system to rival that of many long-established venues in their prime.
Patterns (formerly known as Audio) is run by the Mothership Group who also operate a number of venues in London. The gig space has one of the best layouts in the city, with an area that guarantees everyone a good view and a great time; you won’t leave disappointed. After the gig has ended, check out the other levels where you can find a ping pong table and a vintage style photo booth to take snaps with your pals in.
Another venue to get your teeth into is that of Concorde 2, which consistently draws in the big names and big noise. With a prime seafront location, it’s a bit of a trek to get to but is more than worth it. The unique venue is an aesthetically pleasing beauty but it’s not the place to go if you’re on the hunt for a locally sourced brew.
The 400-capacity space of Komedia is nestled into the heart of Brighton’s infamous North Laine and has become a destination in its own right. The sound of the venue is well suited to acoustic gigs; however, the low ceiling makes for an impressive intimate gig for more established artists too.
Unless you’re at the front, be prepared for the limited view you’ll receive as the stage is only a couple of feet high. The charm of the venue won’t be lost on anyone, it may attract more of a mature audience at times but be certain that you’ll still find punters at the front willing to mosh and spill their drinks.
The final venue you most certainly need in your life is everyone’s favourite: The Haunt. What used to be a cinema has since been converted into the popular nightclub/live music venue. Drinks are a tad overpriced but it’s something that can be overlooked.
The balcony that practically overhangs the stage is a prime spot to catch up and coming bands and already established artists. Regular club nights at the venue are also a hit with Secret Discotheque on Thursday nights and It Is Still 1985 on Saturday nights. There’s something for everyone.