The Cowley Club
2 London Rd, Brighton, BN1 4JA
This anarchist social centre is the place to be for a low cost, rough-and-ready night out. Aside from their daytime café, at night the alternative music scene is brought to life. From heavy metal and screamo to alt-acoustic and hyperpop, there’s a night for everybody. Most gigs are donation entry and it’s a cash-only venue, so don’t forget your change!
Hope and Ruin
11-12 Queens Rd, Brighton, BN1 3WA
Hope and Ruin is one of the most popular venues for independent artists in Brighton, and around the world, to showcase their talent. Most nights come at a reasonable cost, ranging from around £5 to £20. They also serve delicious vegan food by BEELZEBAB downstairs, which makes for a great pre-gig meal.
13 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ
Famously, or infamously, this venue is often recognised as a popular club for students in Brighton. Yet, showcasing performances from the likes of Tom Jones, YUNGBLUD, and Big Thief, this venue hosts a diverse array of artists while promoting local talent, too. Ticket prices vary from £10 to £40. A great spot for a pricier but perhaps more memorable experience.
286A Madeira Dr, Brighton, BN2 1EN
A small club with a grungy interior providing a vast range of music, ranging from hardcore techno to acoustic gigs. Showing some prominent figures from the British music scene, this venue offers gigs from £6-£35 depending on what you’re looking for. Great for a very energetic and bustling atmosphere in a quirky seafront venue.
Green Door Store
2,3, 4 Trafalgar Arches, Brighton, BN1 4FQ
Green Door Store is, by word of mouth, the most popular venue in Brighton for up-and-coming artists. The people, prices and atmosphere are consistently top-quality and diverse. It offers a range of genres and low prices. This libertarian space is home to the alternative scene of Brighton and is known all around the nation as a top-quality venue.
The Prince Albert
48 Trafalgar St, Brighton, BN1 4ED
The Prince Albert is renowned for its quirky exterior and amazing PA system, bringing you quality sound from all the upcoming artists in the area. All genres at an affordable price, this venue has hosted some now world-famous bands. For 160 years this pub has brought Brighton some of the best; even Fatboy Slim made an impromptu visit recently, so it’s one to keep an eye on.
Kings Rd, Brighton, BN1 2GR
The Brighton Centre is a larger and more up-market experience, showing more established artists in the music scene. This upcoming year they’re hosting bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club, IDLES and Elbow. Although the building lacks character and is relatively expensive, it offers a spacious stage and ample capacity to enjoy performances by some of your favourite artists.