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A Music Lover’s Guide to Brighton
Image Credit: Ideas Alchemist, Prince Albert Pub, Brighton

A Music Lover’s Guide to Brighton

11 June 2017 | Will Rathbone

If music be the food of love, head to Brighton. There you’ll find a smorgasbord of venues programming local artists alongside international stars. Folk, indie, hip hop, soul, R&B, rock, electronic, dub/reggae, dance – you name it, Brighton’s got it. There’s a serious scene here, and we’ve rounded up some of the finest places to get in on the act.

Concorde 2

A little way down Brighton Marina lies Concorde 2, a legendary Brighton venue. Hosting everything from all-day reggae festivals to all-night drum and bass raves, the hottest new bands to legends of rock, Concorde 2 is an institution. The sound is second to none, the atmosphere is always lively, the programming is on point and there are so many memories wrapped up in this phenomenal venue that the buzz is palpable as soon as you approach along the seafront. It’s the reigning monarch of music in Brighton.


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Concorde 2 can be found at Madeira Drive, BN2 1EN
 
The Prince Albert

The Prince Albert is a proper, poky pub tucked underneath Brighton station, with a stage upstairs that’s as sweaty a room as you’ll ever find. Sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? The list of acts to have performed here is as long as the queue for the bar and The Kooks, Maccabees and Royal Blood are just a few of the acts to have squeezed into the venue and sent crowds wild and floorboards sagging. There’s even a giant original Banksy on the wall outside – that’s how special this place is.
 
The Prince Albert can be found at 48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED
 
Green Door Store

A relative newcomer to the scene, Green Door Store has been programming a diverse range of club nights and live bands since its inception in 2011. Located under the railway arches – a few paces away from the aforementioned Albert – it’s a hub for great atmosphere and fantastic music. The acts are of an underground nature, but quality is guaranteed and local label Tru Thoughts also hosts a monthly party, Sonic Switch, which is always worth a trip. 


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The Green Door Store can be found at 2-4 Trafalgar Arches, underneath Brighton Station, BN1 4FQ
 
Rose Hill Tavern

The Rose Hill Tavern is a cultural hub. Run by musicians and artists, they operate a not-for-profit and independent organisation that prides itself on its first-class sound system and its commitment to paying the artists who perform a fair fee. The staff are friendly, the artists are hand-picked from across the UK, and the whole vibe is full of musicians and right on. It’s a growing organisation with exciting projects in the pipeline – so now’s the perfect time to pay a visit, become a local and join the family.


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The Rose Hill Tavern can be found at 70-71 Rosehill Terrace, BN1 4JJ
 
The Haunt

The sound system at The Haunt is one of the finest in town, and it’s what turns this already-cool venue into a must-visit location for fans of music. The programming gives equal billing to club nights and live acts – Beach House, Wild Beasts and Tune-Yards have all played there previously – and the location itself is a stunner. Set in a former cinema opposite Brighton Pier, the stage is vast, the decor impeccable and the atmosphere nice and rowdy. 
 
The Haunt can be found at 10 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJ
 
The Mesmerist

The Mesmerist, tucked away in the South Lanes, features the occasional jazz trio or acoustic duo, but really they’re all about the club nights. Consistently excellent DJs are a regular feature of this venue and if you’re in need of a good dance to some soul or swing – and who doesn’t every now and again? – The Mesmerist will cater for you.
 
The Mesmerist can be found at 1-3 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HE
 
The Verdict

If jazz is your thing, The Verdict is the place to head. A proper jazz bar, with only 60-odd seats – all unreserved – this venue enthusiastically programmes the finest jazz players you’ve never heard of. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside the jazz is popping, the musicians are channelling and there’s some serious heat happening.


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The Verdict can be found at 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB
 
The Old Market

The Old Market (which may well be in Hove but we’re including it anyway, ’cause it’s so damn good) is a gorgeous venue that programmes some of the finest jazz acts alongside some bigger names and a whole host of theatre and comedy. The venue is beautiful and the acoustics lend themselves well to an immersive listening experience. It’s a little out of town, but well worth the walk and if a band you love is playing there, definitely go and watch. It’s a venue that brings out the best in artists.


 
The Old Market can be found at 11a Upper Street, Hove, BN3 1AS
 
Resident Records

Although it’s not strictly a venue, Resident Records is the number one place for buying music. Properly independent, and with a wonderful community feel, the people at Resident will happily chat to you about music for hours – recommending bands, suggesting gigs and generally proving excellent company. Their comprehensive gig listings are an invaluable guide to seeing what’s on in Brighton, and their store in the North Lanes is a treasure trove for vinyl lovers.
 
Resident Records can be found at 28 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, BN1 4AL
 

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