In Brighton there are so many amazing places to see live music, whether it’s someone busking in Pavilion Gardens or a local band playing in the vast array of venues. It’s hard to say which venue is the best, but here are a few of our favourites.
THE PRINCE ALBERT
Conveniently located on Trafalgar Street, right by the station, The Prince Albert is not only home to amazing live bands, it’s also home to the iconic Banksy graffiti of two policemen kissing on its wall of fame. With a capacity of 100, it can cater to the needs of new bands making their way up in the Brighton scene. It’s a hub of creativity. Converted from a three-storey town house, it is a typical Brighton property, bursting with character… and stairs.
STICKY MIKE’S FROG BAR
This two-storey venue covers each end of the Brighton spectrum. The upstairs is bright, with ever changing local artwork on its walls, homemade pizzas, arcade machines and mismatching furniture. The downstairs venue, however, has something very different to offer. Its low ceilings and dark walls have housed the most brilliant indie/ underground music, from DJs to comedians to our very own BIMM bands. Sticky Mike’s has live bands most nights of the week.
THE HOPE & RUIN
You can’t miss The Hope when you walk down to the seafront from Brighton Station – and you don’t want to. This 150-person capacity venue offers live music most nights, and is a particular favourite with BIMM Brighton bands, especially for their EP launches and gig swap showcases. Its in-house vegan kitchen and unique interior is a huge draw. The first-floor venue is truly a key spot for Brighton’s music scene. The Hope & Ruin is a gem.
As well as amazing club nights, The Haunt also hosts some brilliant live music. The 300-capacity venue has hosted big names such as; PWR BTTM, Foster the People, Palma Violets and Hot Chip. It is an old screening room of a converted cinema and it harks back to it’s past with a raised stage & floor to ceiling screen used during its club nights. The first-floor mezzanine and balcony area is a great escape from the crowds below.
This classic Victorian building located on Madeira Drive holds so much history. Originally a tea room, then a bikers cafe, then an amusement arcade, before its transformation into the venue we know and love today. It may be a slight trek to reach it but to experience this legendary venue is totally worth it. The likes of, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Jarvis Cocker, Macabees and The Gossip have performed in this prestigious venue.