Live Music in Brighton
From underground dive jaunts and booming bass sounds to cracking seaside whips for live wonderment, Brighton is a cauldron of sound on any given day thanks to our penchant for live music and bands alike. If you have a hankering for the strum of an acoustic while you sip on a cocktail then check out our recommendations for some of the best live music venues in Brighton and discover a wealth of lavish live sounds and sweet underground bands on our seaside shores.
Last updated on 16th February 2017
As well as kicking club nights, The Haunt likes to host a live band or three every week. The quirky Lanes venue invites everyone from Brighton bands to international names onto its stage so keep an eye out for some great live music.
Perfect for those heading on a casual night out in town, The Western has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep punters coming back for more. Not only are there pints and burgers aplenty, stick around for long enough and you'll catch a selection of live sessions in Brighton.
Whoever said that live music need be booming venue bound and doused in rather expensive strobe lights? Certainly not The Black Lion. Taking more to intimacy in a pub environment rather than hoards of screaming so and sos, The Black Lion boasts a chilled out evening of local live music, gypsy Jazz Sundays and the occasional open mic night for those of you that might just fancy taking to the mic yourselves.
Not everyone follows the same musical ilk, and neither do this quirky bunch. Whilst they may be one of Brighton's most unique drinking plots, The Mesmerist is also one the town's most favoured spots for a little off kilter live music. From live swing bands and jazz nights to a jostle with the samba and 1930s style crooning, The Mesmerist boast an ever changing roster of vintage acts and live music.
With the release of their second album Stubborn Sons just around the corner, the New Street Adventure band embark on a UK wide tour, arriving at Brighton's Patterns club in April. Known for their lively, acid-jazz music, the 5-member group will be performing a mix of new material and the most popular songs from their critically acclaimed first album, No Hard Feelings.
Whiskey For The Wounded are a rock back that pride themselves on producing intense, emotive rock songs. Headed by David T.M. Vine, the band will be performing at Brighton's Latest Musicbar. Playing all of their most popular songs, including their new EP called 'A Drop Of Blood In A Bowl Of Milk', the group will be supported by Jonnie And The Vipers and Meg Lawrenson.
Party hearty schmoozing and jazz nights reign supreme in Brighton's Casablanca Jazz Club where glitzy lights and high heels are replaced with basement shindigs and dusty ceilings. Authentic in their nights and local in their musical names, Casablanca Jazz Club keep music in a traditional light, boasting intimate atmospheres and a barrage of sound come sun down.
It's time to up the ante as Gentleman's Dub Club take over Concorde 2 for a massive night of their high-energy tunes. The nine-piece collective will be entertaining party goers this February with their usual upbeat antics.
Simply whisper the name of Green Door Store in Brighton to any live music lover, and you will impress them. This cavernous club is a stalwart on the music scene with acts on pretty much every night; add to that a jumping crowd and you're in for one cracking night.
Another top notch destination for those with indie in their veins, Sticky Mike's Bar are hailed as one of the best live music plots in Brighton. With their name spread all over the Great Escape roster and their gig nights a wholly intimate and bustling affair, Sticky Mike's know no bounds when it comes to the music entertainment they provide, be it heralded American acts to local indie favourites.
This quirky Irish pub loves itself a bit of live music, with everything from traditional folk tunes to Brighton's best indie acts. Set in The Lanes, the pub claims to serve Brighton's best pint of Guinness too - did someone say brilliant night out?!
Ah, something for the more sumptuous of music lovers. You may not have a penchant for rowdy basement bars and guitars strewn across the stage, but how about some of the finest cocktails in Brighton and a smattering of sultry jazz? Host to a selection of live jazz and music every Thursday night, Bohemia slow things down a little for a night of mixology mastery and smooth sounds.
Made up of Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock, Blossoms is a psychedelic band from Manchester that have been inspired by their home city's Britpop heritage. With a handful of records under their belts, the band now embarks on a UK-wide tour, arriving in Brighton on 18th March. Taking over Brighton's Dome venue and playing all their best tracks, the group certain know how to put on a show and have created a reputation for whipping their crowds into uncontrollable frenzies.
Do your musical inclinations lie with a more international flavour? Then why not try the North African wares of The Blue Man. A wholly exotic bar and restaurant in the heart of town, The Blue Man boasts a basement of drapes, curtains and gilded frames where live music is ever in abundance. From Caribbean sounds and live Jazz to independent acts, it's anyone's guess as to who's on the stage next at The Blue Man.
Francesca Fulmini is a up-and-coming hip hop and soul singer based in Brighton. Backed by a stunning 5 piece band and with vocals that have been turning a lot of heads, the songstress will be performing at The Brunswick this March for one night only. Grab your mates, grab a drink and watch as this enchanting performer stuns with her wonderful vocals.