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 guitar 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 3rd August 2017
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.
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.
A Brighton institution, Brighton Music Hall is a music lover's paradise with acts performing daily. As well as a roaring roster of local talent, the bar hosts cabaret evenings, serves delicious comfort food and has a great selection of a craft beer.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reggae and Ska legend U Roy turns his attention to Komedia this August, performing all his biggest tracks and collaborations in front of Brighton's many live music fans. With the support of Robotics mixed by Mad Professor, this live music event promises to pull in crowds from across the South of England.
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.