Music Venues in Brighton
Looking to track down the best music venues in Brighton? Our city’s musical scene is the envy of our neighbours across the south coast, with globe-trotting headline acts and the rising stars of the future alike stopping by to deliver a set by the seaside. Read on for our picks for the recommended venues for live music in Brighton & Hove.
Pegged as the “most unconventional bar in the Lanes”, The Mesmerist brings a dash of vintage glamour to the city with its 1930s gin palace touches. Famed for its racy burlesque performances, the venue is also an ideal Brighton bar with live music, specialising in vintage and revival inspired acts that run from Sunday through to Thursday.
The feel good vibes flow seamlessly through Patterns' two floors and out on to the terrace. It’s a place for drinking and eating, but you’ll mostly want to visit for a breathless dance floor workout. The Ground Floor fronts a hand-built DJ booth from Bad Habits, the basement features a L’Acoustics sound system and the terrace welcomes collaborators and promoters all year round. Resident DJs keep this place bouncing 7 days a week.
Fusing raucous club nights with an exciting roster of live performances, The Haunt is another of our favourite multi-purpose venues in Brighton. The stage here has been graced by the likes of The XX, 2manydjs, Rizzle Kicks and Foster The People, and their It Is Still 1985 club night brings in retro-lovers from around Sussex every Saturday evening.
Irish favourite Fiddler’s Elbow isn’t just the spot to get a pint of Guiness, it’s also a lively pub with a spirited live music schedule. Stop in on Saturday if you’re in town for a DJ night or come to one of their regular gigs, with live acts performing to a bouyant crowd into the night 4 days of the week.
Another cracking little spot for live music in Brighton can be found on Middle Street. Dressed in artwork from homegrown creatives, Sticky Mike’s is an indie institution that regularly welcomes Brighton’s most promising up-and-coming bands to their live music space downstairs. Stop by for slush puppy cocktails, pizza for a fiver and a hearty singalong.
Looking for your live music fix on Queen’s Road? The Hope and Ruin is your calling card; dedicating its upstairs floor to the sweet sounds of live music every day of the week. Scoff a pre-gig hot dog, get settled with a couple of beers and enjoy a varied programme of live performers in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
A regular on the tour sheet for some of the world’s greatest bands, Concorde 2 is an outstanding location for live music in Brighton. Labelled “the perfect venue” by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, this 600-capacity seaside venue impresses with its scintillating light displays and L’Acoustics sound system. From tranquil acoustic sets to breathless drum n bass evenings, Concorde 2’s diverse range of live music events has something for all tastes.
You’ll find another of the best music venues in Brighton underneath the railway station. The Green Door Store is a hub of fun-time vibes and pulsing gigs, it’s always free entry and the venue can host anywhere up to 14 events per week.