The Hope Bar: Formerly The Polar Bar
Luke Jones was followed by The Diagonals - not my kinda thing really - a bit too heavy, but very popular and well supported by the crowd, and by the time they came on there was "quite" a crowd. I'm not sure what the capacity is for this venue but there was still plenty of space at 10.30pm. Entry is £4.
Dress Code: Anything
Corncorde 2: Home to Fat Boy
Set on Maderia Drive, right on the seafront this medium sized club ( especially for Brighton you can always know you will have a blindin' night. The Corncorde2 offers live music anything from Peaches, The Streets, Bad Manners to name a few to some top quality DJ nights ie Positive Sound System, Mr Scruff ( every month ), Skint records nights and of course the 1 and only Fat Boy Slim, resident of Hove ( actually ).
It consists of 2 main rooms, 1 with the bar and " chill out " and the main stage room, which for Brighton, isn't too small and other back rooms where I've never quite sussed out yet!
Dress Code: Errrrrrrm, there isn't one, anything goes which I like.
Concorde2: Concorde 2 - More Loos for the Ladies!
' Gili_S ' recently commented that I hadn't mentioned Concorde2 in my Brighton Tips - So here goes.
Concorde2 is a venue that seems to put on quirkier, more alternative rock based bands.The venue also seems to be supportive of Reggae and ska too.
So far, so cool.
The last few gigs I saw there, were 'Frank Black', 'The Kills' and KB's band 'Fuji Heavy' supporting Pere Ubu - The sound at the first two, was quite frankly appalling, luckily for the Fujis, it was better for their set. I ended up in the bar at the first two gigs gigs, where I could see the stage on the monitor (I know I'm a 'shortarse' but it really is tricky!) -.
You can spend an age trying to get served at the bar and another age waiting to go to the loo There is some graffiti on the wall in the ladies, in the spot where you have to 'wait and jig', saying 'more loos for the ladies' or similar - I could not agree more!.
Get your spot near the front of the stage early (or not, if you value your eardrums). I'm sorry, but I sigh a little sigh when I see that someone who I want to see play, is appearing at this venue.
I appreciate that running a venue these days is not the easiest of jobs - and the efforts of the promoters of Concorde2 are doing a good job of bringing us some quality acts. I just wish there was a quality sound to compliment (not forgetting the toilets) ; )
Dress Code: Gig wear (maybe bring stilts for short people?)
Have a drink and go to the loo before you go!
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Revenge: Open seven nights a week
Revenge is know as one of the UK's top gay clubs, a magnet for lesbians and gay men from all over the world. It is not always easy to get in, if you are not one of them. But it is really worth to arrange it somehow bec. of the good music (different on different floors). I had a chance to go with a rugby team and the guards at the door let us in, as some of the girls were lesbians and knew the guards.
Every time I left my beer somewhere while dancing somebody took it ! And this was the first time when I saw also men queuing in front of the toilets ! (in front of the women's toilets I have to say). Nevertheless, these men were very gallant, saying "You go first, I go after you" :) as if they really enjoyed waiting in front of the ladies' loo, improving their make-up in the meanwhile
One more thing why I recommend this place is, that nobody bothered us ! They would not notice even if we were lying down half-naked, the gay men would just step over us :) Really great place to go dancing ! At the same time you can watch the nice bodies, that the gay man usually have :)
Dress Code: Coat and tie not required, right.
The Lectern: Irish Pub
The lectern is a definate fantastic local pub! a great buzz when you're in there, plenty of people to talk to, and every week theres also live music from a local band around brighton and they're pretty good too!!
Quiz nights are a fond favourite as well, with wicked prizes normally especially for the poor student !!!
Komedia: Brighton's Coolest Venue?
'Komedia is the best thing that has happened to Brighton' - Joanne Good BBC Southern Counties.
Everyone loves the Komedia which presents comedy, innovative theatre & live music in the heart of the North Lanes. The acclaimed basement cabaret bar plays host to a range of hugely popular regular events including Krater Comedy Club, Treason Show and Voodoo Vaudeville, as well as a world, acoustic, jazz, folk & more discerning rock musi, not forgetting bizarre and wonderful cabaret happenings.
On the first floor, a stylish, flexible theatre and cabaret space welcomes the world's most acclaimed small to mid-scale touring theatre companies, as well as headline comedians and cabaret performers.
The upstairs theatre and cabaret bar is where I often find myself. Shows including super-talented and original multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett (pictured Aug 2010) who plays amazingly dextrous blues, neo-spanish, jazz, rock and folk with great humour and aplomb and Palo Flamenco (also pictured & review below). The venue provides a bar food menu.
Wild Willy Barrett Website : http://www.musiczoo.co.uk/
Palo Flamenco, featuring the award winning dancer Andres (wow that stare!) Pena and one of Granadas finest singers Antonio Campos (good) marry the music of the Basque countryside with the bold dance beat of Andalusian gypsies. (Can't remember the name of the guitarrist, sorry). They were were joined onstage by the twin Gomez sisters and their Basquetxalapartapercussion. I have seen theses charming and amazing sisters perfrom before. Although rather brilliant, I can't say I can sit through too much of their art for too long. When their rhythms blended with the palmas and foodtstomping of the flamencos, it worked well, but I found myself drifting during their solo piece.I enjoyed the dancing of barcelona's Andres Pena and Antonios voice reaches the parts that flamenco singing should!
Dress Code: Varied, according to the event.
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Walkabout: Aussie Bar!
Walkabout it an Australian Bar where when theres a live sporting event, it will be shown, and will generally have quite a competitive air to the game, especially when the six-nations Rugby is on, and its England vs Australia!
During the night, the lights go out and drinks get cheap, and the DJ struts his stuff and makes everyone get up and dance all night long..... well until the bar closes.....
Thursdays is Spank Student night which means that there are lots of fun and games on the stage when people participate in order to win money and champagne. Drinks at the bar are also reasnably cheap, with some bottles being ?1.50 or so.
At weekends theres an entrance fee of ?2 or so, which isnt bad. Fridays and Saturdays have a live band until around 11,30pm, which usually fills the bar up quite a bit...
Dress Code: No dress requirements as such, but smarter gear would prob be prefered rather than scruffs!!
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Grand Central: Brighton bar
Busy bar serving great food (up until 6pm) right next to Brighton station. Very Very crowded on a Friday night but it all adds to the fun and great atmosphere.
This is a nightlife tip rather than a restaurant tip but as we ate there too I can recommend the food - steak and chips for the carnivores and wild mushroom risotto for the veggies. No puds served here - it's not that kind of place. Dinner with wine/soft drinks came to roughly £12 each.
Dress Code: Anything trendy/casual
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Paradox: Do you like blood?
Last time i went here someone got bottled and bled all over us. The student nights at the Event over the road mean that everyone here has been turned away from there for being too drunk or too crazy.
Bad fake tans, wideboys and pikeys and it plays terrible " urban " music all night.
Dress Code: No trainers , no class
Temple Bar: Temple Bar
Vaguely Irish themed pub ( named after the one in Dublin) unusually for a pub on Western Road it doesn't really cater for the pub to club crowd. This means that even on a saturday night you don't get a DJ or any music at all ,so you can go in and have a pint and watch the Spanish Football in all it's big haired glory, which we like very much.
Also opens early on Sundays for fry ups and lunchtime football which is nice.
Dress Code: No
Barfly: The Gloucester
A spacious underground venue at The Gloucester is the very popular Barfly gig venue. Ticket prices vary according to the who's playing and students get a £1 discount. Drinks here were cheaper than other places too.
We saw the amazingly talented David Ford and had a spot right at the front of the stage (as usual) and enjoyed every minute - especially when they turned off the air-con!
Check the website for current gig listings.
Dress Code: Anything
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The Real Music Club: The Real Music Club
"Real Music Club is a regular event which showcases the best of Brightons up-and-coming bands and artists, as well as a few established 'names' from these parts. We are rapidly becoming The Place for scouting new talent in all styles of music be it rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, musical theatre etc. Come and join our friendly crowd for an interesting and entertaining evening out".
Friendly, chilled, intimate, interesting and cheap - What more could you want from a local venue.
8 -12 pm - See website for up and coming shows. *Check RMC website for latest venue* (Sept 07)
Pictured, my old mate Gregg McKella's band, who I sometimes add the odd backing vocal for.
Paradise 9 play original and highly energetic material mixing psychedelic rhythms and punk commitment, plus a bit of a folksy feel thrown for good measure – could be described as Joe Strummer meets Hawkwind.
Dress Code: The madder, the better.
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Corn Exchange: A More Civilised Venue
One of my favourite venues in Brighton, has to be the Corn Exchange. This venue was built at the same time as the Dome Concert Hall and was originally the Prince Regent's riding house.
The Corn Exchange was lovingly restored as part of the recent Brighton Dome refurbishment project. It is now a unique and versatile venue with a magnificent single span of arched ceiling and a sprung maple flooring.
The last time I went to there, it was to see the very wonderful Yo La Tengo The venue is arranged in such a way, that you can stand near the front of the stage if you fancy it, or sit in the raised seating area just behind, which gives you a clear view of the stage and as you are just behind the mixing desk, you also get a good sound. We opted for the latter and could have happily sat there all night, just as well they did a really long set!
The venue often offers workshops with visiting dance companies during the day.
Highly recommended for most events.
Dress Code: Depends what's on, but mostly casual.
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Brighton Center: Large Venue for Touring Bands
"The Brighton Centre and The Hove Centre form one of the largest conference and entertainment facilities in the South of England, with a varied programme of concerts, major conferences, trade exhibitions and public events staged all year round".
The Brighton Center is a large, rather soul-less, sterile venue and conference facility on the sea front.
The main hall, is where I found myself, a friend and three very excited 10 year olds for an Avril Lavigne gig last year.
Tickets were £22, we didn't have to queue much, and it was not over-crowded. There is a bar and cafe (chips and snacks), so pretty kiddie friendly.
Avril rocked for her small fans (who have to sit on the balconies if they are under 14) with renditions of her hits (which she looked rather bored of playing) and latest album. She seemed to enjoy playing her solo at the piano songs the most. There are large screens provided, but the small people could see ok. I managed to sneak off and take some pics on my zoom lens. The sound was better than the last gig I went to there.
I quite enjoyed it in the end. Btter than most teen music for sure!
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Oceana.: So many different themes in one venue.
Oceana is part of a big chain of clubs/bars in England. Formerly on the site where The event 2 nightclub was, the site is easily accessible and slap bang in the middle of the city. Inside the club you'll be spoilt for choice. I think there's 7 rooms. There's a different theme for each room you go in, and they're all themed to a town or city from various countries. For example, you have the New York disco room, with it's retro style. Then you have the ice house, themed from Iceland, Tahiti bar, Monte Carlo bar and so on and so on. The club only recently opened after a 6 million pound workload to make it the premier place to be in Brighton. It's a commercial club, playing your usual styles of music from chart, dance, garage etc. in the ice house and retro old skool disco in New York room. In the bars you'll find chilled vibes and other beats. The muusic does get a bit more banging in the main room as the night moves on. Sometimes hearing some drum n bass and harder trance/house. It's a honey haven, meaning thhe paradise for sinlge blokes as Brighton has one of the highest woman to men ratios in the country. Throught the week days i think it's over 18's in the main parts of the club but over 20's in the disco. Fridays and saturdays over 20's in the club and over 23's in the disco.
Dress Code: No trainers, smart casual allowed, but make an effort. I don't think they like sportswear either and definately no caps.