If there’s something Brighton isn't short of it's booty shaking, mosh pit quaking, hardcore raving, live music venues. From raucous Friday night rock nights to chilled Sunday afternoon folk sessions, this is a city never lacking in musical talent. 

Get your glad rags on and head down to one of these uber cool indie gig venues ... 

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is a quirky little bar with true indie heart. It’s just off Brighton’s seafront and is fully decked out with local artists work, cool creative types and slush puppy cocktails. It may be small in stature but it more than makes up for it in racaous alternative club and gig nights. There’s live music on most nights of the week with an open DJ night on Thursdays where he who dares can get a whirl at spinning their favourite tracks on the decks. You’ll find all your favourites behind the bar as well as top-notch pizzas from Pizzaface. Truly one of brighton’s best loved gig venues.

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Hailing themselves as Brighton’s No.1 live music venue is the legendary Concorde 2. They’ve hosted some of the world’s biggest artists, from the likes of Foo Fighters to Fatboy Slim. Gigs usually wrap up around 11 with club nights starting shortly after. This really is the venue to party like a rockstar.

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The Marlborough Pub and Theatre is a member of Live Art UK the national network of live Art promoters and presents extraordinary performances by pioneering artists. They work with LGBTQ+ practitioners, with a particular focus on the T & Q. They specialise in the unusual, the unexpected and seek out work that has something to say about contemporary queer life.

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Casablanca Jazz Club is a Brighton institution unto its own. Raved about for its late night live music and heady party nights, you’ll find this lively haunt just off the seafront and regularly packed with students, live music lovers and those looking for a fun-filled time. With two floors of boogieing space and a truckload of drinks deals, we urge you to head down for one of their infamous jazz nights. Scatting and beoping is highly recommended.

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Knocking out up to 14 events a week, The Green Door Store is a mecca for gig goers and clubbers alike. Hidden away under the arches of Brighton railway station, it’s easy to miss this cobbled (heels not advised) underground warehouse. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in swag - think edgy vice types, killer beats, quality DJs and wavey garms.

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Looking like a 1930s gin palace, this rambling Lanes boozer with heady burlesque decor has conspiratorial nooks to neck a few cocktails in. Best of all, they host a jazz night every Tuesday as well as swing, burlesque and boutique DJs hit the decks on the weekend.

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Standing on the humble grounds of its predecessor Audio, Patterns boasts a wonderfully redesigned bar, club and sea-facing terrace. With different cuisines popping up on their recently refitted terrace all Summer, and an array of cocktails, wines, craft & world beers available, you'll want for nothing at this popular seafront venue! Working with promoters and artists on a national & local scale, there's always a cutting edge programme of events to keep Brightonians entertained, from massive gigs to cracking comedy nights.

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A whimsical Irish pub that is sure to put a smile on your face, hearty pub grub grub in yer belly and a tasty brew in hand. They claim to serve the best pint of Guinness in the city, and we would have to agree. They’ve a fab selection of Irish whiskies and host one of Brighton’s biggest street parties every summer. There’s live music every Thursday and for those wanting to rock the mic, a Sham Rock open mic night every Sunday. Fiddlers knows how to show you a craic-ing good time.

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Strikingly similar to the ruin bars from eastern flung Budapest, The Hope & Ruin’s ramshackle decor is oozing with quirky trinkets, mish mash furniture and unique furnishings. From the sign above the door, emblazoned with cabaret lights, to the ethereal fairy-lit tree in the centre, to kooky accents like the washing machine and bathtub sofa, the whole pub appears to embody Brighton’s signature bohemian culture. The Beelzebab kitchen plays along with the theme, a full-size caravan (albeit chopped in half) hosting Brighton’s only vegetarian and vegan kebab shop. The top floor is a 150 capacity gig venue and has attracted headliners from all around the country.

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A melodic music venue in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown that’s hosted some of the biggest artists in the UK. From the likes of Amy Winehouse to The Kooks and Newton Faulkner, some real big hitters have graced Latest’s intimate stage. Down stairs there’s a quaint cabaret bar adorned with twinkling fairy lights that showcases up and coming musicians. Upstairs the swanky restaurant and bar area has regular local bands doing their thang as well as soul, jazz, folk, swing and pretty much any type of music your heart could desire.

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Dating back to the 1930’s The Brunswick’s turret roofs are an eye-catching feature and many of the building’s original features have been restored. This a community pub with music at the heart. There’s state of the art sound and stage equipment and an ever exciting gig line-up, from Folk to Funk there’s something for everyone. Because of the sheer size of the pub there’s numerous local groups that use the space. Acting, singing, painting, dance, language … you name it, they got it. There’s also a ginormous beer garden for lulling away the summer months. A Brighton institution that’s big in size and big in spirit. You don't want to miss their annual Summer Beer Festival. the best local and international brews to be savoured in the fabulous beer garden, and live music to boot.

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The Old Market (or, as locals like to affectionately call it, TOM) is an incredible independent venue with an ever changing line up of live music, theatre, comedy and film nights. They work with local artists, major cultural festivals, independent promoters and esteemed national arts organisations to bring you the best of the best. The venue is owned and managed by two of the city’s most successful artists, the creators of the international smash-hit show STOMP. Check out their upcoming programme and get yourself booked in.

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Down on Brighton’s London Road you’ll find this radical hub of buzzing activities. During the day it’s a cafe-cum-bookshop and in the evenings it makes way for a pumping lineup of local musicians all dedicated to the cause. The Cowley Club differs from the rest as it’s collectively owned and maintained by volunteers striving for social change. There’s an honest bar with tipples such as Freedom stout and Westons Cider and membership is a mere £1. This allows you access to the jam packed line-up of free events.

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Published -23rd September 2019