City Guide: Brighton

Brighton is one of the UK’s best-loved towns. The seaside resort has a reputation for being a refuge for the liberal and is very LGBT friendly, it also is home to loads of amazing venues, bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and loads more. Every May, Brighton finds itself host to The Great Escape Festival, and over 400 new artists descend on the town for a three-day celebration of new music. If you’re heading there for TGE or any other reason, here’s what we recommend checking out. 

Where to catch some live music. 


FKA Audio this venue is a real hub for live music. There’s “Upstairs” which is a nice big bright performance area complete with significant outdoor space on the sea facing terrace. Downstairs is a blacked-out nightclub kind of vibe with nifty lights and a quality sound system. Up & coming acts specialising in all sorts of genres could get their start here on the south coast, no better place to do so.

Concorde 2

This 600 cap venue has been putting on shows for over 21 years, some legendary acts have played here and they’ve been keeping up with the times: boasting what they say is “the best sound and lighting system in Brighton.” Is this true? Only one way to find out…

The Haunt

This is an incredibly dynamic multi-purpose venue space. The Haunt is the main screening room of an old converted cinema consisting of a large main room with a raised staging area, bar & big screen, overlooked by a mezzanine level floor with balcony & upstairs bar.

They really nail the music too; 2manydjs, Rizzle Kicks, Foster The People, Wild Beasts, Palma Violets, Peace and many more have graced the stage.

There’s a hell of a lot more where that came from. The Great Escape Festival illustrates this more than anything else; there are 34 different venue spaces and that’s not including The Brighton centre/arena or Dome, The two biggest venues in the town.

Where to wet your whistle. 

The Hope & Ruin

This is a really funky spot for a drank. The indoor aesthetic frankly, is bananas. Don’t worry though, the dodgey decor is deliberate, there’s old fashioned televisions, PC monitors, tape recorders, telephones and much more stuck to the walls. This spot also does bangin food and there’s a gig space upstairs too. It can be chaotic but that’s why it’s a legendary Brighton bar.

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

Famous for a whole host of things including late night events, live music etc. But besides all that its a bloody brilliant boozer with one of the best bevvie selections in Brighton. 

“From slush puppy cocktails to organic bottled beers, chilled lagers and draft ale. There’s something for everyone… even quality bottles of fizz to suit all budgets.”

Where to carry on the party. 


The biggest nightclub in Brighton, variety is the name of the game here. There are 3 very different club rooms and 3 different themed bars. If you don’t have a good time here… your just no fun, no two-ways about it.


Right on the water – Known for their raucous late nightclub events, premium DJ names and riff ready gig nights. Nothing like a blast of cold sea air when exiting a sweaty nightclub at 5am … the dream.

Where to fill your stomach. 

Hit up Bagelman where you can build your own or enjoy one of their delicious classic bagels – cheap and cheerful.


Burger Brothers 

TicketWeb Quote: “The onion relish is killer”. Here’s a picture of Fat Boy Slim about to enjoy his Burger Brothers burger. It’s got his seal of approval, what more do you need?


Hidden gems. 

There’s absolutely nothing “Hidden” about Brighton Palace Pier but it certainly deserves a mention. There’s ample amusements to get involved with but an underrated attraction in our opinion is the recently souped-up Dolphin Derby game. Give it a go it’s a good laugh and only costs you a pound.

Local bands, you need to hear. 

You better believe all of these awesome acts will be playing The Great Escape 2017. Brighton breeds bands like it’s no one’s bizniz. Check em out:

The Magic Gang

Our Girl

Dream Wife

Blood Red Shoes



The Great Escape festival really is the best way to experience Brighton whether you’re a music lover or not. There’s an unreal buzz about the place, one that needs to be experienced to be believed. Get your tickets at: ticketweb.co.uk/greatescape.

Grab tickets for all upcoming shows in Brighton at www.ticketweb.co.uk/brighton 

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