Concorde 2 is a brilliant music venue/nightclub along Brighton’s seafront, underneath the arches on Madeira Drive. It’s a bit of a trek to get to if you’re used to hopping from place to place in the centre of town, but it’s well worth the wander up there. Most of the big names in indie pop and rock play here when they come to Brighton, which makes it one of the coolest venues around.
It may not look much from the outside (or from the inside for that matter), but the acoustics are always spot-on and the atmosphere at gigs is great. Most of the bands that play at Concorde are excited to be there and feel really nostalgic towards the place which always comes across in their performances. The best band I’ve seen here was Alabama 3 who are playing again on May 3rd – they put on an incredible show and their fantastically mad wannabe-cowboy fans LOVE them, which made for one of the best gig experiences I’ve ever had.
As well as live music, they also hold crazy drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep nights that go on until about 6am. I went to one of these as a student and rapidly decided it REALLY wasn’t my cup of tea, but everyone else seemed to be having great fun. So, if you’re into that kind of thing, definitely give Concorde’s nights a go!