“ Madeira Drive, Brighton. „
I'm lucky enough to live in Brighton, and i've done a lot of work in the music industry, so i've been to the Concorde2 several times.
I have to be honest i much prefer working with the venue as a promoter than visiting as an audience member, but that's only down to the prices! The Concorde2 is an excellent venue however; as usual i'll split my review into sections and hopefully give you a good idea of why i consider it to be a good venue.
The Concorde2 is situated on Madeira Drive, on the seafront. It's a beautiful setting for a venue and has no other venue or building close to it (just a small cafe and volleyball complex).
Although the location is undoubtedly beautiful, it is a little out of the way and a good 5-10 minute walk from kemp town, or 10-12 minutes from the centre of town. It's very easy to find though and is very easy to get a taxi to.
For bands it's also very good as it's easy to find and has plenty of room for vans, coaches and for loading in equipment through the back door.
The venue itself is essentially made up of two connected rooms; the entrance leads to the first, and smaller of the two rooms, which houses the bar and the cloakroom. The first room has great views of the sea and has a long bar, which means you don't have to queue four or five people back. The second room, which is the main venue is very impressive - it houses the stage, another smaller bar, the sound desk, toilets and the dance floor. The stage is incredible, it's around 1M high and is a good 8-10 feet deep, and around 20 feet wide. It has a fantastic lighting rig, which is very impressive, and the sound is excellent - particularly for rock bands. The main room has a ballroom feel to it and is really impressive; holding approx 500 people.
Concorde2 is pretty much exclusively a live music venue, and usually has an excellent range of top and mid-range touring bands. Over the last 12 months their listings have included a secret sell-out Foo Fighter show, and just in the next few weeks they have The Bluetones, The Fall, The Great Escape, Wolf Parade and The Damned.
You can basically guarantee they'll be at least a handful of top bands worth paying to see every single month without fail. It's this level of touring bands which means the venue has to have such top-notch sound, lighting and staging.
This is the only real issue with the venue, it is expensive - tickets usually range from around £7.50 to £25.00 depending on the band and drinks at the venue really aren't cheap; usually around £3 for a can of Red Stripe. It has to be said however that Brighton isn't a particularly cheap place to live and Concorde2's prices are fairly indicative of the City as a whole.
Overall the Concorde2 is an excellent venue and if you're planning on visiting Brighton and you're a fan of live music, check out their listings before you go - you might well find something you'll like.
I moved to Brighton 3 months ago and have just discovered the pleasures of the concorde II. They have bands playing very regularly. I saw Asian Dub Foundation play there which was one of the best nights of my life. The Concorde is not very big and the stage is about on metre off the ground but the DJ's play some thumping tunes and some really good mixes. The bar prices are average. There is always a good crowd in there and fights are rare. I would recommend that you go and see some bands play here or go to some of the club nights, they are a good laugh and loads of fun is always guaranteed. It is also a lot cheaper than a lot of the other clubs in Brighton!