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Wednesday 24 October 2018

Brighton's Best Small Music Venues Revealed On Interactive Map

Brighton is renowned for its live music scene and is home to some of the UK's most iconic small venues. Now, you can discover these in one place on an interactive map.
40 Shillings @ Prince Albert by Andy Sturmey

The map is designed to save musicians and gig-goers time in finding the best live music venues near them.
It features several of the city's cultural institutions, such as the Hope & Ruin and Komedia, and contains such information as capacity, contact details and which venues provide a backline.
It also features some interesting 'Did You Know' trivia, notable acts who've played in specific venues as well as unique insights from venue spokespeople.
Sally Oakenfold, creative director at The Hope & Ruin, said: 

"The Hope & Ruin has a long history of hosting gigs. The Strokes, Adele, James Bay and Dua Lipa have all played here over the years. 

"It has also supported hundreds of local bands and artists and continues to do so. Coming up we have shows from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and Weakened Friends among others.  

40 Shillings on the Drum - The Early Days (RawSound TV Performance)

"However, every show is important to us and is the lifeblood of what we do.
"Small music venues are crucial places where creativity can flourish. 

"Without them, bands will have nowhere to take that first step on the ladder. 

"There will be nowhere for musicians to be inspired or meet other musicians, and the eco system will not survive.
"We need everyone to think about the whole engine of the music industry and address the fact that, without a starter motor, it just won't work."
Nobody is more aware of the importance of the UK's live music venues than the Labour MP John Spellar. 

Mr Spellar's 'Agent of Change' Bill to save live venues from closure gained public backing from Paul McCartney and Billy Bragg among others.
Since Mr Spellar took the Bill to Parliament, the government has incorporated it into planning guidance for local authorities, meaning any new developments such as flats must be integrated effectively with existing facilities such as music venues.
Mr Spellar said: "This map highlights why the UK's vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over. Quite simply, these venues make our country a more attractive destination.
"The most famous musicians of all time have started out at some of these iconic venues and it's vital that people continue to support them. Otherwise, the future of live music is in danger.
"The support for Agent of Change has been fantastic and the Bill's success presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of musical talent to emerge.
"Local councils must use the power they've now been given to back British music."
To explore the map in full, visit

by: Mike Cobley


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