Part of the same complex that houses the Corn Exchange and the Dome Studio (and run by the same people, who also produce the annual Brighton Festival), the Dome Concert Hall (to give it its full title) is the city’s most ornate and historical venue. It’s also the second biggest, so don’t expect intimate encounters with up-and-coming artists. If, by the way, you’re wondering why the biggest venue in Brighton (the Brighton Centre) isn’t featured in this guide, it’s because a) I haven’t been there and b) I’m assured it’s the kind of soulless corporate aircraft hangar that accommodates rubbish like Robbie Williams and X Factor on Ice (if such a monstrosity exists).
Like much of Brighton, it was built during the Regency period (that means just over 200 years ago, kids) and it really is a beautiful space. Acts lined up to appear at the time of writing include John Grant, Mogwai, the London Philharmonic and even Method Man, so that gives you an idea of the breadth of stuff they put on.
And if you don’t want to shell out for any of those, you can sometimes watch the Brighton Philharmonic rehearse for free on Sunday mornings. Even if you’re not big on classical, it’s worth heading down just to sit there and stare at the ceiling for an hour.
29 New Road
Brighton BN1 1UG