Once upon a time this was a Victorian tea rooms. But Concorde 2 has come a long way from its genteel genesis, and over the past 15 years it has evolved into one of the most established live-music venues in the city. As a Great Escape venue it’s not ideal because of its off-the-beaten-track location way down at the eastern end of Madeira Drive on the seafront. Perhaps for this reason, the GTE organisers seem to use it as a holding pen for the teenage emo types, keeping them nicely at arm’s length by sticking all the bands with rubbish haircuts down there.
The rest of the year you’ll find a wide array of artists: from Deerhunter and Public Image Limited to tribute acts for Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters. A lot of artists you assumed were long out of commission also resurface at Concorde 2: looking at the current schedule, they’ve got Stiff Little Fingers, De La Soul, Chas and Dave, Roy Ayres, Gong, The Beat and Throwing Muses lined up. Oh, and Bad Manners always seem to be playing, for some reason.
Gigs here tend to vary drastically in price, from a tenner to £30, and tickets can be bought on the Concorde’s website for collection at the door on the night. When I bought tickets to see Loop here in 2013, one of my party dropped out and the venue’s staff were very accommodating about giving me a refund, so top marks to them for customer service.
Oh and in case you were wondering, the original Concorde was situated on the same stretch, only further west towards the pier, near the Sea Life Centre, but was moved due to redevelopment.
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