and we pay a little visit to the concorde 2 in Brighton
MADEIRA SHELTER HALL, MADEIRA DR, BRIGHTON, BN2 1EN SOPHIE MCKAY, VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
HEY! COULD YOU TELL US THE STORY BEHIND CONCORDE 2?
“It all began with the original Concorde, that was located just down the road, until 2000, then Concorde 2 was opened in a larger and far more unique space. Concorde 2 is a classic Victorian building, originally used as tea rooms in the 1800’s.then, in the 1960’s it became a notorious bikers café, and in the 1970’s an amusement arcade, before it was transformed into all it’s current glory.”
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING AT A MUSIC VENUE?
“It’s great! Being a part of everything that goes in to making the show happen at the venue, and seeing it unfold on the night, is really amazing. I’ve also discovered so much new music I potentially wouldn’t have thought to listen to.we have a playlist full of artists that are set to play here and we have it going all the time – it is never boring.”
HOW INTEGRAL IS THE VENUE TO THE MUSIC SCENE IN BRIGHTON?
“Concorde 2 has now been running for 17 years and is the only venue of its capacity (600) in Brighton. Because of that, we’re lucky enough to get a mixture of exciting new artists, along with established bands looking to do slightly smaller, more intimate shows. It’s been the perfect stepping stone for so many bands, such as Wolf Alice, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, PVRIS,THE Dillinger Escape Plan and Alabama Shakes. All those bands are now selling out huge venues.”
FOR YOU, WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BEST ROCK GIGS TO HAPPEN IN THE VENUE?
“Foo Fighters – of course! They played two really intimate shows here, which was really special.after the first show, they said they’d like to come back, and they did! This time as The Holy Shits.there were huge crowds outside – it was a very surreal moment.the Dillinger Escape Plan played Concorde 2 three times, including one time for their farewell tour. It was the final UK show of that tour, too, which made it extra special. Finally, Death From Above 1979 played what I believe was their first Brighton show in 11 years. Hearing them play You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, plus all their newer tracks, was so exciting after so long.”
DO YOU HAVE MANY PLANS IN PLACE FOR THE FUTURE?
“As one of Brighton’s leading live club venues it’s important for us to not rest on our past achievements, so we’re always setting new goals. We recently refurbished the venue and are keen to make 2017 our busiest year to date.”
FINALLY, ARE YOU FACING MANY CHALLENGES IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE?
“Every year has its challenges and I’m sure 2017 will be no exception. New venues come and go all the time, plus there’s the ever-changing landscape of Brighton seafront.that said, we will still be here doing what we do to the best of our ability. However, as it stands we have a stacked diary and look forward to another exciting year at the Concorde 2.”