and we pay a lit­tle visit to the con­corde 2 in Brighton

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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.”

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