Friday, June 18, 2010

Brighton Music Venue Crisis

It seems the future of three Brighton music venues are all in doubt at the moment. The Hanbury Ballroom and the Engine Room are both under new management and that always means they may just turn into pubs or clubs. More worryingly the Freebutt is having trouble with the council over noise levels and may have to close.

Now having been going to gigs in Brighton for longer than I can remember, this is nothing new. Every couple of years things change and some venues stop doing music and some start. I remember seeing the Verve at the Pressure Point (nee the Richmond) a long time ago and they haven't done gigs for years now. Audio was also a venue back in the 80s under another name. The Hanbury and the Engine Room are more clubby pubs and will probably always continue to do stuff.

The Freebutt is different though. I remember when it was just the front part of the pub, before they knocked it into the horse shoe shaped bar. Since then they have built a small housing estate next to it and that is probably where the problem is. I haven't been upstairs in the venue recently but downstairs it looks a bit grim. There is a functional bar and industrial warehouse looking stage part. It is not the nicest place to visit and the number of pillars make watching bands a bit tricky.you can't help thinking they would be better off cutting their losses and taking the name somewhere else. Still, if you want to protest then you can sign the petition.

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