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Brighton venue could be born again, again!

Visiting Brighton for the weekend you’ll find so many flyers for clubs it’s sometimes hard to know where to get started. So, we are going to get you a quick overview of each and put them together in a quick club review for you.

But before we do, it looks as if one of the town’s favourite nightclubs could be on the verge of another lease of life as ‘The Yard’ – formerly ‘The Ocean Rooms’ could be re-born as an altogether different entertainment venue.

Ocean Rooms - born again, again!  Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Ocean Rooms - born again, again! Image: Flickr/dominicspics

Its leasehold is up for sale, and the club could soon have a new role, according to the Argus, which has reported the club may become the site for laser game business.

As clubs go, it’s featured some really creative frontage. A tradition we hope the new owners will continue.

And thanks to its size and proximity to the centre of town, it could easily find its place on a list of attractions for people coming for family weekends in Brighton.

We’ll keep you posted on developments, but to find out what’s on this weekend in Brighton, check out our What’s on and Brighton local events guide and our LGBT local events guide

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Spend your weekends in Brighton worshipping the stars

Most weekends in Brighton, for the party crowd at least, are spent in deep indulgence. Well, this month it’s time for the stars to come to town. And not just stars of the DJ booth or the big screen, we’ve got some stars of their own bedroom visiting Brighton. Yes, it’s time for Britain’s Got Talent to hit Brighton!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

Weekends in Brighton: always time to party!

After the bull****ers and bedroom divas were weaned out, the show kept the best acts to take on tour, and they are here, on 22 June.

Four days later, seasoned pro Michael Ball will be bringing his new show to the Brighton Centre and showing them how it’s really done.

‘Girls just want to have fun’ could well be the motto for girls spending their party weekends in Brighton, and for one girl, Cyndi Lauper, it’s exactly what she’ll be doing on 28 June. The pop icon and 80’s fashion find will be knocking out the tunes in the Brighton Dome.

Concord2 is also hosting some stars of old and new. Ratpack and Ellis Dee get the old skool ravers jumping on 18 June, while Adam Ant will stand and deliver tunes from his greatest hits tour.

It’s not just the weekends in Brighton that are star-studded, look at our listings to see more of what’s on in Brighton day-to-day.

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Brighton Rocks not Brighton Rock

There’s a bar in town that’s arguably cooler than the remake of Graham Greene’s classic BrightonPicture 2Rock: it’s Brighton Rocks. Ok, they may have had help with the name, although it’s more School of Rock than Brighton Rock, and is sited in Rock Place – on the Kemp Town side of town.

The music connections keep on rolling, as just next door is the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. That said, don’t be expecting a snakebite and black, spitooned, rough arse biker bar, or raver haven: this intimate hangout has more than a little style.

And the food rocks (sorry). Served up on slates, we tucked into some excellent mezze of whatever it was: really well presented and delicious.

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Top food, top tunes

With a DJ tucked around the corner, and staff who were more than happy to stick the kettle on for us rather than serve us a pint (we were really cold) it’s definitely earned its place in our hearts.

For deals on Brighton hotels check our special offers page, and look here for Brighton Rocks.

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Hotels in Brighton ready for pre-Christmas music madness!

Little fiddler plays Brighton

Little fiddler plays Brighton

Yes folks, hotels in Brighton are readying themselves for a massive surge in business thanks to this year’s pre-christmas line-up.

The list of big name acts set to play in the city’s venues is staggering – Peter Andre is also making a pre-Xmas appearance!

To finish off this month, we’ve a-ha on the 15th at the Brighton Centre (are they Finnish?); another folking great set from Seth Lakeman (17th Concord 2); jammed in on the same night as Calender Girls (Theatre Royal). We’ve mod goodfella, Paul Weller (23rd Brighton Centre) and if you’re not tempted by any of these, 80s pop-synth legends Heaven17 are here on the 30th.

Too many puns and plenty of top acts to choose from, it’s all too much like good fun! Book your hotels in Brighton early this year, because when you see who’s coming in December you’ll realise why it’s all going a little insania…

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Right, it’s White Night!

Let’s get this party started!

Up for a night out, it’s rare you’ll be returning to your hotel in Brighton before 2 am! Well, this weekend there is a night organised that’s guaranteed to keep you up till dawn. White Night is a celebration of the last day of British Summer time and it’s packed with arts events – and goes on all night!Picture 10

From family friendly events in the Sea Life Centre to sensory light installations in the Pavilion Gardens, there’s entertainment of the oddest and maddest sort.

With a programme that runs from 18:00 on the Saturday to 07:00 on the following morning, it’s a late one…

Every landmark in town is involved: West Pier, Jubilee Square, Prince Regent until it all finishes with a jazz quartet in the Birdcage bandstand ( something to tweet about then -badoom, splash!)

Our pick of the events:

Dream Machine, in Marlborough House 20:00 – 02:00

White Light in the Brighton Dome 23:00 – 02:00

The truly bonkers Illumination Station & the Enlightenment Machine, at the Latest Music Bar 23:00 – 02:00

and the absolutely foolish Midnight Half Marathon.

Please take a look at their site. If you are thinking about booking a hotel in Brighton because you’ve been told there’s loads to do, then this is the night for you!

White Night

And for more local info about entertainment for children, try our child friendly page

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Brighton’s Ballroom gets it right

Hectic eclectic

Country, Ska, Pop, Mod and all in one venue: it can only be the Brighton Ballroom.

Recently refurbished and lovingly re-launched, the Ballroom plays host to Brighton’s most eclectic mix of genres and cultural germinations.

One quick look at the play list reveals all:

30 Sept: Ska Toons,  jazzy Ska classics and rock-steady versions of great songs in the old-skool 60’s style.

1st Oct: MISS HOPE SPRINGS presents BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – Dance to Bacharach, Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass, the Carpenters Sergio Mendez Sylvester, DIvine and latin jazz of the 70’s and let your hair down to the latest handbag hits.

2nd Oct: Boogaloo Stu’s Popkraft – A good old-fashioned party with boogaloo stu, dollyrocket, sparklemotion, the size zero albino & darran duran, with things to make and do – plus pop music too.

4th Oct: Mercury Music Prize Nominees Villagers play the Brighton Ballroom

And from here on it gets more interesting: There’s a We Love Pop night, a night for Mods featuring ‘The Spitfires’ and ‘Departure From Normal’ and even something described as Electro Swing versus Speakeasy Jazz!

Sounds like our kind of night!

More information, look here.

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Why Brighton celebrates with Pride…

It's Pride 2010!

It's Pride 2010!

If you’re arriving in Brighton for the first time this weekend you are in for a pleasant surprise: it’s Pride 2010! Brighton celebrates all sexualities, and from today you will really see them all, because it’s ’showtime’!

This is Brighton: it is different, it is special and this weekend it’s the Pride festival. So, who better to explain the delights and dramas of Pride than trustee Geoffrey Bowden, interviewed here:

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Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus: Interviewed

Bursting onto our TV screens back in 2008 during the BBC’s Last Choir Standing, Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus has gone on to represent Brighton and the gay choral tradition in a number of ways.

Rod Edmunds

Rod Edmunds

Here, on the eve of its Pride performance, Rod Edmunds, the chorus’ chairman, reveals all…

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Get ready for Pride 2010

If you are looking to book hotel rooms in Brighton for the end of this month, get ready for a treat.

Get ready to party!

Get ready to party!

You might have heard that Brighton is a gay-friendly town? Well, starting on the 21st July is Pride 2010. So be ready for perhaps the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi- and transgender) community’s biggest, boldest, and at times, brashest party of the year.

It’s Pride 2010: A chance for everyone who takes part to celebrate the freedom to express themselves, as themselves.

If you have any scruples, we suggest leaving them at home. Look past the lycra-clad and thong-strapped Adonis’s (they will be there) and take in the atmosphere; this is a celebration for the whole city. And it’s as much a regular date on the straight calendar as it is on those of LGBT residents.

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Edith Piaf at Brighton Dome

Martha sings Piaf

Martha sings Piaf

At one time, Edith Piaf was the most highly paid star in the world. However, a life of troubles left her penniless, and some of her friends kept her nearer the gutter than the stars. That said, her voice and her performances were exceptional. Coming soon to the Brighton Dome is a performance of her work by Martha Wainwright, not to be missed.

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