The Concorde 2 is one of Brighton's longest running night clubs. Situated on the famous Madeira Drive - right on the seafront, the club began life as a tea room and formed the base of a lift from the upper level of the seafront promenade. The lift still runs to this day, albeit during peak times of year and is only open from morning until early evening.
Most of the major touring artists performing in Brighton will perform at the Concorde 2, Brighton Centre or Brighton Dome. The Concorde providing the most informal and up close experience comprises of an entrance hall where the fixed bar is situated, then through double doors into the main room with the stage straight ahead of you. You will notice the intricate metal pillars and old windows which rattle loudly when the music is playing - all adding to the character of the venue.
Travelling to the Concorde 2, Brighton
By TrainStaying near the Concorde 2
Brighton it well-served by the rail network. Trains run directly from London Victoria, London Bridge, St Pancras International and City Thamselink as well as Bedford, Ashford International, Bexhil, Hastings, Eastbourne, Portsmouth, Southampton and even Worcester (one train per day).
Here are the websites of the train companies serving Brighton train station:
Given the club's seafront location the Concorde is not very close to Brighton train station.
Walking directions from the train station
It's about 20 minutes walk - just head out of the front of the station keep going straight down to the sea, turn left and head along the beach/promenade. Pass the main pier and keep on the lower promenade. 5 minutes further, and just past the beach volleyball courts you will find the Concorde.
Bus from the station
Immediately at the front of the station is a bus park. Jump on any bus going towards Newhaven, Seaford, Peacehaven or Saltdean and get off just after the roundabout by the main pier, by the 'Sealife Centre' - the stop is called 'Sealife Centre'. Then head on foot to the lower seafront walk - Madeira Drive - and head along the beach. Just past the beach volleyball courts you will find the Concorde 2.
Driving to the Concorde 2
If you are driving from the north of Brighton, down the A23, when you enter Brighton just follow the signs for the seafront. You will end up at the roundabout near the sealife centre, if you take the second exit for Madeira Drive (the low road, next to the beach) and head along there until you reach the beach volleyball courts on your right, you will see the Concorde ahead of you on the left.
If you are driving from Newhaven or Worthing directions - just stick on the coast road until you reach the large roundabout by the Seafront Centre.
Parking at the Concorde 2
There's usually plenty of pay and display parking there. If you can't park close to the Concorde, try driving further down (towards the Marina) where there is additional parking. Failing that, there's a mult storey car park at the Marina and the seafront path will allow you to get back to the Concorde on foot.
Be aware that Madeira Drive often has events on it (Classic car runs, mini runs, landrover runs, VW camper runs, marathon and London to Brighton bike ride, etc) so if you plan to park on Madeira Drive during the day - up to around 7pm - we strongly recommend that you check whether there's an event on. The best place to do this is on the Brighton & Hove City Council events website.
The Concorde is directly in front of Brighton's Kemp Town area. You'll find many B&B and hotels there as well as fantastic bars and restaurants. From Spring until around October the city is exceptionally busy and you must book well in advance if you want to stay in Kemp Town. You might be lucky and find some last minute deals, but the general rule is to book around one to two months in advance during this time.
What to wear at the Concorde 2
The Concorde can get quite hot if there's a particularly energetic event on! There's no dress code and the club has a cloakroom so you can deposit any extra layers there. Given the club is right on the seafront, the wind can be quite strong - couple that with rain and you are in for a soaking. The wind tends to drive the rain horizontally, so a long coat is recommended if it's going to rain. In summer the climate in Brighton is usually pretty warm (so long as there's no rain!) so you can get away without taking a coat.