If you're a fan of classic architecture, you should check out The Old Market in Brunswick area of Hove. Designed by Charles Busby in 1828, it's a Grade II listed building that's been beautifully renovated and maintained.
Since the late nineties, it's been a thriving arts centre for locals and vistors. Open all year round, the theatre shows live music, drama, comedy, dance and literary events. Soul legends like Candi Staton and Marlena Shaw have graced the stage alongside contemporary rock, pop, jazz and classical musicians.
I've been to a couple of different events and I'd definitely go back. My only grumble is that it lacks the intimacy and atmosphere of other venues in the city. The theatre itself can feel like a big village hall, especially when it's not full and the bar is quite limited. If you like a G&T you're fine but if you want an Absolut vodka with cranberry and a slice of lime, you'll go thirsty.
The Old Market is an all round venue in central Hove, its not only a beautiful wedding venue but a recording studio, art exhibition space, live theatre, music and comedy venue and its also the home of Springboard Youth Arts Festival and the Hanover Band Orchestra.
A real community venue the theatre is plays host to a variety to of local events such as community choir concerts and film festivals. In a gorgeous old Victorian building the venue is really something special. A little bit hidden from the main roads the theatre is a magical pace to spend an evening if you looking an artistic and community spirited experience.
The Old Market TOM is fast getting a reputation as one of the most stylish and interesting performing arts venues in the city of Brighton and Hove. Since the refurbishment, it has started attracting a better class of act. I've seen dance, band gigs, theatre and comedy here as well as other live music and it is always a joy to visit such a well kept establishment.
They also have a great bar with some very sexy staff. So don't be shy about arriving early for a show. Or maybe even leaving late! All hail the Stomp millions!
The intimate venue is definitely worth knowing about if you're looking for classical and jazz music events that are unlikely to make it to bigger Brighton venues like the Dome. Just last year, my boyfriend's favourite - Scottish classical violinist Nicola Benedetti - did a recital there. You'll also find book readings, bands, singer songwriters and the odd play and musical. In 2008 I saw Sussex University's Musical Theatre society's (SMuTS) Anything Goes there, and it was great to see the all too often quiet venue buzzing with students. This place is too little known, and it's definitely worth keeping your eye on the listings if you live locally.
The main room in the Old Market looks and feels like a village hall, the linking bars and corridors are somewhat more regal and proper, like a town hall. I'm not too sure if the building is used during the day but when I have been there I wasn't wowed. A literary talk with Nick Cave and Will Self was funny and entertaining but we sat there like we were at a mothers meeting. Then at Portico Quartet it was reminiscent of a primary school assembly, sprawling and lying across the floor. I enjoyed both occasions but that had nothing to do with the Old Market, the people make the place.
Performances, gigs, theatre, dance, events; TOM - The Old Market, recently renovated, is a dynamic cultural venue just outside the city centre. TOM's main space is a 300-500 capacity room with the flexibility to showcase everything from rock bands to exciting new theatre or cabaret.
Recently re-fitted, TOM is also home to production facilities and art and photography galleries. TOM's bar, open on all main event nights, also hosts its own entertainment from DJs to live music and comedy.
Discover TOM, and take time to enjoy this enchanting cultural space.
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Established in 2010.
Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, co-creators of the world-famous percussion show STOMP, first worked together in this very building with rehearsals for the first collaboration between Cliff Hanger Theatre and Pookiesnackenburger in 1981. Established as OMAC (Old Market Arts Centre) in 1980, it only survived a short while.
Completely renovated in 1998 by The Old Market Trust, with major building revisions, The Old Market ran as a venue until 2010, when it closed and was put up for sale.
Yes/No Productions bought the building that year, and made further renovations and additions aiming to revive it as a centre of the arts for Brighton and Hove...
Now rebranded as "TOM The Old Market", the building is a vibrant and important part of the cultural scene in Brighton and Hove, with performances ranging from theatre to live music, festivals to club nights.
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