Deep underneath Brighton railway station, The Green Door Store opened its doors early in 2011, providing audiences with a new and unique setting for live music and late night drinking. Last Friday was its first birthday party, which was celebrated in style with a selection of the venue’s best acts and DJs.
With exposed walls and stone floor, you could hardly say the Green Door Store is luxurious, but it has hosted some of Brighton’s coolest club nights and live music in 2011, and is already a key part of Brighton’s music scene. Obscure but critically acclaimed acts such as Remember Remember, Narrows, Pagan Altar, Rizzle Kicks and Nordic Giants have all played packed-out shows at the venue, and with a weekly rota which includes Green Door Blues on Sunday, Wednesday Jazz Store and Metal Monday, the fun seems to never stop. Welcoming international artists as well as local bands and DJs, it’s hard to imagine Brighton’s music scene without the Green Door Store.
The birthday party saw Green Door favourites such as Curxes and The Sticks play live sets, while an eclectic selection of DJs from its many club nights spinned some sides, including Go Bang, Hard Times, Ye Ye Fever, Sub Bop and Punk vs. Hardcore.
Ye Ye Fever is one of the most popular club nights hosted at the Green Door Store, playing the finest in soukous, afrobeat, kwassa kwassa and other music from around the world. Boogying to African fusion with fast, complex rhythms and chanted choruses, the hipsters and hippies create a carnival atmosphere, including conga lines and smiles all round. Metal Monday sees Brighton’s rockers venture out of their caves to check out what is normally an interesting selection of local and national metal acts.
Whether you’re into indie, metal, African fusion, jazz or blues, the Green Door Store has something to offer. It’s not the type of shiny, plastic venue you might expect in Brighton, this place is gritty and has soul, and also hosts some of the best music nights in the city.