150 Years of Greatest Hits

Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.

Since being converted into a performance venue in 1867, our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors - from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.

Stevie Wonder Programme for Brighton Dome 17 Jan 1972

Our venue also has a rich history as a classical music concert hall playing host to some of the world's finest orchestras. Early jazz pioneers, the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, played here in 1921. Tragically, that same year, many of its members were lost in a fatal shipping accident between Glasgow and Derry.

Southern Syncopate Orchestra outside Brighton Dome

Other highlight moments include when world famous singer, actor and activist, Paul Robeson performed as part of the grand re-opening on 11 January 1936, following the transformation of the Concert Hall into the venue that we know today with its glorious Grade I listed Art Deco interior.

Paul Robeson Programme

In 1964, artists including Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed at Brighton Dome as the American Folk Blues and Gospel Caravan rolled into town. Ella Fitzgerald made several appearances, including a performance with Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1967, while Miriam Makeba celebrated her 70th birthday with a show at Brighton Dome in 2002. Find out more about the world famous black and Asian artists that are part of our history.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Programme Cover

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie at Brighton Dome 12 May 1971

Miriam Makeba Performed at Brighton Dome for her 70th Birthday

In 1974 the venue hosted ABBA’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo; this landmark win was honored with the award of a Blue Plaque, which was unveiled live on BBC Sussex as part of BBC Music Day in 2017.

ABBA win Eurovision at Brighton Dome in 1974

David Bowie played Brighton Dome five times between 1969 and 1973; 8 March 1969 (supporting Tyrannosaurus Rex), 11 October 1969 (on the Humble Pier Tour), 19 Nov 1969 (a three-song acoustic set as part of a larger bill), 14 February 1972 and 23 May 1973 (two dates on the Ziggy Stardust world tour).

David Bowie at Brighton Dome

Pink Floyd were regular performers at the venue in the 1960s and 70s, appearing eight times between 1966 and 1972. Their first appearance was supporting the late great Jimi Hendrix, and they famously debuted their classic Dark Side of the Moon album live at Brighton Dome in January 1972. Read Jill Furmanovsky's recollections of photographing Pink Floyd in Brighton on the BBC Sussex website.

Pink Floyd

Jimi Hendrix on stage at Brighton Dome in 1966

In recent years Brighton Dome has played host to numerous artists such as pop and R&B icon Beyoncé, who stormed the stage as part of the Radio One Chart Show Live at Brighton Dome in 2006. Other artists who have performed here, and who have gone on to become some of the biggest contemporary stars, include FKA Twiggs, Stormzy, Benjamin Clementine, Gogo Penguin, London Grammar, as well as local artists Passenger, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Royal Blood - providing an unrivaled environment to launch their careers.

FKA Twiggs performing an intimate gig at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Stormzy at Brighton Dome

Benjamin Clementine

GoGo Penguin performing Koyaanisqatsi at Brighton Dome 2017

London Grammar at Brighton Dome 2014

Passenger performing at Brighton Dome 2014

Rag 'n' Bone Man performing at Brighton Dome for The Great Escape 20 May 2017

Royal Blood at Brighton Dome

As well as looking back on history, why don’t you visit our current events page, including contemporary music artists, as you never know when history is being made.