We are back for November, one week later than usual with a cracking line-up. MC Dave Mounfield. Join us for this post bonfire banger! Just look at these fireworks:

STEPHEN GRANT - “The kind of comedy vision that can see round corners” Chortle
Stephen Grant is one of the UK’s funniest, hardest working and most respected comedians. Whether entertaining stag and hen parties, voicing animations, warming up TV audiences, presenting radio shows or hosting corporate award nights Stephen never fails to pull in the laughs.
Stephen is a multi-award winning MC and the resident compere at Krater Comedy Club in Brighton. He performs at clubs and corporate events all over the UK and on the international circuit and has taken six critically acclaimed shows to the Edinburgh Fringe since 2003.
“Brilliant” The Scotsman.

A repeat award winner of Best UK Compere, Stephen Grant is one of the hardest working comedy performers and writers in the UK. He is the host of the Krater Comedy Club at Komedia, which has won Best Comedy Venue in the South for an unprecedented amount of times and is a regular headliner at The Comedy Store in Leicester Square.

“Grant, whose regular slot at the Brighton Komedia Club has earned him a cult status, is an engaging host and an easy person to spend an hour with.” The Independent
Stephen still finds the time to headline and MC gigs all over the country, as well as being a regular guest on The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store, deputizing presenter on BBC Southern Counties Radio, warming up and performing on some of the biggest comedy shows on TV. His speed and dynamism create a magical energy which has audiences rapt and hanging onto his every word. It is this that led Stephen to writting for Rob Beckett on Mock the Week and for writing for Russell Kane on Live at the Electric as well as forLee Nelson’s Well Good Show for Avalon TV and Seann Walsh for Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week.

CHARMIAN HUGHES - Comedian Of The Year 2018, Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award 2016, Nominated Best Comedy Show Buxton Fringe 2016. Comedian Charmian Hughes studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier and Theatre de Complicite but unable to uphold the mime vow of silence, ran away to play stand-up comedy clubs throughout the nation entertaining everyone from members of the Houses of Parliament to ‘Lifers’ in prison (not to be confused).
In her own words... ”I have been a stand up since the last century, regularly doing twenty minute sets on the circuit and compering clubs. I have played everywhere, from The Comedy Store to Glastonbury Festival, Prisons to the Houses of Parliament. My comedy has evolved with my life , keeping pace with my experience and maturity- which reflects in the eight solo shows I’ve written and performed- from early shows about motherhood ‘The Magic Muff’, being an early female stand up ‘When Comedy Was Alternative’, a trip to India in search of an escaping great great Grandmother ‘Raj Rage’, a show about hitting sixty ‘Soixante Mirth’, Charmian Hughes Bra Trek.” and new show ‘What-Not'.

DINESH NATHAN - has been making waves on the South East Comedy scene, winning South Coast Comedian Of The Year in 2019. A very likeable and promising act.
“His confident, straight-faced delivery and outstanding material left (us) wanting more. He is one to watch” Fringe Review
Winner ‘South Coast Comedian 2019’
Winner: ‘Spinnaker Gong Show 2019’
Winner: “The Blackout” @ Up the Creek Sept 2018
Semi Finalist: ‘So you think you’re funny’ 2017

JAKE BAKER - How do we define success? Is failure ever an option? Is a teasmade an appropriate 60th birthday gift? Does anyone really know what is going on at all, ever? Expect beguiling stories and big belly laughs as Jake attempts to answer these questions and more. 'Definitely endearing' ( 'Imaginative and original' (Scotsman). BBC New Comedy Award nominee (2015)

Doors 7.30 Show 8pm - Price(s) of entry:Early bird online from £9.00 @ only, plus booking fee. Union Music:£10/8 (concessions) plus booking fee. Door £12/10 - Reservations on 07582408418

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`The Men They Couldn't Hang came together in 1984 to perform at the alternative music festival in Camden town alongside the legendary Pogues and the Boot Hill Foot-Tappers. Paul Simmonds, Philip 'Swill' Odgers and his brother Jon, veterans of the Southampton based pop-punk band 'Catch 22', met Pogues roadie Stefan Cush whilst busking in Shepherds Bush in London. Their early line up was Stefan Cush (Vocals, Guitar), Paul Simmonds (Guitar, Bouzouki, and Keyboards), Philip Odgers (Vocals, Guitar, Tin Whistle, and Melodica), Jon Odgers (Drums, Percussion) and Shanne Bradley (Bass, Flute). Championed by the late John Peel their first single, a cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' (1984), became a big hit on the UK Indie charts and a staple of Peel’s festive 50. Their first album, "Night of a Thousand Candles", was released in 1985. It includes the singles 'Ironmasters' and 'Greenback Dollar'. Signing for MCA the following year, they recorded their second album, "How Green Is the Valley", produced by Mick Glossop. Included on this album are the singles 'Gold Rush', 'Shirt of Blue' and 'Ghosts of Cable Street'.

Tickets £20 + b/f



LOOSE CABOOSE is back for November with its usual mix of 60's Soul, Northern, R&B, Latin & Jazz.

Guest DJ for the night and residents Rachelle Piper and Martin Jackson seducing you onto the dance floor with their tunes.

£6 on the door. 7:30pm to 12:00

Strictly no talc - thanks!

steve parsons green shades

Our November "Sundays in the Bar" features the welcome return of our favourite performer - Steve 'Snips' Parsons of Sharks fame. A gig with Steve is always a special event and this promises to be no exception. Don't miss this!

3:30 - 5:30 pm FREE ENTRY All welcome



With 2016 marking the U.K. Subs’ 40th anniversary; this legendary punk band continues to represent the true spirit of punk rock. Inspired by the Damned at the birth of British Punk, the now equally legendary Charlie Harper formed the Subs out of his then R&B outfit The Marauders, late in 1976.

Doors 7:00pm for approx 7:45 start - Tickets £16 + b/f


Apologies that the last Curst Sons gig was cancelled at short notice, we are pleased to announce it has been re-arranged for the 29th November.

The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released six full length albums and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, appeared on several local radio shows and recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 show.

They were runners up in the 2013 International Song Writing Competition, nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the 10th Independent Music Awards 2011 and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010.

Tim Dunkerley (slide guitar, mandolin, vocals). Tim’s interest in music was first awakened by his father’s tales of wild living in a harmonica band on the minesweeper HMS Hound. Loath to leave his nautical background Tim coast hopped east from his Portsmouth home and soon washed up on the beach at Brighton. He is also a teacher/ facilitator with Unified Rhythm, a samba/fusion marching band for young adults, including those with learning difficulties.

Willi Kerr (vocals, percussion). Born on Mersea Island on the marshy fringes of Essex, Willi abandoned his agricultural roots and took to the sinful ways of the city. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (an incurable cancer of the bone marrow) in 1998 he was given 6 days to live. Being a cantankerous old cuss he decided that this was the perfect time to re-launch his musical career, and The Curst Sons were born. Thanks to the healing power of hillbilly music he is now in the rudest of health.

Dave (Specky) Simner (banjo, lead guitar, vocals). Raised in the Black Country on a diet of heavy metal and motorbikes Dave fled south till he hit the coast. He lost the long hair and leather jacket and soon became entangled in the Brighton music scene. He has played in more bands than he can remember and somehow took up the banjo. He also plays with his own 60’s R&B outfit The Spectones, and in his day job leads music sessions for adults with learning disabilities.

Scott Smith (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) was born in Wichita, Kansas and heard a lot of country radio there at an impressionable age. Escaping North America, he found himself in the UK, where he remains, an ex-pat roots musician. Scott is a member of the Porchlight Smoker band, and makes sound designs and post production audio for whomever will employ him.

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - FREE ENTRY - All welcome


King Kurt

The Big Blue Shed presents King Kurt + Snakerattlers

Way back when, during the 'Rise of the Machine' some time in the spring of 1981, Rockin' Kurt and his Saur Krauts started pounding the well-rotten boards of the London Rock'n'Roll clubs and pubs.

Initially the line up consisted of Jeff Harvey -- vocals, (Handsome) John Reddington -- guitar, Alan (Junior, later aka Maggot) Power -- saxamaphone, Robert (Boppin' Bert) Boustead -- bass, Mark (Rory) Lyons -- drums, and after seeing their second show, Paul (Thwack) Laventhol joined on geeter in time for the third gig in July of '81.

During the autumn of that year, Rockin' Kurt & His SK's took a trip up to Bangor, North Wales, where Jeff had some chums who'd set up two shows. They were well attended, at least 5 people came to both shows! After spending our hard-earned cash (20 pounds for both nights I seem to recall, and no, not each, altogether!), we drove back through the Welsh hills to London. On our way we decided to do a show for the passing tourists in their lovely warm coaches while we stood on a big rock. From that day on we dropped the 'Roc' from Rockin' Kurt and his Saur Krauts (was too long and hard to say it pissed!) and became known simply as King Kurt.

'Til spring of '82 King Kurt remained the same, doing gigs around local London, the Fridge, Clarendon, the Pits, Old Queens Head etc, dressing up in silly clothes, playing to packed houses of at least three people, giving out prizes of sauseges and sauerkraut to anyone who dared dance. Rory had been busy getting King Kurt regular shows at the 101 Club in Clapham where he worked, and by this time the momentum of virual popularity was growing. Alas Jeff was getting itchy feet and wanted to leave the music bigtime and go to art school in Birmingham. King Kurt needed a replacement singer, and needed one fast! Along came The Smeg. Things looked good. King Kurt could say goodbye to Jeff and continue on the crazy lonesome train ride that was upon them.

Snakerattlers comprise married couple Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Gott. It's a hellbound voyage of deathpunk, rockabilly, country, and traditional greaser rock and roll. Stood up, shook up, dynamic drumming. Reverb-drenched double-amped guitar. Aggressive and sweetly mournful vocals. A screaming, wailing brand new take on the rockabilly genre

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 7:30pm Tickets £18 + b/f from


British Sea Power 3 - Tickets available for 2 very special, end-of-year festive finale shows!

Show #1 LEWES CON CLUB 5th Dec. Tix:

Support from Divine Androgyne (Tom White playing a pure drone set), Pete Wiggs DJ & Brighton & Hove City Brass!

Yan, Noble and Sumner will be performing as BSP3 in a unique semi acoustic and electronic backed fashion.

Discounted Con Club members tickets (only 1 each) are available behind the bar only now for £12 with no booking fee, sorry these are not available on line



The Fold - Farewell Tour. Support from Adrian Truman

The Fold are a six piece folk-rock band from Brighton. Strong original songs with male/female vocals are accompanied by fiery fiddle playing and strong dance and funk rhythms. Music for Mind and Body !  The band have gigged extensively over the last 25 years at venues and festivals around the country and internationally. They have recorded 3 albums and one EP. This gig is part of a short farewell tour; the band have amicably decided to go dormant at the end of 2019. (However, they might be tempted out of retirement if the right offer comes in!) So this may your last chance to catch the band. So come along, celebrate our 25 years and have a dance !

There is support too !   After 35 years on-off writing, playing & performing, part-time troubadour and angsty mid-lifer Adrian Truman takes to the stage again to support old friends The Fold during their swan-song. Writes and sings songs; plays guitar, collaborates now and then with assorted luminaries. Happy to be back in Lewes!

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm - Free entry


Dictionary Pudding - Live music promotions presentation: JOHN OTWAY is a totally unique performer and self confessed ” Rock & Roll’s Greatest Failure”.
By turns, a sensitive songwriter and totally out outrageous on stage, he first hit the headlines after making a sensational appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test in December 1977 whilst performing his Top 30 hit ” Really Free”.

The unforgettable performance has achieved legendary status after he vaulted on to the PA tower which promptly overbalanced. The Independent reported “He brought down the speaker stack but fractured no bones when he landed on the sharp corner of a bass cabinet as the impact was cushioned by his testicles!”

Often appearing alongside Wild Willy Barrett, John has built up a loyal cult following who assisted greatly in 2002 when he was asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday and he said “A second hit!”

A concerted drive at grassroots level saw his track “Bunsen Burner” reach Number 9 in the Singles Charts and gain him an appearance on Top Of The Pops. He not only achieved his ambition but was then able to release a Greatest HITS album! Age certainly hasn’t diminished his enthusiasm and athleticism so always expect the unexpected during his act with his hilarious on stage antics having to be seen to be believed!





It's a top night of stand-up comedy. Arthur Smith headlines support from Mark Dolan ( Balls of Steel ) Fran Kisling and more

Door time: 7:30pm, Start time: 8:00pm


Please remember Con Club members are only entitled to one discount ticket per valid member ID card. Earybird tickets limited to 2 per person.
Nobody under 18 admitted.

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We welcome back Fat Belly Jones for the Con Club pre-Christmas gig.

Fat Belly Jones is an 8, 9 or even 10-piece band playing toons you can't help jumpin' to.. We is SKA, we is SOUL, we is FAT, we is none of us called JONES !! 

FREE ENTRY - Non Members welcome - Doors 8:00pm - 11:30pm The club is open from 4:30pm so do come along and enjoy a drink in the bar first - All welcome.


This exceptional band are universally regarded as one of the UK's most authentic live Pink Floyd tributes, with an expertly crafted sound that's reminiscent of the classic 70’s Golden Floyd era.

This is NOT Just Another Pink Floyd Tribute – Just Floyd are renowned for having a lightness and relaxed authenticity to their performance that is highly commended and feels closer to the original spirit of Pink Floyd's live shows than some of the robotic, studio performances which can be typical of many tribute bands.

"This extraordinary band brings a rare but refreshing energy together with a dynamic stage show, providing a truly Authentic Live Pink Floyd Experience. There is a real edge to this band's sound - live music at its very best " – Crystal Palace Garden Party 2013.

Playing around the UK with the occasional excursion into Europe, notable performances include the Blue Room at London's O2 Arena for Roger Waters' Saturday performance of 'The Wall', the open-air Bromley Amphitheatre and opening the three-day Crystal Palace Park Garden Party festival, some forty years after Pink Floyd headlined there.

For over 15 years the exceptionally talented musicians who make up the Just Floyd show have managed to authentically replicate both the atmosphere and sheer musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s legendary live performances.

Non-Members £5 OTD - Lewes Con Club Members FREE

Bar from 4:30pm - Doors 8:00 to 11:30pm

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The Big Blue Shed Presents : London Calling Clash Tribute with Cockwomble and The Band of the Underhand

London Calling was formed in 2004 as a one-off gig for charity and to celebrate the life of Joe Strummer After playing the short (12) song set we were asked to play the whole set again, with half the audience joining us on the tiny stage. We decided to sharpen our act and play regularly from that point. We then were caught up in the infamous texting scandal, in which our then bass player was question by Special branch under suspicion of being a terrorist

After a few years off and several line-up changes, its now settled down to: Reg Shaw aka Joe Strummer, Dave Devonald aka Mick Jones, Joe Guatieri aka Paul Simonon and Shane Tremlin aka Topper Headon. We Have played in the USA and Europe and been in the Julien Temple directed Joe Strummer film biog, The Future is Unwritten. Recently we have enjoyed rave reviews and have been playing to increasingly bigger audiences across the


Band of the Underhand

7:00pm Tickets £15 + b/f




City Food Share & Easy Skankin' presents:  A Reggae Christmas Fundraiser- Join the Easy Skankin' Crew plus guest DJs for an evening of the best in Ska & Reggae music!!!

City Food Share is a community based charity fundraising platform supporting food banks and homeless shelters in Brighton and Hove. We help provide hot meals, living essentials and food shopping for vulnerable people and families. We are currently fundraising for 9 food banks and homeless shelters and every penny raised at this event will be used directly to support those in need.

Easy Skankin’ are a collective of some of the best Reggae DJs in Brighton. All have impressive backgrounds, which when bought together promises to uplift your soul as you skank to the sounds of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Rubadub and Dancehall!

General Legsta is a strictly vinyl selector, who started his career at the legendary Volks Tavern with Killer Riddim throughout the early 90’s. He gained a reputation for mixing and scratching dancehall in the style of a Hip-Hop turntablist. He has DJed all across the south coast and even at Nottinghill Carnival. Legsta has a weekly radio show on 1BTN and has worked on Brighton Festival Radio and Freedom FM.

DJ Felix plays for the legendary Brixton based Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System. He regularly tours the world and plays alongside sound systems like Channel 1, Mad Professor, Aba Shanti & Iration Steppas.
He also started at the Volks Tavern at the age of 18, where he played for 15 years. He has held residences at The Pressure Point, Riki Tiks, The Richmond and with Global Beats promotions supporting artists like Maxi Priest, Eek a Mouse, Max Romeo, Horace Andy and many more. He also has a radio show on 1BTN.

Rocky Manners is a London based selector with over 40 years experience. He started at the age of 8 playing at his parent’s blues parties. At the age of 15, he built his own sound system and began playing at a local church hall.
Since then he has played for sounds like Youth Ambassador, Intrepid, Supertones and Paddington Terrors. He too plays strictly vinyl and has toured with his box of records all around the UK, Italy, Washington DC and Nigeria.

Kitty is an upcoming selector with a love for the old school Trojan sound. Strictly vinyl, she’s got an impressive collection of reggae, ska and rocksteady in her collection which she also airs on her 1BTN radio show, Playtime.

This is a chance to support and give to a great cause while skanking and enjoying the vibes!!! 7pm - 12am - £3 Entry (All profits go to City Food Share Charity)

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Ben and Shazza are back to kick off the Christmas festivities, bringing the best Disco, Daft Funk and Dance tunes along with a special guest DJ from the Grannies Disco “BOOMTOWN” DJ Mys.Deeque, DJ Housham new kid on the block!  Plus a live set from Hoofish (formerly of legendary Lewes 90’s rave band Hooflung) it is sure to be a night of dancing off those mince pies, good vibes, fun and frolics. Dust of those dancing glad rags and boogie on down!

Tune on, turn out and drop in.  Christmas parties, disco Druids and all welcome

Bar from 4:30pm - 8:00pm start - Free entry

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contact iconLewes Con Club

139 High Street
East Sussex
United Kingdom

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Monday to Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

12 noon - 8 pm

N.B. Hours may be extended on gig nights.


The current membership year started on 30th June 2019. Renewals are now closed, but new applications are always welcome.

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Q - Where are you?
A - We're located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you're coming by road from the Brighton direction we're on the left, just after Shelleys Hotel before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School (see the map below).

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