Brighton’s long-established music venue, club and bar Audio is to be relaunched by its new owners in May as Patterns.
Mothership Group is redesigning the seafront venue after buying it last year but pledged that it would continue to be a destination for world-class musical talent as well as good food and drink.
Patterns will open on May 13, with a bar, club and sea-facing terrace operating from lunchtime through to late at night, promising a “360-degree experience” seven days a week.
It will have a new menu of cocktails, wines, spirits and craft and world beers on draught and in bottles plus seasonal specials. It will offer street food, with guest appearances by the area’s culinary talent.
The ground floor’s overarching style will highlight the building’s original art deco features and complement these with a nod to Bauhaus design represented through geometric stalactite structures, coloured glass and oversized convex mirrors reflecting the entire space.
Patterns aims to be a warm and inviting space with a focus on providing a superior listening experience, from live music to mellow DJ sets.
The basement club, open Friday and Saturday nights, has seen heavy investment in upgrading the sound system as well as increased accessibility and improved facilities throughout.
Exploring the realms of house, techno and future-facing electronic music, Patterns will bring in the best DJs, promoters and live talent alongside a carefully selected family of resident DJs.
Audio was sold in November by John Holland after 30 years to Mothership Group which owns leading east London venues The Book Club, Queen of Hoxton and Stories and hosts around 750 cultural and music events per year at its sites. The site was also formerly home to cocktail bar Above Audio (pictured).
In the past, the venue has hosted legendary artists such as Daft Punk, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold.
Heather Pistor, creative director for Mothership Group, said: “We’re excited to have taken on such a well-respected Brighton music venue. The dream is to create a thriving social hub for drinking, dancing, hanging out with friends but most of all a place for forward-thinking music.
“Local promoters and artists will sit side by side with national promoters and headline acts, producing what we believe to be an innovative programme of club nights to rival the top clubs across the country.”