The Old Market (or TOM, as it’s known) was opened in 2011 by creators of the global percussive phenomenon STOMP to create an independent hub for the arts in their home city and channel some of their success back in to the local arts eco system. Under the directorship of Loretta Sacco and starting with just two staff in 2011, they now employ a passionate and engaged team of full time, part time and casual staff to deliver their busy schedule.
The festival-like programme at TOM is the cornerstone of their identity. They host over 200 different events every year from their multi-format (300 seat, 500 standing capacity) space. Over 55,000 people come through their doors each year to experience live music, film, boundary breaking theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, literature, workshops and performances using new technologies, as part of their #TOMtech programme.
They are proud to work with local artists, major cultural festivals, independent promoters and esteemed national arts organisations, bringing even greater breadth to their programme. Of course, they always keep an open mind for the future, and with the introduction of their Gig for a Gig scheme, they’re also proud to support the best emerging talent and nurture their growth so that the arts can thrive for years to come.
Keep an eye out for their ‘TOM’ tags – these indicate their hand-picked events that they know audiences will love. Follow them on social media (they post interesting stuff and occasionally can be a bit funny). Have a drink in the intimate setting of TOM’s Bar. Do all of this, and most importantly, come and see what’s going on at Brighton’s ‘hidden gem’