Aza Brown’s Top 5 Live Hotspots in Chesterfield

"With live music every weekend (and some weekdays too), and with an exceptional stage, sound and lighting system, it’s easy to see why revellers flock to this fantastic venue - run by musicians, for musicians."
7 April 2022

By Vanessa B

Aaron Brown AKA Aza Brown is an indie-pop/rock singer-songwriter based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and currently sings as part of The WonderWhys. Having risen to prominence in the 90s as part of seminal Chesterfield band The Dazy Age, then formed The Chasers, and then taken a fifteen-year hiatus from original music, he returns to the scene with a feel-good solo album produced by Danny Burton. This week, Aaron shares with us his Top 5 Live Hotspots in Chesterfield, and what makes them worth a visit, in no particular order:

 

The Market Pub: Situated at the top of the New Square in Chesterfield Town Centre, The Market is known for its fine selection of beers, wines, and spirits in a very welcoming and cosy environment which provides fantastic food all day, and also hosts regular quizzes, themed events and wine/gin/whiskey, etc tasting evenings at very affordable prices. Regular live music tops this off as one of the top 5 hotspots you’ve got to check out if visiting Chesterfield.

 

Brampton: Only 10-15 minutes’ walk from The Market, just out of Town, and nestled at the bottom end of Brampton are a triangulate of 3 great bars – all within a stone’s throw of each other – which you can flit between for a truly great Chesterfield night out. Namely, The Spotted Frog, The Junction, and Gas Bar. Whilst they all host regular live music, the former 2 have expansive outside (heated) areas which get packed – particularly for the regular live music in the Summer, but you can’t go wrong if you want a night out to remember (or forget!) at this end of Town at any time of the year.

 

 

Chandler’s Bar with its origins in the 90s and named after one of the cast of “Friends”, this classy cocktail bar is one of the first sights visitors will see when driving into Town and up towards the Town’s famous landmark – The Crooked Spire. Standing on the right of the hill, and adorned in black and white “Mock Tudor” – its exterior falls in line with many of the Town’s buildings which were renovated in the 1920s and 30s. With an extensive list of cocktails served by friendly, exuberant staff, regular quiz nights, and a talent-packed Open Mike on the first Monday of every month, it’s easy to see why regulars have formed their own Facebook Community, and it remains ever popular to this day.

 

Real Time Live: the largest and best-known live music venue in Chesterfield has forged its way into local folk history from its inception in 2012. With live music every weekend (and some weekdays too), and with an exceptional stage, sound and lighting system, it’s easy to see why revellers flock to this fantastic venue – run by musicians, for musicians. As well as witnessing electric performances from the likes of Funeral for a Friend, While She Sleeps and Newton Faulkner, RTL attract some of the Country’s best tribute acts, and champions regular local band showcases to boot

The Chesterfield Arms: a multi-award-winning Real Ale Pub – complete with its own brand new micro-brewery, The Chesterfield Arms is slightly off the beaten track, but has an incredible selection of Real Ales, great food, regular live music, quizzes and Beer Festivals to quench everyone’s thirst. An honorary mention goes to The Neptune (2 minutes from The Chesterfield Arms), which has an exceptional Open Mike/Jam session every Sunday afternoon, where the area’s musicians congregate after their weekend’s gigs, to reflect and entertain fellow musicians and grateful punters alike.

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