Safehouse / Unsafe

Safehouse is a free improvisation collective, based in both Poole and Brighton, UK. Unsafe is an occasional festival of experimental music, hosted by Safehouse.




Safehouse Poole ran from around 2003 – 2015, then was re-born for a year in 2016, as Room for Improvised Music. Safehouse Brighton is still going strong, after more than 15 years.

The Unsafe Festival of improvised and experimental music ran for five years from 2005-2009, and was held in Lighthouse, Poole. Line-ups were as follows:

Unsafe 1 (2005). Evan Parker, Zaum, Bird Architects

Unsafe 2 (2006). Torque, Typographer’s Error, Brighton Safehouse, GP Hall, Led Bib, Mark Wastell, Steve Beresford / Alan Tomlinson / Roger Turner, Sten Sandell Trio

Unsafe 3 (2007). Elk Fibula, Brigitte Bardot’s Cat, No Context, Typographer’s Error, Amad Sunn, Harris / Kopinski, Keith Tippett / Julie Tippett, Steve Noble / Alex Ward, Matt Davis / Mark Wastell

Unsafe 4 (2008). Brigitte Bardot’s Cat, Clive Bell / Sylvia Hallett, Mary Potter, No Context, Nos Philippe, OHP, Typographer’s Error, Zaum, Lol Coxhill / Pat Thomas

Unsafe 5 (2009). Brigitte Bardot’s Cat, Typographers Error, No Context, Europa String Choir, Crater, John Jasnoch, Frank Perry, Gus Garside / Dan Powell