The Rebel Lounge Named “Best Venue Under 500-Capacity” in U.S. by Billboard

February 18, 2024 5:29 pm

The Rebel Lounge Named “Best Venue Under 500-Capacity” in U.S. by Billboard

“This desert oasis of brick, steel and rust has long served as an important tour stop for developing bands traveling Interstate 10.” – Billboard

Phoenix, AZ – February 16, 2024 – Billboard Magazine has named The Rebel Lounge, a live music venue in Phoenix, Arizona, the “Best Venue Under 500-Capacity” in their list of 2024 Top Music Venues. This recognition places The Rebel Lounge alongside some of the world’s most iconic music venues. The Billboard article featured a variety of venues, honoring everything from the “best festival location” (The Gorge) to the most impressive “wow” factor (The Sphere). These awards were determined by Billboard Editorial staff, touring data, and fan opinion.

“It’s a pretty incredible list to be included in,” said Stephen Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents, owner and manager of The Rebel Lounge. “We’re honored to be mentioned among some of the most iconic venues out there, like Red Rocks, Madison Square Garden, and one of my favorites, First Avenue. This award is a testament to our dedicated staff, loyal supporters, the vibrant music scene in Phoenix, and most importantly all the great artists who chose to play our venue.”

Recognition from the Press

Billboard described The Rebel Lounge as the “world’s best small music venue.”, and a “desert oasis of brick, steel, and rust,” crucial for developing bands and the local music scene. Phoenix New Times echoed this sentiment, recognizing the venue’s impact on local and national independent acts, calling it “a popular and vibrant nightspot most days of the week”. In the Phoenix New Times Article, Radio Personality Dani Cutler said, “I can only say great things about Rebel Lounge and Psyko Steve, from the lineups to the sound, and the support of local and national independent acts, it’s a place where you know you will have a great night. Everyone there takes pride in what they do, and this best venue listing from Billboard is a testament to that.”