Has there been a thread about this yet? The forum search function is apparently knacked. Even if so, this is sad, sad news that bears repeating:
I've only heard much of what's gone on second-hand, but clearly Brighton Council should be taking a long, hard look in the mirror for the way they've handled this whole situation.
Personally, I've lived in Brighton for seven years and have been going to gigs for about twice as long as that, but I don't think I've seen as much good stuff at a single venue in such a short space of time as I have in the Freebutt over the past twelve months: Japandroids, BLK JKS, Quasi, Vivian Girls - all playing a few feet away and selling you their merch seconds after they've finished.
Sure, the place was a bizarre shape and the pillars infuriating, but it definitely had that least definable of qualities: character.
Your fond memories and tributes to the Freebutt please - and best of luck to the four guys who are off to work on new projects.