Where is the best place to catch live music as opposed to DJs. Coming in August for a weekend.
There's also a festival of live music in The Square for the summer, with live acts (mostly local), plus arts demos and kiddies entertainment. It's free, you just walk up, or get a table at one of the bars in The Square. From Aug 4-12 there's bands playing on the Pier Approach.
Otherwise, the big music venues are the BIC, by the pier, or The Lighthouse in Poole. For the pub scene, you'd better give us more clues to where your tastes lie.
We enjoy Bon jovi / killers / kings of Leon / Aerosmith / oasis etc etc