“The key objective of atom?” Thom Milner-Smith, MD of atom, mulls the matter for a moment then announces decisively, “The core reason I put events on is to unite people; atom is about gathering all kinds of people in one space to share moments together.”

Over the past few year’s Thom’s company atom – always with a small ‘a’! - has succeeded in meeting his own remit. Worthing has blossomed, finally becoming a place where anyone can go out for an evening to enjoy live music, quality DJs, good food, buzzing bars and so on. atom has been part of that journey and over the last year they’ve expanded, putting on events further afield.

atom have brought a wide array of acts to Worthing - The Charlatans, Grandmaster Flash, 10cc, Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwerk, ABC, Adam Buxton, Half Man Half Biscuit. Lloyd Cole, Gretchen Peters and many more – but 2018 saw them extend their reach as far as Kent to the east and Bristol to the west.

The year began, as always, with their spectacular sold out Mother of All Parties New Year’s Eve bash, April saw shoegaze noise-pop dons Ride sell out St Paul’s in 15, and by the summer atom had been asked to programme Ashford’s 10,000 capacity community free festival Create (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club), as well as promoting Hawkwind at Dreamland in Margate, and events in Bexhill-on-Sea.

With repeat appearances in Worthing by party DJ supremo Norman Jay and New York hip hop-rockers Fun Lovin’ Criminals, as well as appearances by songsmiths Jack Lukeman and James Elder, things are only growing busier. And showing support for their roots, atom’s Endangered Species YouTube channel showcases unsigned talent from the Worthing area. Check it out. Check it all out!

While atoms make up all matter, atom simply matters, joining all elemental particles together, in Worthing and far beyond.

Yep, the future looks atomic.


Thom Milner-Smith - Co-Founder / Promoter

Simon Ryder - Production

Alex Borg - Content

Clare Borg - Accounts

General enquiries / support requests

The team all work remotely, the best way to get in touch is via e-mail. You can call also call Thom on: +44 (0) 775800 2324