The Forum opened as an independent new music venue in January 1993 in a building on Tunbridge Wells Common which was previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre.
It has since hosted a number of acts who have gone on to achieve significant commercial success. In 2007, The Forum produced a parody of the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, showing a selection of the better known acts that had played at the venue.
In 2010, The Forum and one of its founders Jason Dormon were featured in The Independent's "Happy List", profiling people who make Britain a better place to live.
In 2012, the NME voted the venue as Britain's Best Small Music Venue. The photos in these galleries were taken prior to its current layout where the stage has been extended out at an angle, a sound studio has replaced the Green Room and the bar has been moved to the opposite side of the building.