A few thoughts on Brighton Pride 2013 (and the dildo waving bride-to-be..)

Brighton Pier August 2013

I’ll keep this brief as Brighton Pride weekend is extensively covered elsewhere and, in any event, the weekend (which at the time of writing is far from over) is such a fixture in the calendar, there’s not much to say that isn’t news to most.

This was another return visit to Brighton for me, but my first visit for Pride weekend, a city (like almost everywhere outside London!) I’ve filed under “Nice to visit, but not sure I’d want to live there.”

I was struck by the sheer scale of the Preston Park Icons On The Park event. The capacity event really was huge and at least a good three times bigger than Summer Rites in Shoreditch Park. There were long queues inside and outside the park but generally it all seemed to move OK (at least from what I saw – there have been complaints on Facebook of two hour queues to get in and some having to give up). All the tents I saw were full. Alison Moyet was on great form on the main stage (although did suffer from some sound problems). A special mention should go to the Calabash tent – really great atmosphere and music. If I was to be picky, from what I saw of the Wild Fruit tent it needed a bit more production to pull off a tent of its size.

Now to the official pride party on Saturday night at Shoosh, which is a new venue by the beach in the King’s Road Arches. May be I’m being unduly harsh. May be it was just unfortunate timing. But on arriving here it initially felt like a large group of gays had decided to rock up at a straight venue (which Shoosh usually is) that could be anywhere.

The champagne drinkers gazing down on dancefloor from the mezzanine VIP floor did not look like they were here for Pride weekend. Nor did the bride-to-be in a wedding dress and L plate around her neck waving a dildo in the air on the dancefloor! Classy.

To be fair, things picked up quite a bit when the venue filled up more and Steve Pitron took to the decks, but it was a bit of a deflating start to what should have been Pride’s party.

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