Brighton Pride, probably the single most popular pride event for Londoners outside the capital, returns once again on Saturday 2 August with the traditional parade through the city and festival from 12 noon in Preston Park.
The theme of this year’s event is “Freedom To Live” and the parade on the day itself will have the theme “The World’s A Disco” celebrating music, dance and colour from around the world.
Whilst last year was another financial success (some £43,000 was raised for local charities), it’s fair to say that the feedback was mixed.
Arguably, Brighton Pride is showing signs of becoming a victim of its own success. The principal complaints were about the queues to enter the Preston Park festival (which organisers have acted to address this year) and some attendees not being there to share the spirit of Pride.
Preston Park Pride Festival
The organisers have wisely extended the hours of the Preston Park festival this year.
There’s a lot to see and extending the closing time from 8pm to 10pm should make a difference. Tickets for the Preston Park event are now on sale. For the benefit of anyone who hasn’t been before, the Preston Park festival is a large event. A degree of tolerance for all that comes with being at such a festival is required.
Confirmed acts for the festival main stage are Martha Wash, Kimberley Wyatt, Peyton and Blue.
The biggest, and most popular tent, the Wild Fruit Dance tent returns with a larger capacity promised. DJs include Paul Heron, Seamus Haji and Mark Doyle.
Also returning is the Calabash Tent, which we would strongly recommend checking out.
The organisers also promise a dedicated Men’s Dance Tent and Bears zone.
This year, there will also be a new “Q Live Stage”, to be headlined by Republica.
“The Pride Village”
If you’ve been to Brighton Pride before, you’ve no doubt seen unofficial events at many of the venues on St James’s Street close to Marine Parade on the sea front.
After complaints last year about inappropriate behaviour (it’s the only time we’ve seen fights break out at a Pride event!!) and, at the request of the licensing authorities, the “Pride Village” will be a contained area with entry by way of paid for wristbands from 6pm on Saturday 2 August and between 2pm and 8pm on Sunday 3 August.
More information is on the Pride website.
Official After Parties
Legends Hotel (31-34 Marine Parade) is hosting a two floor Pride terrace party on Friday and Saturday night.
The sprawling tentacles of London’s Beyond also reach Brighton as the official after hours party at Digital (King’s Road Arches) from 4am.
Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion
Audio also plays host to the Sunday Sundae Pride reunion on Sunday 3 August from 3pm.
Unofficial Pride events
Revenge (32-34 Old Steine) will be hosting unofficial Pride events from Thursday through to Sunday including Gaydio vs Revenge on Friday night and a roof terrace and Pride Allstars party on Saturday night.