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Tuesday 07 August 2018

It's A Wrap: Brighton Pride 2018 Weekend Breaks Records As City Basks In Summer Heatwave

It's official: Brighton & Hove Pride 2018 weekend was the biggest ever. Four hundred and fifty thousand people visited the city across the weekend, including those who flocked to its beaches to take advantage of the good weather.
Pic by Andy Sturmey

The Festival included for the first time, a Sunday rainbow family-friendly day, LOVEBN1FEST that was capped off by high-energy performances from Nile Rodgers and CHIC, as well as Jess Glynne

Highlight of the weekend for many was Britney Spears who wowed the crowd of 55,000 at Saturday's Brighton Pride Festival, with the first performance of her Piece of Me European Tour.

Brighton & Hove Pride Community Parade was also the largest, and most diverse ever, with over 300,000 people participating or watching the Colour My World themed spectacular.

Despite the hot weather, the number of people who required medical attention across the weekend was in proportion with crowd numbers, and there were no fatalities. Police reported that only 40 arrests were made across the City for the weekend.

Brighton Pride contracted Cityclean and additional private contractors to clean Preston Park, the Pride Village Party and the Old Steine on Saturday evening and on Sunday evening. 


Pride-goers left Preston Park smoothly on both evenings. The weekend was not seamless however, as visitors experienced difficulties accessing trains on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. 

In addition, there have been concerns about the volume of rubbish on the City"s streets this weekend.

Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton Pride CIC said

"Brighton Pride attracts a large crowd from Brighton & Hove and further afield to enjoy the city and its beaches, to see the Parade and take part in the Festival. 

"We are so pleased that our event brings a shared economic benefit to the City, to the tune of more than £18M."

"It is encouraging that all partners acknowledge there are lessons to be learned, and we are committed to working closely together to make future events even more successful."

by: Mike Cobley




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credit Andy Willsher

Musician and songwriter Andy Burrows and bestselling Hove-based author Matt Haig, whose friendship blossomed after they 'met' on Twitter, have spent the past year passing ideas back and forth to create a collection of songs loosely inspired by Haig's books.

Maverick Sabre's third album When I Wake Up is an acutely personal and poignant body of work from the songwriter and artist and includes guest appearances from Jorja Smith and Chronixx.

The London born, Brighton raised and BBC Sound 2019 Nominated singer Grace Carter found through music the strength to speak out, to face down heartbreak and forge something transformative from the pain. 
Photo credit: Sarah Millican

Comedian and writer Sarah Millican has just finished a year-long sell-out tour, including two dates at Brighton Dome, where she encouraged her audiences to make a donation to the Samaritans through bucket collections after every single show.

At 65 years old, and with an incurable illness, award-winning comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer decided to go to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 to do something he'd never done before: perform a one-man comedy show.

Canadian alt-rockers Dilly Dally's latest long-playing release, Heaven, rose from the ashes after the four-piece almost decided to call it quits following the rigorous cycle around their much-loved debut, Sore. 
Pic by Grant

Winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008, Andrea Gibson remains one of the most captivating performers in the spoken word poetry scene today. 

Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK, including Theatre Royal Brighton.

Last weekend Brighton & Hove Green Party began collecting donations of clothes, food and toiletries for a range of local charitable organisations which support the city's most vulnerable residents

The Turner Prize-nominated visual artist David Shrigley has created a personalised artwork to help raise funds for the Brighton Dome's refurbishment project.

The much anticipated Christmas Queens, at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, began via a video montage of some of the most famous and popular queens from all ten seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race.

After a successful inaugural outing this summer, Black Deer returns in 2019 for a three day celebration of Americana and Country at the Eridge Deer Park in Kent. 

Wave's inaugural podcast festival - which includes podcasts from lifestyle to film to comedy to music - is set to take place across a range of venues in Brighton.
(c) The Unthanks 2018

The Emily Brontë Song Cycle is a new work commissioned by the Brontë Society, written and recorded using Emily Brontë’s piano in her home, by composer, pianist and producer Adrian McNally of the band The Unthanks, and performed with sisters Rachel & Becky Unthank.

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