Less than two weeks to go before the rainbow flags will be flying again all over Brighton as the UK’s biggest Pride festival returns with an eclectic mix of entertainment and events and, of course, loads of glitter. Time to check out what this year’s celebrations will hold for you.
As every year, Pride Saturday will kick off with the spectacular Brighton Pride Community Parade, starting at 11 am on Saturday on Hove Lawns. Considered to be the jewel of the Pride weekend, the Carnival of Diversity will fill Brighton’s streets with a vibrant and colourful mix of music, floats, bands, costumes and dancing.
Having watched the parade, it will be time to head over to Preston Park not to miss a minute of the spectacular Pride Festival featuring an incredible music line-up on eight different stages. The Pride Main Stage will be headlined by no other than the legendary Pet Shop Boys who will hold their first Pride performance in 20 years. They will be joined by many other well-known artists such as electronic pop threesome Years & Years, 2015 X-factor winner Louisa Johnson and stunning girl band M.O.
Multi-award winning David Morales, one of the godfathers of House, has been announced as headline-act at the Wild Fruit Dance Tent which will also see a spectacular live performance of House diva Jocelyn Brown. It will be the last time the Wild Fruit will be part of the Pride Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary and farewell with an incredible clubnight while ever-sparkling Lola Lasagne will host another fantastic show at the Legends Cabaret Big Top.
After a spectacular debut success last year, the amazing Pleasure Gardens will return to the city’s Old Steine and Victoria Gardens, providing three days of enchanting entertainment, saucy wonders, live performances, local bands, DJs and hot clubbing as Friday night’s Pride Goes Pop – S Club Party will mark the beginning of the Pride weekend.
But what would Brighton Pride be without the famous Pride Village Party that has the St James Street area and Madeira Drive closed off for traffic and turned into a massive party zone bursting with rainbow colours and glitter to celebrate the LGBT community and give people the chance to connect with each other.
Brighton & Hove Pride is on from Friday, 4th of August, until Sunday, 6th of August. Tickets are on sale here.
The main events in brief:
Pride Community Parade: Saturday, 5th of August, at 11 am on Hove Lawns.
Pride Village Party: Saturday, 5th of August, 6 pm till midnight, and Sunday, 6th of August, 3 pm to 9 pm.
Pride Festival: Saturday, 5th of August, noon to 10 pm at Preston Park.
Pride Pleasure Gardens: Friday, 4th of August, to Sunday, 6th of August, at the Old Steine and Victoria Gardens.