Posted April 27th 2017
Brighton May Festival Season BEGINS!
It’s Brighton May Festival season!
Each year, May is when Brighton is at its busiest. Thousands upon thousands of events happening in every nook and cranny of Brighton and Hove. It’ll be bustling and it’ll be festive!
Brighton Festival (6 – 28 May)
A festival that consistently and continuously excels in innovative and original events, this year spoken-word musician Kate Tempest has taken the reigns as curator with the theme ‘Everyday Epic’. Alongside her own performances there’ll be site=specific events such as For The Birds happening in Shoreham; screenings of cult favourite films with live orchestra such as Under The Skin; new adaptations of pieces such as Gabriel and Swan Lake; as well as more political and social events such as ‘Election Year in the Life of One Family’. Kate’s curation is all about bringing art to the masses, and not only holing it away to a left-field niche.
Brighton Fringe (5 May – 4 June)
Brighton Fringe always prides itself in having affordable (and even free!) events to be as open to as many people as possible. This year Fringe has a record-breaking 970 events taking place, covering all kinds of art forms: comedy, carbaret, theatre, dance, circus, music! Much-loved pop-up venues such as the Spiegeltent and The Warren will be back as well as some new places such as ShinyTown and events such as Dutch Season.
The Great Escape Festival (18 – 20 May)
The Great Escape returns, bigger than it ever has been. It has expanded into having a hugely thriving and wonderful Alternative Great Escape which takes into account much of Brighton’s local music scene which can some times be lost in the glossier official line-up. Keep an eye out for local venues and promoters hosting their own events such as Love Thy Neighbour downstairs at the Hope & Ruin, Acid Box at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and wonderful acts such as ZOFFF, Speak Galactic, Seadog at the Black Dove. Also be sure to check out the French Music Bureau’s export during the weekend to, details here.
Open Artist Houses (6 – 28 May)
A wonderful community-based festival, completely free, where 200 houses and studios open their doors for people to come in and view it. There are 14 art trails spannign all over the Brighton area, a wonderful way to explore the city and its surroundings.