May is a busy month for Brighton, with three big events happening around the city. The Great Escape Festival runs from May 17th to 19th. It is also the Brighton Fringe 4 May – 3 June and the Brighton Festival 5-27 May. There is so much going on that there is something for everyone. Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.
The children’s Parade always kicks off the Brighton Festival in style. With almost 5000 local school children taking part this is one event you definitely cannot miss. I actually have tickets to see Amanda Palmer who is part of the Brighton Festival. She is one of my favourite singers, and I’ve seen her many times before. I’ve been a fan of her since she was part of The Dresden Dolls, and I can’t wait to see her again. There are a few other shows that look really interesting including The World of Moomin Valley and this talk with Michael Rosen.
Brighton Fringe includes 998 events at over 155 venues across 4 weeks, and is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. My friend Jay Cowle actually has a show in the fringe, having previously taken part last year. He has also performed at Edinburgh festival a few times, and also runs a comedy club once a month in Woking. After looking through the free guide I’ve picked out a few other shows that have caught my eye.
So here are my top picks for Brighton Fringe
- Monski Mouse Baby Disco – I think Clem would love this. She absolutely loves music and dancing. Featuring retro hits and nursery rhymes, this is perfect for under 5’s.
- Gingzilla Glamonster vs the world – Set in a 1950’s drive-in movie (Godzilla, Attack of the 50ft Woman, King Kong), experience this behemoth sized Bearded Lady-Man as she tears up the stage, questions your orientation and leaves you gagging for more!
- The Fairytale Fair – featuring 45 carefully chosen stalls by local designer and makers. I am definitely planning on going along to this.
- Knightmare Live– I went a preview of this a few years ago and loved it. Growing up in the 90’s Knightmare was the show that every one wanted to go on! If you loved the TV show then don’t miss this live version of the show.
- Lolo Brow – this is not suitable for under 18’s as it features nudity and swearing. Lolo Brow is a burlesque artist and drag queen.
- Courtney Act – Winner of CBB this year, star of RuPauls Drag Race is performing at The Spiegeltent
If you are planning on going to any shows I would love to know.