Those in the know, know about Brighton Fringe Festival
Brighton is always a good place to visit, even more so in the spring, when the city is filled with less day trippers and more culture vultures who congregate on the Level and beyond for the annual Fringe festival. The city and its unique venues (carparks, spare rooms, park and loyal Spiegleltent) are all a hive of activity throughout the month of May and early June.
If you thought you were broad-minded, then there will definitely be something to raise your eyebrow, or temperature during the diverse activities, events and life changing experiences, so be warned for some fun!
You can’t walk the streets without stumbling over a lamp-post spattered with flyers, all offering eye candy even more enticing than the last; But rather than looking tacky or tasteless, it enhances the vibe and is the ideal way to get people to stop n stare.
Brighton is infamous for theatre, comedy, music and art (as well as the occasional oversized seagull), and the festival celebrates all that it great with the eclectic bunch of people who choose to live there.
Edinburgh Fringe might be Queen of the North and trounce us with over treble the number of shows, but Brighton remains the cool little sister and showcases a respectable 800 performances throughout the month. And when you are not ‘Fringe-ing’ the seaside definitely has lots to offer- check out the Laines and the cockles, which the Scotch neighbours don’t have.
One of the highlights for Brighton Fringe, is the Bank Holiday All Nighter. Not just for disco dancing, this carefully curated showcase is perfect for insomniacs and those with FOMO (fear of missing out)! More than 120 events and performances happen across the Fringe clubs, museums, cafes, bars, galleries and shops- all on the Friday night!!!
This year’s highlights included a crew of unfeasibly bendy folk doing acrobatic type things. Billed as an extravaganza of acrobatics, comedy, clown, contortion and juggling stunts, which I still don’t think possible, at Fringe City; With twenty minute slots for each act, this is the place to go for your quick hit!
Anything and everything at the infamous Spiegleltent is a must – if you ever get tickets for Boogaloo Stu’s cult 1970s pilot gameshow 'Crimplene Millionaire' you are in for a treat- I promise you, you will leave with seriously sore cheeks!
With many of Brighton pubs in on the action, the Laughing Horse comedians are on stand by to do late night stand up, so there really is no escape from the fun...
The 3am closing time of the Komedia is the place to go for some cabaret. Nestled in the middle of Brighton’s thronging lanes, its guaranteed to be a jolly good show, and this year was hosted by the Lip Sinkers. Warning- expect lots of men in dresses at the after party! But you have the next twelve months to get prepared.
See you next year!
By Sara Darling
Reporting on culture travel, creative events and social issues.
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