One of the things I love about living close to Brighton is that there is always something going on. It’s such a vibrant city, there is always a new band to discover, quirky theatre performance to watch or exotic cuisine to try. Its a city that never sleeps, and you could never get bored in. So, this Spring I’m very excited as coming up are two of my very favourite festivals….
The first is the Brighton Fringe Festival.
The month long Brighton Fringe runs from 1st-31st May and is England’s largest arts festival. Featuring both new and established artists of all forms, the festival boasts 233 world premiere shows, over 200 comedy acts and an array of quirky experiences featuring Brighton’s Singing Barber and a musical about Dr Who (wonder who will want to see that one!). Events go on everyday across the city, from large theatres to dark dingy basements of your local pub. There will be magical events happening where you least expect it. The famous Spiegeltent returns as a favourite venue, based on the Old Steine.
I’ve been a huge fan of the Fringe Festival for a few years now and every year see a totally different selection of shows, ranging from a crime drama about that was so breathtaking I was on the edge of my seat, to a show about a drag queen who spent most of the play crying into her wig. The funniest has got to be the hilarious male burlesque dancer who threw a custard pie all over his naked body then jumped onto my friends lap (She had some explaining to do when she got home!). If you are around Brighton in May – do come and see some Fringe events, you won’t be disappointed!
My other favourite festival is the Foodies Festival.
I first went to the Foodies festival in 2013. An array of food stalls, drink tents and music is set up on Hove lawns, including an awesome double decker bar bus! The Foodies is down for a whole bank holiday weekend of eating all of the food you can manage (my favourite hobby) and washing it down with a few gin cocktails or local beer too! Cookery sessions with Top Chefs run throughout each day plus there is an awesome Drinks Theatre, where last year I learnt how to make awesome gin cocktails!
This year the Foodies Festival returns on the 2nd/3rd and 4th of May and I shall be blogging about the event again… and eating and drinking a LOT, of course (just giving the event a proper review…!) so watch this space for more on the Foodies!
Of course these aren’t the only festivals going on in Brighton, there is always something exciting on, it’s going to be an amazing season – I can’t wait!
Are you planning on going to any festivals this year?