From world famous festivals to fabulous super-clubs: Here’s our pick of LGBT Brighton
Club and Bar Revenge is one of Brighton’s premier gay nightspots. It has stood proud at the head of Brighton’s gay strip for over 21 years, providing everything from karaoke to big name chart stars performing live. The club is spread over three floors including the Box Bar and the decked roof terrace with great panoramic views of Brighton seafront and the Pier.
The Bar is friendly and fun, on Brighton’s seafront, featuring a great wine list, an evening cocktail menu and great entertainment. There’s a split mezzanine level decked out with comfy sofas, with a vibrant pre-clubbing feel in the evenings.
Brighton is home to one of the biggest and best Pride Festivals in the UK. Loved locally and acclaimed nationally, Brighton & Hove Pride is a celebration of all that is great about the city’s vibrant LGBT community.
The Parade always has a flamboyant and colourful theme, kicking off the weekend in style while raising awareness to LGBT issues. The Preston Park Festival promises live acts, a market and community area.
The infamous Kemptown street party goes on all weekend, plus the Pride Arts & Film Festival also runs alongside the celebrations with a programme of film & cultural events with an LGBT theme.
Brighton Bear Weekender began as a small local event in the summer of 2011, bringing bears and admirers from the Brighton area together for a weekend of social events. It has grown steadily since, attracting around 500 men from the UK and beyond in 2014. Now in its FIFTH year, it’s going to be bigger than ever! Running from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2015. The events will include a Welcome Night with cabaret, the Bear Cave, Come to Daddy and GRRR club nights, the Bear Shaft evening disco, the delightful Picnic in the Park (with superb food from local charity Lunch Positive), breakfast with the bears, a Sunday Roast lunch (or if you prefer, the alternative Sunday Roasting at Brighton Sauna), the Fur Foam Party at Brighton’s popular cruise bar Subline, drinks and drag on the sunny terrace at Legends, and more. There’s no need to register; some events have a small entry fee, but an optional £5 wristband (soon to be available to buy via our website) will bring you discounts on these, some great drinks deals at the event venues, and discounts at Prowler and Brighton Sauna all weekend. Make sure to keep checking the website once you have your wristband to watch the list of discounts grow! Be “Where the bears are” this summer and come on down to Brighton Bear Weekender!”
Brighton Pride Lesbian Weekender features the biggest lesbian events over Pride weekend with the very best in female DJs from Brighton and London, and the hottest crowds!
The four events open with a Pride pre-party at Audio, featuring all female DJs. Then at the Preston Park Festival there is a Women’s Dance Tent featuring the finest DJs the women’s club scene has to offer. The Official Brighton Pride Gay Girls After Party, Brighton’s biggest annual lesbian event, takes place at Concorde 2. Finally, the Brighton Pride Official Girls Garden Party at Neighbourhood happens on Sunday- party through to sunset with all girl DJs.
The Lesbian Lives Conference is the world’s only annual academic conference in Lesbian Studies – it is a large international event that draws speakers and participants from all continents and hosts the best-known as well as emerging scholars in the field.
Pink Fringe combines theatre, cabaret, comedy, dance, immersive art and entertainment, presenting an exciting and ambitious programme of live performance throughout the year.
Pink Fringe is committed to the ongoing development of artists making LGBT themed work and they run commissioning projects and development schemes to support this.
Their aim is to challenge perceptions around diverse work, specifically art created by and about LGBT people, placing it in multiple contexts with the aim of attracting new audiences.
A key Brighton fringe venue, The Marlborough Theatre is located in one of the city’s oldest public houses dating back to 1794. The building is rich in rumours of tunnels to the Pavilion, debauchery, and hauntings. These days it is a friendly venue to all with a focus on LGBT Brighton. The intimate 60-seat theatre complete with proscenium-arch stage is home to a huge variety of performances throughout the year including theatre, comedy and music.
A high point during the year is the massive fringe festival programme that overtakes the theatre in May, featuring over 80 performances across 26 days.
Eyes Wide Open Cinema is an exploration of Queer Cinema, a series of film screenings that explore the past, present and future of queer cinema. Their aim is to pay special attention to choosing titles that deserve screen time and encourage a healthy discourse afterwards.
Each title is presented as a special event, with introduction and post-film discussion where possible. Sometimes this will be with director and cast and other evenings with academics or simply great fans of the work.
A stalwart of the comedy scene in Brighton for 10 years and a favourite on the gay scene, Bent Double is an irreverent night of fun and frolics hosted by Zoe Lyons (of Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow fame). Lyons is the reigning comedy queen of Brighton and she brings a host of fresh and well-seasoned comedy talent to Komedia every month.