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Brighton’s Top Music Festivals: Summer 2019

12 June 2019 | Maisy Farren

Spotlight on: Pride Festival
3-4 August 

Commonly thought to have the best Pride event in the whole of the UK, Brighton’s Pride Festival is as unique, impressive and extra as you could possibly imagine. Thousands flock to this LGBTQ+ hub in order to celebrate inclusivity, respect and love on this widely adored August weekend. And, if there was ever a weekend to come down, it’d be this one. 2019 marks 50 years since the crucial Stonewall Riots, where members of New York’s LGBT community took to the streets to protest the NYPD and the anti-gay society in which they lived. This momentous event gave rise to the Pride events that we know today, and this year Brighton celebrates ‘Generations of Love – Celebrating 50 years of campaigning with Pride’.
 
There is, of course, a jam-packed line up in offer this year-round. The main event is the Pride Community Parade, which sees charities, community groups and independent businesses march through town in an all-singing, all-dancing carnival style parade. Thousands line the streets to get a piece of the action and enjoy the remarkable atmosphere. Whilst that’s your Saturday morning covered; rest assured that the fun doesn’t stop there. Preston Park will be transformed into a ‘paradisiacal playground’ over the entire weekend, offering dance tents, huge stages, a community village and amazing food and drink options. Head down on the Saturday where you can catch the Aussie legend that is KYLIE MINOGUE, chart toppers Clean Bandit and ex-jungle resident Fleur East. Brighton’s clubs and pubs then come alive with late-night Pride after parties and the city comes alive on St James’s Street. If your Sunday morning hangover isn’t as brutal as you expected then another day of icons takes to Preston Park, including Grace Jones, Jessie J and Nina Nesbitt. We suggest booking the following Monday off work, might be for the best. 
 
Pride is, at its very heart, a celebration of inclusivity and acceptance. We do, however, request that allies of the community who don’t identify as LGBTQ+ recognise that this festival is a celebration of queer identity. It’s not just a music festival, or a reason to get drunk, and to be an ally you must be one 365 days a year, not just on Pride weekend. 
 
 
Image credit: Boundary Brighton via Facebook
The Best of the Rest:
 
Boundary
28 September 

Only in its fourth year, Boundary promises to ‘push your festival going experience right to the limit and transcend your previous conceptions of what an immersive fun party can be’. As this festival is held much later than most summer events, there’s still time for plenty of acts to be announced. But the line-up as it stands is enough to garner attention. Headlined by Chase & Status, Andy C and Camelphat it’s a one-day event expertly filled with dance music and DJs.  You can also get a discounted ticket if you go to Brighton University! 

Chilled in a Field
26-28 July 
 
Born of 90’s ravers who’ve grown up and settled down, Chilled in a Field is the perfect spot for young ravers (and their kids) to get down again. The entirely family-friendly festival has heaps of activities for children and their parents to enjoy together, as well as DJ sets and dance tents for staying up all night long. The non-for-profit festival is no soulless money trap, and all the money goes back into the next year’s festivals. The bar promises to be cheaper than your city centre local and you can enjoy environmentally conscious fun both through the day and well into the night. 

Rum & Reggae Festival
20 July 
 
If you like rum and you like reggae, then have we got a day out for you. All evening long Brighton Racecourse will welcome a host of esteemed reggae artists, including Harmony Reggae and Friendly Fire. There’ll be carnival dancers, obligatory traditional Jamaican food stalls and an unbelievable amount of rum. Imported from the West Indies, Cuba, South America and the USA, you’ll get the chance to sample a whole load of rums and enjoy some delicious rum based cocktails. You can also order your favourite bottle, and have it sent to your house. Don't forget to have a glass of water before you go to bed after this one! 

All tickets available at time of publishing. 
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