Brighton and Hove Pride is an annual event held in the city of Brighton and Hove, England, organised by Brighton Pride, a community interest company (CIC) who promote equality and diversity, and advance education to eliminate discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The major event is an annual summer festival held in the first week of August,[1] which usually consists of a parade through the city centre, a festival event in Preston Park, the Gay Village Party and other club parties. Since 2013, it has also included an Arts and Film Festival and a Pride Dog Show.

Pride attracts an estimated 400,000 to the city over the Pride weekend [2] across the Pride parade, Preston Park festival[3] and the event brings 2% of the city's annual visitors in one day[3] and an estimated £18 million to the city's economy,[4] credited as one of the main ways Brighton has boosted its economy from tourism.[5]


Brighton and Hove Pride began with a gay demonstration in Brighton in October 1972 by The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) and a full pride march in July 1973.[6]

Pride returned to the city in 1991 with the Brighton Area Action Against Section 28 which brought hundreds to the streets.[7] The first contemporary Pride took place in 1992 and began to increase significantly in size in future years with the support of sponsors, pubs, clubs and drag artists. Since 1996, the park festival has been based at Preston Park.

In 2004, Brighton Pride became a charity, to develop the event, to advance public education - by raising awareness of issues affecting LGBT people, and to make grants and donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations in the area. In 2011, organisers controversially introduced an entry fee to the park festival, as the company was in financial ruin and ran up over £200,000 in debt, subsequently becoming bankrupt. Since 2013, Pride has been under new management and has raised over £410,000 for local LGBT community groups.[when?] The event now includes the traditional community parade, the park festival in Preston Park, the Pride Village Party in Kemptown, an Arts and Film Festival, a Pride Dog Show and several club parties around the city.


Below is a list of artists who have headlined on the main stage at Brighton Pride in the past.

Saturday 2 August

Heather Peace
Neon Jungle
Kimberly Wyatt
Katy B
Sam Bailey

Saturday 1 August

The Human League
Bright Light Bright Light
Ella Henderson
Fatboy Slim
Ms Dynamite

Saturday 6 August

Sister Sledge
Carly Rae Jepsen
Alesha Dixon
DJ Fresh
Dua Lipa
Fleur East
Imani Williams
Seann Miley Moore

Saturday 5 August

Pet Shop Boys
Years & Years
Becky Hill
Fickle Friends
Louisa Johnson


Saturday 4 August

Sunday 5 August

Britney Spears[9]
Ella Eyre[10]
Pixie Lott[11]
Louise Redknapp[12]

Nile Rodgers & Chic[15]
Jess Glynne[16]
House Gospel Choir[19]


  1. ^ "All About Pride". Archived from the original on 2005-08-04. 
  2. ^ "GAY PRIDE PARADE ATTRACTS THOUSANDS". Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b http://brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/brighton-pride-just-celebration/
  4. ^ "Will Brighton Pride come before a fall?". The Argus. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Bowden, Geoffrey (10 September 2013). "How Brighton has boosted tourism with Pride, marathons, rugby and Turner". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  6. ^ www.sitebysimon.co.uk, Simon Chilton -. "Brighton Ourstory :: A History of Lesbian & Gay Brighton Chapter 3: Out of the Closet, 1967-87". www.brightonourstory.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  7. ^ www.sitebysimon.co.uk, Simon Chilton -. "Brighton Ourstory :: A History of Lesbian & Gay Brighton Chapter 4: A Community Comes of Age, 1988-2001". www.brightonourstory.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  8. ^ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/paloma-faith-mks-and-alison-moyet-join-line-brighton-pride030513/
  9. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/britney-launches-european-tour-at-brighton-pride/
  10. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/ella-eyre-joins-pride-festival-main-stage-line-up/
  11. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/pixie-lott-joins-pride-festival-main-stage-line-up/
  12. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/louise-joins-pride-festival-main-stage-line-up/
  13. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/mnek-joins-pride-festival-main-stage-line-up/
  14. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/mabel-joins-pride-festival-main-stage-line-up/
  15. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/nile-rodgers-chic-to-headline-pride-lovebn1fest/
  16. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/jess-glynne-joins-lovebn1fest-line-up/
  17. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/raye-joins-lovebn1fest-line-up/
  18. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/gabrielle-joins-lovebn1fest-line-up/
  19. ^ https://www.brighton-pride.org/house-gospel-choir-joins-lovebn1fest-line-up/

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