Record early sales for Brighton Pride tickets

Pride in Preston Park in 2012

Pride in Preston Park in 2012

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Tickets for the resurgent Pride festival are flying off the shelves at a record rate.

Pride Brighton and Hove organisers have sold as many tickets in the first three weeks as were sold in the first three months of last year’s event.

More than 7,000 cheaper early bird tickets costing £12.50 have already been snapped up by the most organised of partygoers in the first few weeks since they went on sale, raising £7,000 for good causes already.

Festival organisers say the strength of last year’s line-up is part of the reason why interest in this year’s event is so high.


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Disco legend Martha Walsh, original member of The Weather Girls, has already been announced in this year’s line-up, with many more acts to be named before the main event in Preston Park on Saturday, August 2.

Organisers are promising a louder and prouder event this year, with the Preston Park time extended until 10pm and also hosting a second day on August 3.

More than 160,000 people are expected to take part or watch the Pride Parade with this year’s theme of “The World’s A Disco”.

Paul Kemp, festival director, said: “The return of the main stage in 2013 was an amazing success with stars including Alison Moyet, Ms Dynamite, Paloma Faith, MK1, Stooshe and MKS insuring one of the best line-ups for Pride ever.

“We are really proud to have raised over £43,000 for our community groups and feel that Pride now has regained one of its main objectives in helping support our communities.

“The Pride festival is now a more diverse and safe event that’s open to the entire community, supporting equality and the ‘Freedom to Live’ message.

“We have already sold a record-breaking amount of tickets compared to previous years, so this will definitely be the best attended Brighton Pride ticketed event ever.”

Organisers are also promising fans an easier time getting into the venue this year after a small number of complaints were made in 2013.

Mr Kemp said fans were likely to see improvements to queuing to get into the park event this year with its longer opening hours meaning fewer ticketholders all trying to get in at the same time.

He added: “Pride is unique because unlike many other festivals, we have almost 30,000 people arriving in one place in a very short time period as the parade arrives.

“It is the Pride rush hour and this will always be a logistical headache for the organisers.

“But to help to address this issue Pride 2014 will operate a designated gate system plus queue busters to help us ensure queues are kept to a minimum.

“With the extended opening hours we hope everyone has longer on the park to enjoy the Pride celebrations.”

Tickets are available from brighton-pride.org or at local venues around St James’s Street.

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6:40am Fri 18 Apr 14

menowhere says...

and we are funding this because?
and we are funding this because? menowhere
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7:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

Camp Nigel says...

Because the world is one big disco menowhere. That's why. Don't be such a grumpy pants, put on your best sparkly frock and spin me around the dance floor.
Because the world is one big disco menowhere. That's why. Don't be such a grumpy pants, put on your best sparkly frock and spin me around the dance floor. Camp Nigel
  • Score: 5

10:14am Fri 18 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

Hosting a second day on sunday 3rd? cant see that on the pride website.
Hosting a second day on sunday 3rd? cant see that on the pride website. clubrob6
  • Score: -1

11:54am Fri 18 Apr 14

brightonaire says...

Why do we have to have this continually shoved down our throats... we got the message a long time ago... or do the gay community need continual cossetting and reassuring that it's 'alright' to be gay?
Why do we have to have this continually shoved down our throats... we got the message a long time ago... or do the gay community need continual cossetting and reassuring that it's 'alright' to be gay? brightonaire
  • Score: -2

12:36pm Fri 18 Apr 14

cleggandbacon says...

brightonaire wrote:
Why do we have to have this continually shoved down our throats... we got the message a long time ago... or do the gay community need continual cossetting and reassuring that it's 'alright' to be gay?
,,,, because freaks love to be in the spotlight .
[quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Why do we have to have this continually shoved down our throats... we got the message a long time ago... or do the gay community need continual cossetting and reassuring that it's 'alright' to be gay?[/p][/quote],,,, because freaks love to be in the spotlight . cleggandbacon
  • Score: -3

2:43pm Fri 18 Apr 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal.
Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal. PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Wide Bertha says...

PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote:
Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal.
indeed, as you even managed to convince everyone you are not normal, just by typing a few words on a newspaper website....
[quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal.[/p][/quote]indeed, as you even managed to convince everyone you are not normal, just by typing a few words on a newspaper website.... Wide Bertha
  • Score: -4

7:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

cookie_brighton says...

PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote:
Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal.
Agree.........you try to apply for a.....straight pride and see what the answer will be.
[quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: Why do we have to keep getting the Gays and Lesboes pride rammed down our throats every other week surely they must be outnumbered by the straite community and why should locals have to pay to go in a public park to see them corvorting everywhere surely they can find a corner somewhere in Kemp Towm to do it. Bring back the old Brighton Carnival fortnight for the majority of the city.I am far from being a prude but surely you don't have to walk around almost naked with your A--SE hanging out telling everyone you are not normal.[/p][/quote]Agree.........you try to apply for a.....straight pride and see what the answer will be. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 1

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