Brighton Festival and Fringe are both reporting record ticket sales with just days to go before the annual events.

The Fringe, which will run from May 4 for four weeks for the first time, is 40% up on the same time last year – with many shows already sold out.

Among them is La Clique, the event’s showpiece cabaret show which is being held in the Spiegeltent in the Old Steine.

Many of the city tours are sold out including the guided walk around Embassy Court and Brighton Station and thousands of tickets have been sold for shows on May 11.

Julian Caddy, the Fringe director, said: “The take up this year for tickets has defied all economic trends or reasonable logic and proves just how resilient Brighton Fringe is.

“There is still a lot of work to do though but the early signs are extremely encouraging. I’m looking forward to May more than ever.”

The festival, which runs from May 4 to 26, is also reporting record sales with many events sold out.

Among them is The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle on the weekend of May 17 and 18.

Also sold out is interactive play event Flathmapton and a number of Michael Rosen’s literature talks.

Record-breaking demand

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Festival, said: “The demand and enthusiasm for this year’s events has been record-breaking.

"With so many shows across a wide range of art forms, it’s wonderful to see our programme capturing the imagination of ticker buyers old and new.

“It’s also great to see the city beginning to get in the Festival spirit – our Michael Rosen mural in the Lanes is just one example. Keep your eyes peeled for others that will be popping up across the city soon.”

The mural, which is on the wall of Bagelman in Bond Street, is a mock up of the cover of this year’s programme.

Made up of guest director Michael Rosen’s eyes and hands, it draws inspiration from the abstract German art.

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