A musician and Radio 1 DJ has been announced as the guest director for the 2023 Brighton Festival.

Nabihah Iqbal is best known for her critically acclaimed electronic pop album Weighing On The Heart.

The musician will join a number of renowned performers and artists who have previously directed the festival, including poet Kae Tempest and sculptor Anish Kapoor.

Iqbal said: “It is an absolute honour to take on the role of guest director for Brighton Festival 2023. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to bring together artists and thinkers whose work I truly admire, to culminate in a celebration of creativity, ideas and community.

“It’s so important to support each other, to nurture the spaces and scenes in which we operate and to work together and be open-minded - these are the things which have inspired my vision for the festival.

The Argus: Nabihah IqbalNabihah Iqbal (Image: Shahir Iqbal)

“Looking back on my early days of organising DIY music shows in libraries and laundrettes with my friends, and now with this incredible curatorial opportunity in front of me, the whole journey of getting to this point feels even more poignant. I’m looking forward to putting together a festival that is beautiful, memorable and inspiring.”

Iqbal has worked for a number of different broadcasters, working with BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA. She has also performed at several notable venues including the Tate Modern and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

She is currently writing her second album which is due for release later this year.

Nabihah Iqbal is the 14th guest director to take part in the Brighton Festival, the annual festival of arts and culture.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, said: “Nabihah Iqbal personifies the eclectic, intellectually curious and culturally adventurous spirit of Brighton Festival.

“Working with Nabihah is a joyful, mind-stretching, energising journey through a vast range of art and artists. We can’t wait to bring her vision for the festival to audiences next year and share the excitement she and her collaborators have for this great crucible of culture and ideas.”

Brighton Festival will be held from May 6 to May 28, 2023.