The most highly anticipated show the city’s LGBTQ festival has possibly ever seen, it was as crazy as it was wonderful. Britters in a corset and suspenders, lip-syncing to her biggest hits, in front of an ‘up for it’ crowd, on a balmy summer’s evening after one of the best days in BN1’s calendar. So what if Southern Fail cocked up the end of the evening in the most spectacular fashion? Ms Spears had us partying on the beach for at least a few days afterwards, right?
It has been one hell of a year. From the influx of thousands of artists during festival season to watching many of our most-loved Brighton bands bloom into genuine world beaters, 2018 has been an incredibly successful year for music locally. Our Brightonsfinest writers now look back over the past 12 months to remember their highlights on record and in the live sphere as well as the ones we missed.
There is no bigger event in Brighton than Pride, and this year’s celebration of inclusivity and equality broke all records with more than 450,000 in town on a sweltering Saturday. At Preston Park, tens of thousands gathered in order to witness a truly staggering event. Britney Spears in Brighton. When the news of her booking was announced back in January, you could almost hear the entire city draw in its breath sharply in disbelief. That noise turns into an ear-splitting shriek when she finally appears on stage a few minutes before 9pm.