Brighton & Hove Pride 2022 preview

Brighton & Hove Pride 2022

Brighton and Hove have waited so long for the return of the city’s epic Pride event, but no-one will be disappointed when the delayed 30th anniversary Pride celebrations truly blast the city into a new era this summer.

Culminating in a weekend of campaigning, celebrating and fundraising for LGBTQ+ and community projects in Brighton & Hove over 6th & 7th August 2022, Pride is a celebration of how far we have come, but it is also an ongoing campaign for those marginalised communities at home and abroad who still suffer persecution on a daily basis. Brighton and Hove Pride fundraising events will ensure that vital funds continue to be raised for local LGBTQ+ and community projects.

This massive event promises to be an even more euphoric experience in 2022 than ever before, with headline acts of iconic status. The pulsating heart of Brighton & Hove Pride, the Pride Dance Tent is set to return to the huge 6,000 capacity Big Top. Previously playing host to some of clubland’s greats – including international superstar DJs Fatboy Slim, the one and only Boy George, DJ Fresh, The Freemasons, Seamus Haji, and Prök & Fitch, if Pride were a religion, the Pride Dance Big Top would be its church. And with yet more A-list names set to grace its hallowed decks this year, it will serve up the finest house and biggest beats to a crowd that just doesn’t want to stop.

With headline acts whose veins run with passion for everything Pride stands for, the 2022 event will be soul-warming. Hit-making house duo Gorgon City will be headlining the legendary 6,000 capacity Pride Dance Big Top. Paloma Faith, known for her artful pop theatricality and retro-soul sound, is confirmed to headline Sunday’s We Are Fabuloso on 7th August. Global superstar and eternal icon Christina Aguilera will headline on Saturday 6th August. The main stage line-up will be added to with an exclusive performance from the original Quarantine Queen, Todrick Hall.

Getting everybody’s party started in the Big Top, Gorgon City are world builders. Last year alone they racked up 212 million streams on Spotify.Their DJ sets for Defected’s Virtual Festival were a constant companion through lockdown, bringing people together and helping to raising millions at the same time.

During lockdown Gorgon City also created the epic album Olympia, with standout tracks like You’ve Done Enough, Tell Me It’s True, Nobody and House Arrest. Gorgon City’s interest in world building has taken on an even greater significance in the circumstances surrounding the album’s release, as dance music fans have spent over a year pining for their shuttered clubs and constantly reminded of the importance of these spaces and the need to protect and sustain them.

British singer Paloma Faith takes to the stage on Sunday 7th August, headlining We Are Fabuloso in Preston Park. Paloma was the recipient of the Attitude Honorary Gay Award in 2020, commenting, “I’m absolutely thrilled… [The LGBTQ+ community] just feels like my community. From school age, I’ve had friends who are gay men or girls who aren’t particularly bothered about labelling their sexuality; that’s how I’ve grown up. It’s something that’s part of who I am.

“When I hear homophobia, I take it personally. It feels like I’m defending myself.”

Paloma is also not afraid to use her status as a public figure for good and as a proud feminist, has spoken out on gender inequality in the media and music industry. She also revealed that she refers to her baby as “they” as she raises them in a gender-neutral environment away from what she believes as the harmful effects of “celebrity culture”.

Performing an array of hits from her extensive and much loved repertoire, this Pride exclusive show will have fans singing along to classics such as “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” and “Lullaby” as well as new songs from her fifth studio album “Infinite Things.”

Paloma Faith has garnered both critical

acclaim and chart success with her first 4 studio albums going double platinum. After numerous BRIT nominations, she also won her first BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015.

Legendary pop icon Christina Aguilera is the headline act on Saturday 6th August at We Are Fabuloso. Christina has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ+ community. From helping raise funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS to advocating for marriage equality and speaking out against anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, she consistently uses her global superstar platform to share a message of hope and inspiration to those who have been marginalized simply because of who they are.

In 2019 the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Ally for Equality Award and in a 2017 special love letter to the LGBTQ+community, Aguilera said, “The LGBTQ+community has never had it easy, the struggles each one of you faces daily on an individual level and on a broader political and cultural level are unimaginable, yet you keep fighting, you keep moving forward trailblazing and beating all odds with love always in your hearts.”

Hot on the heels of receiving the Music Icon Award at 2021 People’s Choice Awards, the Grammy Award-winning superstar will perform a Pride exclusive show at the 2022 Pride event.

Todrick Hall is also on the main stage at We Are Fabuloso on Saturday 6th August 2022 with headliner Christina Aguilera. Fresh from the launch of his brilliant new album Femuline featuring collabs with Chaka Khan, Brandy, Tyra Banks, Ts Madison and Nicole Scherzinger, Todrick has become an inspirational, larger-than-life character, simply by embracing everything he wants to be to become everything he can be.  With over 800 million views on YouTube, he’s worked with Beyoncé, won “Video for Good” VMA as co-executive producer on Taylor Swift’s LGBTQ+ anthem “You Need to Calm Down”, and starred in a selection of Broadway smashes with Billboard summarising his huge appeal as: “He’s part old-school theatre showman, part new-school internet personality, part drag queen… he’s also pushing the boundaries of LGBTQ+ representation in a business that has historically been unwelcoming to queer people of colour.”

Brighton & Hove Pride is a Pride to be proud of. Alongside the smiles, sunshine and good times, Brighton Pride’s sole ethos is to promote tolerance and diversity within communities and to organise inclusive events. Supporting local charities and good causes is the cornerstone of Brighton and Pride, a ‘Pride with Purpose.’

We Are Fabuloso is the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+Pride event with community fundraising at its heartand is Brighton & Hove Pride’s main fundraiser for the Brighton Rainbow Fund in Preston Park on 6th and 7th August.