Stephen Bailey and Zoe Lyons to host We Are FABULOSO Brighton & Hove Pride’s Summer Digital Festival
Brighton & Hove Pride is thrilled to announce comedians and broadcasters Stephen Bailey and Zoe Lyons to host We Are FABULOSO! Brighton & Hove Pride’s Digital Festival, live from a purpose-built studio in Brighton this summer on Saturday 1st August. The show will be live-streamed on the Brighton Pride website, YouTube, Twitch and other platforms to be announced.
Stephen is a cocktail of class, caring and comedy, with the most flamboyant umbrella to top it all off. He’s a comedian, presenter, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment and an in-demand talent for all thing’s showbiz/entertainment.
Currently, he is the narrator of ITV Be’s Ferne McCann: First Time Mum, the host of Takeshi’s Castle on Comedy Central, and had done loads of other telly including Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mastermind (BBC One), Coronation Street & Good Morning Britain (ITV) and The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC Two)… but he still cannot get on Strictly.
Zoe has been a regular on the comedy circuit for many years and runs and hosts the very popular Bent Double night at Brighton Komedia. As well as many regular radio appearances, her television appearances include Have I Got News for You, Celebrity MasterChef and being a series regular on Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2), Room 101 (BBC1), Hypothetical (Dave), Dave Gorman’s Terms and Conditions Apply (Dave), Pointless Celebrities (BBC1) and winner of Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1).
Marking 30 years of LGBTQ+ campaigning, protest and celebration while helping raise essential funds for our LGBTQ+ community groups, We Are FABULOSO! will feature live, recorded and archive footage of local and international artists, performers, activists and DJs.
As with every Brighton & Hove Pride, the day itself will kick off with a ‘virtual’ LGBTQ+ Community Parade featuring a procession highlighting the amazing work of our essential community groups and charities.
Brighton & Hove Pride has hosted some of the world’s biggest artists including Britney Spears, Kylie, the Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and many more, and viewers will be taken on a virtual tour of the Pride Festival in Preston Park site to dropping in at all the stages and tents to sample the atmosphere and flavour of this jewel in the LGBTQ+ crown as well as looking at highlights from years gone by.
Live audiences via Zoom will provide colour and atmosphere for most segments and anyone can apply to be onscreen at https://www.brighton-pride.org/audience-wanted/
With an extensive schedule of events centred around the original Pride weekend of 31st July–1st August 2020, there will also be a host of online warm-up events and house parties to get you ready and in the mood for the main We Are FABULOSO! digital festival!
All the entertainment will be free to view so viewers across the world should start planning their Pride parties now. Whether from the comfort of your own homes or gathering a group of friends in the garden; as lockdown restrictions are relaxed, we are hoping that some bars will be able to stream the festival live to big screens too. A full schedule will be released nearer the time so viewers can plan their day!
Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Pride said; “Brighton & Hove Pride is such an important community fundraiser for our LGBTQ+ groups and to not have a Pride event this year really affects our ability to raise these essential funds and could seriously jeopardise the future of some groups. We really hope everyone gets behind this fundraising effort.
“Brighton & Hove Pride is a time to come together to celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in our great city, and just because we are not able to meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t support and celebrate our fantastic LGBTQ+ communities.”
Viewers are encouraged to make a donation so Brighton & Hove Pride can continue its essential fundraising for our community organisations that provide so much support throughout the year.
Our sole ethos is to promote respect within our community and support local charities and causes through fundraising. In the last six years we have raised over £920,000 for neighbouring charities, projects and community groups, distributed through The Brighton Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.