The alternative 2017 Festival Guide from The Pit London (2017)
Part Two

Welcome to part two of your Alternative festival guide. Now, as a Brightonian this feature is going to be on the Brighton Festival that runs from the 6th – 28th of May. But wait now - stay with me here! Brighton is but a 40min - 1hr journey from East Croydon on the train, and is about the same driving. I hate to sound like a mum, I know travel is expensive but if you book in advance you will genuinely save a fortune. Trust me, I would know!

This summer I want everyone to get out of ends. Get outside of your comfort zone. Leave Heath. Leave Enfield. Travel. Do something different; and honestly, Brighton festival is an insane amalgamation of literally EVERYTHING you can think of that could inspire your art form, or even just your life.

So firstly I’m going to break down this volume for you guys. Brighton festival has performances and events including:

  • Art
  • Film
  • Books
  • Debate
  • Classical music
  • Contemporary music
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Outdoor
  • Spoken word
  • Theatre

Not all of these might tickle your fancy but a lot of the events are free, and you can easily make a day or weekend of it. So, in true Pit London style I’m only going to outline the acts and performances that really stick with our ethos, then, if you’re interested check out the official website for a better look, booking, more acts and, most likely better descriptions. I'll be featuring stuff that’s both ticketed and free. Basically if it sounds lit its in!


Ocean Wisdom, The Four Owls & Jam Baxter (High Focus Records Special)
UK Hip Hop, undiluted, unfiltered talent, an impressive line up from High Focus Records. You will find me here.
Fri 12th May
Brighton Dome concert hall
£12.50 - £16 Seated/£16 Standing
Check em all out here

Yussef Kamaal
Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams take inspiration from the sounds of London to create their own urban Jazz, self taught and combining manual and electronic, another one you’ll find me at.
Saturday 20th May
St Nicholas church
Check em out





Kate Tempest & Band (Plus REMI)
Poet, Rapper, Playwright and even guest creative director of The Brighton Festival. One of three performances this year so have a look if you cant make this one!
Fri 26th May
Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Seated £16.50 / Standing £18.50
Check her out

Poetry & Theatre

Bang Said The Gun
Political, trivial, serious and funny, for people who don’t like poetry.
Sun 20th May 8.00pm
The Spire
Check it out


Boys Don’t
Funny and heartbreaking, Boy’s Don’t seeks to explore the concept of emotional experiences through life, and opens the possibility for a much needed change in male expression of emotion. You will find me here.
Sun 21st May 2.00pm & 4.00pm
The Spire
Read more





Democracy Debate : What comes next?
Featuring a panel of names such as Caroline Lucas and David Runciman these MP’s, authors and chancellors get together to talk about what’s next after Brexit and Trump gate.
Sat 13th May 7.30pm
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Gary Younge in conversation with Colin Grant
Another day in the death of America, new book by Journalist Younge gathers to talk about the shocking statistics of children shot dead by guns in America and the role of arms in Trump’s America.
Sat 20th May 7.30pm
Brighton & Hove high school
Check him out

Art & Film

The Unfilmables
A team of film and art boffs get together to represent the mythical films that never made it to screen such as Stanley Kubricks Napoleon and David Lynchs Return of the jedi, through audio visuals.
Sun 14th May 9.30pm
Duke of Yorks Picturehouse
£16, Students £15
Read more

The Unfair
Explore how to cope with your anger, The Unfair is an arcade/ fairground that explores coping with negative emotions, so have a game of angry Jenga, throw stuff or visit the bottle it up bar
Fri 19th May – Sun 21st May 10am-5pm
The New Steine
Pay what you feel
Read more



The Bright Room
A community darkroom and workshop, available to use for free, run by none other than Eddie Otchere, famous for his portraits of Wu Tang Klan, Biggie Smalls and Mos Def to name a few.
114 Church Street
Workshops: Tue 23rd May – Fri 26th May
£5 PH, Free for students, Unemployed and under 18’s
4.00pm- 7.00pm
Gallery: Sat 27th May – Sun 28th May
11.00am – 11.00pm

All in all we have a great collection of things happening next month, including Fringe festival which is a whole separate entity, we also have our beach front cinema showing classic and new movies and big sports events and obviously, the sea, and a load of great open mic nights, gigs and festivals too!

Honestly if you check out the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe you WILL find something for you, something free and something you’ve never experienced before.

So hit me up on socials if you’re making your way down to anything, or if you wanna visit any of the things I said I’ll be at but have no one to go with. I can guide you - lets get tipsy.

Stay hydrated people!


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