2016 is gearing up to be a fun filled year in Brighton, and we haven’t even shaken the dust off 2015 yet.
There’s tons to get excited about in and around the city – concerts, gigs, shows, exhibitions, and festivals – so check out our list of the top 20 things to look forward to in the city in 2016.
1. Theatre Royal Brighton
The year kicks off with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is playing until January 2, and then there’s loads to look forward to over the course 2016 – Annie, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, King Charles III, Swan Lake, Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and many more exciting productions.
New Road, BN1 1SD, 0844 8717650, atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton
2. 1927’s Golem
Kick 2016 off with an excellent show! 1927 is bringing their new award winning show GOLEM to The Old Market until January 16. The performance has been described as ‘like a giant graphic novel burst into life’, which ‘invites audiences to take a step through the looking glass into a dark and fantastical tale of extraordinary, ordinary man’.
11a Upper Market Street, BN3 1AS, 01273 201801, theoldmarket.com
3. Brighton Festival 2016
It’s the 50th anniversary of Brighton Festival in 2016, so expect fireworks at this year’s event, which will take place from May 7 to 29. The first show to be revealed so far is ‘The Complete Deaths’, which will be performed by physical comedy company Spymonkey and directed by Tim Crouch. Full programme of events to be announced mid-February.
4. Upcoming concerts and gigs
Jason Derulo, Wet Wet Wet, Peter Andre, Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer, UB40, Yes, and Adam Ant are all heading to Brighton Centre in 2016, Cancer Bats and Alien Ant Farm are heading to Concorde 2, and The Black Dahlia Murder’s putting on an appearance at The Haunt – there’s a huge range of gigs coming up in Brighton in 2016.
Brighton Centre, King’s Road, BN1 2GR, 0844 8471515, brightoncentre.co.uk
Concorde 2, Madeira Shelter Hall, BN2 1EN, concorde2.co.uk
The Haunt, 10 Pool Valley, BN1 1NJ, 01273 736618, thehauntbrighton.co.uk
5. Brighton Fringe 2016
England’s largest arts festival is coming back to Brighton in 2016! Join in the fun from May 6 to June 5, and celebrate all the creativity and talent the city has to offer.
6. Wild Life
Disclosure & Rudimental Present: Wild Life will return to Brighton City Airport on June 11 and 12 2016! Watch this space for more info, but just as a reminder, last year’s line up included Mark Ronson, George Ezra, Jess Glynne, Wu Tang Clan, Skepta & Jme, Annie Mac, and Andy C.
7. Phoenix Brighton
The Phoenix Gallery reopens on February 20 for the launch of ‘The New Immortals’ exhibition. From April 30 until June 12, the gallery will be hosting ‘Press & Release 2016: Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book’, and then from September 1 to 25, ‘Digital Women’ will be exhibited.
10-14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB, 01273 603700, phoenixbrighton.org
8. Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
This festival is a year-round celebration of food and drink, running every Easter, May, August/September, and December. There’s so many tasty things to try which are made and served in Sussex, it’s definitely worth heading along to one of the events in 2016.
9. Duke of York’s Picturehouse
There’s always something interesting going on at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse. Be sure to head along to some of the live theatre screenings that are showing in January and February, including The Winter’s Tale on Sunday, January 3, Les Liasions Dangereuses on Thursday, January 28, and As You Like It, on Thursday, February 25. Keep an eye on the screenings as they’re posted.
Preston Road, BN1 4NA, 0871 9025728, picturehouses.com/cinema/Duke_Of_Yorks
10. The Great Escape
The Great Escape, showcasing hundreds of up and coming artists from all over the world, is coming to Brighton from May 19 to 21. Line Up’s looking to include Oh Wonder, Shura, Mura Masa, alina Orlova, Axel Flovent, Banff, Beach Baby, Boo Seeka, Banfi, and Conner Youngblood.
11. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Be sure to get along to some of the exhibitions scheduled for 2016, as there’s always something interesting to learn about at Brighton Museum. Pierdom: Photographs of Britain’s piers by internationally renowned photographer Simon Roberts runs until February 21, Exotic Creatures runs until February 28, and Views of Brighton & Hove in the early 19th century runs until March 6.
Royal Pavilion Gardens, BN1 1EE, 0300 0290900, brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton
12. Brighton Pride
One of Brighton’s annual highlights, Pride will be running from August 5 – 7 in 2016, with the campaigning theme of ‘Uniting Nations’, reflecting the festival’s on-going commitment to campaigning for global LGBT+ rights. Tickets are now available from the website, so be sure to go along and show your colours!
13. Brighton Art Fair
Not much information yet about Brighton Art Fair, but you can be sure to see some of the incredible creativity that’s always showcased at this event. The artwork is always fresh, exciting, and inspiring, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the website for when the event dates are released.
12A Pavilion Buildings, BN1 1EE, 01273 700747, brightonartfair.co.uk
14. The Old Market
Live music, great theatre, and innovative comedy – there’s always something exciting happing at The Old Market. The ‘Serendipity’ exhibition runs until the end of January, showcasing cinematic images created through experimental analogue camerawork by Toby ‘fotobes’ Mason.
11a Upper Market Street, BN3 1AS, 01273 201801, theoldmarket.com
If clubbing’s your scene, why not head to over to PRYZM, the largest nightclub in Brighton? Check out the website for a full list of all the clubbing nights coming up over 2016, as well as upcoming DJs and acts.
Kingswest, BN1 2RA, 01273 710976, pryzm.co.uk/brighton
16. Brighton Modelworld 2016
Perhaps on the flip side of the spectrum, if you’re interested in modelling, you’ll be pleased to hear about Brighton Modelworld 2016, a unique exhibition showcasing models of all types from around the country. Running from February 21 to 19, the exhibition will show models including railways, boats, cars, aeroplanes, Daleks and Doctor Who exhibits, Antweight Robots, Dolls Houses, and ‘Titan’ the Robot.
Brighton Centre, King’s Road, BN1 2GR, 0844 8471515, brightonmodelworld.com
17. Charleston Festival
From May 20 to 30, Charleston Festival will be promoting books, ideas and creativity – check the website on Tuesday, February 9 for the full programme.
Lewes, BN8 6LL, 01323 811265, more info
18. Brighton Comedy Festival
Brighton Comedy Festival will be back in 2016 for its 15th year of funnies – over 20,000 people came along last year, so it’s sure to be a blast.
Fabrica will be reopening with an exciting new programme in April 2016. Right now, they’re making some major changes to the Fabrica building, which is being documented on a blog that you can check out at fabricaworks.wordpress.com.
Duke Street, BN1 1AG, 01273 778646, fabrica.org.uk
20. Brighton Digital Festival
Returning to Brighton in August 2016, the Brighton Digital Festival will again celebrate digital arts and culture with a diverse array of exhibits, events and conferences.
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