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Landmark events in Brighton’s music scene

by | May 20, 2019 | Brighton Music News, News

Brighton is notorious for its music and dance scene, dating all the way back to the rise of Mods and Rockers in the 1970s. Since then it has stapled itself as one of the dance capitals of the UK with people all over the world hearing about its exploits.

Fatboy Slim & The Big Beach Boutique

Big Beach Boutique Ft. Fat Boy Slim

One of the classic examples of this is the Fat Boy Slim event Big Beach Boutique, this event was initially planned to cater for between 40,000 and 60,000 people however as many as 250,000 party goers turned up for this now legendary DJ set. Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim said: “This was without doubt the biggest gig of my career. I would like to thank the emergency services and everyone involved in the clean-up operation. We now have to return the city I love to how it should be seen.” Which says a lot considering how much of a huge, international DJ career he has had. Since, Cook has played on the i360, another monumental gig amassing a huge 9 million views on YouTube and 3 million on Facebook.

The Fringe Festival

Brighton Fringe

Another big thing that houses a large amount of local and outside music is that of Brighton Fringe. Kicking off in 1967 its safe to say that it is one of the longest running arts and music platforms in Brighton and even the South Coast.

Turning Brighton into a veritable art playground this event changes the venues and open areas around the city into art installations and spaces to perform anything and everything that people see fit. As part of this event a lot of alternative music is put on, allowing an outlet for a lot of the smaller or less appreciated artists to take advantage of.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape & The Alternative Escape

Started in 2006 and 2010 respectively The Great Escape and The Alternative Escape house over 500 artists and counting this year in 2019 growing from small beginnings, it has quickly established itself as one of the key events in Europe to discover up and coming producers, bands and artists. Billed as one of the best UK or even European festivals it has cemented itself as a force to be reckoned with in the musical world. ‘The festival sits in a space all of its own. Billing a very international line-up in a very British city, it can rival any of the international competitors and tops the pile in the UK for value and variety alone.’ – Virtual Festivals

Revellers at Boundary Brighton

Boundary Festival

Boundary Festival is one of the definite newcomers of the list comparatively. Founded in 2015 Boundary brings to the table that of a music festival that caters to more dance oriented people, classically it is seen as a very student-centric festival. Sporting big names from every dance genre around and housed in Stanmer park near both Brighton and Sussex uni campus it definitely changed up the game for summer festivals in the area. On top of this as it is in late September it marks the last hurrah for the festival season and coincides with the start of freshers season, making it all the more student friendly.