4 MAY - 3 JUNE 2018

Fringe Begins! Hot picks for opening weekend

Brighton Fringe 2018 Opening Events

Get excited, Brighton Fringe begins on May 4 and there are several early bird events, which you won’t want to miss.

The city is ready for the start of the festival with the setup almost complete for three main pop-up sites.

The Fringe’s pop-up venues this year are The Warren, described as a ‘festival-within-a-festival’, at St Peter’s Church on London Road, the Brighton Spiegeltent at Old Steine and Fringe City on New Road, which will be packed with free-roaming performers and artists.

Ticket prices for the Fringe are an average of £9 and a lot of events are free and suitable for all ages.

Here is a roundup of some of Brighton Fringe 2018’s opening acts:

Brighton Fringe Opening Night and Fireworks

Organisers are expecting this event to be busy, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get down early.Admission: free and suitable for children aged 8+

  • Venue: The Warren, St Peter’s Church
  • Time: Thursday, May 3, 6pm
  • Brought to you by the newly rebranded BRICTT

Pick of the Fringe: Launch Night Special

This cabaret and circus act is a sensational treat that promises a seven-foot Glamonster, dinosaurs, dancing and lasers.

  • Admission: £5 entry, age suitability of 12+. Contains audience interaction and some swearing
  • Venue: The Warren: The Hat, St Peter’s Church
  • Time: Thursday May 3, 8 – 9:30pm
  • By Otherplace Productions

100 Ways to Tie a Shoe-Lace

This mash up of witty dialogue, puppetry, original music and grandiloquent comedy is one not to miss.

Kat struggles with the basics of life, reality blurs into fantasy and she imagines herself in musicals and war films and other dramatic near-death experiences.

  • Admission: £9-£10.50 and age suitability is 12+
  • Venue: The Warren: The Blockhouse
  • Time: May 4 – 7, evening and matinee shows
  • By Forget About The Dog

The Maydays Present: The Fringe Show

Another mash up in the name of comedy, the audience choose performances or events from the Fringe Guide and The Maydays will improvise a unique show in the style you’ve chosen, be it Chekhovian Mime or Bavarian Heavy Metal.

  • Admission: £10 and the show is suitable for 16+ with audience interaction and swearing
  • Venue: Komedia Studio, 44-47 Gardner Street
  • Time: May 4 and June 1, 6.45 – 7.45pm

Circus'sission: Those That Made the Cut!

A little bit raunchy and a little bit weird, these circus superstars are some of the hottest acts of the Brighton Fringe, showcasing their best, weirdest and funniest talents with acrobatics and comedy thrown in.

  • Admission: £8 - £10 and age suitability is 18+ with audience interaction, nudity and swearing
  • Venue: Brighton Spiegeltent: Bosco
  • Time: May 4 – 12, 9.30 – 10.30pm
  • By Head First Acrobats

Fringe City

A free outdoor event for all ages, which includes performances, installations, sideshows, dance-offs, choirs, cabaret, puppetry, children’s workshops, acrobatics and surreal walkabout performers.

  • Venue: New Road
  • Time: every weekend from May 5 to June 2


Guest post by Priya Kantaria from Journalist Works