Tickets for Brighton Pride 2019 go on sale

Organisers of one the biggest LGBTQ events in the country said tickets will go on sale today (October 31) as the dates for next year’s event are revealed.

Next year’s Brighton Pride will take place on Saturday, August 3 2019 and Sunday, August 4 2019.

Mabel at Pride Festival (Photograph: Scorpioworldwide) SUS-180708-153529001

Mabel at Pride Festival (Photograph: Scorpioworldwide) SUS-180708-153529001

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Today (October 31), first release tickets for Pride Festival will go on sale, with further batches released in the run up to the event.

For the Pride Festival early bird (£17.50) and first release (£21) tickets are limited to two per person.

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson) SUS-180708-115614001

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Chris Jepson) SUS-180708-115614001

Tickets for the 2018 festival sold out quickly after superstar Britney Spears was announced as headline for the event, even crashing Pride’s website.

Organisers said tickets purchased through secondary sites will not be valid, and that only tickets purchased through the official Pride Ticket Shop will be accepted.

This comes after tickets were being sold online for up to £450 after the Britney announcement.

As for the timings of next year’s events, it’s the same as ever, with the Community Parade opening festivities on the Saturday, followed by the Pride Festival at Preston Park.

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell) SUS-180708-120035001

Brighton Pride Parade 2018 (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell) SUS-180708-120035001

Brighton Pride also confirmed that LoveBn1Fest, a family event in Preston Park, will return on the Sunday.

The Pride Village Party in Kemptown will take place across the two days as usual.

This year’s event raised £250,000 for local community groups and good causes, and Sussex Police estimated that 450,000 people flocked to the city over the Pride weekend.

To find out more, and for tickets, visit: Pride-Tickets.org

Row over third party tickets

In response to Brighton Pride’s statement that it would not accept tickets from secondary sites, a spokesperson from ticket site viagogo said: “viagogo is a marketplace and doesn’t buy or sell tickets. viagogo provides a platform for third party sellers to sell tickets to event goers. viagogo does not set ticket prices, sellers set their own prices, which may be above or below the original face value.

“The tickets sold on viagogo’s platform are genuine tickets that have been sold on by the original ticket purchaser in good faith.

“Event organisers sometimes make claims that they will deny entry to people who have purchased resold tickets. These types of entry restrictions are highly unfair and in our view, unenforceable and illegal. Therefore, as with all tickets on our platform, viagogo customers should feel confident that they will gain entry to the event, and that is why we back every ticket with the viagogo guarantee.”

A Brighton Pride spokesperson said: “Brighton Pride CIC is a not for profit community interest company than run all its events as fundraisers for local community groups and good causes.

“We sell tickets to all our events as PDF digital e-tickets.

“The issue with the viagogo model is that unscrupulous third party sellers can sell multiple copies of the same e-ticket so the purchaser has no idea if they have the only copy or even if the text on the e-ticket has been edited by the seller.

“Every e-ticket we sell carries the ticket buyers name and they need to be present, with ID, when exchanging the e-ticket for a wristband.

“The ‘viagogo guarantee’ is clearly unenforceable when the third party could have edited the ticket information or sold multiple copies.”