Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Brighton Festival Picks: Street Diner

We asked a selection of Brighton dwellers, Brighton lovers and Brighton businesses to give us their Brighton Festival picks. Street Diner, Brighton’s only weekly street food market have been impressing Brighton with tasty delights for just over a year - here are their highlights... 

We love the Brighton festival. Spring’s in the air, summer’s on its way, and there’s always a real buzz about the city. Along with the Brighton Fringe, Artists Open Houses and The Great Escape, you can’t move in May without bumping into a performance, a band, an exhibition, an outdoor happening. This year, we’re really looking forward to:

Flown at the Theatre Royal 
There’s been an amazing explosion of circus/cabaret/theatre crossovers in the past few years. Last year we saw the incredible Knee Deep by Casus at the Theatre Royal – returning this year as part of the Fringe to the beautiful Spiegeltent – and it blew our minds. Flown by Pirates of the Carabina (great name!) looks to do the same. A show about what goes wrong when you’re not ready for a show to start, it promises choreographed chaos, aerialists, acrobats and stunt artists, with live music. It’s got a flying ironing board. Our kind of show.

One Million at Black Rock
As market people, we love being outside, and we always love the huge outdoor performances at Brighton Festival. This one looks brilliant – the fantastic Tangled Feet working with a huge cast of local young people. Acrobatics, music, massive contraptions, an open sky, the seafront and fireworks. We always take a little flask of something naughty to sip on, and a pocket of our favourite nibbles. What’s not to love? What’s more, it’s free!

Tomorrow at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
Vanishing Point always produce extraordinary, beautiful, dreamlike work – we caught their show Interiors at the Lyric Hammersmith about 5 years ago, and it was wonderful – and this brand new exploration of ageing looks brilliant. It’s always exciting to see a world premiere. Ageing is something that happens to all of us. This promises to be a moving meditation on growing old and needing to be cared for – and our need to care. If you’ve never caught their work before, give it a try. The kind of show that stays with you long after it ends.

Peaches Christ Superstar at the Theatre Royal
Who doesn’t love a bit of Peaches? She’s sexy, she’s provocative, she’s stupidly talented. And she’s single-handedly performing the whole of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar – just her, and a piano. You don’t have to love Lloyd Weber – and we don’t, generally – to know this is going to be exquisite. And beautiful. If just a bit bonkers.

Ida Barr’s Mash Up at the Brighton Dome Studio
Christopher Green is a genius of many personas. Try and catch him at the Spiegeltent as his alter ego, country singer Tina C – she’s insanely funny. For this show, he’s donning the frocks and wigs that make up Ida Barr – ‘the world’s only old-time music hall artiste turned Rap superstar’. Think Dame Edna meets “Marie Lloyd meets Missy Elliott” (as The Guardian puts it). She calls it Artificial Hip Hop. We couldn’t be more excited. And it’s on a Sunday afternoon. So you can pop down the pub for a roast. Pure Festival joy.