Why book such rubbish in the first place? I loathe the way that promotors always expect gays to be into worthless Muzak.
I agree. Fatboy Slim on the other hand was phenomenal!
Pride about the community … don’t make me laugh … if it were about the community you wouldn’t be so materialistic as to ask people to pay to celebrate there sexuality.
Not this again. Martin, Brighton pride has only begun to charge because people aren’t donating enough to support the event. These things don’t just happen, they absorb large amounts of money just to run. Health and safety systems (St Johns Ambulance, for instance), stage hire, sound and lighting systems, technical support crews to operate those systems. Heck, even portable toilets cost money!
I understand that in the current economic climate many see a voluntary contribution as an easily discarded cost, but when people don’t donate they have no right to act surprised when a previously free event, usually funded by donations and fund-raising events, has to charge entry fees to fill the gap between earned money and total cost. Even Sheffield Pride, a tiny event next to Brighton, had to charge an entry fee this year.
You want your free prides? SUPPORT THEM. Donate and encourage others to. These events do not just magically appear from rainbow dust, you know.
This was not the reason given for charing – they said it was about ‘crowd control’ – that they ‘had been told’ by Health & Safety that they needed to start charging in order to limit numbers…
Aside from anything else there doesn’t ‘have to be’ a bloody stage or lighting (it’s daytime) – a free event is a celebration of community and a rite of passage. There is nothing ‘rite of passage’ about taking away people’s drinks at a security patrolled entrance nor about fencing LGBT people in to keep ‘the straight people’ away…
This is about MAKING MONEY pure and simple – it is a COMMERCIAL event now – its been hijacked
It doesn’t make money for the organsiation running it – and it gives money to charity.
There was no main stage.
I was citing a few examples off of the top of my head. Events like this don’t just happen and there are a lot of costs involved, costs that are usually covered by fund-raising and donations.
Although crowd control was an issue, in 2010 Brighton Pride failed to receive sufficient donations to cover the £350,000 costs of the event. So, it’s *not* just about crowd control or turning a profit, as you naively state. It’s about trying to stage the event in the first place. If they don’t receive enough money, how do you suggest they run the event? On good will and rainbow dust?
Well said, Martin!
Invite her to attend next year, just don’t invite her to perform.
When I’ve attended in the past I’ve always donated at least £5 . . .
Forced ticket purchases can at times cost too much for some individuals – especially the low paid and those who are unemployed.
The costs of purchasing food and drinks within the enclosed areas mean that it then becomes totally unfordable for many.
Well said, Robert!
‘ but pride is and always will be about [the] community rather than one person’…
But clearly not enough ‘about the commnity’ that it’s still a free event rather than a celebrating of the pink pound…
Here’s my tuppence worth:
Pride, the parade, looked tired this year. If it hadn’t have been for some of the public service vehicles and crews, it would also have been a very short parade.
It lacked lustre and from what I could see there were not as many people; at least not on the seafront near the pier.
There were no floats from well known Brighton and Hove gay venues.
In the past we have followed along behind the parade, all the way through town, and up to the park.
This year it simply did not seem worth it – a lot of the sparkle has gone.
The day after the parade for the last couple of years has been good in Kemptown but even that was flat this year.
It’s just not the same anymore ane the community feeling has gone.