BLOG: May Festivals 2015 “It’s A Wrap” – Awards, Reviews & Tweets

Last month here at The Old Market we hosted four incredible festivals covering music, theatre, comedy and club nights. We were thrilled to host a whole range of sell out shows. Here’s a summary of how it all went…


Argus Angel Award: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE [Apphia Campbell, Gilded Balloon Productions]
Apphia Campbell’s sold out run was widely praised by audiences both for her engaging narrative and stunning vocals. Having picked up awards and accolades worldwide, the show was described by The Argus as “sweet, soulful and moving,” ★★★★★ and was awarded a coveted Argus Angel Award [read full review]. Keep an ear out for Apphia’s future shows…


Argus Angel Award: VERSES VERSUS VERSES [Adventure Poetry]
Adventure Poetry’s night of ‘Brighton v London, Poets v MCs’ arrived The Old Market with a bang. A full evening of performances included the likes of  Michael Parker, Robin Lawley and The Spoken Herd whom The Argus praised for their “celebration of linguistic inventiveness, wit and inclusiveness,” ★★★★★ [read full review].



LORRAINE & ALAN [Bucket Club]
Bucket Club’s LORRAINE AND ALAN received a glowing 5 stars from The Latest  –  they called it “magical, heart-warming and heart-breaking,” ★★★★★ [read full review].

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Sam Green’s sell out ‘live documentary’ with musical accompanied was described by BN1 Magazine as an “utterly fascinating” ★★★★★ performance full of charm. [read full review].


HUNDRED WATT CLUB: Burlesque & Cabaret [Lena Mae]
If you missed Hundred Watt Club, never fear, they will back with us on Saturday 10 October. “Full of glitter and sequins, Hundred Watt Club delivers a gorgeous night of camp beauty,” wrote Fringe Review [read full review].



HOW TO: Navigate May’s Festivals Like A Pro – All The Information You Need

Overwhelmed by May Festival mania? Want to navigate the programmes and events like a pro? Stay ahead of the flock, with our handy guide to all of May’s Festivals, and where to find the all-important information.

May Festivals are fast approaching, and there’s no better time to enjoy all the culture you can pack into your diary. Our programme is a great place to start – particularly as, uniquely, we’re hosting elements of 4 of May’s major festivals – but to make the most of the month’s offerings, you’ll need to know where else to look too.

To help, we thought we’d provide a guide to all of the best publications, websites and resources available to help find your way through the Festivals. So diaries at the ready and get stuck in…

Viva Magazine; a great source of Festival information.

Viva Magazine; a great source of Festival information.


If you haven’t already done so, you’ll definitely want to start by picking up the festival bibles, namely the Brighton Fringe [plus bonus Fringe Family Guide], Brighton Festival, Artists Open Houses and HOUSE programmes. Get them from pretty much anywhere; stations, cafes, bars, or here at The Old Market. For The Great Escape, they recommend you get the app.

Bumper editions of Brighton & Hove’s regular print press will be found in cafes, bars and distribution racks near you. Each will be offering their own take on the ‘Best Of The Festivals’, so be sure to take a browse. Look out for Viva Brighton, BN1, What’s On, XYZ, Brighton Visitor and many more.

For more regular updates, including reviews of events as the month goes on and up-to-date listings, try The Argus newspaper, Latest 7 Magazine or Brighton & Hove Independent.

May Festival bibles - the Brighton Fringe team show off theirs.

May Festival bibles – the Brighton Fringe team show off theirs.


Official information can be found on [01-31 May], [02-24 May], [14-16 May], [01-31 May], [02-24 May], [02-04 May] and [20 May – 01 June]. Alternatively, get an overview of dates and details on our own May Festivals page.

Reviews, previews and coverage of ALL the festivals:
Juice 107.2, particularly Brighton Nights [from 10pm Weeknights]

For BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Coverage specifically:

For BRIGHTON FRINGE coverage specifically:


Look out for the Artists Open Houses logo around town. Does what it says on the tin - head on in!

Look out for the Artists Open Houses logo around town. Does what it says on the tin – head on in!


Numerous awards are up for grabs this month. Look out for past winners – who’ll be sure to advertise their success in listings and out on the streets – or try to find your own likely winners of 2015. Many awards become open for nominations mid-month, so sign up for our newsletter to be notified when that happens, and place your votes.


Twitter newbies and aficionados alike will likely find use in our pre-prepared list of 25 of the city’s most useful accounts: You’ll also find Festival activities all over social media. Find us @TOMvenue, and others @BrightonFringe @BrightFest @TheGreatEscape. Brighton Dome also runs an excellent weekly feature called #5onFriday, providing 5 recommendations from across the city every week. Follow and ye shall find.

Chatting; a vital source of Festival information. Pic: The Warren, 2014.

Chatting; a vital source of Festival information. Pic: The Warren, 2014.


It’s not all about the media – sometimes the best Festival finds are made face-to-face. Ask around to see what others have enjoyed, and leave some space in your schedule to try out their recommendations. (Better yet, you’ll probably be able to grab a beer while you’re at it!) If you’re after that all-important Festival buzz, we recommend:

[To name but a very small few!]

So there you have it, enough to fill your diary for a whole year, and just one month to do it in. Armed with all this information, we hope you’ll have a brilliant May Festival time!

All the best

The TOM Team