Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer.

The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed endless however I have compiled a list of what I believe to be some unmissable events throughout the first term for you to enjoy the full Brighton experience.

Expect the greatest music, quirky theatre, funky festivals and fayres, pub quizzes, artistic and creative showcases and more.


  • 2nd: Global Beats Reggae All-Dayer/ Concorde 2
  • 5th : GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)/ Concorde 2
  • 6th: New Candys vs. Julies Haircut/ The Hope & Ruin
  • 7th: The last day of As Pleased As Punch exhibition/ West Pier Arches.
  • 13th: Big Mad Andy’s Peep Show Quiz/ Komedia.
  • 14th-15th: Scored in Silence, Chisato Minamimura/ ONCA
  • 14th: Dub Organiser/ Komedia
  • 14th– 23rd: A Mile In My Shoes/ ACCA
  • 15th: Brighton Rum and Reggae Festival
  • 15th-16th: Brighton Chilli Festival
  • 19th: Freshers fair
  • 19th: CRY BLUEBERRY, Richard Canal/ Brighton Open Air Theatre.
  • 20th: New Queers on the Block/ Marlborough Pub & Theatre
  • 20th: Student Jobs Fair
  • 20th:No Violet / Sticky Mikes Frog Bar. Slip underground and get your head banging.
  • 20th– 23rd: NoöSphere: Mindfulness in a Hyper- Connected World/ The Old Market
  • 20th-29th: Dirty Dancing/ The Theatre Royal
  • 20th– 30th Doom Room/ The Old Market
  • 21st: Silent Disco/ Komedia
  • 21st: As You Like It/ Open Air Theatre
  • 23rd: Brighton Chicken Nugget Festival.
  • 25th: Changing everything carefully: Ecopolitics course/ ONCA
  • 26th: Skinny Pelembe/ Green Door Store
  • 28th: A Band Called Malice/ Green Door Store
  • 29th: La Luz/ The Hope & Ruin
  • 29th-30th Brighton Vegan Festival.


  • 2nd: Kero Kero Bonito/ Patterns. J-pop oddity at its best.
  • 4th: Gentleman’s Dub Club/ Concorde 2
  • 4th: Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang/ Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
  • 10th: Saint Agnes/ Green Door Store
  • 12th: Oktoberfest/ The Level. Beer, Beer and Beer.
  • 12th: Supercharged, Chris Lorenzo/ The Arch.
  • 13th: Last day of Brighton Digital Festival
  • 13th: Boogie Wonderland: 70’s Disco/ Komedia
  • 13-14th: Brighton Chocolate Festival
  • 16th Jack White/ Brighton Centre
  • 20th: Sick Joy/ Patterns.
  • 20th: Caro Emerald/ Brighton Centre.
  • 26th: TEDX/ Brighton Dome
  • 27th: Halloween Warehouse Rave. It’s opening night. Its going to be huge.
  • 28th: Dub FX


  • Opening of the Royal Pavillion Ice Rink
  • 7th: Thinking Queer: Audre Lorde/ Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
  • 7th: Careers Fair/ Amex Stadium
  • 8th: Natty 10th Anniversary Tour/ Concorde 2
  • 14th: Scottee: Fat Blokes / Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
  • 17th: Vote 100: Celebrating Women Composers/ St. Georges Church. Music by a diverse range of women composers celebrating women’s vote through democracy in action with Caroline Lucas participating as a key speaker.
  • 20th: Kurumpt FM/ Concorde 2
  • 23rd: Silent Disco/ Komedia
  • 23rd: Dr. John Cooper/ Brighton Dome. The LEGEND himself.
  • 24th: Dub Pistols/ Concorde 2
  • 24th: Last day: Drum Journey Experience with Ruth Summers/ Brighton Natural Health Centre
  • 28th: It’s Ok I’m Dealing With It/ The Old Market
  • 28th: Comedians Cinema Club/ Komedia


  • 1st: Brighton Craft Fair/ Friends Meeting House
  • 2nd: Arts, crafts and produce outdoor market/ Brighton Marina
  • 2nd: Classic Car show/ Stamner House
  • 6th: Tango Lessons/ Brighthelm Centre
  • 7th: Magic of Motown/ Brighton Centre
  • 8th: Dutty Moonshine/ Concorde 2
  • 8th: Life Drawing/ Shakespeare’s Head
  • 9th: Record Fair/ Komedia
  • 9th: Jorges Hot Club: Gypsy Jazz/ The White Rabbit
  • 14th: Rocky Horror Show/ Theatre Royal Brighton
  • 16th: Last day of Glow Wild/ Wakehurst
  • NYE: the possibilities are endless. Stay tuned for recommendations nearer the time.


Remember to pick up the Badger at the start of next term for the Re-Freshers’ Edition, where I will reveal more unmissable events from January through to the summer, confirming the dates for the likes of Brighton’s Naked Bike Ride, Luna Beach Cinema and Brighton Fringe Festival.  

All of the venues I have mentioned here are worth exploring at  any time. More and more events will appear throughout the following months, so it is worth following the venues’ social media accounts to keep updated.

Spend time getting lost in Brighton’s Lanes (both North and South), and keep an eye out for events happening at ONCA; a place for meeting, thinking and learning, embracing creativity and celebrating art. Other favourite art gallery hubs of mine include: Art of Treason, Laughing Dog, Phoenix and Two Kats and a cow. Corridor Alley also unfolds a new exhibition each month showcasing the work of local creators and artisans.

It is also worth noting that Waterstones have regular book signings and author readings. Furthermore, don’t miss Friday’s at the street diner near Brighton Station for cuisines from all around the world.

Sorrell Linsley

Travel & Culture Print Editor


Categories: Arts News

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