Together the People festival returns to Preston Park, Brighton on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016 after the overwhelming success of its debut year in 2015. With so much to do it can be easy to miss something out, so we’ve compiled a list of ten things not to miss for the ultimate festival experience.
- Try a vegan kebab
Together the People prides itself on its wide range of great food options available on site, including the renowned veggie-friendly take on a post-night out classic from Brighton’s very own, Beelzebab. While tasty, this vegan affair also offers a healthier take to the usual grease-fest you find yourself slavering over on the way home from the pub. What’s more, if you develop a taste for it, Beelzebab is available year-round in its home in the Hope and Ruin, near to Brighton station.
- Catch a film
Take a break from the bustle of the festival and enjoy an outdoor screening of a number of (as yet unannounced) films from the Incredible Moving Picturehouse. Curated by Duke of York’s Picturehouse and Dukes at Komedia, there promises to be enough variation to keep the whole family entertained.
- Have fun with all the family
For those with little ones in tow, the highly energetic LazyTown Live is a must see, featuring characters from the much loved Children’s show. The fun doesn’t stop there though, with performances from the hilarious Aliens Love Underpants and many more taking place across the weekend.
- Get creative with Photoworks
Great news for the creative types among us who love to snack, the Photoworks team are running free workshops on both days of Together the People Festival. One such workshop will be making camera obscuras from Pringles tubes. The festival is appealing for as many Pringles tubes as possible, so get popping! Tubes can be taken into the festival on the day, or dropped off to the Photoworks office on Edward Street before the weekend.
- Check out some rhymes
After annually thrilling crowds at Concorde 2, Poets v MCs brings its showcase of spoken word battles to Together the People festival. The show pits a team of rappers against a team of poets to determine who has the tightest rhetoric and best barbs, whist destroying the preconceptions of each genre. A showcase of intelligent and entertaining talent that’s not to be missed.
- Support your local bands
Drag yourself away from the festival bars and dig out some hidden gems from lower down the bill. Brighton locals The Rocking Horse Club bring their grunge infused rock to proceedings on Sunday; alongside the ethereal indie pop of fellow Brightonians SEATS and the melodic guitar rhythms of Voodoo and the Crypts, who play on Saturday.
- Have a drink (or two)
In keeping with Together the People’s focus on celebrating music, food and community within the city of Brighton, you’d be mad not to swerve the bog standard beverages served at most festivals in favour of some locally brewed craft beer and ale. Because, lets face it, nothing-quite beats listening to quality music in a sunny field with a decent pint, right?
- Relive the 90s
Sunday night headliners and Britpop legends Suede are set to close the festival with a set covering over two decades worth of hits. From crashing the BRITS way back in 1993 to consistently reinventing themselves and their sound, Suede have successfully become one of the most enduring and iconic bands to emerge from the UK in recent memory. Since their reunion in 2010 Suede have released two albums to widespread acclaim, in a new purple patch that shows no sign of abating any time soon.
- Watch a living legend in action
A UK festival exclusive performance of one of the defining albums of the 20th century definitely should not be missed. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson headlines Saturday night with a career spanning set featuring Pet Sounds being played in its entirety.
- Keep the party going
If you’re still raring to go after a full day of music, then the Together the People official after party is the place to be! Taking place at official partner Concorde 2, straight after the Preston Park party closes for the day, a DJ set from Leftfield will be guaranteed to keep the festive vibe going until the wee hours.
Together the People festival takes place at Preston Park over the weekend of the 3-4 September, with adult tickets starting from £55. For more info on tickets and to book, visit: http://www.togetherthepeople.co.uk/tickets/