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Revellers ‘crushed and trampled on’ while trying to leave a ‘truly awful’ Brighton Pride

Revellers ‘crushed and trampled on’ while trying to leave a ‘truly awful’ Brighton Pride

The crowd gathered outside Brighton station after the concert.

Brighton Pride took place yesterday (4 August) among controversies and protests due to logistics.

Britney Spears headlined the annual concert in Preston Park. She took the main stage at 8:50pm, bringing her Piece of Me residency show outside the US, performing for the first time in England since 2011.

However, the show was one of the main reasons for controversies regarding its organization – or lack of thereof.

Britney show was a ‘ticket fiasco’

First of all, many fans couldn’t access the concert after buying invalid tickets from secondary sales website, such as Viagogo.

In what a Twitter user defined a ‘ticket fiasco’, many were denied entry despite having paid up to £450 to see Britney.

‘I’ve had a really terrible time at Pride today,’ they tweeted.

In the thread, the user tells their own experience at what they called a ‘truly awful’ Brighton Pride.

Queuing under the sun to get the wristbands and the lack of information and support put the user ‘in a horrible mental state’. In the end, they weren’t able to access the concert.

‘My partner and I were never even able to enter Preston Park so that’s £80 wasted…,’ they also wrote.

‘I never want to return to Brighton Pride.’

Leaving Brighton Pride was ‘dangerous’

About 300,000 revelers attended the parade and at least 57,000 went to see the concert on 4 August, making this the largest Brighton Pride to date.

After the performance, many got crushed and trampled on as they gathered outside Brighton station to leave the maritime town.

Fans described the scene as ‘dangerous’ and took to social media to express their outrage at the organization.

The videos posted on social channels show impressive crowds held at the gate to enter the station.

https://twitter.com/GarethPEdwards/status/1025889886098939904

According to one user, ‘disabled children [were] stopped and people crushed getting through’.

https://twitter.com/ellabenson87/status/1025889483659599874

Users also criticized Southern rail for not providing an adequate service on the night.

‘Congratulations Southern rail, 57,000 people for Britney and apparently 3.2 trains running out of Brighton tonight,’ another video was captioned.

‘Maybe @PrideBrighton will learn from this and sell more tickets to Brighton residents…. ‘another user commented.

‘Pride shouldn’t be a Britney concert,’ they also wrote, hinting that Pride is losing its true significance to turn into a musical festival.

Brighton Pride’s response

‘We have consistently called for even closer collaboration with a city-wide approach to planning for major events,’ said Paul Kemp, managing director of Brighton and Hove Pride.

They called for the ‘involvement of businesses and transport partners to ensure smooth operations and collective responsibility for all who play their part in the city economy’.

‘Lessons need to be learned clearly,’ he also said.

‘We are keen, as always, to work with GTR [Govia Thameslink Railway, which includes Southern Rail] to improve the city and service-wide approach to major events that benefit Brighton and Hove and the UK and our city’s economy. Such an approach is vital in ensuring Brighton and Hove’s continuing success as a major tourist destination and event city.”

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