it's really busy!
Whilst the atmosphere can be amazing, Canal Street itself can get really busy and can be tricky to navigate. The side streets are often much quieter and easy to find your way through. If the crowds get a bit much then the markets towards the edges of the area and the Expo in the NCP carp park are great places to catch a breather! If one of the big performers are on the stage then the streets surrounding them can get really congested – it might even be easier to leave the area and go back in one of the other entrances if you’re trying to get somewhere at that time!
The Big Weekend can be quite the party atmosphere, and a lot of people end up drinking quite heavily over the weekend. If you’d rather keep clear of stuff like that, check out the Superbia section below, with loads of dry spaces people can access with just as good a party atmosphere! If you do drink over the weekend, then be sensible. Keep your eye on your drink, even if it’s not an alcoholic one! Its really sad we have to give this advice, but people do get spiked over the weekend. Buying cans or bottles is an easy way to keep an eye on what you’re drinking, as well as keeping your thumb over the opening. Drink lots of water. Especially in the heatwave we’re having! If you’re drinking alcohol, pace yourself! Lots of places offer cheap cocktails and it can get pretty difficult to track how much alcohol you’ve actually had, especially if you’re drinking during the day. If you get worried you’ve been spiked, or think you might have had too much, finding a Village Angel might help.
who are the big acts?
This year has Rita Ora, Louise, Alexandra Burke, Gok Wan and more performing. If you want to know more about he individual line up head here.
All the headline acts get really busy (and the arenas fill up pretty early on) but they’re all streamed to the big screens in Sackville Gardens, so if the crowds are too much head there to soak up the atmosphere without the stress!
Don't want anyone to know you're here?
If you’re not out to family and don’t want them to know you’re attending Pride than make sure that someone does know – preferably someone who’s not going themselves so that there’s someone who knows where you are. Even if it’s just a friend! Keep in touch with them throughout the weekend to let them know your OK.
Going with other people?
It’s a good idea to pick a meeting point somewhere if you get separated. Pick a landmark everyone knows and make it your “base”. Plan on doing a lap / meeting there every so often and make sure every knows to head there in case you get separated. This way you have a back up plan if you lose your phone or lose your signal.