Millennium celebrations, 2000

Brighton millennium celebrations
Image from the Zap archive
Brighton millennium celebrations
Image from the Zap archive

Zap have always had a long tradition of new year celebrations, the first of which was the infamous Hogmanay celebration in Glasgow in 1987. For the millennium celebrations in Brighton, Zap brought the biggest ever party to the Old Steine with street performers from France and live music, the pinnacle of which was a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

The fireworks display, masterminded by pyrotechnics ‘Fantastic Fireworks’, launched £15,000 worth of explosives into the sky above the sea and produced gasps of awe from thousands of onlookers as the patterns of light were reflected and rippled against the black water.

Remember this? Remember similar events in Brighton and Hove around the same time? We want to hear from you. Use the Add a Comment link below or contact with photos or information.

In particular, do you have any more photos of the night – perhaps of fireworks or the street party on the Old Steine?

Comments about this page

  • My band the Soul Review played just before midnight at the Old Stein celebrations!

    By Sonia Maz (21/02/2021)
  • If I recall correctly it rained very hard all night!

    By Peter Groves (21/02/2021)
  • It rained on and off during the night, but never particularly hard. I was with my family at the Old Steine / Aquarium Roundabout for a couple of hours building up to midnight and it was damp but not unbearable. All in all though, a bit of a disappointment in the end. The millennium bug didn’t materialise for a start………..

    By Alan Phillips (22/02/2021)
  • Millions and millions spent preparing for the mellinium bug, I was working in the software/electronics industry at that time, never heard of a single failure!

    By Peter Groves (22/02/2021)

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