19863 May â€“ 25 May
Dome Car Park, Brighton
From the outset the Zap organised gigs to coincide with the Brighton Festival, but in 1986 it opened its first circus tent as a venue for rock, pop and cabaret. This became a Festival centre for tell-your-friends music, comedy, performance and everything interestingly alternative.
A feature of the programme was the â€?Best of the Festivalâ€™ slot (hosted on Wednesdays by Ian Smith and on Fridays by Simon Fanshawe) in which the best bands and performers were featured.