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We’re gearing up for Liverpool Pride 2018 which takes place on Tithebarn Street on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July and this year, we’re not only officially partners alongside The Gay Times, but our very own Jay Hynd and Claire Simmo will be hosting jam-packed main stage too!
From the vibrant Pride March,two stages crammed full of live music and entertainment and a day dedicated to family fun activities, to Pride on the big screen and stage, loads of food and drinks and of course, an unbeatable atmosphere, this years free-to-attend festival offering is off the scale.
Liverpool Pride Festival is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and back for it’s 9th year, the two-day event is being headlined by none other than Sophie Ellis Bextor!
We’re excited to reveal that the Barclays Main Stage will be situated by the iconic Superlambanana and your hosts for Saturday evening are The Guide Liverpool’s Jay Hynd and Claire Simmo.
You can catch the duo between 4pm and 9pm when Sophie, who shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet, will rock the Liverpool crowds with classics Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor. You can also see the likes of Queen Zee; Osvaldo Supino; The Major Tour; Melissa Totten; Rogue Minogue; and House of Suarez perform live across the weekend.
Brand new for 2018, Liverpool Pride has announced three new Patrons for the 2018 festival taking place later this month. Radio City Talk presenter, performer and media personality Pete Price, Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, and Liverpool singer/songwriter, performer and founder of Sense of Sound Jennifer John are all being welcomed in to the Pride family. They join current Pride Patrons Angela Eagle MP and the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Paul Bayes as supporters of the event.
Liverpool Pride Co-chair John Bird said: “Liverpool is a culturally rich city with so many incredible individuals who bring so much to it. As a charity, we wish to recognise members of the LGBT+ community and its allies who support the community, our charity, and are prolific figures in their fields, and that support us in furthering the message of Liverpool Pride’s campaign in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
“We’re incredibly proud to welcome Pete Price, Caroline Paige and Jennifer John into that fold, as they have been incredible pillars for us (and the wide community) over the years, and we want to thank them in a special way.”
Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – 10 years since the city was named European Capital Of Culture 2008.
The annual Pride March will take place on Saturday 28th July from St Georges Hall and will tour the city streets before ending in the heart of the celebrations at Moorfields. Cameras at the ready it begins at 12.
If you’ve not sung your heart out to ‘If this aint looooveeeeee’ during a summer festival, you haven’t lived! And where better to truly let loose than at Liverpool Pride when Saturday headliner, Sophie Ellis Bextor performs live! Eeeek!
International drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act will be bringing the fabulous to main stage on Saturday too.
Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 is giving you the chance to see the cast from Kinky Boots the musical perform live on Saturday 28th before it comes to Liverpool Empire Theatre in Spring 2019
Part of the wider Pride celebrations, you can see The Ruby Slippers at The Royal Court from 24th July. Set in a Blackpool drag club, Ruby Slippers is a riot of fun and laughter, featuring Liverpool actor Kurtis Stacey and much-loved drag queen Divina de Campo.
Grab some popcorn and head to Picturehouse at FACT for two feature films. All About My Mother at Picturehouse at FACT on 23 July; and Brazilica LGBT Film Night featuring Divine Divas at the Output Gallery, Seel Street, on 30 July.
Returning to spread the word about Liverpool Pride Festival 2018, buildings across Liverpool and the surrounding areas are illuminated in Rainbow colours between 19 July and 2 August to challenge hate crime and show their support for LGBT+ communities. Check out ST George’s Hall and Liverpool Town Hall!
Family day Pride Sundae’s hub at The Bluecoat will feature dance, arts and craft activities, food market, and barbecue in the Bluecoat Garden, alongside Pride events at the International Slavery Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.
This is just a snapshot of the whole host of events and activities taking place across the city on Liverpool Pride Festival 2018. Head to www.liverpoolpride.co.uk for a full list of events and follow @LiverpoolPride on Twitter for regular updates.
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