The Manchester Pride Festival is made up of The Big Weekend. The Manchester Pride Parade and The Candlelit Vigil. An award-winning four day event celebrating LGBT life. The event takes place in August. The Big Weekend set to run from Friday 25 – Monday 28 August and the parade on Saturday 26 August.
Manchester Pride has announced the full-line up for the August bank holiday.
The final announcement also sees the inclusion of rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Example and DJ Wire on the stellar line-up.
Example is famed for rapping over huge electronic club bangers. Such as Staying Out For The Summer and We’ll Be Coming Back with Calvin Harris. He has two top five albums, seven top 10 singles and two no.1’s in the UK.
Example and DJ Wire who will appear on Saturday night will join the billing with Mel C (Friday night). Clean Bandit (Sunday night) and Liberty X who will close the Thomas Cook USA Stage on Monday evening.
Also added to the line-up are Australian singer songwriter Starley and electro-pop five some Yes Lad.
Starley’s potent sound is a mix of warm indie folk and dynamic dance-pop powered by her affecting melodies.
Yes Lad has already achieved a top 5 hit in Music Week’s club charts with ‘Walk Away’.
Also appearing on the line-up will be Blonde, Pixie Lott, 5 After Midnight, Louisa Johnson, Will Heard, Saara Alto, Ultra Naté, Lucy Spraggan, Danny Beard, Gok Wan, Seann Miley Moore, Girli, Lisa Maffia, N-Trance, Yes Lad, Divina De Campo.
Plus The Big Weekend favourite and Manchester Pride patron Heather Peace will curate Heather Peace Presents on the Sackville Gardens Boutique Stage for a third year.
The Gaydio Dance Arena will feature Faithless, Simian Mobile Disco, Danny Howard, Ben Pearce, Jeremy Healy and Anton Powers.
The organisers of The Big Weekend have also added a new element to the four day event as they look to introduce a new mystery area which will be accessed via a secret door. On Saturday and Sunday it will host a silent disco and on Monday it will be transformed into a sing-a-long cinema screening favourites such as Frozen and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said; “It’s great to add even more world class artists to our line-up. It’s humbling to see so many different types of performers showing their support for LGBT+ people by appearing at The Big Weekend”.