Newcastle’s annual pride celebration is back this summer – and it’s looking set to be one of the best yet.
The weekend of festivities, which will take place July 15-17 on the Town Moor, is always one of the highlights of the North East calendar and proudly boasts the accolade of being the UK’s biggest free pride event. And the organisers have now announced just who will be entertaining us from the main stage.
Boyband 5ive and M People front woman Heather Small (above) top this year’s bill.
The boyband (above), most famous for songs like Keep On Movin’ and Everybody Get Up will take to the stage on Saturday 15, whilst Small, the singer of hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and, rather aptly, Proud, will take to the main stage on Sunday 17.
Other acts on the bill include 80s pop sensation Sonia (above), former X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star Jake Quickenden (below), Brother Beyond singer Nathan Moore and dance diva Tina Cousins, who had big hits with Pray and Mysterious Times.
Local acts Courtney Dixon, who won Ubeat TV’s Act of the Year award, girl group NE1 Girls and North East legend Lorraine Crosby will also be performing. Drag performers will also be well-represented with the Cabaret Tent, sponsored by Eazy Street. Last year, the event contributed £9.1 million to the Newcastle economy.
“The line-up this year is just stunning with something for everyone hitting the main stage on the Town Moor,” said Mark Nichols, the chairman of Newcastle Pride. “5ive will close the Main stage on Saturday 16th July and Heather Small will be so Proud closing the stage on Sunday 17th before we move to the Civic Centre for our Candlelit Vigil at 9pm. This is going to be one amazing weekend hosted by the LGBT community.
However, Mark says it is important to stress how much donations are vital to keeping the event going. “Although Pride is a free festival to come along to, it costs over £200,000 to stage each year. We are only able to deliver an amazing festival each year with the help of our all sponsors.
“Donations are very important for us to be able to deliver Pride each year, a donation in a bucket, buying a wristband or Lanyard with whistle or upgrading to Gold Circle or VIP all goes towards funding the event and ensuring it can remain free in the future.”
For further information and for full listings of the events, go to www.northern-pride.com.
The event is free to attend but Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available from £12 here