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Pop legends to rock Pride in its 20th year

Pop legends to rock Pride in its 20th year

posted 17 Mar 2016

Organisers of Birmingham's annual Pride Festival held in May have announced that ’80s and 90s legends Erasure’s Andy Bell and Grammy nominated singer Lisa Stansfield will headline at this year’s event, alongside chart-topping headline artists Katy B, MNEK, and Fleur East.

The event, which this year celebrates its 20th year, is the UK’s largest 2 day gay festival.

Birmingham Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton commented: “As one of the largest Gay Pride events in the UK, we’re absolutely delighted to have pulled out all the stops with such a fantastic line-up for our 20th year, and there will be more artists still to announce.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be presenting such a diverse range of fantastic chart-topping legends like Andy Bell, who will be performing some of the greatest hits of Erasure, the awesome Lisa Stansfield, the welcome return of Katy B to our main stage, together with MNEK and Fleur East.”

He added: “We're expecting a record turnout, attracting people from throughout the UK. And, with over 100 artists and DJs performing during the weekend, there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy."

Lead singer of Erasure, Andy Bell will be performing a host of the bands hit including the chart-topping ‘A Little Respect’, while Lisa Stansfield will perform her hits including the 1989 worldwide No.1 ‘All Around The World’. Both artists will perform on Sunday 29 May.

Leading hip-hop urban artist Katy B, who previously stormed the event in 2014, returns this year to headline the event on Saturday 28 May.

The Pride event, which last year attracted over 50,000 party revellers, will also feature current leading chart artists MNEK, DJ Fresh, Karen Harding, 99 Souls and Anne Marie.

Other artists also confirmed to appear include 90s chart-toppers Vengaboys, and former X Factor artists Fleur East, Lucy Spraggan, and Birmingham’s very own Mason Noise.

The Birmingham Pride Festival, which is held over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May, also features a dance arena, cabaret marquee, funfair and womens arena, in addition to a host of community stalls and refreshments. 

This year the Carnival Parade, which sets off from Victoria Square at midday on Saturday 28 May, will adopt ‘A Generation of Pride’ as its theme to coincide with the events 20th year.

‘Advance Discounted Tickets’ for the festival, which is located in Birmingham’s Gay Village are available online from www.birminghampride.com