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Monday, 30 June 2014 16:07

Boyband A1 to headline Bristol Pride

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Boyband A1, who feature in this year’s Big Reunion Tour will headline the Bristol Pride festival on Saturday 12 July along with 90s dance sensation, and Rhythm of The Night singer, Corona.

The donation entry festival will take place in Castle Park and will feature 46 acts across 9 hours including urban act VOIS, electro girl band Love Beats Riot, Katherine Ellis, The Showbears (Britain’s Got Talent), Kate Bush tribute Cloudbusting, Dr Meaker, Denise Pearson from Five Star and international artists Iskwé and America’s Hi Fashion both asking to perform as part of their world tours. A second stage hosts 20 Cabaret acts including burlesque, pole dancing, drag kings and queens from all over the UK including award winners such as Son Ofa Tutu, Drag With No Name and Baga Chipz, the Cabaret Stage will be headlined by singer Kelly Wilde. 

The Bristol Pride Festival, named No2 ‘Best Pride In The UK’ (Cooperative Respect Awards) is one of the largest Pride events in the country and Pride ‘Week’ takes place across Bristol from the 3-13 July will showcase a diverse range of events including: comedy, sports, dog show, workplace conference with LGB charity Stonewall, the award winning Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter and even an all-female Shakespeare performance in a city farm playground. The week also host to the Bristol Pride Film Festival with specially selected, and award winning films including G.B.F., short film Language of Love, the multi award winning Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf?, the story of a filmmaker who decides to make an all-female version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and even features a special preview screening of Lilting , starring Ben Wishaw.

The Pride Day festival starts with the Pride Parade, departing Queens Square at 11am and the park festival will feature 3 stages of entertainment, family area with kite making classes and activities from atBristol and Bristol Zoo, funfair, market and expo stalls, food and bars, onsite roller disco and a community area hosting over 60 organisations ranging from health services, charities and sports groups. Entry to Pride Day will be by donation (£3 suggested) but Pride are offering £5 Day wristband or a Day and Night pass for £15 that will offer discounts onsite including food stalls, reduced bar prices and skate hire as well as offers with other Bristol businesses keen to support Pride.

DJs The Freemasons headline the official afterparty at the O2 Academy which promises to be a spectacle with aerial performances from Circomedia along with eccentric party makers Sink The Pink, 90s club night Another Night and a specially created ‘Pop Paparazzi Parlour’ from performance artist Harry Clayton Wright.

Organiser Daryn Carter: ‘2013 was our biggest year yet and we’ve got really exciting  events for 2014 as well as an amazing line up for Pride Day and Night which are a real coup for Bristol. We’ve created something truly special, an exciting and credible festival that uses a range of events to champion and celebrate LGB&T talent and culture. We aim to keep building on the success of Pride, putting Bristol on the map and bringing it alive with new talent and award winning acts. We’re creating opportunities for people to celebrate and engage with LGBT arts and the community whilst making a stand against discrimination both here in Bristol and around the world.’’

2013 saw 31,000 people attend Bristol Pride events with Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlining the free festival which held 17 individual events across the week and had an economic impact of £953,500 to the local economy. Pride is a bold celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the South West, but extends its much further, earlier this year the plight of LGBT people in counties such a Russia were highlighted by the Sochi games and this year the Bristol pride has chosen the theme We Are: One as a chance for LGBT people, their friends, families and the whole of the South West to stand up and support gay rights on a global scale by maintaining a proud and visible presence and showing support to communities around the world.

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