New York City Pride has announced its first phase of talent performing at the Multi-day Pride Island 2019.
The two-day festival will see iconic singer Grace Jones take the Pier 97 stage.
The Jamaican-born singer and actress is the biggest name among those announced for Saturday 29 June.
‘I couldn’t be more excited to perform in front of my LGBTI friends and the community that’s supported me for so many years during WorldPride 2019,’ said Jones, who reportedly dated both men and women.
‘Saturday’s Pride Island lineup will be a celebration of everything that the community stands for and will go down in illustrious history.’
Teyana Taylor and Pabllo Vittar will also perform
Moreover, ballroom queen Teyana Taylor and Brazilian drag artist and songwriter Pabllo Vittar will perform.
Other acts include Afro-Latina pop sensation, Amara La Negra, along with popular NYC DJ, Johnny Dynell.
On Pride Island Sunday, taking place on 30 June, Abel and Morabito will take the lead. The headliner for Sunday will be announced at a later date.
A multi-day experience
‘We’re thrilled to be able to create this multi-day experience, which speaks to an inclusive set of Pride-goers, during one of the biggest Pride events in the world,’ said Chris Frederick, Managing Director, NYC Pride.
‘With the iconic Grace Jones headlining on Saturday and the incredible list of curated talent, this musical experience is definitely not to be missed.’
Pride Island Director Jose Ramos echoed these feelings.
‘We’re planning an action-packed weekend of live performances, that will build upon the excitement of what Pride attendees know as Pride Island, for our biggest and most inclusive year yet,’ he said.
‘We’re turning up the heat this year, in honor of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50. It’s slated to be a truly unforgettable celebration,’ he also said.
Past Pride Island festivals included Kylie Minogue, Nelly Furtado, and Tegan and Sara.
Pride events span the whole month, culminating in the famous NYC Pride March on Sunday 30 June.
This year’s Pride will also be the official host of WorldPride 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.