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Manchester Pride announces new location for annual music festival

Manchester Pride announces new location for annual music festival

Rita Ora on stage at Manchester Pride.

Manchester Pride will look quite different this year, kissing The Big Festival goodbye to welcome a brand new musical format.

One of the most popular LGBTI events across the UK, Manchester Pride has announced a change in location for the annual music festival. The event, formerly known as The Big Weekend, will also have a new name.

The hotly anticipated music event will be now known as Manchester Pride Live. It will take place at Mayfield, close to Piccadilly Station, a 24-acre regeneration site that will be turned into a new residential area.

As usual, the whole Pride festival will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (23-26 August).

Manchester Pride Festival 2019 will include Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the alcohol-free space Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Gathering and the parade. Furthermore, there will be a Youth Pride MCR, an event for those between 16-25.

Pride is also committed to shaping more inclusive events for families, LGBTI people of color and women.

Manchester Pride Live

The music event will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

Partygoers should expect about 30 artists across two stages in and around the Mayfield Depot, part of the former Mayfield Station site. Organizers said that world class acts will perform each day in a ticket-only party.

Watch the video announcing the new format:

What happened to the city’s Gay Village?

‘Manchester’s Gay Village always has and always will be the heart of the Manchester Pride Festival,’ say the organizers.

‘Manchester Pride has committed over £300,000 of investment into the reimagined Gay Village site, which has undergone much change as a result of development in the area over the past five years. It will remain a ticketed part of the festival and will be a focal point for the huge celebratory weekend.’

The annual parade will remain the same, welcoming revelers across the city on Saturday afternoon.

2019 will also see the creation of the Gay Village Gathering. This will be a street party with community performances in Sackville Gardens, plus markets and parties across the village’s venues.

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