British X Factor finalist Marcus Collins will headline gay pride in his hometown of Liverpool.
The out and proud singer will perform a mixture of tracks from his self-titled album, including his new single Mercy, as well as songs he performed on the X-Factor at the event in the northern English city on 4 August.
Collins came second in the TV talent show in 2011 and reached the top 10 with his debut single Seven Nation Army earlier this year.
He said: ‘I’m so excited to be involved with Liverpool Pride, it’s such an amazing event and in such a vibrant city, it’s bound to be an incredible celebration.’
‘I love the gay community and I love that I can be a big part of it, even if it’s only by keeping the bars open!
‘The awareness of the gay community that Liverpool Pride generates in the city makes it safer and more fun for everyone, and every year the event gets bigger and more fun. I’m honored to be a part of it.’
Collins is the first artist that festival organizers have announced will perform on the Nautical but Nice themed waterfront main stage.
A boatload of other local, national and international artists is to be announced within the coming weeks.
Liverpool Pride started just two years ago and has grown to be one of the biggest free gay festivals in the country, after London.
The inaugural event attracted over 20,000 people and doubled to over 44,000 last year.
Liverpool Pride 2012 will take place at the city’s iconic pier-head and throughout the Stanley Street Gay Quarter.
There will also be a weekend of cultural events taking place at some of Liverpool’s most influential arts and cultural establishments.
If you want to take part in the pride march, register online at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/march before 31 July.