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Melanie C to spice up Manchester Pride, alongside X Factor's Saara Aalto

Plus Louisa Johnson, Gok Wan and more announced for The Big Weekend

Melanie C to spice up Manchester Pride, alongside X Factor's Saara Aalto
Asia's Got Talent
Melanie C's hits include When You're Gone, I Turn To You and Anymore

Spice Girl Melanie C will headline this year’s Manchester Pride: The Big Weekend. She is just one of a number of star names on the amazing line up.

The Anymore singer will be joined on The Thomas Cook Airlines USA Stage by openly gay 2016 X Factor runner up Saara Aalto. Meanwhile, 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will also appear.

What’s more, TV star Gok Wan will turn DJ for the August Bank Holiday extravaganza.

Hercules and the Love Affair’s Shaun J Wright will also be taking to the decks at the Gaydio Dance Arena.

Saara Aalto performing on last year's series of The X Factor (ITV)

Saara Aalto performing on last year’s series of The X Factor (ITV)

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride furthermore commented: ‘I’m thrilled to announce such a high level of international performers who will appear at The Big Weekend this year. To have a Spice Girl on our stage is quite a coup. There’s loads more to come that will reflect the diverse musical taste of our audience.’

The Asia’s Got Talent judge hit the headlines recently when she confirmed that she will not be part of the troubled Spice Girls reunion. It was recently reported that new mum Geri Halliwell will not be taking part in the project, alongside Victoria Beckham.

Melanie C has long been known as the favourite Spice Girl of queer girls around the world. The pop veteran released her seventh solo album Version of Me last year.

Manchester Pride returns from 25-28 August (Friday-Monday). Tickets go on sale Friday 27 January.

Here, we celebrate the news by looking back at seven of Mel’s biggest hits!

1 Anymore

2 Dear Life

3 Never Be The Same Again (with Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez)

4 I Turn To You

5 When You’re Gone (with Bryan Adams)

6 Next Best Superstar

7 Loving You (with Matt Cardle)

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