When is Manchester Pride?
The grand climax of Manchester Pride is just around the corner – it takes place from Friday 25-Monday 28 August!
The Big Weekend is one of the last LGBTI fests of the season in the UK, and always falls on the late August Bank Holiday.
Where is it?
Most of the action is located in and around Canal Street, and Manchester’s wider Gay Village.
When is the Parade?
The Parade is on Saturday 26 August. It typically boasts over 3000 participants, and many thousands more cheering on.
The theme this year is ‘Class of 2017: The Graduation Parade.’
How much is it?
The Big Weekend tickets are currently priced at £25 ($32.53, €27.70) for a weekend ticket, £15 ($19.52, €16.62) for day tickets and children’s tickets are also available from £5 ($6.51, €5.54). Tickets provide guests with access to the event site, including the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manchester Pride raise money for LGBT and HIV charities and organisations in Greater Manchester. For more information on The Big Weekend visit the new website at bigweekend.manchesterpride.
Who isn’t performing?
1 Melanie C
Firstly, Melanie C: she has sold 85 million records as one fifth of the all-conquering Spice Girls, and millions more as a solo artist.
Her UK number one solo singles are I Turn To You (which yesterday turned 17 years old) and Things Will Never Be the Same Again.
Mel released her seventh studio album Version of Me last year to great reviews.
2 Clean Bandit
One of the biggest and brightest bands to come out of the UK in recent years, Grammy Award winners Clean Bandit have three number one singles to their name.
The first was Rather Be, which featured vocals from Jess Glynne and was released in 2014.
The second, Rockabye featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, was released last year. The third, Symphony featuring Zara Larsson, was released this year.
3 Pixie Lott
Since bursting onto the music scene in 2009, Pixie Lott has reached the top of the UK singles charts three times.
Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh) and Boys and Girls were released in 2009, and All About Tonight in 2011.
Pixie recently ventured into the world of TV talent show judging, appearing on the Voice Kids in the UK.
4 5 After Midnight
One of the breakout acts of last year’s X Factor, 5 After Midnight finished the competition in third place.
The highlight of their time on the show was their cover of the Spice Girls’ Say You’ll Be There – perhaps they’ll join Melanie C on stage for her set? Stay tuned!
Runner up of last year’s X Factor Saara Aalto will also be performing at Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend.
5 Ultra Nate
Back in 1997, Ultra Nate released one of the defining house singles of the era.
The number four hit Free (”Cause you’re free, to do what you want to do!’) was a gold-seller that year.
The star followed the song up with top 20 singles Found a Cure and A New Kind of Medicine.
6 Liberty X
Finally, Liberty X formed back in the year 2000 on the TV series Popstars.
They hit the top spot with Just A Little in 2002; other top five singles include Got To Have Your Love and Holding On For You.
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