Manchester Pride announced today that MCR Pride Live, the live music element of the Manchester Pride Festival, will take place at Manchester’s newest outdoor venue on First Street this year.

Manchester Pride is taking over the brand new outdoor location, which was originally launched by HOME in May as a home ground. It is located on the 80,000 m² future development site of Ask Real Estate, right next to the center for contemporary theater, film, art and music.

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August, the website will feature two live music stages, the main stage and the Gaydio dance tent, for artists such as Zara Larsson, Sigala, Annie Mac, Gabrielle, Katy B and Example in one accommodate an outstanding line-up.

On Sunday evening, Zara will be accompanied on stage by the singers, songwriters Ella Henderson, Gabrielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Lucy Spraggan, Jason Andrew Gust and Shura. The stage will be hosted by Danny Beard, Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, The Manchester Queens and House of Blaque.

On Saturday the English DJ, record producer and remixer Sigala, the dance party legend from Radio One, Annie Mac, the singer-songwriter Katy B and the musician, singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer Example will appear.

In addition, the LGBTQ + charity won another great artist as a headline performer on Saturday, but it won’t be able to reveal its identity until Jan.

The performances on Saturday evening are hosted by La Discothèque and House of Ghetto.

Mark Fletcher, Manchester Pride CEO, said, “It’s really exciting to bring MCR Pride Live to First Street this year. The website is perfect for our event and less than a ten minute walk from the Gay Village which means ticket holders can easily move around our various locations around town and enjoy all that the Manchester Pride Festival has to offer. ”

Manchester Pride plans to host its flagship Manchester Pride Festival in partnership with Virgin Atlantic from Friday 27th August to Monday 30th August in its regular place on the city calendar. The festival has six main themes: activism, equality, art and culture, youth and family, community and party.

Held at venues across the city, the festival includes MCR Pride Live, Gay Village Party, Equality Marches, Superbia, Your Pride MCR, Family Pride, and the Human Rights Forum.

The festival usually includes the Manchester Pride Parade on Saturdays across the city. Due to government guidelines on major events, Manchester Pride has been forced to cancel the parade this year as it cannot hold the event within safety guidelines.

All remaining elements of the festival, including the free events, are sold with the exception of the candlelight vigil. All of them, including the vigil, are subject to government instructions, which means that all ticket holders aged 18 and over must demonstrate their COVID-19 status upon entering the festival.

You will be asked to do so by showing a valid NHS Covid Passport obtained by providing one of the following documents:

  • Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test – made before departure on the day of arrival to the festival
  • Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (the second at least 14 days before the festival)
  • Proof of natural immunity – based on a positive PCR test within 180 days of the festival (including 10 days of self-isolation after the result).

Please see the Manchester Pride website for more details on how this is handled.

Mark Fletcher continued, “Not being able to hold the Manchester Pride Parade this year has been heartbreaking, but it would really be impossible to check the COVID-19 status of every single person who has come to see it. Hundreds of thousands of people are moving into town to watch the procession and there is no way to ensure that these people do not transmit this virus that has taken such a terrible toll on our lives for the past 18 months.

The government is advising all live event organizers to put these processes in place and we are working with the appropriate security groups and local authorities to follow this advice. By demonstrating their COVID-19 status, our guests can safely enjoy the weekend so that we can all get together and celebrate for the first time since 2019. “

Rainbow Passes, which allow access to the MCR Pride Live Festival and four days of the Gay Village Party, start at £ 55 for one day or £ 84.50 for the weekend and the Gay Village Party tickets cost £ 17.50 for one day or £ 25.00 for every four days. Weekend Rainbow Passes are sold out, but a limited number of day passes are still available.

You can find more information about the festival here.

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