The Pride Guide: What’s On?
Newcastle Pride is celebrating its 10th birthday this year in what is set to be a stunning celebration of LGBQT+ life and culture. The weekend is chock-a-block with feel-good activities, as well as the iconic Newcastle Pride march through the city. As if that’s not enough, the star-studded weekend is hosting countless music acts, from tribute bands to celebs, as well as our favourite reformed 90s bands. NE1 are proud to sponsor such a bold, bustling event, and we just can’t wait for the weekend to roll around! Here’s our guide to who’s playing at Pride this year…
WHERE? MANCHESTER AIRPORT MAINSTAGE
Our fave ’90s boys are back in business and rocking up at Newcastle Pride as the Saturday headliners. Bringing back classics like Same Old Brand New You, their gig is sure to be one to remember.
Geordie lass Channy is taking to the stage in her hometown on Saturday and singing a collection of hits in honour of Pride. A star on the rise, Channy has performed at none other than the Metro Radio Arena in the past, and is sure to add a bit of stardust to Newcastle Pride.
A Czech band with an already huge European fan base, Pink Angels are ready to knock your socks off with original material. Expect a brilliantly buzzy vibe and incredible talent from this fab girl-band, adding to a night of fun.
Fans of the X-Factor will remember Lee Lambert, a talented solo artist with a sound of his own. Having worked with incredible acts such as Westlife, Lee’s ready to take the town by storm on Saturday night.
Cabaret legend Jason Prince is gearing up for Pride this year, ready to perform a string of great hits. An iconic figure on the cabaret scene, his credentials are truly fabulous and he’s just waiting to win over new fans.
DRAGON & THE WHALE
This fierce duo beat off competition to triumph in Boulevard’s Drag Idol, and they’re ready to steal that spotlight yet again with a Saturday night performance at Pride. These two really do have star talent and it would be a crime to miss out on their night in The Town Moor spotlight!
NORTHERN PROUD VOICES
Newcastle’s first LGBT choir are sure to give you goosebumps with their renditions of the classics. A community choir which has gone from strength to strength in recent years, they’re visiting Pride ahead of a much-anticipated Manchester gig.
Angie Brown brings her talent to Newcastle’s main stage. Having performed backing vocals for some of the biggest bands and artists around including The Stereophonics and Kate Bush, as well as appearing in her own group, Thrashing Doves, Angie’s sure to teach the young’uns a thing or two.
Kelly’s travelled the world as a successful singer, but we reckon she’s in for a treat coming to our beautiful city this summer. This legend is originally from 'Down Under' but we’ll certainly make a Geordie of her!
We all know it was a complete 'Tragedy' when Steps split up, and if you’re in a 'Deeper Shade of Blue' because you didn’t get tickets to their reunion tour this year, Steptastic are here to save the day at Pride. Take a trip down memory lane and crack out your best dance moves. 5, 6, 7 8!
Little Fix will be belting out your favourite bangers from the world of Little Mix on Saturday night and we simply cannot wait. The tribute band is undeniably talented and is it just us or do they even look spookily like the real deal?! You’ll be dancing in no time.
WHEN? SUNDAY 23/08/17
WHERE? MANCHESTER AIRPORT MAIN STAGE
She shot to fame on 2013’s X Factor and now Sam Bailey is in toon and ready to wow North East audiences. We can’t wait to hear her chart toppers live on the last day of Pride. It’s going to be emotional as we say goodbye to Pride festivities for another year!
These London lasses are set to blow you away with a range of their most well-known hits. After forming in 2010, the girls are better than ever and ready to pump up the volume in tribute to LGBQT+ culture.
Euro dance and trance is the flavour of the night when Kelly Llorenna’s on stage. Bringing a clubbing vibe to the Sunday night festivities, you’ll feel like you’re in the Pink Triangle in no time.
This old-school Italian band are bringing a taste of the 90s to Pride and we couldn’t be more excited. If Eurodance was your jam back then, you certainly won’t want to miss Livin’ Joy.
DANNI DEE AND THE BROADWAY DANCERS
Another Boulevard favourite, Danni Dee and the Broadway Dancers never disappoint. Expect dazzling outfits and fabulous routines as they arrive on stage during the Sunday Pride celebrations.
LA VOIX AND VA VA VOOM BOYS
It just wouldn’t be Pride weekender without La Voix and Va Va Voom Boys. A true favourite on the drag circuit, the boys are certainly worth watching out for…
Amber is mixing it up with a whole host of dance numbers to get your blood pumping. Her act is sure to add to a fab atmosphere bursting at the seams with great tunes.
Pop idol and X-Factor contestant, Jamie Tinkler will also be heading to the North East to celebrate Pride with the best of them.
Gateshead gal Melissa Pedro is crossing the Tyne and appearing in the festivities at Pride this year, joining plenty of other former X-factor contestants.