Manchester Pride is coming back with a bang in 2021.
The LGBTQ+ charity has announced the line up for two parts of its annual event which will take place from Friday 27 August to Monday 30 August: MCR Pride Live and The Gay Village Party.
MCR Pride Live will take place on the Saturday and Sunday nights. The venue for the festival is yet to be announced but will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Sunday night will see Swedish singer Zara Larsson take to the stage. She will be joined by Ella Henderson, Garbielle, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Eve and Lucy Spraggan. The stage will be hosted by Danny Beard, Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, The Manchester Queens and House of Blaque.
Hosting the stage on Saturday night will be La Discotheque and House of Ghetto with live performances from Sigala, Annie Mac, Katy B and Example.
There is also one more headline act who’s identity will remain a mystery until right up to the event itself. This final artist will be announced on Friday 27 August – the first day of the Manchester Pride festival.
The Gay Village Party will take place across all four days of the bank holiday weekend. A street party atmosphere with performances, markets and parties throughout.
There will be live performances across the Alan Turing Stage in Sackville Gardens, MancUnity Stage, Playground Stage and Superbia presents Queer Music Stage.
Highlights will include Trans Creative presents Trans Pride Rally, as well as Danny Beard and Friends, Black Pride MCR Takeover and Fat Pride.
Also returning for 2021 will be favourites such as the silent disco, sing-along cinema, the marketplace and the fairground rides.
Tickets to the Festival went on sale last month and the weekend MCR Pride Live Rainbow Passes sold out in less than an hour. A limited number of weekend and day passes will be released at 12pm on Friday 30 April.
Rainbow Passes, which allow access to MCR Pride Live Festival and four days at the Gay Village Party, start at £55 for a day or £84.50 for the weekend and Gay Village Party tickets are £17.50 for one day or £25.00 for all four days.
New for this year, Pride has announced the introduction of a Low Income Ticket, reserved for those with a limited income. These tickets are at a reduced ticket price of 50% and are sold on a first come first served basis until 30 June 2021, or until they sell out.
To qualify, attendees will need to provide evidence of one of the following: Universal Credit Working Tax Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance.
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said:
“I’m really happy that we are able to share this announcement today. With many artists having decided not to tour this year, my team has worked twice as hard to secure a first class lineup of performers who are each excited to be able to celebrate LGBTQ+ life with us, in person this year. And unless the roadmap to recovery changes we can’t wait to come back together once again.
“MCR Pride Live will be in a new home, with a reduced capacity but the standard of talent on the stage remains exceptional and we know that our loyal and excited audience will love the programming across all of the events. Tickets to MCR Pride Live are very limited now and the Gay Village Party is selling fast, so I urge everyone that wants to come to buy them before they sell out.”
Manchester Pride Festival is taking place from Friday 27 August until Monday 30 August at various venues in the Gay Village and another venue yet to be announced.
For more information about the festival visit www.manchesterpride.com.