Grammy and Brit Award winner and honorary Mancunian Ariana Grande will return to the city to headline the LGBT+ charity’s new event Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
The singer will join a stellar line up including British synth-pop band Years and Years and 80’s duo Bananarama as she performs a selection of songs from her Sweetener World Tour at the new live element of the Manchester Pride Festival which this year is headline sponsored by boohoo and boohooMAN.
Plus Chelcee Grimes, Becky Hill, Liberty X, Louisa, Youngr, Pixie Lott, Four of Diamonds and transgender German singer songwriter Kim Petras will perform over the weekend.
DJs and dance music based performers will include Basement Jaxx, Nicky Siano: Hallelujah Disco, Gok Wan, Rhythm of the 90s, We Love Pop, Jodie Harsh, Hercules and Love Affair, K-Klass Live and Faithless.
Northern favourites Bongos Bingo will be hosting a stage take over on Sunday.
The event which will take place throughout the Mayfield site in Piccadilly will feature a number of performance spaces including a huge 9,000 capacity outdoor performance space The Yard, the cavernous indoor Depot will play host to DJs and dance acts and The Sorting Room will host a street food market, bars, and another stage area hosting pop-up performances.
Plus the platforms of the station will be home to a funfair.
There are three ticket options for Manchester Pride Live. The Rainbow Pass from Saturday (£34.50), Sunday (£38.50) or Weekend (£64.50) also provides unlimited weekend access to The Gay Village Party.
These tickets provide access to each of Manchester Pride Live performance areas, pop up performances and fairground.
For those that don’t want to attend Manchester Pride Live the Gay Village Party will be the heart of the Manchester Pride Festival with the ultimate street party.
With community performances in Sackville Gardens, plus markets and parties across the village’s venues, it will continue to be home to the hub of the festival’s LGBT+ celebration.
The stage in Sackville Gardens will host performances by Liberty X, Saara Aalto and Lucy Spraggan. It will also host he trans pride event and family Pride activity on Saturday after the parade.
Mark Fletcher CEO says “This year marks a big change for the festival as it continues to evolve. Previously we had one event running over the weekend and this year we have two, each with a distinct offering. At Manchester Pride Live we’re truly honoured to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life. My team and I have worked hard to create a diverse lineup of performers who will join her in helping us continue to make a difference to the lives of LGBT+ people and celebrate the unity that exists in our brilliant city.”