Manchester Pride has revealed the line-up of entertainment and events for its famous Gay Village Party which, this year, has been co-designed with Manchester’s queer communities in direct response to the Pride In Our Future report.
The Gay Village Party is opening on Friday 26th August with a trans led and curated event, Trans Filth & Joy, and will continue throughout the weekend with its most diverse programme yet including takeovers from Black Pride MCR, Fat Pride and Queer Women’s Takeover.
Mark Fletcher, CEO at Manchester Pride, said, “We’ve worked closely with our communities to provide a line-up that platforms the amazing, diverse queer talent that Manchester has become famed for. And, we’ve invited a few well known friends and allies along to join them on stage as we celebrate LGBTQ+ life and embed a true sense of community across the weekend.”
The weekend will see a range of acts take to three different stages:
Alan Turing Stage
Trans Creative and Milk Presents, two trans organisations, are kicking off the Manchester Pride Festival with Trans Filth and Joy on Friday 26th August.
The stage will then bring an exciting and diverse range of performances across the weekend with acts including Melanie C, Nadine Coyle, Charity Shop Sue and Drag Race UK star, Bimini.
A host of takeovers co-designed with some of Manchester’s best promoters and DJs to highlight the best queer talent that Manchester has to offer.
Fat Pride will kick off the stage on Friday 26 th August, celebrating big bodies with an evening of dancing, partying, showing off and feeling good. With guest DJs, dancers, performers and heaps of Fat Love this will be a night to celebrate big bodies.
Black Pride MCR will take Festival goers on musical journey, celebrating the black roots of house music, disco, funky house, vocal and tribal brought to you by exceptional DJs and iconic dancers from the Northern Vogue Ballroom scene.
Some of Manchester’s best female talent will also be taking to the MancUnity stage for the Queer Women’s Takeover including; DJ Mix-Stress and, DJ Róis, founder of What She Said Club, which gives space to LGBTQ+ women, gender non conforming and non-binary people.
Swagga is back with performances from Paigey Cakey, best known for her R&B hits ‘Lovin’ and ‘Ride or Die’; and Manchester’s finest LGBTQ+ RnB DJ’s Stacy Bee, Nkay & DJ KL will be bringing RnB, Dancehall, Afrobeats, UK Funky, Garage and Old Skool sounds to the stage alongside the incredible Swagga Dancers.
Platforming some incredible cabaret acts, the Cabaret Stage will host ‘The Enby Show’, described as an “electric, unique and vibrant” gender-bending variety show that bins the binary and crashes the cis-tem. Plus, The Bitten Peach, a gender-diverse, pan-Asian collective showcasing joy and excellence.
Also taking to the stage, Pecs Drag Kings, an all-female/non-binary theatre and cabaret company who’ve been creating critically acclaimed shows for the LGBTQ+ community since 2013.
Enjoy amazing performance and burlesque beauties with Duncan James (Proud Cabaret).
Surrounding these stages will be the ultimate street party, a space for all the different members of the LGBTQ+ family to come together at the heart of Manchester Pride. There will be an array of markets, performances and parties across the venues in the village throughout the August bank holiday weekend.
Other events announced as part of the Pride celebrations include Youth Pride MCR and Family Pride MCR, where young people and families will be able to join in the celebrations with a series of free curated events.
Superbia, Manchester Pride’s year-round programme of culture, will host the Superbia Weekend, offering a series of alcohol-free events for those who wish to enjoy Manchester Pride in a more tranquil environment.
The Gay Village Party will draw to a close with the Candlelit Vigil on Monday evening.
Tickets are available now here.