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Manchester Pride announced that Jessie J will perform at the Gay Village Party on the August bank holiday weekend as part of the Manchester Pride Festival.

After a six-year hiatus, Jessie J is set to perform at Manchester Pride. She will perform alongside two-time Eurovision winner Loreen. Another big headline act is yet to be announced by the organisers.

LGBTQ+ Performers at Manchester Pride

Several LGBTQ+ performers will be joined by other talented artists such as Katy B, Dean McCullough from Radio 1, Chinchilla, Ginger Johnson, the reigning winner of Drag Race UK, Natasha Hamilton from Atomic Kitten and Claire Richards from the Brit award-winning band Steps.

The Manchester Pride Festival is a world-renowned celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Europe. The event showcases a top-class roster of LGBTQ+ performers from Greater Manchester. The Gay Village Party will host three performance spaces in Manchester’s Gay Village: The Village Stage, located in an outdoor car park in the middle of the event site; the Alan Turing Stage in Sackville Gardens; and the Indoor Arena.

Manchester Pride Alan Turing Stage
Manchester Pride Alan Turing Stage

Clubbing in the Indoor Arena

The Indoor Arena provides a warehouse-style clubbing experience in a covered car park. The space will play home to the Gaydio Dance Arena, which makes its grand return on Saturday, 24 August. Headlining will be Manchester native DJ Paulette. It will also host several takeovers, including Runway with Banksie Manchester’s very own 7-foot drag supermodel–who will be kicking off the Bank Holiday in true Manc style. They will host a runway showcasing glamorous queer couture and fashion realness.

In addition to the stages, there are food vendors, markets, concessions, and pop-up performances. Events will be held on the streets and in the bars and clubs around the Manchester Gay Village.  

I Choose Kindness film and campaign.
Manchester Pride 2023 (Image supplied)

Mark Fletcher, who is Manchester Pride CEO, told QX: “Each year, we ask our communities what they’d like to see at the Festival, and I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to respond with this lineup. Jessie J and Loreen are outstanding performers. It’s brilliant to have them sharing the stage with local Queer talent and supporting us as we continue to push the Pride movement forward.

“There’s a huge variety of entertainment on offer this year; a host of classic Pride favourites, emerging artists, drag royalty and well-known performers spanning a range of genres.

“What’s most important is the representation and visibility of the further marginalised LGBTQ+ people. We’ve been able to achieve this through co-curation with our communities. The stage takeovers enable us to deliver an event designed by our communities for our communities and allies to enjoy. 

“This year will see one of the biggest weekends we’ve delivered. We’ve got another headline act lined up and a few surprises in store that we’ll be announcing over the coming months, so we’re encouraging attendees to get their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment because it’s likely to be a sold-out event.”

Stage Takeovers at Manchester Pride 2024.

Stage takeovers will include Trans Filth & Joy, the Queer Asian Takeover, Danny Beard & Friends and The Queer Women’s Takeover. The unmissable Black Pride MCR will host a takeover on the Village Stage. They will be centring the very best local QTIPOC talent with high-energy drag, house music and world-class vogue performances. 

Earlybird, Pre-Sale, and First Release tickets have already sold out. Second Release Weekend and VIP tickets can now be purchased through Ticketmaster for £27.50 for a day ticket and £42.50 for a weekend ticket. 

A fixed donation of £2.50 from every ticket sold goes directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund. This will ensure that LGBTQ+ good causes and important projects in Greater Manchester receive vital support.

The Manchester Pride Gay Village Party lineup announced so far:

Jessie J – Loreen – plus more to be revealed.

Katy B – Bimini – Chinchilla – Claire Richards 

Natasha Hamilton – Louis III

Ginger Johnson – Danny Beard – Black Peppa – Banksie

QUEENZ: The Show with Balls – Gaydio Dance Arena – Dean McCullough’s Pop Machine

Angie Brown – Charlie – DJ Paulette – Ghetto Fabulous – Queer Stage Revolution – JSKY – Lauren Lo Sung – Michelle McKenna (Platnum) – Mix-Stress – Pecs: Black is King – Rozalla – Stephani B – The Enby Show

Queer Asian Takeover – Trans Filth & Joy – Black Pride MCR – Queer Women’s Takeover

Danny Beard & Friends – Ginny Lemon’s Dog Show – Runway with Banksie – Pride Divas Only with Misty Chance – Your Manchester Live with Belinda Scandal – SWAGGA – What She Said – Vanilla

With more brilliant names to be added.

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