Birmingham Pride has confirmed that ’70s & ’80s soul legends Sister Sledge have been added to the Sunday line-up of this year’s festival, which will be headlined by former Destiny’s Child band member Kelly Rowland.
Sister Sledge had numerous big hits in the ‘70s & ‘80s, including gay anthem We Are Family, Frankie, Lost In Music and He's The Greatest Dancer.
Organisers today also revealed the full line-up for Pride Sunday. This will feature RuPaul's DragRace finalist Peppermint, Freemasons, Raye and The Vengaboys on the main stage. LGBT artists Tom Aspaul and Dorian Electra have also been announced.
On the Cabaret Stage, artists include Vicky Jackson (above) as Pink, Sandra London, Miss Marty and Ginny Lemon.
Meanwhile the dance arena will see a performance from Preditah (above) and Flava D, with great local LGBT DJs completing the line-up.
The line-up for Saturday 23 May is currently being kept a closely guarded secret and will be revealed at some point next week.
This year marks the start of a brand new era for Birmingham Pride - one of the UK's largest LGBTQ festivals. For the first time ever, the event's entertainment areas - including the Main Stage, Cabaret Stage, Dance Arena and funfair - will be situated on Smithfield, the former Birmingham Wholesale Market site adjacent to the city’s gay village.
The Birmingham Pride Street Party, which runs alongside the Festival, will continue to take place within the gay village area and will also host the Future Stage.
Commenting on the move, Birmingham Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton said: "Whilst the gay village will remain at the heart of the event as an integral part of the celebrations, the new Festival site on the former Birmingham Wholesale Market gives us the opportunity to make Birmingham Pride 2020 the biggest and best yet.”
Birmingham City Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward, said: “Birmingham Pride has become one of the absolute highlights of our cultural calendar, and Birmingham City Council is delighted to continue supporting such a fantastic, inclusive event. This is a city where all communities live, work and play together, and I have no doubt that, as the Festival moves to a new home in Smithfield, Birmingham Pride 2020 will prove to be yet another triumph.”
Pride organisers have also announced that senior citizens and accompanied children (under the age of 12), will gain FREE ENTRY to both the festival and street party.
Birmingham Pride takes place on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May. Tickets - including the Street Party (or just for the Street Party) - are now available at www.birminghampride.com
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