Manchester Pride has come in for heavy criticism after organisers announced that they would be more than doubling the price of tickets for the 2019 festival, from £28 to £70.95.
For their money, attendees are being promised ‘the full Manchester Pride Festival experience, featuring a line-up of international entertainment’ and unlimited access to the gay village.
This year’s event, taking place from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August, sees the traditional music festival, previously called Big Weekend, being relocated to Mayfield, due to the impact of property-development projects in and around the gay village. The 2019 music festival will be called Manchester Pride Live.
Organisers say that Manchester Pride Live, costing £64.50 per ticket, is a totally new event, and as such cannot be compared with the Big Weekend, which last year cost £34.50 per ticket.
They also promise that the 2019 music lineup will be the festival’s biggest ever.
News of the price increase follows hot on the heels of another Manchester Pride controversy, with the event having recently announced its intention to adopt a more inclusive version of the gay rainbow flag, complete with brown and black stripes. However, many people are complaining that the price hike will disproportionately affect LGBT+ people of colour, increasing the likelihood of Manchester Pride this year being whiter than ever.
Event organisers have said that a limited number of special tickets will be made available for people facing financial hardship. They have also confirmed that the festival will feature numerous free-to-attend events, including the annual Pride parade, the candlelit vigil and The Superbia Weekend - a programme of workshops, film screenings and cabaret performances.
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