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THE pop­u­lar Manch­ester Pride re­turns this Au­gust bank hol­i­day with its big­gest ever line-up of events. Head­lin­ers in­clude Clean Ban­dit, Me­lanie C, Ex­am­ple & DJ Wire and Blonde, while The Gay­dio Dance Arena sees Faith­less, Simian Mobile Disco, Danny Howard, Ben Pearce, Jeremy Healy and An­ton Pow­ers all strut­ting their stuff.

And in ad­di­tion to the main stages, there’s plenty of new events revealed for this year’s celebration.

The or­gan­is­ers of The Big Week­end have added a new el­e­ment to the four-day event as they in­tro­duce a mystery area which will be ac­cessed via a se­cret door.

On Satur­day and Sunday the se­cret venue will host a silent disco and on Mon­day it will be trans­formed into a sing-a-long cin­ema screen­ing favourites such as Frozen and The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show.

Sounds in­trigu­ing - but se­cret cin­ema fans will have to wait a lit­tle longer for de­tails as its ex­act where­abouts will be revealed on the day.

In ad­di­tion, Fri­day 25 Au­gust un­til Sunday 27 Au­gust sees the re­turn of The Su­per­bia Week­end, Manch­ester Pride’s al­ter­na­tive events space for grass­roots projects.

In its first year in 2016 the Su­per­bia Week­end brought a hugely suc­cess­ful col­lec­tion of al­ter­na­tive free events to the Ox­ford Road space do­nated by Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity as part of an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship funded by its com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gramme.

In 2017 guests can ex­pect a big­ger se­lec­tion of film screen­ings, mu­sic, per­for­mance, panel de­bates and in­ter­views, yoga, and LGBT artists, ac­tivists and mak­ers talk­ing about their work. Plus the venue will also fea­ture mock­tails from The Dry Um­brella, a pop-up book­shop, com­mu­nity stalls and lots more to be con­firmed.

CEO of Manch­ester Pride Mark Fletcher picked out The Su­per­bia Week­ender as one of the best new ad­di­tions to this year’s fes­ti­val, say­ing: “Not ev­ery­one wants to take part in the Big Week­end, so we’ve com­piled a larger free se­ries events... they’re a col­lec­tion of cul­tur­ally en­hanc­ing events and acts as a plat­form for smaller LGBT+ groups.”

“It was a re­ac­tion to feed­back which we had to have a year-round pres­ence in the city … It’s also a dry site, so it’s a space for peo­ple who may not want to take part in the events on Canal Street.”

And with 2017 turn­ing into a gar­gan­tuan event - what are Mark’s top tips for get­ting the best out of Manch­ester Pride?

“Bring an um­brella, come with an open mind, wear sun­screen, drink lots of wa­ter, and take your time - there’s so much to ex­plore through­out the city!”

Well, that’s some very sen­si­ble ad­vice. The Big Week­end tick­ets are priced £25.50 for week­end tick­ets, £16.50 for day tick­ets and chil­dren’s tick­ets are also avail­able.

Tick­ets pro­vide guests with ac­cess to the event site, in­clud­ing the Main Arena, Sackville Gar­dens Bou­tique Stage, the Gay­dio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manch­ester Pride raise money for LGBT and HIV char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Greater Manch­ester. For more in­for­ma­tion on The Big Week­end visit the web­site at fes­ti­val.manch­ester

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