PRIDE’S BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER...
THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT MORE TO THIS YEAR’S EVENT THAN THE BIG WEEKEND
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 pride.com