Sophie Ellis-Bextor to headline Liverpool Pride

Pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor will headline the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018.

Festival organisers made the exciting announcement to guests, sponsors and partners at last
night’s VIP Press Launch at Avenue HQ, Mann Island (Thursday, 21 June).

The evening was hosted by radio presenter Clare Simmo, from Media Partner Radio City, who
welcomed guests and officially launched this year’s festival programme. Copies of Liverpool Pride’s official brochure were also exclusively available for those attending.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will wow Liverpool Pride festivalgoers when she headlines the Barclays Main
Stage on Saturday 28 July.

Sophie shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet and then followed it up with Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor.
Her solo debut album, Read My Lips was released in 2001 and reached number two in the UK
Albums Chart and certified double platinum by the BPI. The album sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Her subsequent album releases include Shoot from the Hip (2003), Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011).

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In 2014, in a departure from her previous dance pop albums, Sophie embarked on her debut
singer/songwriter album Wanderlust with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and Producer. It
proved to be a critical and commercial success: certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart and spawning the hit single Young Blood.

Sophie followed this release and collaboration up with 2016’s Familia which saw her return to the
dance floor with the radio hit Come With Us. In the Spring of 2018 with Ed Harcourt as Producer
and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie will release orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases.

Liverpool Pride Festival is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and this
is ninth consecutive year the festival has been staged. This year’s event takes place across two
days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The festival is free to attend.
Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

 The cast of the UK Tour of Kinky Boots will perform at Liverpool Pride

The cast of the UK Tour of Kinky Boots will perform at Liverpool Pride

The festival goes back to its historical roots on its ninth annual year. Tithebarn Street in the city
centre is the main festival site on Saturday 28 July. Organisers believe this year’s location will
prove popular with festivalgoers given the close proximity to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby
Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and
performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European
Capital Of Culture 2008.

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of gay teenager Michael Causer,
who lost his life on 2 August 2008 after a vicious homophobic attack.
Saturday’s festival programme will focus on the area round Tithebarn Street, which will be closed
between the Superlambanana and Moorfields to ensure the festival takes place in a safe and
controlled environment.

The Barclays Main Stage from headline sponsor Barclays will be situated by the iconic
Superlambanana, while the Manchester Airport San Francisco stage will be in the square between
Vernon Street and Cunliffe Street, sponsor Manchester Airport (the UK’s global gateway in the
North) will also host the Manchester Airport VIP Boston Bar.

Joining pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the main stage line-up also include includes international drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act; cast from Kinky Boots which comes to the Liverpool Empire Theatre in Spring 2019; Queen Zee; Osvaldo Supino; The Major Tour; Melissa Totten; Rogue Minogue; and House of Suarez.

 Queen Zee will take to the Barclays Main Stage

Queen Zee will take to the Barclays Main Stage

The Liverpool Pride March officially starts the Liverpool Pride weekend on Saturday 28 June,
starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

Live performance starts in the lead-up to Liverpool Pride with The Ruby Slippers comedy play,
which runs at the Royal Court Liverpool from 24 - 28 July. Set in a Blackpool drag club, Ruby
Slippers is a riot of fun and laughter, featuring Liverpool actor Kurtis Stacey and much-loved drag
queen Divina de Campo.

Live theatre continues with Grin Theatre: Queertet 2018 at The Casa on 26 and 27 July. Featuring
two new plays and two updated productions from the Queertet catalogue,
Pride at The Pictures features two films – All About My Mother at Picturehouse at FACT on 23 July; and Brazilica LGBT Film Night featuring Divine Divas at the Output Gallery, Seel Street, on 30 July.

Tate Exchange will host Liverpool Pride: Producing Equality. Between 16 and 22 July, Pride
Volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the excitement and commitment with which people
across our region create a Pride festival. Art banners from Oliver Bliss, Brian D Hanlon, Sophie
Green and Ben Youdan will be on display, with an opportunity for visitors to create their own
through workshops.

 Lots Holloway joins the line up on 28th July

Lots Holloway joins the line up on 28th July

Come Out of the Shadows returns for a third year, when buildings across Liverpool and the
surrounding areas are illuminated in Rainbow colours between 19 July and 2 August to challenge
hate crime and show their support for LGBT+ communities.

The fun continues Sunday 28 July with Liverpool Pride Sundae and the #AllTogetherNow
Community Zone. The Youth & Community Zone returns with festivalgoers’ favourite market and information stalls, as well as an Acoustic music stage programmed by We Want Women and Grin Theatre with input from youth groups GYRO, The Action Youth and Wirral Work It Out.

Family day Pride Sundae’s hub at The Bluecoat will feature dance, arts and craft activities, food
market, and barbecue in the Bluecoat Garden, alongside Pride events at the International Slavery
Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider
communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however
they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

Liverpool Pride Festival is proud to be working with headline sponsor Barclays; sponsor
Manchester Airport; Homes For Everyone; Mayor of Liverpool and Media Partners Radio City and
DIVA magazine.

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NEW LOCATION REVEALED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Festival spotlight is on Tithebarn Street for main event day – Saturday 28 July 2018

First act announced as Courtney Act

A new location has been revealed for the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 – which will see the event going back to its historical roots on its ninth annual year.

 Tithebarn Street in the city centre will be transformed into the main festival site on Saturday 28 July.

Liverpool Pride is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and this is ninth consecutive year the festival has been staged.

St George’s Quarter has been home to Liverpool Pride for three years, but due to its increasingly growing success, organisers are working with Culture Liverpool and other cultural partners to expand the festival further which includes a new location for 2018.

Liverpool Pride organisers believe that Tithebarn Street will prove popular with festivalgoers, as the new location is close to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

To coincide with the location announcement, the first act can also be revealed – international drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act.

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 Courtney is no stranger to the limelight. The contemporary artist and activist made it through to the semi-finals of the premiere season of Australian Idol in 2003, and went on to sign with Sony/BMG. Courtney is probably best recognised globally for making the top three in the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. She later released her debut EP Kaleidoscope, and her videos have been viewed online more than 40 million times.

Courtney will also perform at Heaven nightclub on Victoria Street during Pride Weekend.

Liverpool Pride takes place across two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The festival is free to attend.

Saturday’s festival programme will focus on the area round Tithebarn Street, which will be closed between the Superlambanana and Moorfields to ensure the festival takes place in a safe and controlled environment.

The Barclays Main Stage from headline sponsor Barclays will be situated by the iconic Superlambanana, while the San Francisco Cabaret Stage hosted by sponsor Manchester Airport will be located in the square between Vernon Street and Cunliffe Street, the UK’s global gateway in the North will also host the Manchester Airport VIP Boston Bar.

Areas adjoining Tithebarn Street will also feature in this year’s programme, and will include a Community & Acoustic Stage, Community Expo, Food Market and a Quiet Zone.

Festivalgoers are reassured that the Liverpool Pride March will go ahead as normal, starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

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Sunday’s programme of activities will take place at arts venues across the city, with the central hub at The Bluecoat. Details will be announced shortly.

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

John Bird, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “This is an important year for Liverpool. It’s a decade since the city held the prestigious title of European Capital Of Culture 2008 – and the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 will play its part in this year’s celebrations.

 “We’ve had a wonderful three years with the St George’s Quarter as our home, but we are taking this milestone cultural year as an opportunity for change to move forward, develop and expand the festival. We are working closely with Culture Liverpool and other cultural partners to ensure that this year’s event in its new location proves to be a huge success.”

 Mayor Joe Anderson added: “Pride is one of the biggest events in Liverpool’s calendar and attracts huge numbers to the city to join together to empower people and celebrate diversity and equality.

 “As a city we are committed to fighting intolerance and we are proud to support what will be one of the biggest Pride events in Europe. Thousands of festivalgoers are expected to head to the heart of the city centre to enjoy the event which will be one of highlights of the summer.”

 Liverpool Pride Festival is proud to be working with headline sponsor Barclays; sponsor Manchester Airport; and Media Partners Radio City and DIVA magazine.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

 The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

The official Liverpool Pride 2018 trailer

 

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Winner of the Liverpool Echo Community Event of the Year 2017 Award.

BARCLAYS ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE SPONSOR FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Bank lends its support for second year

Organisers of the increasingly popular Liverpool Pride Festival have revealed that Barclays
will be the event’s headline sponsor for 2018.

The team behind the two-day event are delighted that Barclays – who played a key role in
last year’s event – is returning for a second year to continue their support for the festival.
Liverpool Pride is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and the
2018 event is the festival’s ninth consecutive year.

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This year’s event will again take place across two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29
July 2018. The festival is free to attend, and the location will be announced shortly.

Barclays’ support from last year included local branches showcasing the event to its
customers, along with over 200 staff taking part in the Liverpool Pride March with an
incredible rainbow flag which has travelled the globe to different Pride festivals.
Barclays also lit up their Wavertree Contact Centre as part of the Come Out Of The Shadows
project.

Mark Armario, Director of Premier UK at Barclays, commented: “I’m enormously proud
that Barclays will be the headline sponsor of Liverpool Pride for the second year running. It’s
the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar in the city and a true celebration of the power and
importance of diversity. Our ongoing relationship with Pride, both in Liverpool and across the
UK, is just one of the ways in which we show our commitment to the LGBT+ community.

“Encouraging greater diversity within organisations is an essential driver of long-term,
sustainable success, and at Barclays we work hard to create a culture that enables
colleagues, customers and clients to express who they are. We have a strong track record in
promoting the LGBT+ agenda and our sponsorship of this year’s event shows just how
important equality and diversity are to us.”

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Barclays’ support is welcomed by the team behind the Liverpool Pride Festival.
Andi Herring, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “We are thrilled that Barclays has returned for a
second consecutive year as Liverpool Pride’s headline sponsor. Their input last year was
instrumental to the success of the event, and the support of Barclays and its staff was
encouraging in so many ways. We’re very excited to see what this year’s partnerships can
bring to our ninth annual Liverpool Pride Festival.”

The announcement comes just a week after Manchester Airport also returned for a second
year to sponsor the event – as well as pledging its support for the next three years. The UK’s
third largest airport will have its very own San Francisco Cabaret Stage and VIP Boston Bar
at this year’s Liverpool Pride.

Liverpool Pride Festival organisers are also delighted to announce that Radio City and DIVA
magazine are this year’s Media Partners.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a
record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of
entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and
wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief
or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.
The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay
teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his
life and to empower the LGBT+ communities, and each year the festival coincides with the
anniversary of Michael’s death. The festival continues to remind the community to stand up
for LGBTQ+ culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is
welcome.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of
events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was
named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

FIRST SPONSOR REVEALED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Manchester Airport returns for a second year – and announces support for next three years

The first sponsor to throw its support behind the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 has been
revealed.

Liverpool Pride Festival returns in July for its ninth consecutive year, and organisers are
delighted to announce the return of a big name organisation.

The region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+ will again take place across
two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018.

The festival will be free to attend, and the location will be announced shortly.
Manchester Airport comes on-board for a second consecutive year to sponsor the
Liverpool Pride Festival 2018.

The UK’s third largest airport has signed up to be a sponsor for the next three years, and
will have its very own San Francisco Cabaret Stage and VIP Boston Bar at this year’s
Liverpool Pride.

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Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be
back for a second year supporting Liverpool Pride and even more thrilled to be signed up for
three further years.

“We sponsor Pride festivals across the UK and look forward to returning to showcase the
great work undertaken by Manchester Airport, as many of our passengers come from
Merseyside. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Liverpool Pride team on what
I am sure will be a world class event.


Liverpool Pride Festival organisers are also delighted to announce that Radio City and DIVA
magazine are this year’s Media Partners.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a
record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of
entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Andi Herring, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “Last year’s Liverpool Pride Festival was truly
superb, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors
and partners.

So we are delighted that Manchester Airport has returned for a second consecutive year.
Their input last year was fantastic in so many ways – plus we’re extremely excited and
encouraged that its has pledged to support the event for a further three years. This is a huge
boost for Liverpool Pride and our LGBT+ communities.


This year’s theme was announced recently as #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every
branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of
equality and diversity.

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay
teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his
life and to empower the LGBT+ communities, and each year the festival coincides with the
anniversary of Michael’s death. The festival continues to remind the community to stand up
for LGBTQ+ culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is
welcome.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of
events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was
named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride’s new announcements at:
 
Facebook LiverpoolPride
Twitter @LiverpoolPride

Liverpool Pride Organisational Changes

Liverpool Pride would like to announce that after 5 incredible years, Lucy Day is stepping down as Chair of the charity.

In this time, Lucy has lead the charity through some very trying times, but also the highs of our most recent festivals at St. George's Quarter.

Due to personal reasons, Lucy is no longer able to act in the capacity of Chair, but will remain on the Board of Trustees as her passion for what Liverpool Pride and its continued work stands for remains as strong as ever.

Stepping into Lucy's undeniably successful shoes are Trustees Andi Herring and John Bird, who will work together as Co-Chairs moving into the 2018 festival and beyond.

Lucy reflected: “It has been an absolute honour to be Chair of Liverpool Pride for the last five years. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing volunteers, organisations and partners from across the city and beyond. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has made this role so enjoyable and has supported Liverpool Pride over the years.

I'm delighted to be passing the mantle over to John and Andi who both bring a lot of experience and passion to the role.”

 Liverpool Pride Team with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool @ The Liverpool Echo Awards (L-R) Paddy Jones, Joan Burnett, Andi Herring, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy, Michael Carey, Lucy Day, James Licence, John Bird)

Liverpool Pride Team with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool @ The Liverpool Echo Awards
(L-R) Paddy Jones, Joan Burnett, Andi Herring, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy, Michael Carey, Lucy Day, James Licence, John Bird)

Andi has worked alongside Pride since 2015 when he was Chair of Stanley Street Quarter CIC, the group which brought in the rainbow adorned street signs within Liverpool's Gay Quarter, marking it as one of the first cities in the world to recognise their LGBT+ community in this way; before officially becoming a Trustee of the charity prior to 2017's festival.

Andi said: "Being part of both the highs and lows of organising such a large event has shown me how amazing our team of volunteers are. I am looking forward to being able to continue Lucy's great work in shaping this, as well as working with the Board to ensure Liverpool Pride can support the LGBT+ community all year round."

With a background in media, John hopes to bring his expertise to support Liverpool Pride tell its story as we look towards the 10th anniversary of Michael Causer's passing due to a homophobic hate crime this year, and 2019 being the 10th year of the current Liverpool Pride movement.

John commented: "It is very sad to see Lucy step down, she is an individual I have looked up to in my time at Liverpool Pride since 2016 when I first came on board as Volunteer Social Media Manager. However, I am excited to take on the challenge in starting a new chapter for Liverpool Pride alongside Andi, and Lucy, with the rest of the Board, have been very supportive regarding this transition."

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Liverpool Pride's 2018 festival is moving into its final stages of preparation, and we cannot wait to announce all that we have planned for #AllTogetherNow. We hope that you join us in supporting Andi & John, and the Board of Trustees, as they continue to drive Pride forward in our incredible city.

Keep an eye on all upcoming news at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk.

If you wish to contact Liverpool Prode, do not hesitate in contacting us at info@liverpoolpride.co.uk.