Birmingham Pride is one of the UK’s biggest two-day Pride festivals, attracting around 75,000 people to support LGBTQ+ rights, culture and communities. This year’s theme is ‘Love Out Loud’, and the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Here’s some of what you can expect from the celebratory weekend…
When & where?
Birmingham Pride 2019 takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May, right at the heart of the city’s vibrant Southside district, in and around the Gay Village.
Following the official opening ceremony, the parade sets off at around midday on the Saturday, making its way around the city centre to the top of Hurst Street, by the Birmingham Hippodrome.
If this is your first Pride festival, expect spectacular stage shows, a cabaret marquee, dance arena, funfair and a street party like no other. The city’s gay clubs and bars will also be hosting a load of unmissable parties and activities.
You will need to purchase a ticket to enter the Birmingham Pride festival site. If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, you’ll still be able to buy a wristband over the Pride weekend, and if you have purchased a ticket prior to the festival, you’ll need to exchange this ticket for a wristband on the day. Children under five don’t need a wristband but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Lucky VIP wristband holders will get meet-and-greet opportunities with selected artists, entry to the VIP bar at The Penthouse and inner circle viewing at the Main Stage and Cabaret Stage.
This year’s festival brings some of the biggest acts yet. Here’s the Main Stage line-up for the weekend…
Main Stage Saturday 25th May
- 1pm-4pm: Alice Chater, Lady Leshurr, M.O
- 4pm-7pm: Kate Nash, MYA, Mabel
- 7pm-9pm: Sigala, Years & Years
- 9pm-midnight: Local DJs
Main Stage Sunday 26th May
- 2pm-5pm: Glittersh*t, Rogue Symphony Orchestra, 5ive
- 5pm-7pm: AJA, NAO, Marc Almond
- 7pm-10pm: Human League, Faithless (DJ set)
- 10pm-midnight: Local DJs
Everything else that’s happening during Birmingham Pride 2019…
In addition to the parade and the incredible performers, there are heaps of great things to get stuck into over the weekend.
You’ll definitely want to make time to attend the much-anticipated Street Party – if for no other reason than to try some of the delicious grub being served up at the Streetfood Court! Enjoy some thrills at the funfair, check out the variety of market and community stalls, or spend your time at a creative writing workshop, crafts takeover or an inspiring talk.
And of course, all your favourite gay bars and clubs will be getting involved too, including Eden Bar, The Loft, The Fox, Missing Bar, Glamorous Nightclub, The Nightingale, and The Village Inn – some of which will have celebrity guests in attendance (notably Claire Richards from Steps will be at the Eden Bar!).
You can also attend a movie screening over the two days, with the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ showing at 5pm on the Saturday, and the female-empowering ‘The Favourite’ viewing at 4pm on the Sunday – both of which are totally free to attend!
The two-day event couldn’t happen without the assistance of dedicated volunteers, and there are plenty of opportunities to participate over the weekend. Whether it’s helping to fundraise or volunteering as a Parade Steward, Wheel Marshall, Registration Volunteer, or part of the clean-up crew.
And whatever you’re doing to celebrate – have an amazing Pride 2019!