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Pride Birmingham is always a wonderful occasion, bringing together the LGBT+ community for a huge celebration and serving as a protest for equal rights. Birmingham’s Pride Festival comes to the Hurst Street area of the city centre on 26th & 27th May, which also happens to be the next Bank Holiday. There will be a lot going on across both days, so here is a mini-guide detailing what to look out for!
Revellers are informed to assemble from 10.30am for the parade to kick off at 12pm. The focal point of the celebration is this parade, which promises to offer a sea of vibrancy and unapologetic fun, as always! The theme for 2018 is Be You, so adorn what you feel most comfortable in and get to celebrating! If you have a ticket for this year’s festival you must make sure you head to the centre in time to catch this. It will leave you beaming!
Party with the Stars
The line-up for this year is loud and energetic, just as it should be! Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud takes to the stage, delivering some of the girl-band’s classics on Saturday. She will join Louisa Johnson, MNEK and Beth Ditto.
The Sunday will be as equally entertaining with Jake Shears, Baby D, Courtney Act and Rudimental bringing the party. Additionally, the Dance Arena will be open both days for those wanting to rave!
The Cabaret Marquee maybe more your thing so expect to see names such as: Ginny Lemon, Shania Pain, Baga Chipz and Twiggy, offering music and comedy to crowds on Saturday. With Glitter Lips, Champagne Shirley and Drag with No Name taking to stage on Sunday.
There is also a Future Stage and Women’s Area with fantastic new-comers ready to wow ticket-holders!
Not only will there be amazing music, as above, but there will be plenty more to do whilst exploring the streets of Gay Village! For the first time there will be a Street-Food Court dishing out grub to all tastes. This will be located down Hurst Street, so pretty hard to miss! A fun-fair with cute rides will be open for thrill-seekers. We suggest hitting the Food Court afterwards! There will also be many a market stall for you to get some shopping done and buy some souvenirs.
And After Dark…
As anyone who is a regular to this area of the city will know, after dark the nightclubs come alive with Birmingham’s gay district providing some of the best late night entertainment there is! On Pride they turn it up a notch. This is clear after just one look at the amazing line-up!
Eden introduce Jake Quickenden of X Factor fame on Saturday, along with Katrina and the Waves. With local songstress Beverley Knight making an appearance at the club on Sunday.
Miss M and DJ Mike Emery will be at Missing on the first night of the celebration (26/05) with a similar bill on Sunday.
What’s more? 90s kids will be happy to hear that the Vengabus is coming with the four piece performing their hits to party-goers at The Nightingale Club on Sunday.
This is just a snippet of the events taking place across the weekender. There is much more to do and see during the festival, so we recommend making the most of it and exploring all you can! Stay up late and party until you can’t! This is a celebration we are proud to have in Birmingham, each year it gets louder, along with the LGBT+ voice!
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