AN INTERNATIONAL pop star, world renowned DJ and a Drag Race icon will take centre stage to launch Pride celebrations in the North East this summer.
Northern Pride Festival will host UK Pride at Newcastle’s Town Moor from 22 to 24 July, with a packed programme of events scheduled across the region during the countdown to the weekend.
And we have revealed a stellar line up for our Friday night fundraiser, with Broadway star, famed choreographer and award-winning performer Todrick Hall headlining the launch party.
Also joining him is RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finalist Bimini Bon Boulash and world-famous DJ Jodie Harsh, with more acts still to be announced.
Todrick Hall found widespread success after appearing on American Idol, going on to collaborate professionally with huge stars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Pentatonix and judging on tv shows including RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Greatest Dancer.
And it will be the second time organisers are working with Todrick after being one of the few UK Pride festivals selected to take part in Global Pride 2020, which the performer hosted.
Joining him on the line-up is Bimini Bon Boulash, who rose to fame and became a firm fan favourite after appearing on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
The finalist won over viewers with their eclectic style and quick wit during their time on the show, caricaturing Katie Price, performing a hit verse on the chart-topping single UK Hun? and later releasing their debut single, God Save This Queen.
And the festival will also welcome back renowned DJ Jodie Harsh – who headlined last year’s virtual event, Northern Pride Online 2.1.
A staple on the UK club scene, the acclaimed producer has played for audiences across the globe and taken to the stage at huge events including Glastonbury, Creamfields and Bestival.
Ste Dunn, director of Northern Pride, hopes that Pride supporters will get behind the launch party fundraiser.
“After hosting behind a screen for the last two years, we are delighted to be returning with an in-person festival and I can’t think of a better line-up to kick off the weekend,” he said.
“Like many charities, we’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and for that reason this year’s fundraiser is more important than ever – with 100 per cent of the profits going towards building and delivering the festival weekend.
“We have an amazing night planned with more acts still to come, so we hope that those who are able to will come out in their thousands to enjoy the show, with the knowledge that they are also helping us reach our goal of remaining the largest free Pride festival weekend in the UK.”
Funds raised at Friday’s event will also go towards supporting North East artists, performers and creatives with paid opportunities to contribute to UK Pride.
Tickets for the Launch Party start at £18 for first release and can be purchased at www.northern-pride.com.
Platinum Passes are available to purchase for Friday night and across the weekend, which includes the best view of the stage and access to a premium bar, garden and toilets.
Northern Pride will also gift a number of tickets for Friday’s launch event to North East LGBTQ+ charities, not for profit organisations and community groups to continue our commitment to support those hardest hit in the community.