Local trans groups to lead this years Leeds Pride Parade

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Local trans groups to lead this years Leeds Pride Parade

 

Recently trans communities, especially trans women, have faced an increase in the hate and transphobic misinformation in the media. Leeds Pride want to make it clear that there is no pride in transphobia and transphobia has no place  at Leeds Pride.

 

Trans and non-binary folk played a central role in founding, supporting and developing Leeds Pride. To recognise and celebrate the contribution trans and non-binary people have made to Leeds Pride and the Pride movement worldwide and as a symbol of our solidarity we are delighted that local trans and non-binary groups will be the first float leading this year’s Leeds Pride parade.

 

The Leeds Pride parade will be setting off from Millenium Square at 2pm Sunday 5th August

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On Sunday 5th August at 1:30 we are asking everyone across Leeds to hold hands for Leeds Pride!

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Hold Hands for Leeds Pride

On Sunday 5th August at 1:30 we are asking everyone across Leeds to hold hands for Leeds Pride!

Across the UK and the world LGBT+ people are still discriminated against for who they are. Hate crime against LGBT+ people in the UK is on the rise and across the world LGBT+ people face violence and imprisonment just because of who they are. There are eight countries in which being LGBT+ can result in a death penalty.

A recent survey showed that over 1 in 3 LGBT+ people have been verbally abused because of their identity, sexuality or gender, and over three quarters of LGBT+ people don’t feel comfortable showing affection to a partner in public. BAME LGBT+ individuals feeling like there is no place for them within the wider mainstream LGBT community, contributing to a self-reinforcing cycle of exclusion and invisibility.

 

Recently Trans+ communities, especially Trans+ women, have faced an increase in the hate and transphobic misinformation in the media. Leeds Pride want to make it clear that there is no pride in hate and there is no place for hate at Leeds Pride.

 

Pride events such as Leeds Pride are now more important than ever and that is why we are asking everyone across Leeds on Sunday 5th August to come and hold hands with Leeds Pride as a sign of solidarity for LGBT+ people in Leeds and across the world. 

 

For research information see Pride in London - A report into the lives of LGBT+ people in the UK

 


Leeds Pride are Excited to Announce our Next Act, SHENA.

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Leeds Pride are Excited to Announce our Next Act, SHENA.

Since graduating from the Royal Academy with Honours, Shèna has been lucky enough to enjoy an incredibly successful career in all areas of the Music Industry. and even the TV and movie industries as well.

 

As a backing vocalist she has worked with great artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Mica Paris, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Amy Winehouse , Heather Small, Josh Stone, Michael Gray, Alex Gaudino, Charlotte Church, The Sugar Babes, Girls Aloud, Mariah Carey, Leslie Garett, Alicia Dixon and Michael Ball to name but a few. 

 

As a solo artist she has over 150 commercial releases to her credit, which include the monster dance hits The Weekend, There’s nothing I won’t do, You Belong To Me, Dare Me, Guilty, Can’t stop the rain (one of Terry Wogan’s favourites on Radio 2), Watch out, I’ll Be Waiting, Take Me To The Clouds Above, Take Me To The Stars, as well as Electrosexual which was heavily featured on the Hollywood Blockbuster movie The girl with the dragon tattoo, starring Daniel Craig.

 

Shèna has also had a successful career in the West End, which includes performing in the touring production of Carmen Jones, understudy to the lead in Mama I want to sing, one of the Soul girls in Jesus Christ Superstar, and she took over the lead role from Irene Cara in What a feeling. And in 2013 she was chosen from 6500 girls to star as Whitney Houston in the Channel 5 documentary, Autopsy: Whitney Houston’s last hours and then again most recently in Whitney & Bobby: addicted to love also on Channel 5. In fact her biggest claim to fame is that she is the only woman in the world to have portrayed Whitney Houston 3 times on 3 different TV Documentaries, the third one being: Autopsy: Bobbi Kristina’s Last Hours.

Kira Will Be Appearing at Leeds Pride

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Kira Will Be Appearing at Leeds Pride

Kira has been singing at prides, stadiums and various events up down the country since 2002. Her distinctive voice and high energy performances have secured her a regular spot at Leeds pride for over 10 years. 

She has a large LGBT following, especially her home town of Leeds and is thrilled to have been invited back to perform for them at pride 2018.

Freedom 2 Dance Ltd are delighted to announce that they will be taking part in this years Leeds Pride Parade.

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Freedom 2 Dance Ltd are delighted to announce that they will be taking part in this years Leeds Pride Parade.

In a unique partnership with Leeds based international haulage company Sterling Services, they will engage up to 100 young people in an  exclusive dance extravaganza!

Based in Leeds, Sterling Services has been providing Same-Day Delivery Courier Services, Express Haulage, European Delivery Service, Warehousing, Project Managed Delivery Programmes together with Signage, Graphics and Retail Installation Services to companies throughout the UK and Europe for over 22 years www.sterlingservices.co.uk 

 

Freedom 2 Dance will provide a two day holiday camp based in Castleford, West Yorkshire where children aged 8-17 years will learn a show stopping parade performance that will be debued at Leeds Pride!

Speaking of the opportunity F2D Directors Michelle Dickinson and Laura Jaggar said " When Sterling Services approached us, there was no doubt in our minds, we just had to say yes!  The name of our dance school say's it all, we believe everyone should have the Freedom to be who they are! We are thrilled to be able to show our commitment to the LGBT Comunity"  they added "We foster the same family and community ethos as Sterling Services so for us it seemed the perfect fit, we would like to thank them for funding the costumes for our performance and providing such a wonderful opportunity for so many young people"

Baby D To Perform At Leeds Pride on Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

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Baby D To Perform At Leeds Pride on Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

Baby D is an English breakbeat hardcore and house music group, best known for their UK number 1 "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" in 1994. The group was formed by Production House Records, a record label set up in 1987 by former recording artist Phil Fearon, whose group Galaxy had had a number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s. "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" reached number 1 on the UK charts in November 1994. The success continued with "(Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime) I Need Your Loving" (a 1995 cover of The Korgis classic), "So Pure" and "Take Me to Heaven", all included in the album Deliverance (1996). At the first MOBO Awards show in 1996 Baby D won in the category "Best Dance Act". In the summer of 2008, the band performed at the UK dance music festival, Global Gathering.  They continue to perform on the club and festival circuit.

Rozalla To Perform on The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

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Rozalla To Perform on The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

Rozalla is a dance music performer. Her hit "Everybody's Free” in 1993 lead her nickname “Queen of Rave”. Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events and, at age 13, singing on a children’s TV show. In her teens she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation’s chart. Her first UK single Born To Luv Ya became a club hit in 1990, but Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good), reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. Also a top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 the following year.

 

After touring with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour, and several other charting singles Rozalla enjoyed UK Top 20/US Top 100 success in 1994 with her cover of I Love Music, the theme song to the film Carlito’s Way. Three more dance singles, including a cover of Soul Family Sensation’s underground hit I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby, also reached the upper regions of the UK Singles Chart.

 

Her 1998 album Coming Home saw her reunite with the Band of Gypsies and spawned a stateside club hit with its lead single Don’t Go Lose It Baby and was well received by her dance following. In May 2013 Damien Zannetou formed Anesis Records. He decided to approach Rozalla to re-release ‘Everybody’s Free’ with a more fresh and cutting edge up to date version the single was re produced by chart producer David Anthony and ‘Everybody’s Free 2013′ was re-born.

Manchester Airport Back On Board To Sponsor Leeds Pride For Three More Year

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Manchester Airport Back On Board To Sponsor Leeds Pride For Three More Years

 

Leeds Pride is delighted to announce that Manchester Airport will be back on board to sponsor Leeds Pride for three more years. 

For the next three years the UK’s third biggest airport will be sponsoring the main stage which will now be known as the Manchester Airport San Francisco  Stage.

Speaking about the partnership, Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Pride again to support such a worthwhile event. 

“We received such great support and a friendly welcome at last year’s event, so wanted to come back bigger and better for the next few years, to meet and thank the 4.8 million people from Yorkshire who fly from Manchester. 

“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Leeds Pride team on what I am sure will be a world class event on our Manchester Airport San Francisco stage.”

Alex & Ali from Leeds Pride commented: “After the success of last year, we are delighted that Manchester Airport have signed up for three years as Main Stage sponsors.  The commitment from them will help Leeds Pride flourish for years to come and we really look forward to working with them."

Manchester Airport serves more than 27.9 million passengers and flies to more than 220 destinations with over 70 airlines. With a catchment area spanning as north as Scotland, south to the West Midlands, west to Wales and east to Yorkshire, it continues to add passengers and international routes. In the last few years alone it has added direct routes to the likes of Beijing, Mumbai, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. 

Leeds Pride 2018 will take place on 5th August. The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 110 floats and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend. Running since 2006, it is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK's friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands.

 

Mercer are delighted to be a sponsor of Leeds Pride

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Mercer are delighted to be a sponsor of Leeds Pride, an event that contributes such a huge amount to the local community!  At Mercer, we help clients around the world advance the health, wealth and careers of their most vital asset – their people.  We’re in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures for our clients and their employees – whether we’re designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement, or aligning workers with workforce needs.    We know how important it is to nurture the talents of a diverse workforce, so that we all have an equal opportunity to thrive together.  We’re proud to be a diverse and inclusive company, and to help our clients maximise the potential of their own diverse talent.

Sainsbury’s act for Leeds Pride - Jordan Fox

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Sainsbury’s act for Leeds Pride - Jordan Fox

 

We are delighted to have Jordan Fox performing on the Sainsbury’s stage in Millenium Square again this year at Leeds Pride. 

Jordan is currently performing in Kinky Boots in the West End.

Jordan was a Sainsbury's employee up until he started performing in Kinky Boots and is a huge supporter of what Sainsbury’s are trying to achieve through their Proud@Sainsburys network. His family work for Sainsbury's so Sainsbury’s in his genes!

Sky proud to announce Premium Sponsorship of Leeds Pride 2018

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Sky proud to announce Premium Sponsorship of Leeds Pride 2018

Sky will once again be Premium Sponsors of Leeds Pride, celebrating inclusion and diversity at nine other Pride events across the UK and Ireland this summer.

Last year saw Sky’s biggest undertaking in Pride events ever. Hundreds of employees, friends, family and partners came together at summer Pride events to interact with thousands of people and show support for a diverse, inclusive world.

This year will be the third Leeds Pride event that Sky is supporting and we’re extremely honoured to be working alongside Leeds Pride again.

Sky will be participating in the event’s parade, will feature a special experiential stall at the Leeds Pride 2018 Market area, and have visible branding across the event’s website, social media channels and on the day itself.

Stephen van Rooyen, Sky CEO and Exec Sponsor for the LGBT+@Sky network, said: 

“Pride 2018 is going to be our biggest and best ever. We’re going to be across ten locations across the UK and Ireland, and in Milan as well, which is fantastic. I’d like to say a personal thanks as the sponsor of the LGBT+@Sky network for everybody that’s been involved. Have a great time!”

Sky has been encouraging its entire staff to get involved at their local Pride events. Together at Sky, we can make sure that all of us can ‘Just be’ this Pride season.

 

 

TPP is Proud to Sponsor Leeds Pride 2018

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TPP Is Proud to Sponsor Leeds Pride 2018. Here is a quote from our CEO, Frank Hester, about what Pride means to us.

 

“Since TPP started nearly 20 years ago, we’ve always tried to strive for a workplace culture that’s a little different – a flat hierarchy and a completely open environment where everyone feels included and cared for.

Over the years we’ve welcomed all kinds of employees from different backgrounds, into our offices and our open-minded, creative, passionate staff are one of the best things about us.

Sponsoring Leeds Pride is a great way for us to celebrate the diversity that exists in our local community, as well as in our own company. We’ve always been based in Leeds area and we’re extremely honoured to be able to show our support for the community where we live, work and socialise.”

-          Frank Hester, CEO of TPP.

SORAYA VIVIAN TO PERFORM AT LEEDS PRIDE

  SORAYA VIVIAN TO PERFORM AT LEEDS PRIDE   Soraya’s famous voice is present in some of the most memorable vocal Dance music hits around. There are singers that can record records and then there are those that remain embedded in the memories of those that adore them. Soraya’s distinctive voice has become a vastly demanded addition to tracks from some of the most influential producers in the industry, who recognise that her input can turn a club track into a global smash. Beyond a world-class voice, Soraya is an impressive writer and an outstanding live performer. On stage is where Soraya’s unforgettable aura is most discernible. Her huge voice is never outsized by even the largest of venues and the character that she radiates, is felt by all in attendance at any of her shows, anywhere in the world.  It all came together when Soraya’s hit ‘When You’re Gone’ was introduced to the world in 2003 by AATW who masterminded some of the most prevalent vocal dance hits ever recorded. The huge track is still the longest running “Champion Tune” on Galaxy radio and was broadcasted globally as a result of its popularity as a music video. She took no time becoming a widely respected club performer and developed her career, writing for other producers. Her list of collaborations in production grew following ventures with Riffs & Rays, Barking Brothers, Rhythm Masters and many more.  Lifted House (home to superstar acts including Fedde Le Grand, Ida Corr, Camille Jones) approached Soraya with an invitation to write and record with them, with the end product being released by Warner Music before topping charts in Sweden, Finland and Italy. This new success earned Soraya another deserved wave of public and music industry attention. Interest from leading artists continued and soon resulted in collaborations with Marc Maris, Eric Cupper, Digital 96, Dave Ramone, Chris Montana, Pinups, Dj Neo, Studiopunks, Jason Herd and Esquire, to name but a handful.  Having become a part of the highly acclaimed Fire Angel family, Soraya is enjoying touring the globe with Mark Doyle and his angels. With such an influx of live shows, she has become one of the most sought after vocal talents in Dance music. Her overwhelmingly powerful voice and enthralling stage performances mixed with her dynamic personality create a unique clubbing environment that could never be confused with any other. In 2009, Soraya closed the Ibiza season at the legendary El Divino in one of the shows of the summer alongside The Freemasons. Soraya also holds a legendary status among the worldwide Pride events, having entertained every major event around the world.  From Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, to Universal and Vendetta, Soraya has appeared on a catalogue of renowned labels. Her list of collaborators is all the evidence required to see that the biggest and brightest names in dance music know that Soraya is one of the most gifted voices available. Her recent collaborations with Doorly, Dj Ivan and Red Max, Jason Chance, DJ Eako and others are evidence that Soraya has no issues adapting to remain at the forefront of today’s Dance music spectrum. Her recent collaboration with Doorly has been signed to ‘Mad Decent’ and is making a huge impact following early spins of the track from the superstar DJ himself and early supporters.  Longevity is key to prosperity in today’s music world and Soraya proves time and time again that her voice is timeless. More than just a breath-taking voice, Soraya is committed to another line of work. She is keenly involved in numerous charities and fundraises for kidney and breast cancer, as well as being an active patron of Body Positive. There’s no questioning Soraya’s excellence as a world- class vocalist and her desire to incessantly revitalise her sound and remain at the forefront of an ever-evolving Dance music world has cemented her status as one of the elite. Her hectic schedule of both studio projects and live performances ensure that there is no slowing down in sight for one of the most memorable voices in Dance music. 

SORAYA VIVIAN TO PERFORM AT LEEDS PRIDE

Soraya’s famous voice is present in some of the most memorable vocal Dance music hits around. There are singers that can record records and then there are those that remain embedded in the memories of those that adore them. Soraya’s distinctive voice has become a
vastly demanded addition to tracks from some of the most influential producers in the industry, who recognise that her input can turn a club track into a global smash. Beyond a world-class voice, Soraya is an impressive writer and an outstanding live performer. On stage is where Soraya’s unforgettable aura is most discernible. Her huge voice is never outsized by even the largest of venues and the character that she radiates, is felt by all in attendance at any of her shows, anywhere in the world.

It all came together when Soraya’s hit ‘When You’re Gone’ was introduced to the world in 2003 by AATW who masterminded some of the most prevalent vocal dance hits ever recorded. The huge track is still the longest running “Champion Tune” on Galaxy radio and was broadcasted globally as a result of its popularity as a music video. She took no time becoming a widely respected club performer and developed her career, writing for other producers. Her list of collaborations in production grew following ventures with Riffs & Rays, Barking Brothers, Rhythm Masters and many more.

Lifted House (home to superstar acts including Fedde Le Grand, Ida Corr, Camille Jones) approached Soraya with an invitation to write and record with them, with the end product being released by Warner Music before topping charts in Sweden, Finland and Italy. This new success earned Soraya another deserved wave of public and music industry attention. Interest from leading artists continued and soon resulted in collaborations with Marc Maris, Eric Cupper, Digital 96, Dave Ramone, Chris Montana, Pinups, Dj Neo, Studiopunks, Jason Herd and Esquire, to name but a handful.

Having become a part of the highly acclaimed Fire Angel family, Soraya is enjoying touring the globe with Mark Doyle and his angels. With such an influx of live shows, she has become one of the most sought after vocal talents in Dance music. Her overwhelmingly powerful voice and enthralling stage performances mixed with her dynamic personality create a unique clubbing environment that could never be confused with any other. In 2009, Soraya closed the Ibiza season at the legendary El Divino in one of the shows of the summer alongside The Freemasons. Soraya also holds a legendary status among the worldwide Pride events, having entertained every major event around the world.

From Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, to Universal and Vendetta, Soraya has appeared on a catalogue of renowned labels. Her list of collaborators is all the evidence required to see that the biggest and brightest names in dance music know that Soraya is one of the most gifted voices available. Her recent collaborations with Doorly, Dj Ivan and Red Max, Jason Chance, DJ Eako and others are evidence that Soraya has no issues adapting to remain at the forefront of today’s Dance music spectrum. Her recent collaboration with Doorly has been signed to ‘Mad Decent’ and is making a huge impact following early spins of the track from the superstar DJ himself and early supporters.

Longevity is key to prosperity in today’s music world and Soraya proves time and time again that her voice is timeless. More than just a breath-taking voice, Soraya is committed to another line of work. She is keenly involved in numerous charities and fundraises for kidney and breast cancer, as well as being an active patron of Body Positive. There’s no questioning Soraya’s excellence as a world- class vocalist and her desire to incessantly revitalise her sound and remain at the forefront of an ever-evolving Dance music world has cemented her status as one of the elite. Her hectic schedule of both studio projects and live performances ensure that there is no slowing down in sight for one of the most memorable voices in Dance music. 

DJ Katy to Play at Leeds Pride

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After smashing it at Sparkle Weekend DJ Katy to play Leeds Pride

DJ Katy has been in the industry for fifeteen years  from first mobile disco and teeth cutting in Walkabout clubs to a career in live sound working with Bands & DJ’s at festivals and clubs all over the country with the odd theatre tour thrown in. In-between things the decks have always been to hand and  DJ Katy still takes great pleasure in manipulating music of all genres, contouring it for the audience and providing a musical journey to remember.

Me? Well I am transgender but I’ve been purely Katy a long time and now my family’s growing up I’m nearing the end of my journey. Honestly it’s been the music, the people, the atmosphere of great nights that’s kept me going.

Why Do I Want to play Leeds Pride you ask?

I do what I do in everyday situations from club nights to weddings and I know the problems people in my position or other non-hetrosexual positions can face. Sometimes I have found it can be a struggle to carry on. Chances to play events like Leeds Pride  are cherished as if I can inspire people to do what makes them happy as this does for me I see it as a victory.

Never stop Listening & Dancing

DJ Katy. X

Big Pink Dress to perform at Leeds Pride

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Big Pink Dress to perform at Leeds Pride

Hi my name's Colin Burgin-Plews but I'm better known as Charity runner Big Pink Dress

4 years ago a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to raise a few pounds for Breast Cancer Now.

At the time I worked at a nursing home and we had just done a show for the residents. We all had to pick out who we would be in the Stars in your eyes show.

I reached in the pot and picked out Diana Ross! Being a 6ft 6 ex forces rugby player not a look I tended to go for but i'm not shy.

So as the dress was pink I thought I'd run the Great North run in it to try and  raise £350 for the charity.

Four years later and 10s of thousands raised for Charity it's still going strong.

In this time I've experienced a small portion of name calling and Trolling  for me wearing the dresses, which I can only imagine is just a slight insight to what LGBT+ people must go through at times, which is one of the reasons I'm at Pride .

One other reason is in the late 1990s my wonderful cousin went through life basicly hiding his sexuality because of his strict Catholic upbringing.

Unfortunately my cousin passed away in 1999 due to complications of AIDS without ever being able to fully open up to the world . This breaks my heart .

To be able to Sing at LEEDS PRIDE means the world to me. To be able to show my support is something truly special and I can't Thank Leeds  Pride enough 

 

Bang Bang Romeo to headline Sainsbury’s Parade Stage at Leeds Pride

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Bang Bang Romeo to headline Sainsbury’s Parade Stage at Leeds Pride

Bang Bang Romeo are on an unstoppable rise and are one of the most exciting upcoming bands of 2018.  They are coming to Leeds following their triumphant performance at the Isle Of Wight festival, where they opened the main stage to the event’s biggest ever audience for an opening act. Festival promoter John Giddings has stated that “their performance was legendary...this band are unstoppable".

“I've watched videos of Leeds Pride, I’ve attended Leeds Pride, I’ve heard great stories from friends that are long time patrons of Leeds Pride, so to finally get to the opportunity to PLAY the event is a huge honour..  C’mon Leeds let’s see what you got". Stars - Bang Bang Romeo

Bang Bang Romeo are now set to win audiences over in the US and beyond having just signed a worldwide record deal with Eleven Seven Label Group, one of America’s leading independent record companies. ‘Shame On You’ is the first release through their Five Seven Music branch and the next tantalising taste of their highly anticipated debut album coming very soon! 

The previously released tracks ‘Chemical’ and ‘Natural Born Astronaut’, earned them support from Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Virgin Radio and Radio X as well as acclaim from NME, The Daily Star, The Sun, Clash, tmrw magazine, Louder Than War and even Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi. 

The band is fronted by lead singer Anastasia Walker whose remarkable talent is electrifying and has seen her dubbed as a “once in 20 years voice”, comparable to the likes of Adele and the Gossip’s Beth DittoAlso featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums), Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated industry, and a strong and open voice for the LGBT community.

2017 saw the band travel across the country, touring relentlessly including shows at the O2 Arena VIP Lounge with The Foo Fighters and The Killers headlining the main events, a UK tour for ‘This Feeling’ as well as appearing at countless UK festivals such as Reading, TRNSMT, The Great Escape, Y-Not and Liverpool Sound City. 

Hotly tipped alt-rock trio Bang Bang Romeo have released the video to their breakthrough new single ‘Shame On You’. The video’s stylish and theatrical visuals perfectly complement the band’s bold and powerful personality which is captivating crowds and music tastemakers up and down the country

Vaughan - British Singer/Songwriter Announces He Will Be Joining Us at Leeds Pride

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Vaughan - British Singer/Songwriter Announces He Will Be Joining Us at Leeds Pride

 

Vaughan is a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Keyboard, Guitar, Voice) whose emotive blend of alt-pop and electronic sounds deliver individualism and eloquent lyrical themes of a bruised reality. Raised in the English countryside of Kent, Vaughan has supported artists including Tom Speight & Nell Bryden with 2018 set to see the release of his remarkable debut works, outlining internal narratives of hedonism and anxiety. Having been shortlisted for the Emerge Music Prize 2018 and Songwriters Festival 2018 with appearances at festivals including Liverpool Sound City, and YouBloom in Dublin, Vaughan is set for an exciting year ahead. 

 

"Writing my music on my own personal struggles of growing up as a young gay man in a small countryside town, means that to be surrounded by like-minded people at pride who have struggled just like I did has always been a gift to any young LGBTQ+ member. As we aim to make these struggles end around the world, being part of a city that is so welcoming and open to LGBTQ+ is something I often under appreciate, but playing at Leeds pride is the best reminder I could have."

 

Another Great Act Announces He Will Be Performing at Leeds Pride - Corey Cooper

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Another Great Act Announces He Will Be Performing at Leeds Pride - Corey Cooper

Corey Cooper (COOP) is a 25 year old singer from Birmingham. Corey takes influence from RnB, Hip-Hop, Electro, and Pop, amongst others. This June, Corey launched #JourneyThroughJune. In which he released a Facebook cover video, and made a promise to announce a musical related venture every two days in June. Within 10 days, Corey's cover video had hit over 7k views, and his June announcements have been testimony to his hard work, dedication, and willingness to prove that music is where he belongs. With his very first EP set to land later this year, 2018 looks to be an extremely promising year for Corey!

Corey said: Performing at Leeds Pride is an Honour! There is no better way to celebrate diversity and inclusion than a Pride festival, and I get to be a part of one of the biggest! Right before the parade sets off! Thank you so much Leeds Pride for having me. I can't wait to get on that stage!

 

The Sundaes - Quite Simply the "Biggest" Girl Group will be Joining Leeds Pride

 

 

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The Sundaes - Quite Simply the "Biggest" Girl Group will be Joining Leeds Pride

BBC1 ‘All Together Now’ finalists, The Sundaes, are quite simply the ‘biggest’ girl group in town! This unique act combines stunning vocals, sensational choreography with superb comedy timing, not to mention the flamboyant costumes!
 
The brainchild of Brighton based producer, David Hill, The Sundaes began their career performing for Rendezvous Casinos before touring Mallorca in 2010 for Thomas Cook with their inaugural shows, ‘Divalicious Decades’ and ‘Big Girls do the Big Screen’. Playing to thousands of people each week, they quickly became the most sought-after act on the island. In 2011 they hit the UK Pride circuit performing at Pride Festivals all over the country. During the same year they took their new show ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ to the Edinburgh Festival for a limited run. Their sell-out show received 5-star reviews and they were asked to return to the festival in 2012. The Sundaes second year Edinburgh outing saw 5-star reviews again and they were one of two acts invited onto the BBC’s Comedy Marathon.

In 2013 The Sundaes began working with The Romantic Corporation in Spain and The Balearics. They became the summer season headline act for Tui, a successful partnership that was to continue throughout 2014 and 2015. The Sundaes recorded their first Album ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ in 2014.


In 2016 they travelled to Edinburgh again to launch their biggest and most ambitious show to date ‘Diva Las Vegas’. They played to packed houses and standing ovations once more. This critically acclaimed show was so well received that they were asked to take it back to the Edinburgh Festival in 2017. They also sold out this show in the famous Spiegeltent as part of The Brighton Fringe during the same year. 
 
As a much-requested act on the corporate circuit they have performed at many prestigious venues including The Grosvenor House Hotel, The Troxy, Grosvenor Casinos, Proud Cabaret, Malmaison Hotels, Crown Plaza Hotels and York Race Course. They regularly work for prestigious blue-chip brands and these include Hilton, Stagecoach, Red Bull and Danone. They have performed in major holiday parks all over the UK, including Haven, Park Resorts, Park Holidays, Away Resorts and John Fowler Holiday Resorts. Internationally they have performed in Mallorca, Ibiza and Oman.
 
In 2017 they were invited to take part in the brand new prime time BBC1 Saturday night entertainment show, ‘All Together Now’. The Sundaes filmed the series in November 2017 and the programme first aired in January 2018.