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
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
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. 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.
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
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
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 Ditto. Also 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
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
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!
PureGym are Pleased to Announce they are Premium Sponsors of Leeds Pride
EveryBody is Welcome at PureGym - with over 200 gyms nationwide, lots of quality kit, a huge variety of free classes, and a range of flexible memberships, EveryBody can find exactly what they need at PureGym.
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.
SuRie - The Sweetheart of Eurovision Fans in the UK Announces she will be Performing at Leeds Pride
SuRie has become the overnight sweetheart of Eurovision fans in the UK and across the continent, having delivered what was considered to be an incredibly powerful performance of her song “Storm” in Lisbon.
After being interrupted on stage by an activist halfway through her song, SuRie, in true British form, took back the microphone and continued her passionate performance with a fierceness that belies her diminutive figure.
“Our Girl”, as the UK press are now calling her, might not have brought home the victory, but her performance has been noted as the high point of the evening by media and commentators alike, as well as by the 15000 strong audience who gave her one of just two standing ovations on the night.
“Storm” reached position 50 in the UK top 100, becoming the highest charting entry from the country in four years, and is still going strong with downloads and streams currently standing at 3.5 million.
Within two weeks after her return from Lisbon, SuRie dropped her new single “Taking It Over”, to great acclaim.
Reviews on her current “Eurovision Unplugged” tour:
“One of the best live music performances I've ever seen”C. Faulkner, The Nantwich News.
“A wicked sense of humour and, oh, what a voice!”R. Crawford, The Redditch Standard.
“The tears in my eyes were welling at the beauty of the delivery. The acoustic arrangement of Storm was sung with such emotion and intensity that it finished me off.”Chas Gill, The Bishop's Stortford Independent.
We are delighted to announce Sterling Services Ltd are sponsors of this year’s Leeds Pride.
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.
From a small package in a Car to a 44 Tonne Artic HGV, and with over 100 fleet based vehicles and collections available within the hour anywhere in the UK, Sterling Services support all your delivery requirements. Providing Signage and Graphic Installations and with over 100 UK and EU based crews we support projects with many of the High Street elite.
Jeremy Beck, Managing Director said “Sterling Services UK Ltd are delighted to be a Premier Sponsor of Leeds Pride 2018. We have supported all members of the local communities of Leeds and Yorkshire for more than 22 years proudly offering many varied opportunities within our business. Our 100 strong Team now represents a fully diverse section of our Community and we shall be celebrating at Leeds Pride this year and we are delighted to be participating with you all”
Liaqat Ali, Director of Leeds Pride said “It’s great to see local companies like Sterling Services Ltd getting involved in Leeds Pride. Your support means a lot to our community and helps us to keep Leeds Pride a free event to attend”
For more information on what Sterling Services can do for you visit: https://sterlingservices.co.uk
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Winner of Queen B to perform at Leeds Pride
The Witch Blair is a Stand Up Comedian and Comic Singer, Mistress of the Dark Arts, Hell's PR Director and World’s Angriest "Woman".
Whether it's your Tarot Cards or your outfit you do not want her to read you. Her lightning wit, political humour, campy evil and liberal rage make this Queen a force of nature (i.e natural disaster) guaranteed to have audiences howling - in one way or another...
Leeds Pride are delighted to announce Barclays as the sponsors of the Family Hub area at this year’s Pride.
The Barclays Family Hub will be an alcohol free space for babies, toddlers, children and young people with their parents and carers to have fun, get creative and celebrate pride with other rainbow families.
As well as a range of arts and crafts activities supported by Breeze; National Childbirth Trust volunteers will be on hand providing a space to take a break whilst you feed and change your children.
Mark Armario, Director of Premier UK at Barclays, commented: “I’m enormously proud that Barclays will be supporting the family hub at Leeds Pride this year. 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 Leeds 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.”
Alexandra McEwan-Hannant, Leeds Pride Director said “We’re proud to announce Barclays as the sponsor of this year’s Family Hub at Leeds Pride. We truly appreciate Barclays fantastic support of the LGBT+ community and it’s great to be working with them this year.”
The Elephant Trees Have Announced They Will Play At Leeds Pride 2018
Leeds and Manchester based, The Elephant Trees, are a beautiful mess of luscious riffs, melodic harmonies, and poetic, raw lyrics. A perfect blend of alternative, pop and rock that makes you want to scream and dance like you never have before.
If you're looking for something fresh, you've found it!
Fronted by 20 year old Martha Phillips, her song writing is raw - she leaves nothing unsaid and watching them live is a master class in ‘doing what you love’. Expect high energy and heightened emotions.
Having played O2 Academy, Leeds to 2000 Trees Festival, toured Europe and graced the stage at The Royal Albert Hall - they are no stranger to a big crowd and an even bigger party!
Despite only releasing their debut single in February 2017, The Elephant Trees have amassed an impressive list of accolades and achievements. Virgin Radio’s Edith Bowman sung the band’s praises when they became finalists in the station’s Summer Fresh competition, and the video for the band’s single Monster received over 25,000 views inside a few days of release. Martha also recently supported Boyce Avenue on their sold-out European tour (including a show at the Royal Albert Hall).
With their last single Open Up picking up support from Alt Press, Upset Magazine and Spotify’s Head Of Rock Allison Hagendorf (who selected the song for her Badass Women playlist), the chugging and unpredictable grunge-pop riffs of Hooked are set to win them more new fans.
Leeds Pride is excited to announce Leeds act Wyen Solo will performing at Leeds Pride this year.
Wyen has told us that ‘Performing at Leeds Pride is a dream come true. I love my hometown and I have so much love for the LGBT community. I’m going to give you a performance you won’t forget fierce, fabulous, Wyen”
Wyen Solo was born in East London on January 6th 1989, and it’s fair to say a star was born that day.
Wyen spent her first four years in London before moving to Leeds now her home town.
After completing a high school education at Temple Moor Science college and attending college to study music performance, Wyen was ready to spread her wings and let her voice be heard.
In 2011 Wyen wrote and released her first UK single Smile, which went on to be featured on Universals R&B Love Songs collection alongside the likes of Usher, R. Kelly, Jay Z, and Jazmine Sullivan and many other artists who Wyen has admired for years.
She went on to feature on another Universal compilation with her heartfelt track Take Your Time, written to a then partner about how she felt about the state of their relationship.
After having a taste of success and recognition there was no stopping the R&B songstress, and she decided she would settle for nothing less than greatness.
Wyen went on to open for Tinie Tempah, and perform all around the UK. After seeing the reactions to her old school R&B melodies, honest lyrics and unforgettable performances, she decided to take a step back and begin working on writing her début EP.
It was only a matter of time before Miss Solo was missing the adrenaline rush of the stage, and she began doing backing vocals and writing for some highly respected and established artists, like the Scissor Sisters, Alexandra Burke and Eliza Doolittle.In 2013 Wyen worked alongside Alexandra Burke on her EP New Rules.
Fast forward to 2017 Wyen Solo took New York by storm it’s safe to say she was in high demand, she was booked to perform at a number of high profile events and appear on radio and tv shows where she was promoting her sexy smash single “ FaceTime”. Now Wyen Solo is set to release her EP which she describes as fun, empowering and sexy.
No Filter Radio Brooklyn New York
“ if you get the opportunity to see this woman you don’t want to miss it she leaves you wanting more”
West Side fm
“ it’s safe to say the UK have found their very own Beyoncé vocals , performance 10/10”
Lucy Whittaker is fast becoming one of the most influential unsigned pop artists around, and she shows no sign of stopping. Fresh from a national press piece in DIVA magazine, Lucy’s brand of empowered-pop has made her a hit with BBC Radio One’s Clara Amfo, as well as supporting industry power houses Craig David, Clean Bandit, as well as Scott Mills and Anne Marie.
Having started the writing process at the age of 12, Lucy’s early influences of pop, soul and reggae have been integral to her songwriting and recordings. It is in Lucy’s percussive and stylistic vocal delivery, and her impeccable live performances where she references the work of Michael Jackson. Ten years on from putting her first few songs together, Lucy would be sat in a crowded lecture hall listening to her single being debuted on radio one.
With a growing fan base and a phenomenal following in the LGBT community, Lucy has smashed some of the biggest PRIDE dates in 2017, as well as confirming 2018 Leeds, Manchester and the DIVA stage in the capital. Lucy’s last release ‘I’m Not Ever Coming Back Again’ charted at #12 in the UK Viral 50 chart, and had radio-play on an international scale. Her debut EP broke to top spot in the Hype Machine Twitter chart, and she was recently nominated for Best Record and Best Female Artist on the UMA’s 2018 long-list.
Lucy has her eyes set on big things, with the ‘self-propelled pop sensation’ (CLASH) wanting to take on more full band live shows, more collaborations, as well as making more music that matters Having spent the last 12 months hitting the ground running, you can expect more of the same. Lucy’s not one who settles for ‘ok’.
North East Pop Songstress Channy is proving increasingly popular on the festival circuit, with her powerful vocals striking a chord within the music scene. Her down to earth ‘girl next door’ personality shines through both on and off stage and this is only one of the attributes, which has drawn a rapidly growing, loyal fan base her way.
Her Commercial, Energetic vibe has landed her some impressive support slots for artists such as Olly Murs, Nathan Sykes, Scouting for Girls, Dappy, Union J, Ben Haenow, Alexandra Burke, Reggie and Bollie, Belinda Carlisle, Lucy Spraggan, Karen Harding, and many more.
Hitting the spotlight on some of the UK's most established stages, Channy has performed at Metro Radio Arena, Bents Park, O2 Arena London, and headlined her own sold out show at the O2 Academy Newcastle's MAINSTAGE.
2017 was an explosive year, with a sold out 10 date UK Tour under her belt, she went on to perform at over 20 Summer Festivals and 10 Christmas Light Switch On’s.
2018 is holding a lot in store for Channy’s original music. She is all set to co-ordinate her biggest project to date in the UK, and is travelling back to America, working with industry professionals between New York and Los Angeles to take things to the next level.