SuRie - The Sweetheart of Eurovision Fans in The UK Announces She Will Be Performing at Leeds Pride

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 Photo credit: Christopher Bethell

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.

 

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Sterling Services UK Ltd are delighted to be a Premier Sponsor of Leeds Pride 2018.

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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

Sterling House
Unit 2, Millshaw Park Avenue,
Milshaw Park,
Leeds,
LS11 0LR

0113 277 5555

info@sterlingservices.co.uk

 

 

Winner of Queen B to perform at Leeds Pride

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Winner of Queen B to perform at Leeds Pride

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Leeds Pride Barclays Family Hub Press Release

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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.”

 

Another Great Act Announced Today, To Play At Leeds Pride "The Elephant Trees"

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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 be performing at Leeds Pride this year

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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”

 

 

We Are Pleased To Announce The Next Act To Perform At Leeds Pride, Lucy Whittaker

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’.

  Lucy told us "I’m delighted to be performing at Leeds Pride again this year. As an LGBT artist, Pride is a cause that’s so close to my heart, and I want to keep spreading the core message of Pride as much as possible - to continue the fight for love and equality. Leeds Pride is particularly special to me, as I’m lucky enough to call Leeds my home. I can’t wait to get back up on that stage and party with the crowd - expect a big show and eat ready to sing along!"

Lucy told us "I’m delighted to be performing at Leeds Pride again this year. As an LGBT artist, Pride is a cause that’s so close to my heart, and I want to keep spreading the core message of Pride as much as possible - to continue the fight for love and equality. Leeds Pride is particularly special to me, as I’m lucky enough to call Leeds my home. I can’t wait to get back up on that stage and party with the crowd - expect a big show and eat ready to sing along!"

Leeds Pride Announce Their First Act to Appear This Year, Channy.

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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 MursNathan SykesScouting for GirlsDappy, Union J, Ben HaenowAlexandra Burke, Reggie and Bollie, Belinda CarlisleLucy SpragganKaren 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.

LEEDS UNITED TO BE A PREMIUM SPONSOR AT LEEDS PRIDE 2018

Leeds United will be a premium sponsor of this year’s Leeds Pride festival which champions the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community.

Leeds Pride is the biggest one day festival in the city, with over 40,000 people visiting last year and is the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar in Leeds.

This will be the first year Leeds United has been involved with Pride and it is an exciting development for everyone involved.

Speaking about the sponsorship, managing director Angus Kinnear said: “We have enjoyed working with Marching Out Together (the Leeds United LGBT+ fans group) over the last year on a range of initiatives to make Leeds United an LGBT+ friendly club.

“We want everyone to feel included when visiting Elland Road and to know that they will be welcomed as part of the Leeds United family.

“I am so delighted that Leeds United will be joining the celebrations as a sponsor of Leeds Pride this year, it’s a powerful way in which we can visibly demonstrate our support for the local LGBT+ community.”

David English-Fletcher, campaign manager and board member of Marching Out Together commented: “As passionate Leeds United fans, we are proud of the support the club has offered us this year and we are excited about its support for Leeds Pride this year.

“On Sunday 5th August Leeds United will be joining us on the Pride parade through the city and we will share a market stall at the later celebrations.

“Leeds United is also keen to promote Leeds Pride Week at a home game and it will be a fantastic time for everyone involved.”

Director of Leeds Pride Liaqat Ali added: “We are delighted that Leeds United will be a premier sponsor of Leeds Pride this year and we look forward to the club being involved in the years ahead. 

“The world of football has not been regarded as a natural LGBT+ allay in the past and this is a fantastic gesture by the club and a sign of its genuine commitment to combat discrimination generally and to engage with the local LGBT+ community.

“Leeds United is an iconic brand in the city and is known all over the world and we welcome the financial support it offers as sponsors.

“We are also excited by the additional impact the club’s visible participation will have over the Leeds Pride celebrations and campaigns and I’d like to thank Angus Kinnear, the club and Marching Out Together for their support.”

Gay Star News to be media partner of Leeds Pride 2018

Gay Star News to be media partner of Leeds Pride 2018, distributing artist designed Pride Bags to pride goers.

 

Today, Gay Star News has announced it will become a media partner of Leeds Pride 2018 and will give out 2,500 Pride Bags to the festival crowd.

 

Leeds Pride’s annual event, which is now in its 12th year, is run on Sunday 5 August 2018. It has seen performances from celebrity allies of the LGBTI community such as Heather Small, Sean Miley Moore, Sonia and many others.

 

The Pride aims to celebrate, unite and entertain the LGBTI community within Leeds and bring together gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, allies and all members of the LGBTI spectrum.

 

Liaqat Ali, director of Leeds pride, said: “Leeds Pride has is one of the biggest events in the city and unlike many other larger pride events, it’s still completely free. We are really looking forward to working with Gay Star News and hopefully attracting more people from around the country to our fantastic city”

 

Gay Star News currently gives out 20,000 free Pride Bags across six national prides, including Birmingham, London, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and now Leeds.

 

Last year’s Pride Bag additions included Snickers bars, Pink Lady apples and much more with 2018’s selection of goodies set to be GSN’s best ever.

 

Tris Reid-Smith, editor-in-chief of Gay Star News, said: ‘We are looking forward to partnering with Leeds Pride for the first time this year. It’s an important event for the whole region. Our partnership will showcase Leeds Pride to a new, diverse audience and we hope it will lead to even more people supporting it.’

 

Bananarama to perform at Millennium Square – Saturday 4 August 2018 With discounted tickets available to everyone who book through the Leeds Pride link below

Leeds Pride is still a free event and we have arranged with the promotors of Bananarama to offer our supporters discounted tickets!

Bananarama to perform full live show at Millennium Square, Leeds – Saturday 4 August 2018

With discounted tickets available to everyone who book through this link;

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Global 80s icons and the biggest girl band to emerge from the UK, Bananarama are back on top! The original line up reunited for a sold out 2017 indoor theatre tour across the UK and now announce a full live concert at Millennium Square, Leeds on Saturday 4 August 2018. This is the only chance a Leeds audience will get to see the original line up!

AND to kick off the evening TV and Radio star Sara Cox will DJ her massively popular 80’s set and ensure the party gets started in the biggest way possible.

The concert is part of an incredible line-up of events in Leeds across the weekend for Pride - a brilliant pre-party for the LGBT Pride Parade which takes place across the city the next day.

It is also part of the ‘Live Summer Series’ taking place in Leeds Millennium Square across the summer with more concerts to be announced in the coming weeks, complimenting the already announced shows from The Pretenders on Friday 03 August and Simple Minds and KT Tunstall on Saturday 11 August.

The trio reformed for a huge sell-out UK tour last year and they haven’t looked back since!

Bananarama are Siobhan Fahey, Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward and they come to Leeds fresh from selling out tour dates across the Atlantic in USA and Canada.

Sara said, “We had the best time on tour last year and we’re so excited to continue the original line-up show into the summer! We’re really looking forward to playing with our live band again.”

Keren said, “This concert is part of the Leeds Pride weekend – an event that for years has unified the city in celebration and we are thrilled to have been invited to perform as part of it.”

Siobhan added, “We love partying at our shows and to be part of Leeds Pride means the people of Leeds are certainly in for a massive party. Come join us on August 4th in Millennium Square.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday 9 March at 9.00am, priced from: £33.50 (Bronze) and £49.50 (Golden Circle). All tickets are standing and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited Accessible Tickets are available from www.millsqleeds.com

Leeds Pride Discounted Tickets available from: This Link

Leeds Pride is taking place on Sunday 5th August and is still completely free.

Some of you may have seen the announcement today about Bananarama performing at Millennium Square on Saturday 4th August and may be concerned that Leeds Pride is no longer free. We can confirm Leeds Pride is taking place on Sunday 5th August and will be completely free.  We will still have the stage on the Sunday at Millennium Square, the parade through the city centre and 6 hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate all for free.

As part of the deal with Bananarama's promoters, we've arrange discounted tickets for anyone wanting to attend the Saturday concert which is part of Leeds City Councils Summer Series. Details for this and a competition to win tickets will be announced tomorrow.

Introducing the Leeds Pride Presenters

Kira

Kira is a singer, DJ and host from Leeds. 

She has performed at and hosted prides throughout the UK for the last 10 years including Leeds consecutively for the last 9 years!She currently works on LGBT scenes in no less than 5 cities DJ’ing, singing and hosting karaoke nights.

Miss Sordid Secret

The International Multi Award Winning Miss Sordid Secret, star of the UK and Spain. She has a wardrobe to match the BBC and a mouth just as big to match! A firm favourite of the pride run! What she can't turn her finger to isn't worth knowing! Currently based in the heart of leeds Miss her and Miss out! Cause that's how Sordid C's it!

Mamma Bear

‘Mamma Bear’ is an international multi award winning Drag performer/DJ and a founding member of the ‘Lady Bears of Leeds’ Drag cabaret duet.

Mamma Bear can be found filling dance floors as your cuddly phat DJ/Host in her home town of Leeds, Lincoln, Chester, Hull, Bradford and many other scenes across the country. Mamma’s also DJ’d and performed at Maspolomas Pride over the past few years and hosted many Pride events in the UK including last years ‘Leeds Pride’ Trinity MainStage and looks forward to being part of the great 2017 event.

Owain Wyn Evans

Unapologetically flamboyant Owain is a familiar face to audiences across Yorkshire as one of the main weather presenters for BBC Look North. He recently appeared in the top 10 most popularweather presenters of all time in the BBC's Radio Times magazine, and has hosted many Pride events across the UK. Known for his extravagant style and comical Tweets, Owain recently became a viral internet hit after delivering a RuPaul's Drag Race themed weather forecast which appeared on news sites, magazines and TV shows across the world. The clip has been viewed over a million times on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and was even tweeted by RuPaul herself, who declared 'Owain, you are the winner of this week's challenge.'

Daisy DuPont

Daisy DuPont has been a figure on the Leeds Scene for at least the last 15 years! 

She has been involved with Leeds Pride since the very first one, and has hosted both Parade and Main Stages.

You can normally catch her on a Saturday at Blayds Bar with her unique mix of music, wit and vodka! !

She is thrilled to once again be hosting on the Main Stage, and would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Safe Pride 2017.

Phil Oldershaw

Phil Oldershaw will co-host the Leeds Pride Main stage at this years event. Phil is no stranger to stage or screen and finds his own when presenting to live audiences. Now living in Leeds, Phil has worked with many big names in the industry including; Take That, Graham Norton and Gordon Ramsey to name but a few.

His accolades include having worked with BBC, Channel 5 and BSkyB. City and Corporate projects see him regularly hosting food events, concerts and awards dinners & presentations too. We welcome Phil with open arms as we know he shall once again bring his great warmth, energy and fun to our Leeds Pride Eleventh Year Celebrations.

Phil says “I am really excited to be getting involved again for this years event, its an amazing Pride that pulls Yorkshire, and further afield, together for celebration, integration and fun. This year is to be bigger than ever and I know we’re going to have an amazing weekend!”

Carl Spencer

Carl is on the Home Run show weekdays 3-7pm on Radio Aire, getting you home with plenty of music and the latest traffic and traffic. 

Carl is a local lad from Otley who went to Prince Henrys Grammer School. He admits he spent far too much time as a kid watching the planes take off at Leeds Bradford Airport. 

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Caroline Verdon

Caroline Verdon presents the Radio Aire Breakfast Show, Monday to Friday from 6am till 10am. 

Caroline got involved in radio because a good looking guy at university was in the radio society so she joined... and then discovered he liked radio a lot more than him! She LOVES music and is always singing along to something. As well as radio, she also writes for the national newspapers and does voiceovers for everything from TV commercials to voicemail messages and is currently the voice of an Icelandic funeral home...

 

Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds are proud to reveal the new faces of Leeds Pride Family

After two weeks of searching for the new faces of #LeedsPrideFamily images, the winning photos have been chosen!   

Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds teamed up to run a photo competition to find the faces of Leeds Pride. The call out asked members of the Leeds LGBT+ community to submit photographs of themselves, family and friends demonstrating their own sense of pride.

After receiving lots of excellent entries, the team at Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds faced an extremely difficult task of choosing one overall winner and three runner up photographs. 

The winning photograph was taken by Mark Douglas at last year’s Leeds Pride event. When asked what Leeds Pride means to him, Mark said:  ‘For me Leeds Pride is about being a human and about valuing diversity, it's about not allowing others to make us feel shame because of who we are. It's about having a great day out.’

Giovana, one of the two girls in the photo, had come from Brazil to attend Leeds Pride: ‘Leeds Pride 2016 was my first experience at a Pride and it couldn't have been better. It is wonderful to have a space to celebrate love, mainly in a world where differences are seen as obstacles, not bridges.  I appreciate the opportunity of being part of such a great event. Many thanks to Leeds Pride who make me feel safe and respected, no matter what.’

The winning photo will be the lead image for activity promoting Leeds Pride, and Leeds as an inclusive city, and will feature on printed and online marketing material both in and out of the city for the next two years. The runner up images will be used online across Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds’ websites and social media channels. 

This year’s Leeds Pride is back with a weekend of events on 5th and 6th August. The famous Leeds Pride Parade returns Sunday afternoon, taking over the city centre with a rainbow procession complete with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment. 

Alison Tebby, one of the runners up, had this to say : ‘We are so grateful that Pride exists & that we are able to show our daughters that there is so much diversity in this world. Being able to attend for the first time as a family last year made us so proud to show that there are families like us in Leeds & we are accepted, we can celebrate who we are & we don't have to hide anymore. We've come a long way since I was a child & hope the future is even better’

Janie Marie Swann, another runner up, commented: ‘I love Leeds pride as it's such a big and friendly weekend that everyone can enjoy’

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: 

‘Leeds is a welcoming city that celebrates diversity across all our communities.  Leeds Pride is one of the city’s most popular events and one that continues to go from strength to strength each year.  This is a great opportunity to show the world that Leeds is an inclusive, friendly place to live, work and visit. ‘ 

Head of VisitLeeds, Jennifer Young commented:

‘We are very grateful to all those who submitted their photographs. The number and range of images we received really reflects the diverse LGBT+ community and the strong sense of pride here in Leeds. We look forward to using this new suite of imagery to promote the inclusive and welcoming nature of Leeds across the UK and internationally.’

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Leeds Pride and Malmaison Leeds Partner Up!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that Malmaison Hotel Leeds will be one of the venue supporters for this year’s Leeds Pride!

Situated just off Lower Briggate, where the Leeds Pride celebrations come to a wonderful end, Malmaison is in a prime location if you’re wanting to be in the heart of the action. Considering it’s also a prestigious hotel with some of the most up to date rooms in the whole of Leeds, it really is a great place to stay if you’re wanting to celebrate Leeds Pride in luxury. With their newly refurbished rooms, Malmaison Hotel is the perfect location for your next night in the city. Malmaison is situated on 1 Swinegate, LS1 4AG.

You’ll also see them during the celebrations. They’ll be selling Frose (frozen Rose) & Fizz at Leeds Pride throughout the celebrations on Sunday 6th August from an outside bar. Inside, the bar is open for some R&R all day where they are offering Thank Mal It’s Pride with 50% off selected drinks, Sunday lunch from their chef’s table for just £19.95 between 12.30pm and 4pm and Mal Burgers for just £5 between 4pm and 8pm. They also have some bedrooms left available for the Sunday night. To book, ring 0113 426 0047.

Running since 2006, Leeds Pride is 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 such as first direct, Sainsbury’s and Manchester Airport.

The Leeds Pride E Programme is Now Available to Download!

The Leeds Pride E Programme is now available to download, featuring all of the confirmed acts, sponsors and more! 

Leeds Pride main event is taking place on Sunday 6th August and will include two hours of entertainment on the Sainsbury’s Stage in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on the first direct bank main stage on Lower Briggate. In the Lower Briggate event space you will also find the Asda Children’s area, a dance zone, community market place, outside bars, a fun fair and much much more.   

Running since 2006, Leeds Pride is 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 such as first direct, Sainsbury’s and Manchester Airport. 

 

Huge New Announcements for Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that Sonia, Marcus Collins and Angie Brown will all perform at Leeds Pride! 

Sonia is a British singer from Liverpool, known for her huge success in the 80s and 90s. Sonia Evans' debut single “You’ll Never Stop Me fromLoving You” was released in 1989 and shot to No: 1 in the UK selling a staggering 350,000 copies. Numerous TV appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience.  “Everybody Knows”, her debut album sold half a million copies and included a string of top singles such as “Can’t Forget You", "Listen to your Heart” and "Counting Every Minute”. 

Marcus Collins is an English singer who finished as the runner-up of the The X Factor in 2011. His debut album, the self-titled Marcus Collins which featured production by the London-based Metrophonic team of Whitney Houston and Cher fame, became his first top 10 UK album which has his single "Mercy". His debut single from the album was "Seven Nation Army", a cover of The White Stripes hit, which also became his first top 10 UK single.

Angie Brown is a true performer. The voice of Angie Brown can be heard all around the globe performing as a live PA singing all her classics from the 90’s through to the present day.  She has performed some of the most prestigious parties for some of the world’s most rich and famous including the King of Morocco’s Birthday party and Kate Driver’s wedding (sister of Minnie Driver).  As a live PA Angie has played clubs that vary from Space (Ibiza), Heaven (London & Gran Canaria) to venues in New York, Golden Gate, San Francisco, Dubai, India and Europe, she has been the headline guest for the UK’s biggest Mardi Gras parties both in Manchester and London for the past ten years.

Sonia, Marcus Collins and Angie Brown will be joining Heather Small, Blonde Electra and more previously announced acts in performing on Sunday 6th August. 

 

 

Osvaldo Supino to Perform at Leeds Pride 2017!

Osvaldo Supino is one of the most talked about Italian artists, and just one of the fews Italians more recognized outside his Country. In the last 3 years this multitalented popstar performed all around the world, conquered the attention of the most important media outlets and gained thousands and thousands of fans in the globe. From NBC to Vanity Fair, from Univision to GQ, Osvaldo Supino is making headlines for his international fresh sound worked with big names of the music business like Tempo Stokes (producer of Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus, Conchita), and Ferras (Katy Perry, Adam Lambert). 

With 3 albums, 1 Ep and 8 singles collected in the top10 chart of iTunes, Osvaldo holds the record as first italian artist ever nominated 3 times at BT Digital Music Awards in UK - outranking Kylie Minogue with more than 42.000 votes from wordwide. A POP bombshell who is in his young but impressive career, has won several music awards in Italy and internationally: 1 Laiffa Los Angeles Awards, 2 Pivi Awards, 2 Nickeclip My Generation Awards, 1 WWW Sole24 Ore Award, 1 Unicef Award, and in the 2013 he became the first italian male artist included in the PopTronik Compilation with the best of pop electro music worldwide.

He's also one of the most involved Italian celebrities in human rights and LGBT initiatives. In 2012 has been the first italian artist in history to perform at World Pride in London, in 2014 has been choosed by Antibully Organization as testimonial for the campaign against bullying in USA and in the 2016 has beenthe first italian male to perform in Miami for Miami Beach Pride (on the same stage Jordin Sparks and Iggy Azalea) in front of more than 150.000 people.  The last album "Resolution" has been released in English and for the first time in Spanish and includes collaborations with Trey Vittoe (producer for Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato), Tempo Stokes (Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez) and the Nashville symphony orchestra. "This album is my answer to the tragedy of Pulse in Orlando. We all need to find a resolution in this time" he says just two months ago to "Primer Impacto" on UNIVISION (the most important latin tv in the USA) where he's been the first Italian artist interviewed only after Laura Pausini.

Confident, courageous, sometimes sexually expressive but also emotional, vulnerable and introspective, truly Italian but with International views. That's what Osvaldo is musically, lyrically and personally today, a complex but authentic mix. "My music has been always the reflection of my experiences. I'm not afraid to be totally myself and take risks. It's the most beautiful thing of the music: being yourself, finding your own truth and share it with millions of people".

TPP Sponsor Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that IT company TPP will be one of the sponsors for this year's Leeds Pride. 

TPP are a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through  innovative products. 

Speaking on the new Leeds Pride announcement, a representative of TPP said "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 the Leeds area and we’re extremely honoured to be able to show our support for the community where we live, work and socialise." 

Want to know more about TPP? Head to http://www.tpp-uk.com/, follow them on Twitter at @TPP_SystmOne or like them on Facebook: TPPCareers

Could you be the face of Leeds Pride? Enter here!

Leeds Pride has teamed up with VisitLeeds to launch an exciting new photo competition. They are calling for members of the Leeds LGBT+ community to submit photographs of themselves, family and friends demonstrating their own sense of pride. 

The winning photo will feature on printed and online marketing material both in and out of the city, including the Leeds Pride event taking place on the 6th August 2017.  The subjects of the photo will become the ‘Leeds Pride Family’ who will act as ambassadors for Leeds as an inclusive city. Their faces will help to promote events and activities taking place in Leeds over the next two years to raise the profile of the city as a friendly and welcoming destination. The judges’ favourite photos will be available to see on the Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds websites and social media pages.

As of today, entries can be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #LeedsPrideFamily and tagging @VisitLeeds and @LeedsPride. Images can also be sent in via email to Alex@leedspride.com.  Photos should aim to fulfil at least one of the main themes, which are inclusivity, diversity and of course, pride. A group of people should feature in the photo, rather than individuals, and LGBT+ families and friends of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to take part. 

Judging will take place on 14th July 2017, where four images will be shortlisted with one overall winner. The panel of judges from Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds will be looking for happy faces, and photos that display personality and creativity. While they would love to see perfectly executed shots from artists and skilled photographers, they also welcome the selfies and spontaneous moments that people have captured on their phones. The competition is open to everyone, and it is hoped that the range of entries will be diverse in terms of subject, style and composition.   

The photo competition forms part of a larger campaign to promote Leeds Pride, and an inclusive Leeds. The colourful Leeds Pride weekend is the perfect demonstration that Leeds is a vibrant, trendy and hospitable city that has something for everyone.

Head of VisitLeeds, Jennifer Young commented: “Leeds continues to grow in popularity as a top class European city break destination. This is a welcoming city and the vibrancy and energy of the Freedom Quarter alongside the wealth of cultural activities to keep everyone entertained is unrivalled. The winners of this competition will help us promote Leeds as one of the most inclusive cities in the UK and Europe.”

Alex and Ali, Directors of Leeds Pride commented: 'We are really excited to team up with VisitLeeds for this competition to search for the image that captures a ‘Leeds Pride Family’ and the spirit of Leeds Pride.  Your Leeds Pride family could be anyone who you shared Leeds Pride with so get searching through your photos and send them in!’