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



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.

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

 Photo credit: Christopher Bethell

 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.




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:

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

0113 277 5555



Winner of Queen B to perform at Leeds Pride


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 Barclays Family Hub Press Release




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"


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


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.


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 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

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 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. 


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.’


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.