Leeds Pride are proud to support local upcoming acts, breakthrough artists and new acts to perform on our stages. Our two stages will bring together big names from music and entertainment as well as local bands and artists. They are sure to get you all in the mood to celebrate Pride!
The fun kicks off at 12pm on the Sainsbury’s Parade Stage in Millenium Square until 2pm. Then from 3pm on the Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage on Lower Briggate until 9pm.
Since graduating from the Royal Academy with Honours, Shèna has been lucky enough to enjoy an incredibly successful career in all areas of the Music Industry. and even the TV and movie industries as well.
As a backing vocalist she has worked with great artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Mica Paris, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Amy Winehouse , Heather Small, Josh Stone, Michael Gray, Alex Gaudino, Charlotte Church, The Sugar Babes, Girls Aloud, Mariah Carey, Leslie Garett, Alicia Dixon and Michael Ball to name but a few.
As a solo artist she has over 150 commercial releases to her credit, which include the monster dance hits The Weekend, There’s nothing I won’t do, You Belong To Me, Dare Me, Guilty, Can’t stop the rain (one of Terry Wogan’s favourites on Radio 2), Watch out, I’ll Be Waiting, Take Me To The Clouds Above, Take Me To The Stars, as well as Electrosexual which was heavily featured on the Hollywood Blockbuster movie The girl with the dragon tattoo, starring Daniel Craig.
Kira has been singing at prides, stadiums and various events up down the country since 2002. Her distinctive voice and high energy performances have secured her a regular spot at Leeds pride for over 10 years.
She has a large LGBT following, especially her home town of Leeds and is thrilled to have been invited back to perform for them at pride 2018.
Baby D is an English breakbeat hardcore and house music group, best known for their UK number 1 "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" in 1994. The group was formed by Production House Records, a record label set up in 1987 by former recording artist Phil Fearon, whose group Galaxy had had a number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s. "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" reached number 1 on the UK charts in November 1994. The success continued with "(Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime) I Need Your Loving" (a 1995 cover of The Korgis classic), "So Pure" and "Take Me to Heaven", all included in the album Deliverance (1996). At the first MOBO Awards show in 1996 Baby D won in the category "Best Dance Act". In the summer of 2008, the band performed at the UK dance music festival, Global Gathering. They continue to perform on the club and festival circuit.
Rozalla is a dance music performer. Her hit "Everybody's Free” in 1993 lead her nickname “Queen of Rave”. Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events and, at age 13, singing on a children’s TV show. In her teens she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation’s chart. Her first UK single Born To Luv Ya became a club hit in 1990, but Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good), reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. Also a top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 the following year.
After touring with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour, and several other charting singles Rozalla enjoyed UK Top 20/US Top 100 success in 1994 with her cover of I Love Music, the theme song to the film Carlito’s Way. Three more dance singles, including a cover of Soul Family Sensation’s underground hit I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby, also reached the upper regions of the UK Singles Chart.
Her 1998 album Coming Home saw her reunite with the Band of Gypsies and spawned a stateside club hit with its lead single Don’t Go Lose It Baby and was well received by her dance following. In May 2013 Damien Zannetou formed Anesis Records. He decided to approach Rozalla to re-release ‘Everybody’s Free’ with a more fresh and cutting edge up to date version the single was re produced by chart producer David Anthony and ‘Everybody’s Free 2013′ was re-born.
Soraya’s famous voice is present in some of the most memorable vocal Dance music hits around. Soraya’s distinctive voice has become a
vastly demanded addition to tracks from some of the most influential producers in the industry, who recognise that her input can turn a club track into a global smash. Beyond a world-class voice, Soraya is an impressive writer and an outstanding live performer. On stage is where Soraya’s unforgettable aura is most discernible. Her huge voice is never outsized by even the largest of venues and the character that she radiates, is felt by all in attendance at any of her shows, anywhere in the world.
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!
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.
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.
With a growing fan base and a phenomenal following in the LGBT community, Lucy has smashed some of the biggest PRIDE dates in 2017, is coming back to Leeds Pride following her amazing performance on the DIVA stage at Pride in London.
SuRie became 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.
Eric has been working tirelessly since he was 11, on his production skills, stage presence and also writing/creating songs for himself and for others. Whilst he attended school, he started to figure out his identity and sound in the dance scene. Eric has something new take and sound to bring to the table resulting in his work being featured on "BBC Radio 1 Introducing" and played in night clubs across the UK.
Bang Bang Romeo
Bang Bang Romeo are on an unstoppable rise and are one of the most exciting upcoming bands of 2018. They are headlining the Sainsbury’s Parade Stage 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. 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 October 2018.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.
After smashing their set at Leeds Owlies earlier this year, OMYO are back in Leeds again.
London-based pop duo OMYO (pronounced Ohm-Yo, an acronym for ‘Our Music Your Opinion’) is made up of Oxfordshire-born Tom McCorkell (24, vocals) and William Edward (27, music and backing vocals) who have been making music together since they took on a bet to write a song one New Year’s Eve.
After finding their sound in a mix of infectious acoustic and synth-inspired urban-pop, the band has gone on to play the UK festival circuit including a set at Wireless Festival, and have been featured on by Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1 Xtra
The Witch Blair
Winner of Queen Bee 2017, 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...
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!
The Elephant Trees
Leeds and Manchester based, The Elephant Trees, are a beautiful mess of luscious riffs, melodic harmonies, and poetic, raw lyrics. 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. 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!
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. Wyen has opened for Tinie Tempah, and perform all around the UK. In 2017, Wyen took New York by storm when she was booked to perform at a number of high profile events and appeared on radio and tv shows where she promoted her sexy smash single “ FaceTime”.
Jordan is currently performing in Kinky Boots in the West End.
Jordan a previous Sainsbury's employee is a huge supporter of what Sainsbury’s are trying to achieve through their Proud@Sainsburys network. His family still work for Sainsbury's so Sainsbury’s in his genes!
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.
Big Pink Dress
Colin Burgin-Plews better known as Charity runner Big Pink Dress has raised 10s of thousands for charity and is still going strong.
Vaughan is a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose emotive blend of alt-pop and electronic sounds deliver individualism and eloquent lyrical themes of a bruised reality. 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.
Sing as One – Leeds City Council Choir
The Sing as One Choir formed in September 2015 as part of Leeds City Council’s wellbeing strategy. The choir is for colleagues to get away from their desks to sing. The choir is led by Charlie Gower-Smith, a freelance musician who works with choirs across the region. Each term they learn new songs and challenge themselves by performing at various events taking place across the city including International Women’s day and Leeds Pride.