OUR ACTS FOR 2019
Our Acts FOR 2019
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 Millennium Square until 2pm. Then from 3pm on the Manchester Airport Los Angeles Direct Stage on Lower Briggate until 9pm.
Manchester Airport Los Angeles Direct Stage.
Tulisa rose to fame as a part of the hip hop group N-Dubz with her cousin Dappy and friend Fazer, which became successful in the 2000s and early 2010s. As part of the group she has gained two platinum-certified albums, two gold-certified albums, five MOBO awards, four headlining tours, a Brit Award nomination, thirteen top 40 singles, six silver-certified singles and three Urban Music Awards.
In 2011 and 2012, Tulisa was a judge on The X Factor UK, she led the "Groups" category in 2011, her winning act being Little Mix, who went on to become the most successful girl group in the X Factor's history. In 2012, Tulisa's success continued with the release of her debut single "Young", which debuted and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. "Live It Up" and "Sight of You" were also hits reaching the top twenty in the UK. In November 2012 released her debut album The Female Boss, which peaked at number 35 on the UK Albums Chart. As an actress, Tulisa has starred in the British horror film Demons Never Die and the comedy film Big Fat Gypsy Gangster in 2011.
In March 2013, it was reported Tulisa had begun work on her second album, stating: "I'm going to make a few singles soon, and I want to take my sound back to basics." On 1 August 2014, the singer posted a picture of herself in a recording studio on her official Twitter account. A few weeks later she uploaded another photo of the music studio to her official Instagram with the caption: "Back to business".
In July 2014, her documentary Tulisa: The Price of Fame premiered on BBC Three to a moderate success, attracting 615,000 viewers (3.8% of the audience within its time slot). On 9 August 2014, it was confirmed that the singer would return to The X Factor for its eleventh series as Louis Walsh's guest judge during the judges' houses stage in Bermuda. In October 2014, Tulisa announced her new single "Living Without You". Its release was initially planned for 7 December 2014, however it was later postponed to 4 January 2015. The single peaked at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart. On 13 December 2014, Tulisa returned to The X Factor as a guest judge for the first night of the series 11 final alongside judges Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini temporarily filling in for Mel B who was ill.
On 2 September 2016, she released the single "Sweet Like Chocolate", which featured Akelle. She also confirmed that she signed with an agent in an attempt to begin a career as a film actress.
Manchester Airport Los Angeles Direct Stage
Robin S was born and raised in Queens, New York on January 27, 1962. Robin began singing at the age of five in a church choir. Blessed with a genuine talent she is currently still touring and performing internationally singing to large crowds globally in clubs, arenas, and festivals. Robin’s new music will debut in January 2019 with such notable producers as Carl Cox, Eric Mobley, James Worthy, David Anthony, Freeze, Paris Toon and Mothers Favorite Child. She was named BEST DANCE ARTIST at the Billboard Awards and Show Me Love received 2 awards for BEST DANCE SINGLE and BEST DANCE ARTIST. Robin also earned 2 awards at the industry Annual Winter Dance Music Conference for BEST DANCE ARTIST SOLO and BEST NEW DANCE SINGLE.
Manchester Airport Los Angeles Direct Stage
Sandi Thom is a Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Banff, Scotland. She became widely known in 2006 after her debut single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)", topped the UK Singles Chart in June of that year. The single became the biggest-selling single of 2006 in Australia, where it spent ten weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart. Thom has released five studio albums: Smile... It Confuses People (2006), The Pink & the Lily (2008), Merchants and Thieves (2010), Flesh and Blood (2012), and The Covers Collection (2013).
In April 2014, Sandi Thom made a guest performance at the Royal Albert Hall, She also performed a series of US concerts including Chicago, Nashville, NYC's BB Kings Blues club, Charlotte, LA and Portland, ME. Thom booked and promoted all the shows herself. In late 2014, Thom undertook a six-week tour of Australia and for the first time performed a series of concerts in New Zealand, mainly in the South Island. Thom performed at the Narooma Blues Festival in Australia in 2014, and then went on to perform a four-week tour of the UK.
Sandi Thom Announced in August 2018 that she was taking up a Friday night Residency for the foreseeable future in the Privee Jazz Lounge Bar at the Domain Hotel Bahrain.
Channy: Back again for her second time at Leeds Pride, UK 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 Jess Glynne, Sigala, Olly Murs, Nathan Sykes, Scouting for Girls and many more.
As an independent artist Channy has hit the spotlight on some of the UK's most established stages, performing at Metro Radio Arena, Bents Park, O2 Arena London, and headlined her own sold out show at the O2 Academy Newcastle's MAINSTAGE, as well as sold out a UK tour.
Channy is currently working with high end producers in London on her original material and is all set for 2019 to be her biggest festival season to date. Channy has already performed at Durham Pride, Lancaster Pride, Manchester – Be Proud Weekend and is booked across an additional 15 Pride Festivals alone this year.
July Jones is a London-based artist creating dark electronic pop music.
After signing her first record deal at the age of 14 (Germany) following explosive success on YouTube, in 2015, she turned down a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston to pursue a career as an artist in the UK. Now she writes and records out of London, UK and is releasing her music independently.
As a solo artist July performed on numerous stages such as London Pride, Essex Festival, Great Escape, Ted Talks, Hard Rock Cafe’s Anniversary, and many more. She also supported Professor Green at The Engine Shed and Rita Ora at Manchester Pride. With all that July caught the interest from the press so Notion Magazine gave her a double page feature in their 76th issue as a rising artist to watch.
Outside of her solo career, July has co-written for other artists, gaining BBC Radio 1 play-listed tracks along the way. Artists include: 99 Souls, Steven Manovski (Sigala), Raiven, DePresno, Jesper Borgen (Allan Walker), Draper, MOTi, Camden Cox, JYYE, 1991, Amaya.
Now fully focusing on her own music with influences ranging from the likes of Halsey, Banks, Lorde to 070 Shake, July Jones is fast becoming the model, singer and all-round mega-babe to represent a new wave of multi-genre, super talented young artists emerging from the UK.
Uk artist Izzy Thomas flaunts a fresh sound of foot stomping Pop/Rock, blended by power house vocals.
Her debut single “Trouble (Pull That Trigger)” has just been released via an official Billboard premiere, and is taking the music world by storm with its fresh, empowering sound.
Izzy has left her mark in venues around the world, gracing iconic stages from the Birmingham Barclay Card Arena, the original Hard Rock Cafe, to LA’s Hotel Cafe, to Nashvilles Tootsies, and many more. The BBC have also supported, with interviews/radio plays (BBC Asian Network, West Yorkshire & Humberside).
Also a campaigner for Autism Awareness/Mental Health and Anti Bullying. Izzy has been touring secondary schools around the country, spreading knowledge and understanding amongst hundreds of young people through powerful speeches and performances
Izzy is the feisty, female rock crossover that todays British charts have been missing for so long. If you’re ready for a new artist with something to say, watch Izzy for 2019.
PearlNatasha is the strong and beautiful, Zimbabwean-Irish singer with a voice that reminds you of the greats; Ella, Dolly, Tracey. An energetic performer, she captures the crowd with quick rhythms and powerful lines, war cries for "Freedom" and sorrowful echoes in "glory". A captivating writer, she sings songs of love and loss, dreamy "Autumn Sky" and picking up "pieces" of her broken self through years of self-discovery and travelling. Invitations to perform have seen her on stages at Lake of Stars in Malawi, HIFA in Zimbabwe, Stendhal in Ireland and many more. With her debut album set for release in 2019, PearlNatasha looks forward to a year of performing key album tracks to audiences at festivals across the UK and further afield schedule.
Ellie is country pop singer songwriter from Lymm in Cheshire and in the last 18 months has had a UK iTunes top ten single, supported Jessie J, HRVY and Roadtrip on tour. Along with All Saints, Pixie Lott, Luke Friend, The Shires, Sam Bailey, Union J, The Beautiful South. Ellie has appeared at many festivals throughout the UK including Country2Country at the O2, Leeds Youth Fest, Warrington Festival, The Lakes Festival, Morecambe Carnival, Jersey Jingle Jangle, numerous Pride festivals, and in September supported Scouting for Girls at The Macron Stadium in Bolton. Ellie was the winner of a Warrington Inspiration Award in October and before the summer festival season started, embarked on a schools tour to further increase her fan base. She was also selected to perform at the Viola Beach tribute in Bank Park in 2016, and the Christmas lights switch on with Reggie and Bollie. Ellie is a performer with many years experience and have spent the last 4 months working for Carnival Cruise Line as a singer in a Country/Mainstream duo.
What pride means to me: Leeds pride is the third pride event I’ve performed for and I have never been so excited! It’s such a beautiful sight to see an entire city come together to challenge the discrimination against the LGBT community. It’s so important that we take every opportunity to work together to support and empower others.
Guilty Pleasures are honoured to be supporting Pride in their home city of Leeds. Since starting up, the band has gone from strength to strength, delivering lovingly exact and totally live reproductions of all your favourite 90s and 00s hits. Despite their youth, the guys and girl have achieved a lot, performing with the London Gay Big Band, Peter Andre, and being featured on the BBC. If you want to pretend you're sixteen again for the day, come and check Guilty Pleasures out.
Tyron is Yorkshire Raised and Manchester based singer/ songwriter his sound is rooted within Soul, Pop and R&B, infused with Ambient / Experimental vibes.
Singing songs about heartbreak, and gay love without changing the narrative or being cheesy. Been often referred to as the UK’s answer to the Weeknd. If you like R&B you’ll like Tyron.
Over the last few years Tyron has been working hard on his sound and building a reputation for himself around the UK, showcasing his strong, smooth vocal flair and writing abilities working with and writing for other artists, now it's time for Tyron to show himself.
‘Playing at Leeds Pride is a massive achievement to me. Being born and bred in Leeds it was the place where I found myself and came to terms with who I truly was. I’d always attend Leeds Pride and it was where I truly felt myself and free and I always told myself that one day I’d be up on that stage giving back to the community that made me the person I am. I’d frequent Lower Briggate and the place holds a special place In my heart.’
Surely Bassey is a world renowned, Shirley Bassey impersonator, who has performed at events endorsed by Dame Shirley, including the fabulous auction of her gowns at London’s "Cafe De Paris" Surely Bassey had the honour of portraying the "Tigress from Tiger Bay" whilst singing "Big Spender" wearing one of Dame Shirley’s original gowns – now that is indeed an accolade!
Surely Bassey (Joanne Copeman) has been performing globally as Dame Shirley Bassey since 2002 and during the last 2 decades, she has maintained her recognised status, as the most respected and sought after Shirley Bassey tribute act in the business. She has an incomparable, wealth of experience impersonating Dame Shirley worldwide and this has seen her perform her unrivalled Shirley Bassey tribute show in over 25 countries so far.
‘I’m so excited to perform at Leeds Pride. I know it has a huge following, not to mention attendance. I believe Pride events are very important because they not only celebrate a vibrant, fun community, they are also about people celebrating their individuality. Pride events provide people with a huge sense of belonging and a feeling of total and utter acceptance. I’ve heard that Leeds Pride is one of the best! The atmosphere at Pride events is electric and one of absolute joy and unity. I can’t wait to perform on August 4th. I’m coming up, so you better get that party started Leeds!’
Night Ride, Prepare to be transported into a realm of adrenaline-fuelled neon pop, with synths, visuals and fashion - electro-pop band Night Ride is ready to make you dance. The perfect pre-pride warm-up. You do not want to miss this show!
Rock Choir is a UK Phenomenon! The national group is made up of over 30,000 amateur singers from all across the UK. Here in West Yorkshire, we have hundreds of members who gather to learn and rehearse popular songs in Leeds, Ilkley, Wakefield and Keighley. As well as our rehearsals, we love getting out to do amazing gigs like Leeds Pride! If you’d like to join us, please visit www.rockchoir.com We are a friendly bunch and we love to see new faces!
2018 ACTS BELOW
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.