The Parade Stage
Sponsored by Sainsbury's the Parade Stage is where the Leeds LGBT Pride Parade will start from with key note speakers & entertainment from 12 noon on Sunday 7th August. The location on Millennium Square is iconic for open air live events in the city throughout the year.
Headliner - Marc Almond
Iconic Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond is confirmed for Leeds Pride Aug 7th.
80s super group Soft Cell formed when Marc was at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Becket University) they went on to major international success with 5 UK top ten hits and number 1s in 17 countries with timeless classics like Tainted Love, Bedsitter and Say Hello Wave Goodbye.
Tom Doyle Chair of Leeds LGB&T* Pride said, ‘It’s great that an out Gay artist with strong links to Leeds is headlining our stage on Millennium Square. For many LGB&T* people Marc’s work forms the sound track to their youth and for those a little younger we hope to introduce them to this major cultural innovator.
Craig has been singing for a few years now, he originally started professionally in a 3 piece boy band (KAOS) this took him up and down the UK performing at different venues and events.
After deciding to leave the band Craig took a break from public performances and spent time writing songs, although it wasn’t long before he was back performing, winning many awards both in the UK & over the waters as a solo artist.
He started performing for private parties & functions and soon became very popular, since 2010 he has performed at many large events alongside some mainstream artists and some great up and coming artist with crowds of up to 30,000, so he isn’t fazed by the larger crowds but Craig also enjoys the vibe & atmosphere of the smaller crowds to. With his strong vocals & emotional and uplift performances I’m sure you will enjoy watching him perform or listening to.
Brooke is a gayleeds favourite, she was part of the Viaduct Starlets before moving on to work at Queens Court.
Brooke won the first Queen Bee Leeds: Best Drag Competition and is the current Queen Bee of the Leeds LGBT Scene.
Lightning Sykes is a bilingual rapper who writes and produces her own material. Highly experienced as a DJ, open mic compare and radio/TV hostess, primarily around Leeds and the North of England, she has also performed her raps in her native English and Urdu on an international stage to audiences at Festivals and Mela’s round the UK.
She has presented regular shows on Fever FM and Fever TV since 2008 and has set up her own recording studio. She also coordinates the main stage at Hyde Park Unity Day.
Viaduct Show Team
A Leeds Pride favourite, The Viaduct Show Team are back again for their spectacular and entertaining show. Practicing for months their routines are flawless and always wows the audience.
Tom Rickels (Sainsbury's Act)
Tom is a Bristol-based fishmonger from Sainsbury's turned singer who appeared on this year’s series of The Voice UK ! He managed to impress three of the four coaches at the blind auditions with his mash-up of Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' and Jason Derulo's 'Want To Want Me'. He has swapped his mackerel for microphones and is hoping that his passion and drive for music can take him all the way. His musical inspirations vary from Sam Smith to James Bay and he would describe himself as a nice mix between the two. “When I’m on stage, I feel home”.
Elesha Paul Moses
Elesha started singing at the young age of 13 and by 16 she was in her first girl group. Singing for seventeen years and you may have seen her on a few TV shows over the years, X Factor 2010 Judges Houses (the One Direction year). You may also have seen Elesha Paul Moses on The Voice 2013 and again in 2014.
She has also performed backing vocals for some of the biggest stars and been mentored by the best; Will.I.Am, Sir Tom Jones, and Beyoncé are just a few names on the list, along with many more.
She has had two number one club chart hits and have been featured on the soundtrack to the Fox hit film 'What Happens In Vegas'.
- Councillor Alison Lowe – Councillor for Armley in Leeds. Chief Executive of Touchstone a Leeds-based mental health charity and in 2015 she was named Stonewall Senior Champion of the Year, in recognition of her positive impact on LGBT+ equality
- Councillor Stewart Golton – Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Leeds City Council and Councillor for Rothwell.
- Mark Milsom - Assistant Chief Constable West Yorkshire Police.
- Alan Ormrod - Sainsbury's Regional Operations Manager
- Ann Marie Wyness - Head of Contact Centre at first direct
- Tom Doyle – Chief Executive Yorkshire Mesmac and Chair Leeds LGBT Pride.
Don't forget to join us on the Parade
March together, prove that love wins, join the Leeds LGBT Pride parade!