One of the region’s most popular music festivals is returning in July with an additional venue and an extended run.
Billed as one of the country’s largest free LGBT festivals (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), Newcastle Pride will run for three days from July 18.
It will also, for the first time, have two focal points. As well as the main stage on the Town Moor, there will also be a second stage outside the Centre for Life on Times Square.
Among those due to appear on the opening day are Scottish singer Rachelle Rhienne, who has worked with a range of songwriters and producers in London, Jamaica and the Netherlands, Canadian-born Stacey Jackson, whose hits include club favourite Pointing Fingers, and TV personality Sonia Strong, who is soon to release her debut album, Sonogram.
Musician and model Dee Stokes, who appeared on the BBC3 fly-on-the-wall series Shoplife, based at the intu Metrocentre, will appear on the Times Square stage following his debut at last year’s Newcastle Pride.
On July 19, Kelly Wilde, the ‘diva from Down Under, will perform some of her greatest hits, including Nothin’ But Promises and Gloria.
She will be joined by Mila and British singer/songwriter Angie Brown, who was the lead vocalist on Bizzare Inc’s I’m Gonna Get You and Took My Love and recently appeared on BBC1 talent show The Voice.
Girlband Vanquish and singer Nicki French, who sold more than five million copies of her smash hit Total Eclipse of the Heart in 1995, will both perform on the final day of the Times Square stage, along with Charlie Rundle, front woman of MK1 who appeared on The X Factor in 2012.
The programme on this stage will be closed on July 20 by leading Steps tribute act Steptastic, who return to the festival to perform some of the group’s biggest hits.
Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride, which runs the festival, said: “The Times Square stage is an exciting addition to Newcastle Pride and we’ve worked hard to pull together a strong and varied line-up that caters for a wide range of tastes.
“We’re confident this will complement the events taking place at the Town Moor and look forward to welcoming music lovers from across the UK.”
Newcastle Pride is free to attend, with a number of golden circle, VIP and platinum tickets available for those who wish to enjoy hospitality and prime standing positions at the Town Moor.
The Times Square stage will run from 6.30-10pm on July 18 and 19 and from 5.30-8.30pm on July 20 to ensure visitors have time to travel from the other events at the Town Moor.
On all three days a variety of North East DJs, including Steven Paulden DCM, Dan Joseph, Iain Macleod and representatives from Pride Radio, will play sets between the other live performances.