Pride Bristol is in Castle Park, Bristol on Saturday 16 July 2011
Pride Day 2010 was a stunning success as twenty thousand revellers descended on Castle Park to celebrate equality, diversity and LGBT rights. The park was transformed into the most colourful, vibrant space in Bristol for one day only
Pride Day 2011 is even bigger and even better. This year there are five stages where festival goers can see cabaret, new bands, youth performers, DJs, dance troupes and international acts.
Pride Day is open to anyone and everyone who likes good music, performance, dance and a good time.
Headlining the main stage is US BRIT award winning, superstar Kelis – featured artist on Calvin Harris’ current number one hit ‘Bounce’ and creater of r’n’b pop anthems ‘Caught Out There’ and ‘Milkshake’. ‘The Voice of 2011’ Clare Maguire, up and coming electro-popper Bright Light Bright Light, Bristol favourites Dr Meaker along with the astounding Le Gateau Chocolat are also appearing on this stage.
The Showcase Stage features Emily Breeze and the Daily Tremors, described by the Sunday Times as sounding ‘like the bastard offspring of Johnny Cash and PJ Harvey’, quirky-pop band Eric Ness, twisted folkster Siddy Bennett, Mel Sanson from acclaimed rock band Kenelis and a whole host of dance groups and bands. Compered by the inimitable Keda Breeze and Ophelia Bitz this is the place to discover the next big thing.
The alternative tent has a line-up aimed at the more adventurous Festival goer including burlesque, indie and rock bands and DJs playing underground music of all genres from rock to disco and back again.
Fans of glamour, glitz and a glut of sequins should head to the cabaret stage where the best drag queens and cabaret artists in the region will be performing. Though heckle at your peril as these waspishly witty beauties are certain to have a devastating comeback for you.
The Youth Area will include performances from REMIX, the youth music project based at the Colston Hall, dancers, performers who are part of the LGBT youth group Freedom Youth and live art.
There will be plenty of bars on site, along with food stands and shoppers can browse the unusual stalls in the bazaar area. Once tickets have been exchanged for wristbands festival goers can come and go as they please, nobody is refused re-admission.
Pride Day is ticketed this year, the organisers have deliberately kept prices low £10 advance and £8 concessions(under 16s, over 60’s and benefit claimants). Children under 8 go free.