Chester Pride 2018 line up announced

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The Chester Pride Festival will be returning to Castle Square on August 11, and this year the M&S Bank main stage will be headlined by synth-pop LGBT icon and OBE Marc Almond. Marc Almond has had a number of solo hits and as part of chart topping duo Soft Cell, including ‘Tainted Love’, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ and ‘Torch’.

Joining Marc Almond is much loved Eurovision winner Katrina (ex Katrina and the Waves) and X factor finalist Marcus Collins. Crowds will be wowed by dazzling drag queens Brenda La Beau and Annabelle Lecter plus tributes to Dolly Parton, Tina Turner (Milli Munro), Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (Liss Jones). Also performing will be Local LGBT+ choir The Proud Marys, guitar vocalist Jess Kemp, singer Caz McElroy, Jan George and Brio Leisure.  

Chester Pride is a celebration of diversity and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ community. The event will launch with the popular parade through the city at 12pm followed by entertainment and activities at Castle Square from 1pm till 7pm including the M&S Bank main stage and three further stages of entertainment –The Glitter Lounge cabaret tent, bands on the Music Is Now Original Music Stage; and acoustic singers on the Chester Live Busking Stage. In addition there will be a large Health, Life and Wellbeing Zone; a children’s zone; youth zone; older peoples space; marketplace; chill out area; exhibition; fun fair and much more.

Chester Pride 2018 sponsors include M&S Bank, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Bank of America, Music Is Now, Chester Live, Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, Russell and Russell Solicitors, Barefoot Wine, DTCC, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MBNA, Deva Tuk Tuk, University of Chester, Brio Leisure, Body Positive, and Cheshire Hellcats Roller Derby.

To keep up to date with all the Chester Pride news, upcoming fundraisers and further announcements visit www.chesterpride.co.uk, or follow twitter @chesterpride, or facebook  Chester Pride UK.

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