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2019 Sponsors

Without whom the event would not be possible

Volunteers

Want to join our growing #Rainbowarmy of volunteers and make great friends in a fantastic atmosphere? Click on the image to register your interest via email and we´ll be in touch.

Drag Idol International Competition

The Drag Idol international Competition is hitting Stoke on the 15th June at Pride!

Watch it at the Building Bridges performance marquee 5-6pm

Pride Parade

Carnival arts workshops are being run at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and at Hanley Park between from 12 - 2.30pm to help you prepare courtesy of The Cultural Sisters. and other fabulous City based artists. Links to Hanley park from Potteries Museum and Art Gallery via a vintage bus are kindly provided by Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society 12-4.30

Parade starts at 3pm.

Live Entertainment

NOW WITH 3 STAGES with 2 undercover and completely FREE

Follow us to see who´s taking centre stage in the main arena between 12pm and 6pm as we offer a fun packed day on entertainment. (Wristband required for main arena attraction)

Dog Show

Bring along your four legged friend and enter our Pride Dog Show sponsored by Pebbles Legacy. Starts at 1pm

  • Best Puppy (under 18 months)
  • Prettiest Female
  • Most Handsome Male
  • Best Crossbreed
  • Best Pedigree
  • Best Female Rescue
  • Best Male Rescue
  • Best Family (More Than One Dog)
  • LGBT+ Fancy Dress
  • Best in Show
  • £1 Entry per class

    2019´s announced lineup is the best ever, with more acts still being added. Entrance to the Park and Pride Parade are free including the Community Stage, side stalls and fairground. Further entrance to the main arena entertainment area is chargeable, kept to a reduced rate thanks to our many sponsors.

    £5 - Adults wristband

    £3 - 16-18 year olds

    Under 16 years old FREE (with accompanying adult)

    Alcohol is licensed to be served in the main arena courtesy of Gossip!. Challenge 25 rules apply and ID verification may be required for the purchase of a wristband.

    The consumption of alcohol outside the main arena is prohibited.

    In addition, wristbands will also be on sale for a reduced price entry of £5 to the official aftershow party held at Gossip! - strictly over 18s.

    Put the date in you diary´s. This year will be bigger still!

    ROZALLA     

    PROUD TO BE Stage 1.30pm

    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. While still 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.[1] In 1988 an English producer and manager Chris Sergeant brought Rozalla to London placing her with the Band of Gypsies, a production duo consisting of Nigel Swanston and Tim Cox, who produced her most successful singles and her debut album.

    MICHAEL RICE       

    PROUD TO BE Stage 4.45pm

    Winner of the first series of BBC Ones´s singing competition All Together Now in 2018, Michael will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song "Bigger than Us".

    KELLY WILDE

    PROUD TO BE Stage 5.35pm Gossip Aftershow 9.00pm

    Australian singer Kelly Wilde is a successful international multi-lingual recording artist and performer who has toured extensively across the world.

    She has an vast portfolio of music hits including a top 20 British Chart single. Kelly founded what is today one of the UK´s leading entertainment agencies. Dance Crazy Management boasts some of the industry´s biggest names and is responsible for booking the largest venues and the majority of the Gay Pride events and Festivals in the UK and abroad.

    She appeared on A Song For Europe with the song ´Better Be Good To Me´ to represent the UK in The Eurovision Song Contest. This was followed by the British Top 20 hit ´Nothing But Promises´.

    With countless recordings for compilation albums and dance mixes, Kelly Wilde has a catalogue of monster club tracks including ´Maria´, ´Hero´ and ´Gloria´, which are all featured in Kelly´s incredible live shows. She is in the studio writing new tracks and hosting main arena and festival events.

    Whether it be one of her regular club visits or one of the major Pride Festivals her shows are always Dynamic! She appears on main stages all over the world. Some of these include Sydney Mardi Gras, Amsterdam/Euro Pride and London Pride where she recently hosted the event in front of an audience of over 20,000 people in Trafalgar Square.

    Kelly has appeared on various TV shows and films. Further TV offers are looming, Recently ´London Calling´ TV show in the USA and GAYTOB TV in Australia and USA plus there is a Greatest Hits album in the pipeline and new tracks are currently being recorded with Power music.

    As they say.....´Time Stands Still For No-One´ It certainly doesn´t for Kelly Wilde, the future looks set to get even bigger!

    Allan Jay

    PROUD TO BE Stage 1.00pm

    Allan Jay, is a dynamic Scottish vocalist and has been a constant feature in the world of Dance music charts for the past few years becoming one of the most successful new artists on the club scene. His Live performances have made him become a rising star on the UK, European, American and Canadian music scene.

    Having released Singles through Digital Room Records (Austria) , Energise Records (UK), Pumpin UK (UK) , Sobel Nation Records (USA) and currently working with German label DMN Records.

    With his new single reaching no27 on the Itunes dance album chart and top 10 within the Euphoria and DJ Club charts he is set to be performing across the UK and Europe this summer.

    Allan has performed across the world within Asia , Europe ,America and the UK. Supporting such acts as Venga Boys , Shane Ward , Lucy Spraggen , Whigfield, Blue, S club , Gareth Gates , Kerry Katona, Conchita Wurst and Sinitta.

    His music credits include winning the 'CHBN Single of the Week 2018' , 'LBGTQ Music award 2016' (for his duet with 90's Legend Rozalla), 'Best Male Artist' in Reloaded Music Award 2015, and Finalist at the Scottish Icon Awards 2015.

    He has gained chart success across many international charts with his single "Almost In Heaven" reaching no3 in the North American Dance Charts as well as being top 20 here in the UK itunes electronic chart.

    Not the first time Allan has enjoyed chart success, he has various singles which have charted across the world including "Breaking My Heart" reaching no8 on the Itunes Electronic Album Chart and no2 on the DJ Strong Dance music Chart.

    Nov 2016 saw Allan show a different aspect to his voice as he released a heart felt ballad "The Best Is Yet To Come" in honor of his mum who he sadly lost which through its release raised money for Cruse Bereavement UK. The song originally written for the late Cilla Black saw Allan reach no2 on the Itunes UK Vocal Chart and showing that he is not just a dance artist and can deliver a powerful and emotional vocal performance.

    Previous success includes "I Go To Pieces" reaching as high as number 3 on the Italo NRG top 40 Chart and reaching number 4 in the Eurodancehits Chart. Following that success Allan recorded 'Boom Boom Boom' a cover of the 1980´s track by Paul Lukakis which reached No6 in the DJ Strong Dance chart and no9 in the EuroDancehits Chart.

    PIXIE FLOWERS

    PROUD TO BE Stage 3.00pm

    Born in Stoke on Trent, ex Shania Twain, Amy Winehouse and Queen Elsa impersonator! She now takes enjoyment singing in our local pubs & clubs!

    Pixie has been a member of our pride line up for five years running and has always been supporter in many of our fundraising events! Bringing us a mixture of nineties and noughties she is sure to deliver a great show!

    I´m sure you will all be singing along to her performance!

    THE HARA

    PROUD TO BE Stage 4.30pm

    THE HARA are Josh Taylor, Zack Breen and Jack Kennedy. The young trio met in 2017 when singer Josh Taylor found lead guitarist Zack Breen and drummer Jack Kennedy online through their shared love of music and a passion for performing live. The chemistry was clearly there from the beginning as the three hit it off instantly.

    The boys found their eclectic sound a mix of pop and rock inspired by the likes of The 1975, Harry Styles, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Twenty One Pilots, and Kings Of Leon. Their music is a youthful and unique sonic pallet that paints catchy, empathetic and electrifying songs that invigorates and moves. They completed their first UK headline tour ?Only Young? after just three months of becoming a band. Performing unreleased music and selling out their first shows in Manchester and London. Always putting on a lively show they exceeded all expectations and were overwhelmed with the support they received.

    Now planning their first EP release they have announced ?No Regrets? their April 2018 headline tour which will take in more UK territories and Ireland. On tour they will be performing tracks from their debut EP alongside some exciting new music.

    BBC Introducing was quick to pick up on the band playing their music weekly from the beginning, inviting them into the station and headlining them for a Children In Need concert. Other early adopters included Bolton FM, The Bay Radio (CN Group) and Radio Saltire all playing their music on air. The Bay Radio showcased THE HARA at the Morecambe Carnival and at the Lancaster Lights Switch On alongside Scouting for Girls after which they invited the lads into the station for a Christmas live lounge special.

    THE HARA band name was derived accidentally after finding ?Sahara? etched on a barbeque with the ?Sa? faded out so only ?hara? remained and after finding out ?the hara? is a tool for spiritual awakening the band immediately likened themselves to the Eastern meanings ?gateway into the etheric envelope surrounding the planet? and ?an infinite ocean of energy?, hence the decision was made and THE HARA was born!

    CANDY FIERCE

    PROUD TO BE Stage Host

    Back by demand, Stoke on Trent´s very own Miss Candy Fierce! Candy has been a staple on the Stoke scene for many years and has been performing at Pride since 2012. She has had an extensive career working in many venues across Stoke on Trent, Manchester and Wales, including working many charity events.

    Come and join Candy, the hostess with more than you bargained for, in the main stage arena as she entertains you throughout the day.

    DAN BUDD as ROBBIE WILLIAMS

    PROUD TO BE Stage 3.30pm

    Dan is without doubt one of the most (if not the most) entertaining, charismatic and energetic Robbie Williams tribute acts currently performing on the circuit today! He can sing, he can swing.. "He's the closest thing to the real thing!" Says Robbie's dad Pete Conway!

    He has been fortunate to be praised by Pete who says "Dan's tribute to Rob is spot on! I couldn't tell the difference" and has also tried to fool friends with Dan's uncanny vocal resemblance.

    He has exploded onto the local scene in a way truly reminiscent of the man himself! His energy and commitment levels are boundless and his resemblance to Robbie is striking to say the least.

    So let him completely entertain you with the latest, the greatest and the swing hits too!.

    VINYL OVERDRIVE

    PROUD TO BE Stage 4.00pm

    Stoke-on-Trent Pride is proud to present Vinyl Overdrive on the main stage this year. The band has performed on the Building Bridges top stage for the past two years and have gone down a storm!

    Vinyl Overdrive are a four piece rock/ hard rock band based in Newcastle under Lyme. With the vocals of Kath Walton, guitar from Adam Broadhurst, drums from Tom Bevan and bass from Rich Dutton. Vinyl Overdrive was formed in January 2009 as a 5 piece rock/metal group. After several personnel changes and line-up variations it resettled as a 4 piece in October of 2009, with the current band line-up. Since then they have played all over Stoke-on-Trent, at venues including, The Rigger and The Victoria Hall, as well as winning a local competition in 2009. VOD are still going strong. They have headlined The Sugar Mill, The Underground and have performed at the local Stoke on Trent Gay Pride in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and are set to play the main stage in 2018. Welcome Back to Stoke-on-Trent Pride !

    BENJI—SIGN SINGER

    PROUD TO BE Stage

    Hi my names Benji.

    I´m 22 and was born with Deaf Parents .....So for my 1st Language I had to learn to Sign .......

    I found myself questioning my Sexuality at the Age of 12 and it took me years to realise that Peoples Personalities are more important to me than their Gender .... Also whilst being part of the LGBTQA+ Community it made me realise that those who were Deaf and who were LGBTQA+ had limited access to Events and Support ....and so I learnt to Sign Sing ....I think PRIDE should for everyone and I am going to try and make sure Everyone in the Deaf Community knows they are welcome AND that they can enjoy the Music through me.

    I´ll be Sign Singing on Stage for PRIDE and I can´t wait to get ´Hands´ on (Excuse the Pun) thus making PRIDE accessible to ALL

    Brandon Craig

    FRINGE Marquee 2.00pm

    Brandon Craig is a Canadian treasure/gay sex wolf. Starting out in Calgary, he has was a finalist in the Yuk Yuk´s Chase Your Butterfly comedy competition and went on to perform for them across Canada. He now resides in Manchester and can be seen crushing gigs and breaking hearts all over the country.

    Josh Jones

    FRINGE Marquee 2.00pm

    "He has a very engaging personality, and a back - story that should keep in routines for years to come" — Chortle

    Hannah Platt

    FRINGE Marquee 2.00pm

    Hannah Platt has a frank, acerbic and brutally honest approach to stand up, never shying away from sensitive topics.

    ´Dark, damaged and hilarious´— Josie Long

    ´Voice of a new generation´— The Skinny

    ´Liverpudlian Daria´—Ents24

    Leicester Comedy Festival´s Circuit Breakers Winner 2019

    Funny Women Regional Finalist 2018

    Umbly Winters

    FRINGE Marquee 2.00pm

    Umby Winters has spent their life trying to figure out if they´re a man, a woman, or both, or neither. So far all they´ve learned is that they´re a comedian.

    KYLE FINN

    BUILDING BRIDGES Stage 12.50pm

    Stoke-on-Trent Pride is Proud to announce Kyle Finn to be performing on the Building Bridges stage at Pride. Birmingham based Singer Songwriter Kyle Finn is currently working on first Album 'Zodiac'. Kyle is currently touring the UK pride scene promoting his new pop/dance tune 'Virgo'. Kyle is also renowned for his themed shows delivering pop and party hits.

    LACK OF COMMITMENTS

    BUILDING BRIDGES Stage 2.20pm BUILDING BRIDGES Stage 5.00pm

    ´The hardest working soul band in Stone´ is now a reality. Thanks to everyone for supporting us this far. This year´s gonna be great. Bring soul to a country that really needs cheering the hell up right now. Can´t wait to see you out there.

    COURTNEY CONTEH ´GINGER BOY´

    BUILDING BRIDGES Stage 12.20pm

    Kicking off our Building Bridges tent from Britain´s Got Talent and his extended performance with Stephen Mulhern on Britain´s Got More Talent. Courtney is no stranger to performing at Stoke on Trent Pride. As a youngster he. performed in a group called the Galaxy Geeks. Last year he performed at the Victoria Hall in the birdcage festival all the worlds a stage festival where he performed a dance based on Jamaica and sang a song based on Belgium. Courtney enjoys all aspects of performing arts and has been danceing since he was little boy. Courtney hopes you enjoy his performance.

    PHIL BRUCE

    AROUND & ABOUT 12.00

    Following on from last year's huge success Modelling at Stoke Pride, I will be back again this year for you to come and have a picture taken with me by Photographer Simon Moore, as well as for a Selfie if you'd like to take one, and to come and just have a chat!

    I will be walking around Hanley Park throughout the afternoon, so please come and say Hi, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you all on what promises to be an incredible day!

    Pastiche

    AROUND & ABOUT 12.00

    Pastiche is bringing the Circus to Stoke On Trent Pride, with our Stilt Walkers and Circus Workshop Performers.

    Ever fancied trying plate spinning, poi, Diablo or different types of juggling, well here´s your chance at Stoke On Trent Pride, where our Pastiche Circus Performers are on hand to demonstrate the different disciplines and teach you !

    Our beautiful Stilt Walker will be mix and mingle and posing for Photographs in and around Pride, so don´t be shy and come and ask for a photo with them.