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Preview: Birmingham Pride 2019

Carrie Humphries


Birmingham Pride 2019 is just under two week’s away and is offering their best lineup yet, with HSBC main stage headliners Years and Years and Faithless. The event, which takes place in Birmingham’s Gay Village on May 25th & 26th have recently announced their full music lineup for the weekend on the HSBC Main Stage and Mixmag Dance Arena, along with their Los Angeles Cabaret Stage lineup; on which you can expect to see the biggest and best drag and cabaret performances from worldwide artists.

The festival’s 2019 theme is ‘Love Out Loud’, and opens with a gargantuan colourful parade through Birmingham’s City Centre from 12pm on Saturday 25th May, and will be lead by Andrew Moffat; the deputy headteacher of Parkfield Community School in the city, whose ‘No Outsiders’ programme teaching tolerance to school children has recently made waves in the national press.

The HSBC main stage on Saturday plays host to a plethora of musical talent including Birmingham’s very own Lady Leshurr, current chart favourite Mabel, Case Of The Ex singer Mya, and dance superstars Sigala. Whereas the Sunday lineup for the main stage has a bit of a retro feel to it with 90s boyband 5ive, Tainted Love singer Marc Almond and 80s favourites The Human League all making appearances.

For those who enjoy their DJs and dance music, make sure that you head to the Mixmag Dance Arena, which has the likes of Black Madonna, Horse Meat Disco, Sam Divine, Hannah Wants and Fleur Shore all taking turns on the decks. Sunday also sees the stage’s first all female lineup. For the latest in up and coming talent at the festival, also make sure to check out the Spindle Future Stage inside Nightingale’s nightclub; which will see some of the hottest new artists around showcasing their music.

As well as all the entertainment on the main stages; throughout the weekend you can expect creative performances, a funfair, community events and food and market stalls in the Gay Village and surrounding areas; along with promotions and entertainment in local nightclubs and bars. To check out the full lineup and buy tickets, check out the Birmingham Pride website.