Tens of thousands of party revellers are set to descend on Birmingham Pride this year, supported by HSBC UK, with record-breaking tickets sales for the UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ festival.
The Pride Festival, which takes place in Birmingham’s vibrant gay village, will feature headline artists Years & Years, The Human League on the Virgin Trains Main Stage, and include other high profile performers including Mabel, Sigala, Marc Almond, Faithless, and Kate Nash, with over 100 LGBTQ organisations set to take part.
Kicking off on Saturday 25 May with a Carnival Parade through the city centre, Birmingham Pride will be taking the theme of ‘Love out Loud’ this year, which focuses on support for the ‘No Outsiders’ programme in schools.
Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton commented:
“The entire Birmingham Pride team are absolutely buzzing about this year’s festival. It’s incredible to have achieved record ticket sales so far this year, with sales up 10% on the same period last year. We’ve got a fantastic line-up, including head-liners Years & Years and The Human League,so we’re certain it’s going to be an amazing festival!”
“This is by far our most ambitious festival site plan to date. There are lots of exciting changes, including a massive outdoor main stage. We’re all extremely excited, I think visitors will see a noticeable difference this year, and the significant investment that’s been made to help ensure that our visitors have an even greater festival experience.”
Birmingham Pride, which takes place on both Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, attracted over 50,000 people last year, and also features the Mixmag Arena, The Los Angeles Cabaret Stage, The Future Stage, as well as a street food court, community stalls, women’s area, and a new Lip Sync Stage.
And if you’ve been before, you can expect things to look a little bit different than previous years. The Main Stage, sponsored by Virgin Trains, will be situated on the huge car park at the top of Bromsgrove Street (down from The Wellington), featuring the events biggest ever stage, a large food court, beer garden with picnic table seating, and funfair rides. Meanwhile, the Cabaret Marquee will move from its former site to next to The Loft, whilst The Mixmag Dance Arena will remain situated in the same place as last year, with access via Hurst Street.
Tickets for the two-day festival, which is located in Birmingham’s Gay Village, are available online here.