Preview: Full line-up revealed for Weston-super-Mare Pride on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 20:00 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 28 July 2017
Weston Pride set to make a splash across the town on Saturday. Here's everything you need to know about the event...
Weston-super-Mare Pride returns on Saturday for a colourful day of celebrating equality and diversity. Here’s whats planned around the town...
As well as the usual parade, there will be live music from a number of big names around the town. Multiple venues have jumped on board in support of the event, which draws hundreds of people to the town.
March for Pride
Weston Pride will begin with a parade from Knightstone Island along the seafront and into Grove Park. The parade will be led by a lively samba band and people are invited to join in, dressed in their favourite colour from the pride flag.
People are asked to meet at 10.30am before the parade begins at 11am. First Bus is putting on a free shuttle bus to the parade’s starting point. It will pick people up outside Tesco, near to the Odeon cinema, from 9am to 11am.
Party In The Park
Grove Park will be full of Pride revellers for the duration of the day. The festivities in the park, at the end of High Street, will begin at noon and there will be family-friendly entertainment, cabaret, DJs, community stalls and a wide range of food outlets on offer.
The event will see performances from the likes of Freddy Parker – who made it to the final of X Factor’s 13th series – and Kelly Wilde, an Australian singer who is well known for performing at Pride events around the world.
Dance-pop singer Hazell Dean will headline the event. The singer is best known for her hits Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man) and Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go).
She has been performing since the 1980s and is sure to put on one hell of a show in Grove Park.
There will also be performances from Rude Awakening, Angie Broen, Soraya Viviane, Alan Jay, Show Bears, Jordan Gray, and Rachel Sage.
For the kids there will be a new area this year, with Weston-super-Mum hosting a bouncy castle, face-painting, fun and games for all ages.
There will also be a bar area which has been supported by Thatchers.
Tickets to the party in the park, priced £5 for adults, £3 for anyone aged 15 and under, or free for under-5s, are available via www.wsmpride.com
Pride After Dark
Once the family fun is complete in Grove Park, there will be live music and events popping up all around Weston to celebrate Pride. Here’s a full list of what will be happening across the town:
• Loves Café, in West Street: Singer-songwriter Archie Smith will bring his own songs to this intimate venue from 8pm. Entry is free.
• Heroes Bar, in High Street: Kelly Griggs, a popular local vocalist, will rock the bar from 8pm. Entry is free.
• The Imperial pub, in South Parade: Des Henly’s Singers and Strummers (DHSS), a group of student guitarists and singers brought together by Des Henly, will perform from 8pm. Entry is free.
• Cameo Bar, in Walliscote Road: The official after party is being held at Cameo, with Ruby Rawbone set to host a cabaret extravaganza. International vocalist Soraya Vivian is set to play alongside Drag King Adam and drag legend Fanny Burns. Eurovision star Nicki French – who is best known for her 1995 dance cover of Total Eclipse Of The Heart – will also be a special guest. The show will begin at 9pm. Tickets, priced £10 which includes entry to all other venues on the night, will be available on the door.
• Legends Bar, in Beach Road: The Amazing Kylie Show – a tribute to Kylie Minogue, featuring Hayley Russell will be introduced by Mr Gay Wales Paul Davis at Legends. There will also be a disco from 9pm-4am. Entry is free until 10pm and then tickets, priced £5 which also includes entry to Electric Banana, will be available on the door.
• Electric Banana, in Oxford Street: There will be a non-stop house party with DJ Rich B and Claire Curtis at this venue. It will begin at 10pm and run until 4am. Tickets, priced £5 which includes entry into Legends, will be available on the door.