If you are planning on heading to Manchester Pride this year things are a little different than past years, with new locations and bigger live events than ever before. Here, we take a look at the rundown of Manchester Pride 2019 and what to expect throughout the entire weekend.
Tens of Thousands of people turn out on the streets of Manchester each year to celebrate Pride and this year promises to be bigger than ever.
Manchester Pride has been running in some form since 1985 and is one of the longest running Pride festivals in the UK.
It is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender life and culture in Manchester and continues to be seen as one of the most exciting dates on the city’s calendar.
For the 2019 edition of Manchester Pride there is a slightly reshaped programme of events and different locations than usual, but the two-day Manchester Pride Live music event is still to take place at Mayfield Depot – with an Ariana Grande headline slot.
The theme for Manchester Pride this year is ‘Deep Space Pride: A Future World of Equality’ – a theme that acknowledges the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which is regarded as one of the most key historical moments in the gay liberation movement.
It is an exciting theme, with the LGBT+ charity asking participants and the city as a whole to imagine what the world will look like in the distant future and how attitudes towards the LGBT+ communities have evolved by that time.
The annual parade will take place over the August bank holiday, between the 23rd and the 26th of August – and with last year seeing over 10,000 participants for the parade alone it is expected that numbers will increase again.
2019 is the first year that the main live music event won’t be held in the Gay Village – this is due to developments in the area leading to a requirement for a new space to host the main stage for the event.
The celebration – spread over four days – will also include Superbia Weekend, which is a space that will host art works and premieres in an alcohol-free zone.
The Gay Village Party will be an extravaganza of community performances, street parties and markets to explore, whilst the Youth Pride MCR is a free event for people aged between 16 and 25.
The four-day Manchester Pride Live is a new edition of the annual festival due to the new location at the Mayfield site in Piccadilly.
The live events will take place at The Depot, The Yard, The Sorting Room, The Platform and The Arches. The parade itself attracts tens of thousands and will work its way through the city centre, from Liverpool Road to Whitworth Street, going past the Town Hall and the Gay Village.
Ariana Grande is headlining this year at Manchester Pride Live, a special performance from the US popstar.
She is forever linked to Manchester after the terror attack at her show at Manchester Arena in 2017, and this will be the first time she has performed in the city since the One Love concert that was held after that horrific event. Grande will headline the show on Sunday night, with other performers including Bananarama, Chelcee Grimes, Four of Diamonds, and Becky Hill.
The rest of the line-up for the weekend is incredible, making it an awesome weekend of live music around the usual exciting aspects of Manchester Pride. Basement Jaxx, Faithless, We Love Pop, Jodie Harsh, K-Klass Live, and Hercules and Love Affair, are just a few of the big names in the world of Dance who will be entertaining the masses throughout the weekend, whilst the main stage on the Saturday will include Lady Leshurr, Years and Years, and German singer songwriter Kim Petra.
The entire weekend and event will be completed with the traditional candlelit vigil at Sackville Gardens.
It is here that the community comes together to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV, to those living with HIV, as well as to honour LGBT+ people all around the world who continue to suffer persecution at the hands of government and in everyday life.
Whether you live in Manchester student accommodation and you are looking forward to seeing the biggest weekend on the city’s calendar for the first time, you want to keep up to date with the latest changes to Pride weekend as a Manchester resident, or you are planning to visit the city August bank holiday weekend, Manchester Pride certainly offers plenty to see and do over the course of a few days – in terms of entertainment, live events, parades, performance, and respect and tradition in the form of the candlelit vigil at the end of the weekend.