Northern Pride Line-Up
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Northern Pride Line-up for Pride in the City

Drag icons, a 90s favourite, top DJs and leading tribute acts are all among the line-up unveiled today for this year’s new look Northern Pride

Pride in the City, presented in partnership with NE1, will see the annual celebration move from the Town Moor to various locations across Newcastle over the weekend of 19-21 July.

At its core will be the Northern Pride Arena at Central Park, Times Square, where an exciting and eclectic mix of performers will take to the stage across the weekend.

On Friday 19 July Pride will launch with Proud Karaoke, brought by the team behind the popular Kroud Karaoke.

The evening will include a DJ performance by Hits Radio’s James Barr. James is a regular TV presenter and stand-up comedian. As well as presenting the award-winning podcast, A Gay and a Non-Gay.

The evening will be hosted by acclaimed drag queen, Ophelia B, with tickets available from £7.50p each.

Northern Pride Line-Up

On Saturday singer Whigfield – best known for her 90s hit Saturday Night – will take to the main stage. Alongside her, Kelly Llorena and Little Mix tribute act, Little Fix.

The arena will welcome back its popular stage takeovers, with Newcastle Mela returning for a third year.

Local talent showcase event – The Future is Queer-will head up one of the takeovers, along with Queerdo.

The queer-run organisation wants to make sure everyone feels welcome, regardless of their identity and will feature performances from Elektra Fence from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK.

Sunday features an award-winning lineup, with a live DJ set from an acclaimed performer, Fat Tony. As well as Ginger Johnson who won season five of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK. And 2023 The Voice winners, Jen and Liv.

And ‘Swifties’ will not want to miss Totally Taylor – a tribute to Taylor Swift.

Day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday events start at £15, with more names to come soon.

Director of Northern Pride, Ste Dunn, believes the line-up will have something for everyone:

“We have put together a really exciting mix of entertainment that will have great appeal to people of all ages,” he said.

This year’s Pride In the City will see all the regular and much-loved aspects of the event return. However, spread to various locations around Newcastle.

Under the theme “unapologetically visible” the aim now is to bring around 80,000 people to Newcastle during the Pride weekend,

The popular Curious Arts Stage will this year move to Northern Stage, where a full programme of queer art and culture activities will take place.

Plenty of Activities!

The Family and Youth Zone will be in the recently refurbished Assembly Rooms at Westgate Road. There will be a host of activities including arts and crafts sessions aimed at LGBTQIA+ families and young people. Plus live performances!

The Health and Wellbeing Zone will be based at Newcastle City Centre. This is where a range of organisations will offer advice and support, along with a mobile sexual health clinic with STI and HIV testing.

Northern Pride’s Sport and Active Life Zone will take place at Northumbria University’s Sport. This is where a number of taster sessions and general information about sporting activities will be available.

The Rainbow Village, which traditionally hosts a number of market stalls sharing information and selling a range of unique products, will also return staged around Grey’s Monument, Old Eldon Square and Blackett Street.

Tickets are on sale now here, more information is available here.