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Pride Blackpool have added more artists to this year’s event, as well as announcing details about the parade and candlelit vigil.
The two day LGBT festival will see some of the world’s best known musicians come to the seaside town on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June 2020.
Artists will take to the stage at the Tower Festival Headland Arena, located on the town’s famous promenade.
Headlining Pride Blackpool 2020 will be Right Said Fred, Marc Almond, and Jake Shears, with artists such as Lucy Spraggen, Jenny Ball, and Lolly also set to perform.
Joining the line-up is pop star Lee Ryan, who is set to perform on Saturday ahead of headliner Jake Shears.
Many will know Ryan from his tenure in the chart-topping boyband Blue, whose hit singles include One Love, If You Come Back, Too Close, and All Rise.
Ryan released his debut self-titled solo album in 2005, spawning the hit singles Turn Your Car Around, When I Think Of You, and Army Of Lovers. Currently working on new music, Ryan released his latest single Ghost to rave reviews in October 2019.
Pride Blackpool have also confirmed details of this year’s parade, with the colourful celebration scheduled to set off from the Central Pier at 11:00 before making its way along the promenade to North Pier.
Following the parade, there will be five hours of non-stop entertainment in the arena, including a set from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star Vinegar Strokes.
The arena will also host performances from BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson, Ben from Phats & Small, Rob King, Jacquii Cann, Pure Paloma, San Junipero, A Grande Experience, Johnny Wright, Channy, Big Guys Don’t Cry, Michael T Ogilvie, and Billy Walker.
On Sunday 7 June there will be an all-day candlelit vigil held at the recently refurbished Flying Handbag venue.
Right Said Fred will bring their infectious brand of dance pop with them to Pride Blackpool when they headline the event’s Friday night. The pair, who first formed in 1989, are perhaps best known for their camp 1991 hit single I’m Too Sexy, which hit No.1 on the US singles chart. The track’s enduring legacy was further ensured when its melody was interpolated by Taylor Swift on her 2017 track Look What You Made Me Do.
Joining Right Said Fred on Friday night co-headline duties is Marc Almond. Almond first found fame as the frontman of Soft Cell, who celebrated a raft of hits during the 1980s including the timeless Tainted Love. After Soft Cell, Almond went on to achieve remarkable success as a solo artist with a plethora of hit singles such as the Gene Pitney collaboration Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart.
Headlining Pride Blackpool on Saturday night will be the enigmatic Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. First breaking through in the early noughties, Scissor Sisters have released four albums so far, each of which has debuted within the top-5 on the Official UK Albums Chart. Shears released his debut self-titled solo album in 2018 to critical acclaim and recently toured across Australia with Kylie Minogue.
Alongside the live music at Pride Blackpool, the festival is also set to feature a selection of family friendly events as well as the annual Pride parade.
More details will be announced in the coming months.
Pride Blackpool 2020 will be headlined by Right Said Fred, AMrc Almond and Jake Sheares.
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