The Manchester Pride Festival returns this August Bank Holiday for four days of music, dance, culture and LGBT+ celebrations.

Held from 24 to 27 August, this year’s event is set to be bigger than ever with performances from international artists and high-profile DJs set to pack out the 2,000-capacity dance arena.

The Festival returns in the form of The Big Weekend, The Manchester Pride Parade, The Superbia Festival and The Candlelit Vigil.

The amazing weekend of LGBT+ culture, music, fun and celebration is also an important fundraiser for the Manchester Pride charity, who have raised over £1.5 million since 2006, distributing 27 grants to LGBT+ community groups, organisations, events and initiatives across Greater Manchester including; LGBT Foundation, Village Manchester Football F.C., Queer Media Festival and many more.

Example on the Main Stage, 2017

What’s On

The Big Weekend

Music is at the heart of Manchester, and Manchester Pride is no exception. Four-days of music headlined by Rita Ora, Jake Shears and Sigala, alongside other big names including Alexandra Burke, Louise and Nadine Coyle are spread across three awesome stages.

Thomas Cook Airlines Stage (Main Stage)

Bringing you some of the biggest names in music across all 4 days of The Big Weekend. The Thomas Cook Airlines Main Stage will host; Rita Ora, Alexandra Burke, Sigala plus many more! Expect some incredible performances, in what will be the last time in this area!

Friday 24 August - 19:00 - 23:30

Guilty Pleasures, Jake Shears, Louise and Screw the DJ

Saturday 25 August - 12:00 - 23:30

Sigala, Disciples, Kelli-Leigh, Gok Wan DJ set, Big Freedia, Nadine Coyle, Sink The Pink and Cutmore.

Sunday 26 August - 15:00 - 23:30

G-A-Y presents… Rita Ora, Todrick Hall, Samantha Mumba, Bright Light Bright Light, Youngr, Chelcee Grimes, MIRI and July Jones

Monday 27 August - 15:00 - 20:30

Alexandra Burke, Lucy Spraggan, Omyo, Ruby Murry, Richard Hadfield, Wicked, Tabitha Jade and TYNI.

The Gaydio Dance Arena

As night falls, venture into The Gaydio Dance Arena. A space like no other, a true warehouse feeling is recreated right in the middle of The Big Weekend.  Featuring some of the most talented and respected names in dance music over 3 unmissable nights. 

Friday 24 August19:00 - Midnight

A Night in New York with: Jamie Bull, Jelly Bean Benitez and Nicky Siano

Saturday 25 August18:30 - Midnight

House is a Feeling with: Darren (808 State), Dave Pearce, Pete Tong, Jon Pleased Wimmin, Kriss Herbert

Sunday 26 August - 18:30 - Midnight

Move Your Body with: Ana Matronic, Danny Howard, DJ Paulette, TCTS

Cleanbandit on the Main Stage, 2017

The Sackville Boutique Stage

Just off the hustle and bustle of Canal Street are Sackville Gardens, a green space where you can take some time to slow down the pace of The Big Weekend. With new and established artists, community favourites and stage takeovers, there is something for everyone.

Friday 24 August - 19:00 - 23:30

Bongo’s Bingo

The chaotic version of the classic game of Bingo features rave intervals, dance-offs and quirky prizes, becoming something of a regular sell out in Manchester, Ibiza, Australia and Dubai. The crazy event is sure to be a spectacle, so don’t miss it in Sackville Gardens.

Saturday 25 August12:00 - 23:00

Heather Peace Presents and Proms in the Park

with Emily Burns, Susie Blue, Chloe Hawes, Eli Star & Sarah Beth, and Jess Kemp

Sunday 26 August - 14:00 - 23:00

Sounds of Our Village…with Angie Brown, Kelly Wilde, Hayley Ria-Christian, Lucas Primmer,  Create Theatre Productions, Krystal Kane, Kyle Finn, Wolfy, Rachel Kelly, Ivory and drag queens Annabelle Lecter, Beverly Tight Lipps and fabulous group Ivory.

Monday 27 August - 12:00 - 17:15

The Superbia Stage with…T-Party, Geri Love, Jojo Mcclay, The Pilgrims, Monopoly Phonic, Ajah UK, Beau & Violet and HUSK

The Manchester Pride Parade – Saturday 12pm

Roll up, roll up! This year’s Pride Parade theme is “The Circus of Acceptance” – from stilt walkers to unicyclists, tumblers, trapeze artists and ringmasters, the parade is a colourful celebration of the LGBT+ community.

The parade route begins at 12 midday outside Beetham Tower on Deansgate and will follow the road up to Peter Street, where it turns onto Oxford Street, Portland Street, Princess Street and Whitworth Street before finishing at Sackville Gardens in the Gay Village.

There are a number of excellent vantage spots to catch all of the action, including Manchester Central Library and Manchester Art Gallery and the public can also line the parade route.

Other events across the weekend

Saturday 25 August

Diva Karaoke - 17:00 - 23:00, The Canteen (entrance on Chorlton Street)

Whether it’s a Madonna mega-hit, Abba reunion or Whitney warbler, release your inner diva at this evening of The Canteen, where super-hosts and hostesses will be waiting on hand.

Silent Disco - 12:00 - 17:00, Indoor Arena

Lose yourself in your headset and sing like no-one is listening… because they’re not! DJ’s play the biggest sing and dance-a-long bangers across two days of fun.

Sunday 26 August

Silent Disco and Expo - 11:00 - 17:00, Indoor Arena

Diva Karaoke - 17:00 - 23:00, The Canteen (entrance on Chorlton Street)

Monday 27 August

The Candlelit Vigil - 21:00 - 22:00, Sackville Gardens

Sackville Gardens is turned into a sea of flickering candles as visitors take a minute to remember those lost to HIV, joining together to fight the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still exists.

The Candlelit Vigil is the spiritual heart of The Manchester Pride Festival, and there is a moving atmosphere of quiet reflection in the gardens, allowing visitors space to remember those who may no longer be with us, and to recognise the many challenges that still face the LGBT+ community.

Sing-A-Long Cinema - 11:30 - 17:00, Indoor Arena

Following last year’s success, the cinema returns for Sing-A-Long fun with back to back screenings of The Greatest Showman and Hairspray.

The Superbia Weekend

Superbia run a year-round calendar of events, and will host a special Superbia Weekend as part of The Manchester Pride Festival, expect premieres, new work and LGBTQIA celebrations. The weekend is an alternative pride, offering an alcohol-free diverse array of film screenings, cabaret, workshops and art – take a look at the events happening across the weekend..

All weekend

An LGBT+ pop-gallery at 70 Oxford Street, including ‘Not Going Shopping’, a brand new sound installation from Abigail Ward; ‘Temporary Protest, Permanent Monument’ by ReCon, responding to the Section 28 demonstrations; Conor Collins’ IV blood portrait of Princess Diana; new MMU graduate art, new film and more. Some of the artists will join in person on Sunday at 12.30pm to talk about their work. 

Friday 24 August

Premiere of ‘Invisible Women’ and launch of The Superbia Weekend

Premiere of a brand new documentary charting the last 50 years of Manchester’s LGBTQ history, told through the story of two incredible women and their life of activism and rebellion. The premiere follows a celebration of LGBTQ culture in the bar area at HOME.

Saturday 25 August

Post Pride Parade Party! - 14:00 onwards

Relax, socialise and celebrate after the Manchester Pride Parade. Join the café space of No 70 for free food, a Pride party playlist, specially concocted hand-blended soft drinks, and an art workshop for kids of all ages. While you’re there, why not visit the gallery of new LGBT+ art, meet friends, and bring along your Parade costumes and props! 

A History of Pride: From Stonewall rebellion to the present day - 18:00 - 19:00

Superbia Project Manager, Greg Thorpe takes a history tour of Pride, from the 1969 Stonewall uprising and beyond, to Pride in the UK and around the world today. Using imagery, video, activist profiles, history books and memoirs to remind us why we still march today.

The Superbia Cabaret! - 20:00 - 22:00

A spectacular line up of talent from Manchester and beyond, featuring drag with Violet Blonde, young Superbia Chapbook author Kenya Sterling reading new work, comedy from the awesome Lydia Bernsmeier-Mullow, live music from the inimitable queer chanteuse Tommy Poppers, and your fabulous compere, Dorian Wilde.

Sunday 26 August

Yoga - 11-noon

Free beginners/intermediate yoga class with Jonathen Bowen. Mats provided if you don’t have one. Start your Sunday with a positive mind and strong body. 

The Superbia Gallery: Artist Talk - 12:30 - 13:30

Have a guided tour and hear from a selection of artists showing new work in the pop-up gallery space. Learn about the making of their work and the inspiration and stories behind what they do. 

“We Can Make You Look Beautiful”: Non-femme Presentation, ‘Pampering’ and Cancer

Five artists respond to the dilemmas of obligatory femme culture in the world of complimentary cancer care for non-femme presenting individuals! A funny, frank and intelligent look at life with cancer, with performances, conversation and a Q&A.

Vogue Dance Workshop with Darren Pritchard - 19:30 - 20:30
Following last year’s packed-out vogue dance class, choreographer and Director of Black Gold Arts, Darren Pritchard returns to share his skills. No experience, dress comfy and cool.


14:00 - 15:30
‘My Recoverist Family’ and conversation

15:30 - 17:00
‘Visible’, followed by a workshop with Rainbow Noir, an organisation for LGBTQ+ People of Colour.

18:45 - 19:15
‘Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone’

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Manchester Pride Festival
Manchester Pride Festival

Between 27 - 30 August 2021, the internationally renowned event will come alive across the city, on a scale never before seen. Stretching from Mayfield to Deansgate with our heart in The Village. An unforgettable weekend awaits.



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