Everything You Need to Know About Manchester Pride 2019


Friday 23 August – Monday 26 August

The Manchester Pride Festival is Manchester Pride’s flagship event with its roots in the heart of the city’s world famous Gay Village.

The four day event has been around for more than 25 years.  Over this time it has been known by various names including Pride, Mardi Gras and The Big Weekend and it has traditionally taken place only in Manchester’s historical gay village around Canal Street.

Running from Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August, Manchester Pride Festival 2019 will this year be made up of Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade and Youth Pride MCR.

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, comments “This is such an exciting year for Manchester Pride. Not only have we secured a world-class line-up, but there are so many new elements to the festival that enable us to deliver something that truly is for everyone. We want festival go-ers to be able to choose their own Pride celebrations, whether that be through live performances at Mayfield, an LGBT+ party in the Gay Village, a sober space for arts and culture and a brand new event designed for a new generation of young LGBT+ people with Youth Pride MCR.”

“We are so incredibly proud of this year’s event and hope that our audience can join is in what is set to be a Pride celebration like no other.”

Manchester Pride Schedule 

Saturday 24th August

11am – 5pm – The Gay Village Expo, over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters, Bloom Street NCP Car Park

12pm – 5pm – The Family Zone at Sackville Gardens

12pm – 3pm – The Manchester Pride Parade, with key floats including the Corrie float

12pm – Mayfield site opens for Manchester Pride Live

2pm – 7pm – Post Parade Party at YES with DJ sets, vogue workshops and live performances as part of Youth Pride MCR (14+ event)

2.30pm – Post Pride Parade Party at 70 Oxford Road (Superbia Weekend)

6pm – 12am – The Fetish Emporium takes place in the Gay Village

7pm–3am ‘Deep In Vogue’ Manchester Premiere and Performance Party at The Refuge, including two screenings, conversations with filmmakers followed by performances from House of Ghetto and local DJs.

Evening performers include Lulu, Gok Wan, Freemasons, Sandy Rivera, Jodie Harsh, Kim Petras, Louisa, Emeli Sande, Basement Jaxx and Years & Years


Sunday 25th August

11am–12pm – Yoga (Superbia Weekend)

11am – 5pm – The Gay Village Expo, over 40 stalls representing LGBT organisations and supporters, Bloom Street NCP Car Park

11:30am – 6:30pm – Youth Pride MCR at YES

12pm – Mayfield site opens for Manchester Pride Live

3pm – 4:30pm – Superbia Gallery: Artist Tour & Talk at 70 Oxford Road (Superbia Weekend)

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Rebel Dyke Live at 70 Oxford Road (Superbia Weekend)

6pm – 12am – The Fetish Emporium takes place in the Gay Village

7pm – 12am – Silent Disco at The Gay Village Party

Evening performers include Maze&Masters, Ministry of Sound Annual Classical, Faithless DJ set, Four of Diamonds, Chelcee Grimes, Pixie Lott, Becky Hill, Bananarama, Tulisa, Cheryl and Ariana Grande

Monday 26th August

11am – 6.30pm – Sing-A-Long Cinema at The Gay Village Party Indoor Arena

12pm – Gates open to the Gay Village Party; access to Sackville Gardens and Sackville Square Fair

1:30pm -5pm – Trans Pride at Sackville Gardens Stage

9pm – Candlelit Vigil, Sackville Gardens.


Other symbols of Pride across the city…

What: Spinningfields Pride Paintbrush

Where: The Avenue, Spinningfields

When: Friday 23rd – Monday 27th August

What: Rainbows In The City

Where: Across Market Street and King Street

When: Throughout August Bank Holiday Weekend

What: Pride Makeovers

Where: The Perfume Shop, Manchester Arndale

When: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August

About Manchester Pride Live

Manchester Pride Live which will take place throughout the Mayfield site in Piccadilly will feature a number of performance spaces including a huge outdoor performance space The Yard. Plus the cavernous indoor Depot will play host to DJs and dance acts and The Concourse will host a street food market, bars, and another stage area hosting pop-up performances. The platforms of the station will be home to a funfair.

Tickets for Sunday have sold out but Saturday (from £34.50) and weekend (from £64.50) tickets are still available.  The Rainbow Passes also provide unlimited weekend access to The Gay Village Party. These tickets provide access to each of Manchester Pride Live performance areas, pop up performances and fairground.  

For more information on Manchester Pride Live please click here

Manchester Pride Live Artist Lineup

Saturday 24th

Years & Years

Emeli Sande

Kim Petras


Lady Leshurr

Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco


Gok Wan

Basement Jaxx [dj set]

Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow)


Katherine Ellis (Live PA)

HEDKANDI 20th Anniversary Tour

Jodie Harsh

K-Klass Live

Sink the Pink Djs

Rhythm of the 90s

Sunday 25th

Ariana Grande

G-A-Y presents Cheryl



Becky Hill

Pixie Lott

Four of Diamonds

Chelcee Grimes

Faithless [DJ Set]

Ministry of Sound Annual Classical

Hercules and Love Affair


Bongos Bingo

We Love Pop

The Gay Village Party

The heart of Manchester Pride’s August bank holiday Manchester Pride Festival is the Gay Village Party in partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines. The four-day event, which will happen in Manchester’s Gay Village, will this year bring live performances, a food and makers market, family focussed activities and more to the iconic cobbled streets and area surrounding them. The focal point of the event will be Sackville Gardens which will play host to the Thomas Cook Airlines stage and family space.

A huge part of the weekend will be the Queer Music Stage which will be programmed by Manchester Pride’s year-round programme of culture Superbia.  It will run on Sunday from 2pm to 11pm.

The EXPO will continue in the space on Bloom Street where it has been for many years, along with the hugely popular silent disco on Saturday and Sunday and Singalong Cinema on Monday.

In the evenings the space will be transformed into The Fetish Emporium, a night market with stalls and demonstrations and performances.

The car park, which in the past has played host to the main stage, will this year host the Sackville Square Fair with a host of food and drink traders and a makers market with DJs and live music playing all weekend.  Plus the much-missed fairground rides will return to the site.

Gay Village Party Artist Performances

Liberty X


Danny Beard

Saara Alto

For more information on the Gay Village Party, click here

The Parade

This year the theme for The Parade will be Deep Space Pride: A Future World of Equality, and those marching are asked to think about what LGBT+ communities and the attitudes towards them could look like in the future. Colours are expected to be as diverse as the communities that march, as the charity looks to a world where all people are free to love without prejudice.

The theme of the Parade acknowledges the fiftieth anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, an event that is widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT+ rights in the United States. While LGBT+ charity Manchester Pride encourages people look to the future, they also look to how far Manchester has come already.

The Manchester Pride Parade was bigger than ever before in 2018, with just over 10,000 participants in floats and walking entries from businesses and community groups across the region. It is one of the festival’s most highly anticipated events, with thousands of people marching proudly together through the streets of Manchester in front of and tens of thousands of supporters cheering them along the way.

The Manchester Pride Parade starts on Liverpool Road, passing by the Town Hall and the Gay Village before finishing on Whitworth Street.

The Superbia Weekend

Superbia is Manchester Pride’s year round calendar of cultural events.

The Superbia Weekend is a recent addition to The Manchester Pride Festival and provides a free to attend, dry alternative to The Gay Village Party. Its three day programme of events take place in a welcoming fully accessible, alcohol free space across both The Refuge and 70 Oxford Road (the former Cornerhouse building), now part of Manchester Metropolitan University.  

It was born out of extensive consultation with LGBT+ people across Greater Manchester – many of whom reported that they didn’t feel that partying element of the The Festival was for them. They wanted to access more cultural, wellbeing and art focussed events as part of their involvement in The Manchester Pride Festival.  It has been a huge success since its conception in 2016.

For more information about Superbia click here.

Youth Pride MCR

The inaugural Youth Pride MCR is a free-to-attend event for young LGBT+ people aged 14-25 which will take place over the Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend as part of the annual Pride celebrations. It has been developed through engagement with young people from across Greater Manchester.

Youth Pride MCR, taking place at YES, will be made up of two different elements over the course of two days. Saturday is Free Yourself, an afternoon of fun with DJs, Vogue workshops, post parade partying and special guests. For those who want to step away from the partying, guests can visit the quiet zone, where attendees can partake in quiet games, a sensory area and mental health discussion.

Sunday is Know Yourself which consists of author talks, acting workshops, and a drag how-to workshop. Youth Pride MCR attendees will be learning screen printing, cross-stitching, dancing and contributing to art pieces. In the quiet zone, expect film screenings and meditation sessions.

Throughout the weekend there will be food and non-alcoholic drinks on offer, as well as a glitter stand to get everybody glittering. The Pink Room and Quiet Zone are encouraged to be a space for young people only but parents can enjoy the roof terrace or bar if they wish to wait within the venue.

For more information about Youth Pride MCR click here

The Candlelit Vigil

The culmination of The Manchester Pride Festival is The Vigil in which Sackville Gardens is turned into a sea of flickering candles as visitors take a minute to remember those lost to the HIV virus and join together to fight the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still exists.

The Candlelit Vigil also provides visitors with a space to remember those who may no longer be with us and presents an opportunity to stand together in a united front as we recognise the many challenges that still exist and face LGBT+ communities from Manchester to the rest of the world.

The Vigil is the spiritual heart of The Manchester Pride Festival and there is a truly magical and moving atmosphere of quiet reflection in the gardens.

A wristband is not required to attend the Vigil however the capacity of the site is limited, so early arrival is recommended.

To find out more about Manchester Pride you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website at manchesterpride.com.

Words by admin

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