Heather Small is the first headlining act confirmed act for Newcastle Pride the "biggest free LGBT festival in the North East", which returns as a three day again to Town Moor on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The M People singer who hit the big time in the 90s with hits such as 'One Night in Heaven', 'Moving On Up' and 'Search for the Hero' joins Jake Quickenden, Heather Peace, Hazell Dean, Nathan Moore, The Ambition, Cortney Dixon, and many more acts are soon be announced.
Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride which organises the popular event, said, "The line-up for Newcastle Pride 2016 looks set to be one of our strongest ever and these are only half of the acts that are taking part. We're absolutely thrilled that Heather has agreed to be one of our headliners, especially as her anthem Proud fits in so well with this year’s theme and we’re sure that people will be just as pleased with our second headliner, which we hope to announce in the next few weeks."
Newcastle Pride, which is now in its 9th year, attracted a record 71,000 visitors in 2015, with an additional 480,000 listening live around the world on Pride Radio. "Newcastle Pride 2015 was more popular than anyone expected," added Mark, "contributing more than £9m to the North East economy. This year we're working hard to make it bigger and better than ever before and have extended our line up to cover two full months in an effort to give more visitors the chance to enjoy themselves and get involved."
A variety of stalls and themed zones will also be open throughout the weekend. This year, to cope with increased demand, Northern Pride are extending the festival to include more satellite events at venues around Newcastle. The full schedule for these functions will be announced in the coming months, but they are expected to span from the start of June until the end of July.
20,000 people are expected in the Pride Parade, which starts at Newcastle Civic Centre before noon on Saturday. The parade will go through the city and end at the Town Moor, with a special candlelight vigil closing the festival on Sunday.
Newcastle Pride 2016 is free to attend, though a limited number of Gold Circle and VIP tickets are also available. These are priced from £12 per person and include a host of benefits such as prime viewing for live music, private toilets and faster bar access.
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