Organisers of Birmingham Pride have announced that international recording artist Dua Lipa will headline at this year’s two-day LGBT festival, which celebrates its 21st event in 2017.
Dua Lipa's hit singles in the last 12 months, including 'Be The One', 'Hotter Than Hell', and 'Blow Ya Mind', together with collabrations on Sean Paul's 'No Lie', and Martin Garrix's 'Scared To Be Lonely', have collectively notched up over 350 million views on YouTube alone.
The star will be joined by '90s electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx, 'Dreams' star Gabrielle and 'Superstar' pop artist Jamelia over the festival weekend. Other artists appearing at the event, which takes place over the Spring bank holiday weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, include Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon tour, girl group M.O, X Factor star Saara Aalto and Louisa Johnson, plus DJ and producer Jonas Blue.
Pride’s Festival Director, Lawrence Barton, commented: “There’s such a buzz around already for this year’s Birmingham Pride! “Every year we bring some of the biggest and best new and retro artist to the festival, and 2017 is no different. We're delighted that Dua Lipa will headline the festival, in what is one of our biggest line-ups to date, that also include Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Jamelia, Jonas Blue, and M.O. And there's still more acts to announce."
He added: And, we’re delighted to be adopting the theme 'Love & Pride', recognising and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality - a monumental occasion for the LGBT community."
The Birmingham Pride festival, which is the UK’s largest two-day gay festival, last year attracted more than 50,000 party revellers. The event features a Main Stage Arena, Dance Arena, Cabaret Marquee, the Women's Arena, together with funfair rides and all the city's gay bars and clubs.
The festival launches with the 'Love & Pride' Carnival Parade, which sets off from Victoria Square in the city centre at midday on Saturday 27 May.
Advance Discounted Tickets for the festival, which takes place in Birmingham’s Gay Village, are available online from www.birminghampride.com.
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