Next weekend sees the UK’s biggest two-day LGBT party hit the city of Birmingham, in the shape of Birmingham Pride.
The event attracts in excess of 60,000 people each year, whether it’s lining the city streets for the vibrant and colourful Carnival Parade or the massive weekend-long party in the second city’s Gay Village.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of next weekend’s Birmingham Pride...
WHEN IS BIRMINGHAM PRIDE?
Birmingham Pride takes place each year over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. This year, it falls on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
WHERE AND WHEN IS THE CARNIVAL PARADE?
The Carnival Parade is a real highlight of the weekend and not something to be missed. Marking the start of Birmingham Pride on Saturday 27 May, the Carnival Parade kicks off at 12pm from Victoria Square. The parade, with its colourful floats and walking groups, snakes its way through the city streets, eventually concluding outside Birmingham Hippodrome in Birmingham’s Gay Village where the fun really begins!
AND HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
Discounted advance tickets are available to buy online now and start at £24.50 per day, or £32.50 for the weekend for adults, whilst child/senior tickets are £17.50 per day or £24.50 for the weekend.
This year sees the introduction of Premium tickets - including Front Stage Inner Circle and Priority Bar for both the Main Stage and Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee - costing £39.00 for the Saturday, £35.00 for the Sunday or £49.00 for the weekend.
And if you want to do Birmingham Pride in style, then there’s the VIP experience. By getting your hands on some VIP tickets, you’ll gain entry to the Front Stage Inner Circle and Priority Bar for both the Main Stage and Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee, as well as access to The Penthouse VIP Lounge, with a glass of fizz on arrival each day, a food buffet each day and the chance to ‘Meet & Greet’ selected artists in the lounge. Saturday VIP tickets cost £55.00, whilst Sunday costs £49.50 or £79.00 for the weekend.
Tickets will be available to buy on the day, but will increase in price, so we’d recommend you get yours before the event, whilst you still can.
SO WHO'S PERFORMING?
Birmingham Pride sees a number of different stages and arenas across the weekend. There’s the Main Stage, Manchester Airport Cabaret Marquee, Women’s Arena, Dance Arena and the all new Alt Stage - all hosting well over 100 acts and DJs across the two days.
Here’s some of our highlights...
Dua Lipa (Saturday - Main Stage)
Basement Jaxx (Saturday - Main Stage)
Gabrielle (Sunday - Main Stage)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Sunday - Main Stage)
Raye (Saturday - Main Stage)
Sigala (Sunday - Main Stage)
To see the full line-up, check out the official Birmingham Pride Guide.
WHAT'S THE NIGHTLIFE LIKE?
Birmingham’s Gay Village boasts 17 gay bars and clubs, each boasting something different. Whether you’re after a great clubbing experience into the early hours, or a bit of camp cabaret, there really is a venue for every taste - many with outside bars just for Pride!
There's a handy guide to what's on and a map of all the venues in the official Birmingham Pride Guide.
FOR FULL INFORMATION ABOUT BIRMINGHAM PRIDE, VISIT WWW.BIRMINGHAMPRIDE.COM.
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