Chester Pride 2017 line up announced

To celebrate five years of Chester Pride, favourite acts from previous years are being welcomed back in what promises to be a vibrant and inclusive free community event.

The Chester Pride Festival will be returning to Castle Square on the new summer date August 19, and this year the M&S Bank main stage will see a fun filled line up, headlined by chart topping 90’s girl group B*witched whose hits include ‘C’est la vie’, ‘Rollercoaster’ and ‘Blame it on the weatherman’.

Joining B*witched is much loved Liverpudlian singer Sonia, Saffron of Brit Pop band Republica, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Danny Beard, pop singer Kelly Wilde, dazzling drag queens The Viaduct Starlets, renowned Madonna impersonator Melissa Totten, Vicky Jackson as Lady Gaga and Pink, and local performers singer Sharon Wallace, rock/pop/hip hop duo Mav Mac, drag queen Shagger, and guitar vocalist duo Me and Deboe.

Chester Pride is a celebration of diversity and support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ community. The event will launch with the popular parade through the city at 12pm followed  by entertainment and activities at Castle Square from 1pm till 7pm including the M&S Bank main stage;  two further stages of entertainment – cabaret in The Glitter Lounge, and local bands on the Hot Apology Original Music Stage; a large Health, Life and Wellbeing Zone; a childrens zone; youth space; marketplace; Pride in the Past exhibition; fun fair and much more.

Helen Pickin-Jones, Chair of Chester Pride, said, “This year is an important year in our shared history as we mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, and an important year for Chester Pride as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. Our history will be the theme of Chester Pride 2017, and attendees will be able to view our Pride in the Past exhibition, as well as enjoy favourite acts from previous Chester Pride events on our M&S Bank main stage. When we started Chester Pride in 2013 we didn’t know how well it would be received but the city and beyond has embraced Pride and helped it to grow.’

Chester Pride 2017 sponsors include M&S Bank, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Barefoot Wine, Asda, M&S Retail, Thomson Reuters, DTCC, MBNA, Deva Tuk Tuk, Russell and Russell Solicitors, Brio Leisure, Nandos, Addison Lee, Silver Rainbows/Body Positive, Old Queens Head and Cheshire Hellcats Roller Derby.

To keep up to date with all the Chester Pride news, upcoming fundraisers and further announcements visit www.chesterpride.co.uk, or follow twitter @chesterpride, or facebook  Chester Pride UK.