Both professional and new local artists have expressed their excitement at being part of Wigan Pride 2018 this Saturday 11th August.
For the first time, this year Wigan Pride will host two stages. The Unity Stage in Wigan town centre, compered by comedian, presenter and writer Victoria Cook, and drag artist Lunaa Rose, is where experienced artists including Green Day tribute band Green Haze, Hull hip-hop band Bud Sugar, drag superstar Gypsy Darling and Dame Shirley Bassey tribute act Surely Bassey, will perform.
The acoustic Believe Stage on Believe Square, will be hosted by local professional Pride artist, Ellie X, and will offer the opportunity for a variety of new local talented artists to make their debut.
At the end of the day, the new artists will join Ellie on the main Unity Stage for a grand finale.
Ellie X says, ‘I’m so excited about hosting the Believe Stage this year. It sums up what Wigan Pride is all about; supporting young people and the local community regardless of your sexuality or gender. The Believe Stage will be a brilliant opportunity for new artists to get experience of live performance. You never forget your first public performance and I’m sure the Wigan crowds will make sure the day is a positive experience for everyone.’
Sam Miller, 14, from Ashton, will make his debut on the Believe Stage this year.
Sam says, ‘I can’t believe I’ll be able to perform at Wigan Pride! Music means a lot to me as I use it to get through difficult times so I can’t wait to perform in public. Wigan Pride is an important event as it’s so inclusive and I feel like it will be a great environment to perform in.’
Professional artists from around the UK have also shared their excitement about performing on the Unity Stage in Wigan on Saturday.
North East pop songstress, Channy, popular on the festival and arena circuit this year, says, ‘I cannot wait to step onto the stage at Wigan Pride 2018! I want to help the local community celebrate everything Pride stands for; equality, freedom to express yourself as an individual and the sense of belonging.’
Josh Robinson, previously of the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus will perform as a solo artist on the day. Josh says, ‘I’m excited that I can use my singing voice to spread a positive message of community, hope and tolerance.’
Wigan Pride will begin at 11am, with the Flower Power Parade, which will depart from the lodge at Mesnes Park and finish in Wigan town centre. The Unity Stage will run from 12 noon until 6pm and the Believe Stage will have music from 12.30-4pm.
Believe Square will host other family friendly activities throughout the day and is also where the public can be signposted to the autism friendly area.
Wigan Pride is organised by the Wigan Pride committee which includes BYOU Plus community group for LGBTQ+ adults, young people’s group BYOU, Wigan Council, The Old Courts, Wigan Borough CCG and LGBT Foundation.
Funding comes from a range of local businesses, charities, community organisations and Wigan Council. This year the key sponsors include Arnold Clark, Wigan Borough CCG, Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Unite, Unison, Bickershaw Nurseries, Stonehouse Salon and Spa, The Wiend Bar and Bithell’s Waste Disposal.