Headliner announced for Liverpool Pride

Photo: Andy Green

SOPHIE Ellis-Bextor has been named as the headline act for this year’s Liverpool Pride

Festival organisers made the announcement to guests, sponsors and partners at last night’s VIP Press Launch at Avenue HQ, Mann Island (Thursday, 21 June).

Sophie shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet and then followed it up with Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor.

Her solo debut album, Read My Lips was released in 2001 and reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and certified double platinum by the BPI. The album sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Her subsequent album releases include Shoot from the Hip (2003), Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011).

In 2014, in a departure from her previous dance pop albums, Sophie embarked on her debut singer/songwriter album Wanderlust with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and producer. It proved to be a critical and commercial success: certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart and spawning the hit single Young Blood.

Sophie followed this release and collaboration up with 2016’s Familia which saw her return to the dance floor with the radio hit Come With Us. In the Spring of 2018 with Ed Harcourt as Producer and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie will release orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Tithebarn Street in the city centre is the main festival site on Saturday 28 July and organisers believe this year’s location will prove popular with festivalgoers given the close proximity to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

Joining Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the main stage line-up also includes international drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act; cast from Kinky Boots which comes to the Liverpool Empire Theatre in Spring 2019; Queen Zee; Osvaldo Supino; The Major Tour; Melissa Totten; Rogue Minogue; and House of Suarez.

The Liverpool Pride March officially starts the Liverpool Pride weekend on Saturday 28 July, starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

The fun continues Sunday 28 July with Liverpool Pride Sundae and the #AllTogetherNow Community Zone. The Youth & Community Zone returns with festivalgoers’ favourite market and information stalls, as well as an Acoustic music stage programmed by We Want Women and Grin Theatre with input from youth groups GYRO, The Action Youth and Wirral Work It Out.

Family day Pride Sundae’s hub at The Bluecoat will feature dance, arts and craft activities, food market, and barbecue in the Bluecoat Garden, alongside Pride events at the International Slavery Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.