First acts announced for Pride in Liverpool

LCR Pride Foundation has teamed up with Liverpool Sound City to produce the line-up for this year’s Barclays Stage at Pride in Liverpool  on Saturday 27 July.

The first acts to be announced are electropop singer-songwriter and DJ, Little Boots, and Finnish-born X-Factor Dance Like Nobody’s Watching singer, Saara Aalto. They will share the stage with a host of local talent including Katy Alex, House of Suarez and Daisy Gill.

Little Boots said: “I’m so excited to perform at Pride in Liverpool! As a fellow northerner it’s always wonderful to be back in the north, and my LGBT+ fans are so special to me. Their support has been everything, so I will be sure to put on a show for them!”

Saara Aalto is excited to be performing in the city, saying: “‘I am ready to have a fabulous time in Liverpool with everybody! Let’s have a summer of love together. Liverpool has such a rich musical and LGBTQI+ history and I can’t wait to be back in the city.

“As a Lesbian artist it means so much to me to perform and be an advocate for my community. Pride is such an important event, let’s raise the rainbow flag together for everybody to see on July 27th.”

LCR Pride Foundation has also announced that Barclays bank will be returning to Pride in Liverpool for 2019 as headline sponsor, after pledging to support the new LCR Pride Foundation and Pride in Liverpool for another two years.

John Bird, co-chair of the LCR Pride Foundation said: “We are so excited to reveal the first acts for the first ever Pride in Liverpool delivered by LCR Pride Foundation.

“Our new partnership with Liverpool Sound City will allow us to not only attract the best national and international performers to our annual Pride festival, it will also enable us to provide a platform for emerging local and regional talent.

“Saara Aalto is such an exciting performer and very active member of the LGBT+ community, while Little Boots is renowned for her unique and experimental sound, as much as her breakthrough hits. We can’t wait to see what they both have in store for Pride in Liverpool. We’re also delighted reveal that Barclays has returned as our headline sponsor for this year’s event.”

The free festival will return to the Tithebarn Street site in the city centre on Saturday 27 July, with multiple stages of live entertainment, a dedicated youth zone and whole host of inclusive activities, stalls and food and drink vendors. More acts will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Dave Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City, said: “We are delighted to be working with Pride in Liverpool and helping to programme what we believe will be an exciting line up. Pride in Liverpool is one of the most wonderful events in the annual diary and we are proud to be part of the team.”

Festival goers will also be invited to March with Pride along the traditional route from St George’s Hall, finishing at Moorfields. Those wishing to march can sign up to the LCR Pride Foundation mailing list to be notified when registration opens. The fun will continue with Pride Sundae on Sunday 28 July, with more activities taking place at a soon-to-be revealed city centre location.

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