THEGAYUK is proud to once again support Warwickshire Pride as it celebrates its 5th annual Pride event this weekend, Saturday 19th August.
After months of planning and preparation, Warwickshire Pride will take place this Saturday 19th August. The annual event which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Warwickshire has been running since 2013.
The event organiser Daniel Browne said, “Warwickshire was lagging behind the rest of the country when it came to LGBT representation. I had the vision for Warwickshire Pride upon waking up one morning and telling myself that I was going to put on a Pride festival in exactly three month’s time and that it would be fabulous. People thought I was crazy and that it would never happen. It did happen, and around 2,000 people came out to support the first Warwickshire Pride.”
This year the pride is Celebrating Love and Freedom and marking 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales.
What time does Warwickshire Pride begin?
Warwickshire Pride officially opens at 11:00 am at the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa. The event closes at 6:00 pm – followed by an Afterparty next door.
Is there a parade?
There is no official parade for Warwickshire Pride.
Where is Warwickshire Pride?
The pride day takes place at the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA.
What does Warwickshire Pride cost?
Warwickshire Pride is a FREE event for all of the community to enjoy.
Is there an after party?
This year’s Warwickshire Pride After Party is taking place at Episode Hotel in Leamington Spa.
Featuring live performances from Relley C (X Factor finalist), Asifa Lahore (‘the Uk’s first Muslim drag queen’), Feryl(LGBT+ pop icon), and Thomas Pearce (fantastic local artist).
There will also be some top tunes playing courtesy of DJ MinTyTree.
As well as all of that fabulous entertainment, there will also be giveaways, a raffle and prizes for the best dressed people (the more outrageous, the better).
We are also pleased to announce that Episode Hotel’s fantastic chef will be cooking a paella in the garden for all to enjoy. Food is also available from menus on the night.
Toilets will be gender neutral and a changing space will be available too.
Tickets are just £5 and all proceeds go towards putting on next year’s Warwickshire Pride. We prefer tickets to be bought in advance, but there will be some available at the daytime festival and on the door at the party.
What entertainment will there be at Warwickshire Pride?
11:00 am – The grand opening of Warwickshire Pride 2017
Matt Western (MP for Warwick and Leamington) will cut the ribbon to declare Warwickshire Pride 2017 open, before saying a few words. Chair of Warwickshire Pride, Daniel Browne, will also say a few words, and there will also be a speech from a 15-year-old trans boy who has an important message.
11:05 am – Kirsty Wright
Kirsty Wright is all about the voice, and what a voice she has. Having wowed at Warwickshire Pride in previous years, we are thrilled to welcome Kirsty back to showcase her stunning vocals.
11:25 am – Peter MacDonald
Local lad Peter last performed at Warwickshire Pride two years ago and impressed with his vocals. So we are pleased to welcome him back again this year. Expect to hear some songs that you know and love when Peter takes to the stage.
11:45 am – Sambassadors of Groove
If you’ve been to Warwickshire Pride in the past or attended other local events, you may well be aware of the Sambassadors of Groove. They know how to perform for a crowd and will be showcasing their amazing drumming and dancing for Warwickshire Pride 2017.
12:05pm – Ferrah P
Ferrah P is a bio queen and came third at this year’s Warwickshire Pride’s Got Talent, stunning everyone with a dark, intense piece of performance art that told the story of someone living with depression. Ferrah P will be bringing some more original performances to the main stage. This will be truly spectacular.
12:25pm – Charlie Bowen
Leamington performer Charlie Bowen is not your typical Drag Queen. His raw talent shines through as he sings rock and blues, complete with guitar playing and a fierce aura that is utterly compelling to watch.
12:45 pm – Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell, also known as Gordy Camp, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, presenter and entertainer based in Birmingham. Gordon will be performing some well-known hits from artists such as Erasure and Michael Buble.
1:05pm – Shannon Stevenson
Shannon is a local dance music artist who is gearing up for the release of her new album. Shannon’s career is going from strength to strength, with her singles being featured by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and 1Extra. Get ready to dance.
1:25 pm – Thomas Pearce
Thomas is a 19-year-old singer and musician from Kenilworth, with a growing reputation as a seriously talented artist. He started playing piano at age 14, is completely self-taught and plays from his ear as he doesn’t read music. Thomas impressed the crowds so much last year that we had to welcome him back this year. You will be amazed by his keyboard playing and seriously impressed with his vocals. Thomas will also be performing at the official Warwickshire Pride after party.
1:45 pm – Kian Taylor-Jackson
Back by HUGE popular demand, Kian Taylor-Jackson will be amazing everyone with his street dancing moves. You won’t want to miss this.
2:05 pm – Valerio Lysander
Valerio is a singer/songwriter from Italy, but currently living in London. We’ve witness Valerio perform live at Coventry and London Prides, so can say for sure that he is hugely talented and is going to put on a fantastic set of original songs and covers that you may well know.
2:20 pm – Kyle Passmore
If you watched ‘Let It Shine’ on BBC1 earlier this year, you may well be familiar with Kyle Passmore. He’s a massively talented artist and we are excited to be welcoming him to Warwickshire Pride.
2:40 pm – Asifa Lahore
Asifa Lahore is known to millions as ‘the UK’s first Muslim Drag Queen’ thanks to a presenting role on Channel 4’s Muslim Drag Queens, but she is so much more than that. Asifa Lahore is an icon, recently came out as transgender, and will taking to the stage at Warwickshire Pride 2017 to showcase just how talented she is. You can also catch Asifa Lahore at this year’s official Warwickshire Pride after party for an exclusive live performance.
3:00 pm – Khakan Qureshi
At this year’s Warwickshire Pride we have a series of talks taking place on the main stage. We’re pleased to be welcoming the founder of the Birmingham South Asians LGBT+ group, Khakan Qureshi, to this year’s festival. Khakan will be talking about the identity of South Asian LGBT+ people, and particularly those from Muslim backgrounds. Khakan will discuss how, in these heightened times of division and labels, we as an LGBT+ community should be more inclusive and accepting of others. Don’t miss these important, thought provoking talks taking place at Warwickshire Pride this August.
3:05pm – Feryl
Artist. Icon. Innovator. Feryl is all of those things, as well as being a talented pop performer. If you’ve been to other Prides around the UK or abroad, you may have seen Feryl performing. This guy puts on a show, so come along and see it. You can also catch Feryl at the official Warwickshire Pride after party, where he will be performing too.
3:30 pm – Katie Yeomans
There will be a range of talks on the main stage at this year’s Warwickshire Pride and we are pleased to be welcoming Katie Yeomans to give a speech. Katie is a trans lady and began her transition at the age of 64. Katie has since appeared on radio & television to talk about her journey, and will be discussing it at Warwickshire Pride with the hope of inspiring other trans people. We are thrilled to be welcoming Katie to Warwickshire Pride and hope you’ll all come and listen to her talk when she takes to the stage.
3:35 pm – Marcia D’Arc
Marcia D’Arc is a Drag Queen with an interesting repertoire and a huge pair of lungs. We are excited to be welcoming this unique and talented Queen to Warwickshire Pride 2017. Expect singing, dancing, sass, sexiness and comedy.
3:55 pm – Chica Latina
Britain’s Got Talent star from 2012 makes an impression on the Warwickshire Pride Freedom stage.
4:15 pm – Shanade
If you live locally, you have probably heard of Shanade or seen her performing at various events locally. However, Shanade’s talent is far reaching and has seen her perform around the world. After releasing her critically acclaimed EP in 2016, Shanade is currently working on an album. We are thrilled to be welcoming Shanade for her only covers gig of the year. If you attended Warwickshire Pride in 2013 or 2014, you will be fully aware of why Shanade was the most popular performer at both of those festivals. This will be a standout performance. Believe the hype.
4:45 pm – Tilly Pimlott
After performing an energetic version of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary at this year’s Warwickshire Pride’s Got Talent, Tilly Pimlott was crowned champion in the audience vote. She knows how to work a crowd, so come along to watch Tilly’s performance and be prepared to work it yourself.
5:05 pm – Relley C
Relley C is a talented artist who reached the live shows of last year’s X Factor, being mentored by Sharon Osbourne. We are excited to welcome Relley C to Warwickshire Pride 2017 and know you’re going to love her too. Relley will also be performing at the official Warwickshire Pride after party.
5:30 pm – Kavana
If you were around in the 90s, you’ll no doubt be aware of pop sensation Kavana. With a string of hits, including I Can Make You Feel Good, girls (and some boys) screamed with joy whenever Kavana performed. In recent years, Kavana has become known for his appearances on ITV’s The Big Reunion and Celebrity Big Brother. Can he make you feel good? Come along and find out for yourself when Kavana takes to the stage.
Does Warwickshire Pride have a website?
Absolutely. You can view all thing Warwickshire Pride HERE and buy your After Party tickets.
What should I bring to pride?
We’ve created a list of Pride survival ideas. Take a look – but don’t forget to bring sunscreen, money and fully charged phone!