The full line-up for the 2016 Bristol Pride Festival is here. We’ve been dropping bits of information but here is what you’ve been waiting for for the festival, now in its 7 year which takes place from 1 – 10 July with a series of events to showcase and celebrate LGBT+ culture and community.
Pride Day takes place on Saturday the 9 July and sees the music and arts festival moving to a new larger home taking over both the Bristol Amphitheatre and At-Bristol’s Millennium Square. Pride Day remains a (suggested £3) donation entry event and features bustling local food and market zones, onsite bars, community area for services and groups, cabaret stage featuring over 20 of the countries best acts. The new space also means a new dedicated Dance Performance Stage featuring everything from street and contemporary dance to circus skills and Zumba classes.
Over 50 local and international acts are performing this year across 3 stages. Main Stage acts include Robert Plant support act Wildflowers, all female Duran Duran covers band Joanne Joanne, singer of the anthemic Everbody’s Free (to feel good) Rozalla, fan favourite Lucy Spraggan, The Voice’s Tom Rickels, A*M*E, dance pop sensation Little Boots and will be headlined by multiple Brits, Ivor Novello and World Music Award winner Lisa Stansfield.
We’ve again teamed up with a number of partners to offer you a £5 festival wristband to help support the costs of the event and keep Pride happening. Wristbands offer discounts onsite including on food and the bars, discount entry to the At-Bristol science museum, discounted Ferry travel and free travel on Pride Day with First Bus. Joint evening tickets are available for £15 which offers entry into 3 separate afterparties including the O2 Academy, Queenshilling and Hush at Basement 45. Click here ffi
10 days in length the Pride Festival hosts a number of events across Bristol and uses the Arts to champion equality, tackle community issues and develop a platform to support local talent. Highlights of the week include the Pride Theatre Night on Wednesday 6 July at the new Wardrobe Theatre, featuring a reworking of Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis that explores themes of gender fluidity, Boogaloo Stu’s Much Ado about Bingo and comedy in the form of #AppilyEverAfter charting the perils of App Dating. The Pride Comedy Night on Thursday 7 July hosts Jen Brister, Jayde Adams, Stephen Bailey, Hannah Brackenbury and newcomer Sam Lake. Other events not to miss include a talk with InterEngineering and EDF centered on the workplace, the Pride Dog Show on Saturday 2 July, and the award winning week long film festival Queer Vision at the Watershed.
Pride Night sees the Official Afterparty at the O2 Academy with a live performance from Bright Light Bright Light whilst DJs include Guilty Pleasures, Don’t Tell Your Mother, Revenge of the 90s as well as R&She who’ll be playing nothing but the queens of RnB and Hip Hop. The team are also very excited to be bringing Bestival and Glastonbury favorites Fleetmac Wood to Pride who’ll be playing all the hits you expect. Under the theme of light there will be roaming performances, aerial hoop artists, Dark Island Dance troop and interactive acts spread across 3 rooms. You’ll want to be quick with tickets for this one!
Over 31,000 people attended all our events last year and we were named in the top 3 reasons why visitors came to Bristol in 2015 and praised by Mayor George Ferguson as bringing more into the local economy than any other Festival.
“Bristol Pride has grown from strength to strength, we’re one of the biggest Prides in the UK and I am proud to be delivering amazing acts, performers and events throughout Pride Week.
We’ve got a lot to shout about and it’s great to see Pride recognised as one of the leading events in the city but we still have a lot of work to do. Pride is our opportunity to celebrate our community, but also to tackle issues affecting it such as isolation, hate crime, prejudice and discrimination in our schools, streets and workplaces.” – Daryn Carter, Festival Director.