The multi-award-winning and one of the largest free Pride events in the UK
After welcoming an incredible 40,000 people to The Downs in 2019, we are excited to return to our new home after doubling our capacity and introducing new festival areas.
Not only are we one of the largest UK Pride events, but we’re one of Bristol’s largest festivals, and named in the Top50 World Pride events in 2018 & 2019.
We’re proud to be different, offering a fantastic host of activities and an amazing line-up while keeping Pride an open and accessible event for all, not just those who can afford it. Let’s truly showcase and celebrate our LGBT+ community.
Pride Day starts with the Pride Parade which is followed by a massive outdoor multi-stage festival with music and performances, community and family areas, silent disco, bars, food, markets and lots more.
After multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen released her critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION in 2015, it became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts,” as NPR noted. The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her GRAMMY® -nominated blockbuster hit “Call Me Maybe” (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state Colin Powell to Cookie Monster.
Jepsen’s 2019 album Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E*MO*TION was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius,” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times, though the album defies categorization as a whole, with Vulture stating, “Dedicated is both stranger and freer than the last record, but it also feels more confident and considered.” Working with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, Jepsen indulged in more sonic experimentation than she had in the past. Dedicated features the fan favorites “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “Too Much” and “Want You In My Room.”
She's the most exciting queen ever to grace the Canadian drag scene - and she’s the winner of Canada’s Drag Race and headlining the Cabaret Stage.
What’s her name?
he's performed in every major city across Canada, Chicago & Dominican Republic and most recently graced the cover of Now Toronto after being named they cities "Number One Drag Entertainer"
With live shows filling almost every day of the week, two self-produced singles with accompanying music videos on iTunes aptly named: “You Look so Good” and “Say My Name”, and a weekly Series on YouTube, she is one of the hardest working entertainers in the business.
It's with that tenacity and determination that won her the first-ever season of Canada’s Drag Race on Crave where she became Canada’s First Ever Drag Superstar.
Selling over 4million albums, she iconically duetted with Beyonce and is one of the most successful X Factor winners. She's a huge West End star, a Strictly finalist and heading to our Pride Day main stage!
Bright Light Bright Light is one of the UK's most prolific LGBTQ+ artists. He has toured with Cher and Sir Elton John, and in 2020 his album 'Fun City' became a UK #1 Dance Album featuring 12 LGBTQ+ artists including Erasure's Andy Bell, Jake Shears, Madonna's famed backing vocalists Niki & Donna and Justin Vivian Bond.
Described as "So gay, so dramatic, very lovable" by a fan at a Cher support gig, his music and stage shows are celebrations of pop culture and LGBTQ+ life. He has also DJd all over the world has written for Bananarama, Tia Kofi and Scarlet Envy, remixed Jujubee and Katya and a slew of other pop artists. He's also a huge Catherine O'Hara enthusiast.
One of the UK's very best and longest established Abba Tribute bands.
Featuring classy all-live vocals, stunning costumes, dynamic choreography and a good helping of humour and audience participation. You will be on the dance floor from the first strains of Waterloo all the way through to the rousing finale of Thank You For The Music...!
Blending drag, comedy, live singing, and old-school charm, he's the vintage-style king-about-town.
One of the UK's most exciting drag artists, nicknamed the 'Prinx of Provocation' throughout the nation.
Cosmic Ninja is a queer-fronted, four-piece band who never fails to leave an impression with their fusion of rock, alternative and electronic sounds. Balancing artistic merit with mainstream visibility, they take inspiration from Enter Shikari, Don Broco, BMTH, and Pendulum, whilst presenting punkish, hardcore energy in the sonic force of their music.
an explosion of camp, wacky and lively performance styles not knowing where you are gonna go next. Expect to laugh, cry and smile all at the same time.
She's creating a collaborative drag show for families, Queeriosity Cabaret and toured internationally, she has worked as a high school teacher and now works full time as a drag artist.
Dr Meaker combines Dirt & Soul sounds to fire up the sound system.
Their award-winning live show is considered by many to be the UK’s best live Drum and Bass act, combining amazing soul vocalists, a brass section and a heavy rhythm section including drums, bass guitar, samples and synths.
They are one of the most exciting electronic live acts to come out of Bristol, a 9 piece lineup, featuring Bristol’s finest musicians and vocalists, bringing incredible energy to the stage every time they play. From nightclubs to festival fields the band have torn up venues earning them many accolades and awards, including winning Glastonbury Festival’s Live Act Competition and your votes as Best Act in the Pride Awards.
This is the sound of Bristol and there’s always have space on our stage for this incredible band.
Freddie Lewis is a songwriter, poet and performer based in Bristol. Their work is defined by thoughtful and playful lyricism, catchy hook melodies, and nuanced accounts of emotion. Following the release of their debut body of work ‘Lilac Underpass Mixtape’ and accompanying poetry collection ‘Notes from a Lilac Underpass’, Freddie has played shows across Bristol and the rest of the UK.
HYYTS is formed of Glaswegian natives Adam and Sam, whose brotherhood has shaped HYYTS from their bedroom beginnings to unashamedly and rapidly infiltrating the pop landscape.
With a sonic palette that traverses pop and electronic, their sound amalgamates the euphoria of the 80’s pop and modern sensibilities, journeying from underground club culture to production laced with brooding beats and soaring pop ambition. At the core of their artistry is contrast. From juxtaposing paths that led them to HYYTS; the contrasting influences that are woven to create their sound; to their lyrics bearing witness to their brutal honesty while the sonics blare instant dancefloor joy.
Lead singer from the Grammy-nominated band “Katrina & The Waves“, Walking on Sunshine was a Top 10 hit worldwide and she has continued to perform at festivals around the globe.
This year she celebrates the 25th anniversary of winning Eurovision with the incredible Love Shine a Light.
KELLY is an Australian international recording artiste who has performed at major events in most countries around the world. Also Known for her hits, Gloria, Hero, Heat of the night. Kelly loves the Pride events and Festivals and shines when she sees so many amazingly fabulous faces
She’s Scotland's 'Pocket Rocket' with the big voice and the EVEN BIGGER medley and has recently completed the UK tour of the smash-hit musical ‘Everybody's Talking About Jamie’.
Pioneering East London by way of South Africa MC Toya Delazy will bring her critically acclaimed pulsing, heady basslines and powerful quick-fire vocals to the stage.