THE LINE-UP for this year's Chester Pride festival has been announced – and it has a distinct Nineties vibe.
Pop legend Sonia, who wrote hits including Better the Devil You Know, will headline on Saturday, October 4, backed up by dance acts Rozalla, Livin Joy and Kelly Llorenna.
Those of a certain age will remember Rozalla for dance anthems such as 'Everybody's Free', while Livin Joy were responsible for 'Dreamer' and 'Don't Stop Movin', and Kelly Llorenna performed 'Tell It To My Heart' and 'Heart of Gold'.
The free festival, which celebrates diversity and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will be held in the newly renovated Grosvenor Park.
It will launch at noon with a parade from the park around the city. The live music will take place between 1pm and 7pm.
Directors Dave Redpath-Smith and Helen Pickin-Jones said: “Many Pride festivals have become commercial and charge a fee, but Chester Pride wants to ensure pride remains a free event that brings both entertainment and information to the community.
“Everyone is welcome to attend pride and we have worked hard to ensure there is something for everyone with a range of performers on our main stage from many genres. We are confident that those who come along will be entertained and enjoy the day.”
Other performers include recently signed singer ‘Redd’, pop act ‘Tokyo Taboo’, local singer ‘Sharon Wallace’, dance duo ‘Shelter’, the unique ‘Bears Aloud’, male vocal harmony group ‘Wolf’, local acoustic duo ‘Me and Deboe’, and award winning tribute artist Vicky Jackson performing as Katy Perry and Pink.
The celebrations continue after 7pm in the Liverpool Arms, The Old Queens Head, Bar 6T9, Rosie's and more live performances on the outdoor stage in The Commercial and The Victoria courtyard.
Sponsors of Chester Pride 2014 include Cheshire West and Chester Council, University of Chester, Rosies Nightclub, M&S Bank, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Cheshire Constabulary, Brio Leisure, Costco and local businesses Mad Hatters Tea Rooms, Cakes 2 Remember, The Old Queens Head, Liverpool Arms, Bar 6T9, The Commercial, The Victoria, The Lodge and Nandos.
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