Caitlyn Prince | 18th August 2016

Headliners Fleur East, Katy B, Heather Small and Will Young will be joined by special guests presented by G-A-Y Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Tulisa on the bill at Manchester Pride’s August bank holiday The Big Weekend.
British pop / hip-hop singer-songwriter, actress, and television personality Tulisa is best known as a member of N-Dubz. In 2011, she also became a judge on the high-profile TV talent show X Factor in which she mentored the girl group Little Mix to victory.
VIVA recommends that you listen out for Sophie Ellis-Bextor who’d scored six UK top 10 singles by 2014 – released Wanderlust, an album full of baroque chamber pop and experimental flirtations with folk. The sudden shift away from the disco and dance of old was seen as risky by many, including Ellis-Bextor herself. She needn’t have worried; it subsequently crashed into the UK top 5, spent three weeks inside the top 10 and went Gold.
The raft of top artists will be supported by Shura, MNEK and Karen Harding as they take to the Thomas Cook Airlines USA Main Stage at Europe’s leading celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) life.
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Other acts performing on The Thomas Cook Airlines USA Main Stage will include The Big Weekend favourite, Lucy Spraggan,  Manchester based dance act K-Klass performing a live classics set, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny Beard, X Factor favourite Seann Miley Moore plus Anne-Marie, Imani Williams, Frankmusik, Jordan Gray, Eli Cripps and Damon Hess and Emily Cunliffe (Kym Marsh’s daughter).
VIVA recommends that you don’t miss the dance act k-klass performance.
The Gaydio Dance Arena will host an equally impressive DJ line-up including international DJ Judge Jules, newly announced New York based Fashion Forward DJ Miss Honey Dijon,  San Francisco DJ crew Honey Soundsystem, David Dunne, DJ Paulette, Seamus Haji, Homoelectric stalwart, Jamie Bull, Kriss Herbert and Manchester favourites, Neil Diablo and Sian Bennett.
Plus Heather Peace will host the popular ‘Heather Peace Presents’ Boutique Stage line-up in Sackville Gardens. The stage will welcome Magpies, Leslie Finlay, Sophia B, Me and Deboe, Kiera Lawler, Amity, Jade Ellis and of course Heather Peace from 3pm on Saturday.  Other acts performing in Sackville Gardens across the weekend will include the Man Bears, Misty Chance and the Shane Ritchie Jnr Band.
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor & Tulisa are brilliant additions, thanks to G-A-Y. They’ll be in good company with Fleur East, Katy B, Heather Small and Judge Jules, making this one of the most credible and diverse line ups we’ve ever seen at The Big Weekend , as they perform alongside LGBT icons including MNEK, Shura and Will Young….Bring it on!”
The Manchester Pride Festival is an award-winning four-day event celebrating LGBT life. The event takes place in August, with The Big Weekend running from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August and the Parade on Saturday 27 August. -VIVA recommends that you don’t miss the bright and colourful parade as it will be amazing! Don’t forget to look out for the Super Josh float in the parade because VIVA Em’s will be DJing –Super Josh Charity
VIVA recommends that you make a weekend of this spectacular event that seems to have the power to bring everyone together. So to get your weekend tickets click here. Day, family and children’s tickets are also available. Tickets are exchanged for Pledge Bands at the festival providing guests with access to the event, including the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manchester Pride raise essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester.  For more information on The Big Weekend visit here 
Manchester Pride asks the community to wear their bands with pride as they pledge to; help Manchester Pride create a safe, world class LGBT celebration, support Manchester Pride’s commitment to raising essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester and support the organisation’s campaign for greater LGBT equality. 
Manchester Pride
Manchester Pride is a registered charity that campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination; creates opportunity for engagement and participation and celebrates lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life.
The charity raises money for LGBT and HIV causes in the region by staging a number of events throughout the year including The Manchester Pride Festival. It operates a number of grants and fund schemes each year . This currently includes the George House trust Welfare Fund for individuals living with HIV, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation Free Condom and Lube Scheme and the Manchester Pride Community Grants Scheme supporting community groups and LGBT organisations.
In 2015 Manchester Pride raised a record breaking £146,000 and attracted acts and appearances from a range of artists, including Sir Ian McKellen, Dannii Minogue, Texas, Union J, Alesha Dixon and DJ Fresh.
To find out more about the Manchester Pride you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website here.