Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend: Everything you need to know

Adam McManus | 20th August 2018

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Want to know everything there is to know about Manchester’s biggest Pride yet? Get everything you need to know here for the celebration.  


Manchester Pride is a time to celebrate all things different, specifically being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or just LGBT for short. Every year it gets bigger and popular and this year will be no different. Thousands will be attending the celebration for being different.  


The Big Weekend is nearly upon us and includes huge stars headlining the celebration, like Rita Ora, Alexandra Burke and Sigala.  


Every year Pride has a theme and this year it is… “The Circus of Acceptance”.  


Changes will be happening to Pride next year, so let’s make this year a good one! 


Pride is set to begin on the Friday (24th) and end on the Monday (27th). So, make sure you have your tickets ready for the big weekend.  


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Tickets are priced at £30 for the full weekend. Day tickets are available from £12.50 depending on what day you go, whilst family and children tickets will also be available. 


You will be able to pick up tickets whilst being there, although we do recommend getting them as soon as possible. 


Tickets will give you entrance to all areas including the main stage, Sackville Gardens, Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo. Buying a ticket will mean giving to charity as it will help to raise money for different LGBT causes in Manchester. You can order your tickets from here 


The Parade 


Manchester’s famous Pride parade will return to the streets with circus performances, from acrobats to wonderful characters in their new yearly theme “The Circus of Acceptance”.  


The Parade is set to march through the streets on the Saturday (25th). 200,000 supporters will be cheering down the streets at the 150 entries that will march. Participants includes company’s, individuals, groups and floats which will bring Manchester together as one.  


The parade will start on Liverpool Road, passing the Town Hall and the Gay Village, heading for Whitworth street where it will end. Be sure to get your pride flags out and march for equality! 


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The Superbia Weekend 


Here’s to a recently new weekend, that will welcome all those who would much rather have a dry weekend.  


Here for the first 3 days of the Pride weekend, it will be offering an alcohol-free space at 70 Oxford Road, now a part of Manchester Metropolitan University.  


For all those who don’t like to party, there is still a weekend for you to celebrate being different.  




Pride wouldn’t be Pride without the performances from some really talented acts this year.  


Rita Ora, Sigala and Alexandra Burke are just a few to name who will be headlining at this year’s event as G-A-Y presents them.  


All car parks and streets will be converted for stages, so everyone can celebrate and enjoy live music.  


Stage times are still yet to be announced and some acts still have their day to be announced but here’s what we do know. 


The Thomas Cook Airlines Stage 


Rita Ora – Sunday Evening  

Jake Sheares – Friday Evening  

Sigala – Saturday Evening  

Disciples – Saturday Evening 

Alexandra Burke – Monday Evening  

Lucy Spraggan – Monday Evening 

Guilty Pleasures  

Sink The Pink – Saturday Evening 

Nadine Coyle – Saturday Evening 

Louise – Friday Evening 

Gok Wan – Saturday Evening 

Bright Light Bright Light  

Youngr – Sunday Evening 

Kelli-Leigh – Saturday Evening  

Angie Brown  

Big Freedia

Samantha Mumba – Sunday Evening 

Todrick Hall – Sunday Evening  



The Gaydio Dance Arena 


TCTS – Sunday Evening 

Jon Pleased


Darren (808 State)

DJ Paulette

Jamie Bull

Kriss Herbert  

Pete Tong

Danny Howard – Sunday Evening 

Dave Pearce – Saturday Evening 

Nicky Siano – Friday Evening 

Jellybean – Friday Evening 

Benitez – Friday Evening 



The Sackville Boutique Stage  


Proms in the park

Heather Peace Presents

Bongos Bingo – Friday Evening  

A Taste of Our Gay Village

Superbia – Sunday Evening 


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The Candlelit Vigil 


During the final day of Pride on the Monday, Sackville Gardens will be lit up with candles.  

This will be to remember those who lost their lives to the HIV virus.  

Together, everyone will unite to remember loved ones who lost their lives to HIV and fight the stigma that still exists today.  

The Candlelit Vigil will begin at 9:15pm on the Monday (27th). 



What Else? 


The extremely popular Village Markets located on Chorlton street will return offering plenty of gifts for people to buy at reasonable prices.  

The Expo, in the indoor arena is popular for exhibitors to display their works and for people to have a look around at.  

The Expo will be available to visit from Saturday – Monday between 11am and 5pm. 

For more information about Manchester’s Pride you can check out their Twitter or their website 

We wish you a safe and happy Pride!