Bristol Pride Festival is moving location after a record number of people attended the event in 2018.
Following last year’s record numbers, the city’s festival is on the move. The expansion will see the festival moving to The Downs where it will double its capacity after welcoming 36,000 people last year.
The new location will see the festival double its capacity – ” Moving to The Downs not only means that we can deliver a bigger festival for everyone wanting to attend but allows us to develop a new festival area and present our biggest and most diverse line-up to date ” CEO of Bristol Pride Daryn Carter told GayStarNews.
With an increased venue size, Bristol Pride will welcome new areas and activities this summer, including a new stage in partnership with national lesbian publication DIVA Magazine. Other new additions this year will include a giant circus tent in partnership with Bassline Circus with performances throughout the day, a wellbeing and mindfulness area, and a silent disco.
Pride Day will start, as usual, with the parade in the city centre, which last year saw 12,000 take to the streets.
As part of the celebrations, the team is inviting previous acts to perform again at the festival. Performers include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sonique, NINA, Saara Aalto, and Bristol’s own Dr Meaker. Others performing on Pride Day include Boney M, Four of Diamonds, Hazell Dean, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint.
The incredible success over the years has seen the multi award winning festival become one of the largest Pride events in the UK and one of only four Pride’s in the UK to be named in the Global Top 50 of Pride festivals worldwide.
The festival will again run for two weeks with events taking place across the city from the 29 June until the 14 July. As well as the ever ‘pup’ular dog show, events include theatre performances at the Wardrobe Theatre, with Riot Act on Thursday 10 July marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
£7 Supporter Wristbands for Pride Day are available now from Bristol Ticket Shop.
For more information visit www.bristolpride.co.uk