Headliners Announced For Bristol Pride 2023

Headliners Announced For Bristol Pride 2023

With summer just around the corner, the first of this years Headlining acts have been announced for Bristol Pride 2023.

This year’s Pride Day is happening on Saturday 8th July and will once again be the culmination of a varied and inclusive programme of events, shows, comedy and more.

The 2022 event was headlined by Carly Rae Jepsen and saw 40,000 people converge on The Downs while our Parade March welcomed an incredible 20,000 people.

Scissor Sisters’ Frontman, Jake Shears has been announced as the main headline act of the Mainstage as the annual event returns to The Downs once again.

With an incredible catalogue of hits including Scissor Sisters tracks such as ‘I don’t feel like dancin’, ‘Take Your Mama’, and ‘Laura’, Jake Shears is set to raise the roof and close the show with a bang. The LGBT+ act recently released new disco tracks ‘Too Much Music’ and ‘Devil Came Down the Dance Floor’ ahead of his new album release this June, which features a collaboration with Kylie Minogue. A career spanning multi-million global album sales, Brits, Ivor Novellos, Grammy award nominations, global arena tours and Broadway performances, Jake Shears is the ultimate performer and will be bringing something very exciting to Bristol Pride.

Alongside Jake Shears, Bristol Pride have also announced the first wave of Mainstage artists including Girls Aloud Star Nadine Coyle, 90s dance sensation Alison Limerick, ‘Hypnotized’ singer Sophie and the Giants and Brit award nominee Ladyhawke will also be performing as part of her European Tour.

The Festival Day will also feature over 30 performers on the star studded Cabaret stage with headline performances from Rupaul’s Drag Race Winner, Ra’jah O’Hara alongside Drag Race UK fan favourite Tia Kofi and a special guest appearance from The Traitors UK star Amanda.

Winning ‘Best Event’ in the Bristol Pride Life Awards, 40,000 people attended Pride Day in 2022 as the festival returned after the pandemic and saw the biggest ever line up of performers. The bustling Community Area, which is home to over 60 community, social and support groups. The festival will also feature dedicated Youth and Family areas and 5 performance stages including circus, local dance groups and a showcase of new and emerging talent. The full festival line up for 2023 including the Afternoon Legends slot will be revealed over the coming months.

Daryn Carter MBE, Director of Programming and Partnerships, said: “We’re so excited to finally start announcing our 2023 lineup and to have the incredible Jake Shears headlining the festival this year. Pride is a very special event and is about creating a space where the community can all come together, be their authentic selves and to maintain and further LGBT+ rights. Every year it’s an incredible atmosphere of joy, celebration and protest and Jake’s music speaks to being confident in yourself which will really resonate with so many people attending Pride, it’s going to be a truly special show”