August already?! It feels like Pride season has flown by faster than my average paycheque… But despair not for we have the perfect solution to end your summer with a Shazam. Manchester Pride is just around the corner and we are drooling at the jowls just thinking about it.
Now you might be thinking ‘Manchester? Isn’t that just another grey northern metropolis where the only valid means of communication is through drawling grumbles?’ and that ‘the weather is said to be so harsh that the place is perpetually afflicted by that rare meteorological phenomenon known as horizontal rain’.
And for the most part you would be somewhat correct, we have spawned famous complainers such as Morrissey & Jim Royle (If anybody else watched ‘The Royle Family’) and we do get the most rainfall of any city in the UK outside of Scotland. But Manchester has a hell of a lot going for it; this year has graced us with one of the hottest summers of the decade and it has been magnificent; the topless builder have been out en masse. Nobody knows how to make the most out of fleeting sunshine like us northerners, just ask Noel Gallagher.
The Manchester Gay scene is a gem of the north which induces a lovely juxtaposition with its vivid colouration against the generally cloudy backdrop. The history of canal street is both intriguing and inspiring; how such a thriving scene can spring up through such adversity and grow to the level it’s at today is a truly beautiful feat. If you want to know more about the history of Gay Manchester check this out. But as the purpose of this blog is to showcase why you should attend Manchester Pride for its 25th anniversary blow-out, without further ado…
What do we have in store?
Manchester has produced some of the most iconic British music from the last 50 years including Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Take That, The Chemical Brothers, need I continue? Madchester culture never left the beating heart of the North even with the fall of The Haçienda we still find ways to party on. Hosting massive events like The Warehouse Project; Manchester’s music scene is as strong as ever and the line-up for Manchester Pride 2015 certainly doesn’t disappoint by anybody’s standards.
The line-up for this years Manchester Pride is insanely brilliant with huge name headliners like DJ Fresh, Texas, Dannii Minogue and Union J the party will be here. The support acts leave little to sniffle at either with other big names such as Little Boots, Atomic Kitten and Alesha Dixon. This Pride really brings you a bona fide festival load of acts to keep you rockin’ until the early morn.
Gaydio Dance Stage
Pop legends not your thing? Jive over to the Gaydio Dance stage where you can expect glam-drenched beats applied to your eardrums by the sensation that is Jodie Harsh on Saturday. Through to Sunday the thumping baselines will be provided by house all-star Hot Since 82. Trust me this one will be lively, you’ll be throwing shapes you didn’t know were possible.
Jodie Harsh – Soundcloud
Hot Since 82 – Full Set (In Manchester)
Sackville Boutique stage
If you’re after something a little bit different, something unforgettable then the the Sackville Boutique stage is what you’re looking for. A varied line-up ranging from the “Proms in the Park” to locally sourced acts; the full line-up is yet to be released but for a snippet of what to expect check this out – listener discretion advised…
No pride would be complete without the fanfare and frolics of a parade and Manchester Pride does not buck this trend. Look forward to a raucous display of carnival shenanigans setting off from its usual point of Liverpool street through Deansgate up and around Oxford street snaking its way back the promised land of Canal Street.
This year promises to be a real one-off as the parade will be lead by none other than the Wise, Gray (Gay) Wizard himself Sir Ian Mckellen taking up the Grand Marshall’s role; I dare say a glimmer of magic may occur along the way.
For a full list of this years parade entrants check out the official page.
The official afterparty for Manchester Pride 2015 is something a bit out there for an inland city, let me hear you say BOOOOAT PAAAAAARTY!!! Unfotunately there is no boat but there will be a party @ the WE LOVE BOAT Party; the music looks to be bob-on (as we say up north) with the Ex-Haçienda resident DJ legend Dave Booth manning the decks as well as many other big names in the house scene.
But who likes following the crowd eh? If you’re not already gorging yourself with cheap, sweaty döner meat or hailing a cab back to a hunk’s semi in Rusholme by the end of the designated event then there are plenty of clubs open ’til late around the gay village there are even some underground places, which will not be too hard to find (I promise), that offer a breakfast club to those people who simply do not know when to go home.
So will you be going to Manchester Pride 2015? If so you might want to check out their official website here and if you are in need of any accommodation during your stay we still have plenty of lovely folks who will help see you through the weekend Check Them Here.
Once again thanks for reading, hope to see you on the 28th, ciao!