LGBT: Busted to headline Bristol Pride 2017

James Higgins, April 10, 2017

Noughties favourites Busted will headline this year’s Bristol Pride Festival which takes place at the Lloyds Amphitheatre and Millennium Square on Saturday, July 8.

Over a decade on, James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson have reunited for new music and a festival tour. With notable hits including What I Go To School For, Year 3000, Crashed The Wedding and Air Hostess, Busted are a firm memory of many a millennial’s school disco.

Other acts performing include boyband Union J, Voice finalist Jordan Gray and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 competitor, Charlie Hides.

Union J will also take to the stage on July 8.

Welsh singer Charlotte Church brings her Late Night Pop Dungeon to the Pride after party, along with DJ’s Horse Meat Disco and local favourites Don’t Tell Your Mother.

Supporter wristbands for the festival are available now for just £5 for Saturday’s Festival or £15 including after parties. Wristbands offer free bus travel on Pride Day with First Bus in Bristol (Inner Zone), discounted £1 journeys with Bristol Ferry’s, discounts or freebies with food traders and money off at the festival bars.

Elsewhere on Pride Weekend, Belinda Carlisle will be joined by  Katrina of Katrina of The Waves, and electro-pop duo Avec Sans, on Friday, July 7.

July 8 will be the culmination of a week of events across Bristol to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) community. Pride takes place across Bristol from the June 30 and will see popular events such as the Pride Dog Show and a computer gaming social. LGBT+ theatre is well represented too, with a drag version of the Wardrobe favourite Murder She Didn’t Write, a comedy night with Bethany Black, David Mills and Jayde Adams.

Festival director Daryn Carter said: “Bristol has one of the largest Pride events in the UK and this year we are again expecting record numbers to attend the festival with our biggest line up to date.

“As well as showcasing Bristol as a top Pride destination we continue to showcase our LGBT+ community, who are fighting against hatred and for equality in these uncertain and volatile political times. We continue to provide opportunities for visibility and for us to tackle hate crime and prejudice by offering engaging events that challenge hearts and minds.”

“We have a real variety of artists performing across three stages, as well as dedicated family and youth areas. We truly have something for everyone and welcome everyone to come along, find out more about the LGBT+ community and to show their support”

Supporter wristbands for Pride Day and tickets for Bristol Pride Presents: Belinda Carlisle are on sale now via Bristol Pride or Bristol Ticket Shop.

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