AMELIA LILY TO
HEADLINE LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2013
SINGING star Amelia Lily,
whose biggest hit 'You Give Me Joy' stormed the charts in
September 2012, is to top the bill at Liverpool Pride 2013 when the
festival flies back into the City on Saturday 3 August.
Since her X-Factor success, Amelia signed a major record deal with
Xenomania/Sony and has since gone on to support Girls Aloud on their
nation-wide farewell tour and released three top 40 hits. Her debut
album will be released this summer and she will be performing a
selection of the highly anticipated songs from it at Liverpool
Amelia said:- ''It's a pleasure to be asked to be part of
Liverpool Pride. I have so many gay friends it makes me proud to be
involved in such a good cause and this year it's gonna be bigger and
better, roll on 3 August!"
It was also revealed at the launch that the charity Liverpool Pride
had been nominated for a National Diversity Award, a great
achievement considering that the festival is still only in its
Chair of Liverpool Pride Zoran Blackie said:- "We're delighted
to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award, it's a
testament to the great work that Liverpool Pride and Liverpool as a
City has done to move forward with making this fantastic place more
inclusive for everyone. Liverpool Pride 2013 is going to be the
biggest festival to date and the organisation is proud to continue
its work. All of this can't be done without the support of the
Merseyside community, who every year come together to help make
Pride happen and keep it free, which is truly special"
Guests at the launch, held at Palm Sugar, Liverpool ONE were treated
to performances from Killa Sista and MiC Lowry who gave a taste of
the talent that will be on stage come 3 August.
The 2013 superhero themed festival line up also includes a bat-cave
full of home-grown and UK talent including rock/pop-band My Forever,
whose single 'The World Won't Wait' was selected as Radio 1's
single of the week in December of last year.
My Forever said:- "We are so
excited to be playing Liverpool Pride! Liverpool is one of our
favourite cities and the crowds are always up for a great party! We
can't wait to hit the stage and put on a great show for one of the
biggest events on the Pride calendar!"
Popular performers House of Suarez, Dance Dynamix, Thomas Teago,
Adam Lyons and Nikki Bell all make a welcome return to the main
stage alongside a wealth of artists who have never been seen before
at Pride including powerhouse female duo Killa Sista, dance act Baby
D and Doremi Fly who have recorded over 2 albums worth of music and
now have a catalogue with a wide variety of genres that include
Pop/Pop/Rock/RandB/Soul/Dance/Dubstep and House. There will also be a
performance from the cast of the 20th Anniversary Concert of RENT,
which will stomp into the Liverpool Echo Arena on 30th November.
Tokyo Track, winners of Liverpool Pride and the Michael Causer
Foundation's Out On Stage unsigned act competition will take to the
Pier Head Stage to play a selection of their indie/rock tunes. Tokyo
Track won the hotly contested chance to perform back in May after
several rounds of competition at a number of venues around the City.
Tokyo Track said:- "Winning
the Michael Causer Foundation's competition gave us great pride in
what we do. We can only define how we feel as honoured; to be given
such an opportunity as being able to play the main stage of the
Liverpool Pride Festival is a privilege; doing it in Michael's name,
alone, gives us a sense of gratitude and it also offers a big step
forward for us as a band."
Rounding up the line up is MiC Lowry, who are harmonising their way
to success. These 5 R'n'B boys were one of the runners up in MTV's
Brand New Unsigned, a collection of the top 20 artistes to watch out
for in 2013 and won the under 19's Rock the House Music competition
This year's main stage hosts include Geordie Shore's Jay Gardner andFormer Radio
City presenter Jay Hynd, as well as Juice FM and
Gaydio presenters, who will pop up throughout the day.
Meanwhile, over in the Stanley Street Quarter, Liverpool singers are
out in force including performances from Paul Halewood, Rosalie
Galvin, Craig Cavanagh, Emma Lousha and Pretty Girl Rock, who are
currently taking the UK by storm with their debut single 'Bring
It On.' The Stanley Street Quarter stage will be hosted by
everyone's favourite Desperate Scousewife Amanda Harrington and man
about the gaybourhood Paul St German in addition to a whole host of
well-known Liverpool faces.
Amanda Harrington said:- 'I'm so pleased to be involved in
Liverpool Pride. 2013 will be the biggest and best Pride event so
far and the programme of events of the festival is amazing!
Liverpool Pride helps celebrate the positivity of LGBandT life in the
City and I'm very proud to take part in this event.'
Liverpool Pride 2013 will take place on Saturday 3 August at
Liverpool's iconic pier-head and throughout the Stanley Street
Quarter. In addition to this, there will be a weekend of cultural
events taking place at some of Liverpool's most influential arts and
Make sure you check out:-
liverpoolpride.co.uk, @LiverpoolPride on
Twitter and facebook.com/LiverpoolPrideto have your say and for all
of the latest pride news.
Top ticket for
new music festival
MORE top artists have been
added to the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) line-up.
Organisers have revealed all the acts for the Pier Head stage on the
Saturday of the bank holiday weekend, which will give music lovers
the chance to see 10 artists for just £20.
6 top acts have been added to the Turn Up the Radio event on
Saturday, 24 August 2013:-
British girl group Stooshe
X Factor and West End star Diana Vickers
A*M*E who topped the charts earlier this year with her collaboration
with Duke Dumont
Indie band The Vamps
Singer songwriter Charlie Brown
Female singer tipped to be the next big thing, Tich
They will join JLS, Little Mix,
Union J and Eliza Doolittle, who were announced as part of the
line-up earlier this month, in the music extravaganza which will run
from around 1pm to 10pm.
All acts will perform a full set.
Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "It's great to see the festival
celebrating the very best of pop music, giving fans the chance to
see chart-toppers at an affordable price – and all in the stunning
surroundings of our World Heritage Site.
This is the inaugural LIMF, and we've already set the bar high. The
Saturday line-up is packed with household names which will have mass
appeal. And this is just one element – we're still to announce the
full line-up for the Party at the Pier stage on Sunday as well as
the full Sefton Park programme, details of the fringe festival and
the LIMF Academy – without a doubt Liverpool will be the place to be
for music lovers in August and September."
LIMF's music curator, Yaw Owusu, said:- "This festival is
focused on three things; celebrating greatness, discovering the new
and inspiring the next. We want people to discover the DNA of a
global music City and be surprised and inspired by the collection
and scope of artists, spaces, events and collaborations in place. We
can't wait to unveil the rest of the line-up."
Tickets can be bought
online or by calling:-
08448 24 48 24.
Region collective switch saves £76,435 for local residents!
OVER 4,600 people from across the region,
joined together in a bid to get a better deal on their energy bills.
During the 2 week switching period, 699 residents switched to a
cheaper tariff. Those who switched have benefitted from an average
saving of £110 a year. 2 people saved over £1,000 and five
others saved over £500.
In total the Liverpool City Region collective switch saved local
residents £76,435 on their energy bills.
Scheme switching partner, energyhelpline successfully negotiated
several different offers from energy suppliers. Scottish Power,
Npower, The Co-operative Energy and Good Energy all made offers,
with up to £50 cashback against their energy tariffs.
The offers included a variable tariff; fixed tariffs, quarterly
billing, and an offer for customers with prepayment meters. These
special offers were available for a limited period from 3 June to 14
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who leads on low carbon issues
for the City Region, said:- "It's great that we've been able
to put so much money back into the pockets of local residents. It
shows that by working together in this way, we can make a
difference. Those who didn't register for the collective switch have
not missed out. We're going to run another collective switch later
in the year and we hope even more people will get involved and see
how much they could save on their energy bills."
Organisers, Energy Projects Plus, along with partners Halton
Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council
and Wirral Council are planning another collective switch, due to
take place in early Autumn.
Those interested in taking part in the next Liverpool City Region
Collective Switch can register their details on:-
LCRenergyswitch.co.uk or call Energy Projects
Plus on freephone:- 0800 043 0151.
Formby inspires others to 'sing
2 choirs from Formby High School, in
Merseyside, made a huge impact at the 4th Sunday Times Festival of
Education at Wellington College in Berkshire last weekend.
Mundo Afrika is an award winning choir of students from Years 8 to
12, who specialise in acappella world music, dance and drumming.
These talented performers are actively engaged in a range of
outreach workshops as 'young singing leaders' as part
of the school's specialist performing arts college programme.
G:Force Gospel Choir is an exciting, 75 strong community choir made
up of students, staff, parents, alumni, friends and colleagues from
local schools in the Formby area. It was formed as a result of the
school's involvement in the national 'Sing Up'
campaign and has gone from strength to strength over the past 4
Mr Cook is an Assistant Headteacher at Formby High School, he
oversees data and curriculum but joined the school on Freshfield
Road in 1998 as head of music before going on the lead the
specialist performing arts college programme until last year.
He is an Advanced Skills Teacher for music and a nationally
acclaimed music education practitioner and is Musical Director of
the G:Force Gospel Choir and Mundo Afrika. He was invited to speak
at the festival on Saturday, 22 June 2013, showcasing the good
practice at Formby High School in embedding singing across the
curriculum and creating a successful singing community.
His speech incorporated a spirited performance by 'Mundo
Afrika,' followed by a show-stopping turn by G:Force.
Mr Cook said:- "This was a great opportunity to showcase our
singing culture within school and our successful musical
relationship with the local community. We hope that our performance
will inspire other educators to consider doing something similar.
These opportunities are invaluable to the comprehensive music
education of our students and testament to the dedication,
enthusiasm and commitment of all involved."
The Festival is now the largest education event in Britain, with
over 2000 delegates attending over the festival over two days.
Michael Gove MP and Ofsted Chief Michael Wilshaw featured on the
same bill as Johnny Ball, Katie Price and Russell Kane.