LAUNCHED IN A BURST OF RAINBOW COLOUR
Photographs by David Munn
LIVERPOOL Pride launched
yesterday in true Fairy Tale style with a glamorous lunchtime event
at Liverpool Malmaison hosted by Radio City breakfast presenters
Leanne Campbell and Dave Kelly, and attended by the local media,
celebrities and VIP's including singer Sonia and actor Andrew Lancel.
With just a few weeks to go until the 2014 Liverpool Pride event on
Saturday 2nd August, excitement grows as the full line up is
finalised for this year's ticketed event.
Liverpool Pride have also introduced a new Golden Circle VIP ticket,
priced at £20 each (additional £12 to upgrade if already purchased)
- Golden Circle tickets are strictly limited to provide the very
best Pride experience and jumping all the queues. You will get the
best access and views of the Main Stage area and access to your very
own washrooms and Golden Circle bar.
Pride revellers will be treated to a whole host of top performances
across the Waterfront, Stanley Street and Garlands and G-Bar stages.
Pride organisers can now reveal what the Saturday line up will look
like across all 3 stages…
House of Suarez will kick proceedings off at 1pm and re-join the
stage at 3.45pm for their innovative forms of dance interpretations,
fusing dance styles with expressive and amazing performances.
Headline act Katy B takes to the Waterfront stage at 1.30pm after
bursting onto the scene in 2010 with 'Katy on a Mission' and
a career that's growing from strength to strength with hit singles '5AM'
and 'Crying For No Reason' Katy B makes her way to Liverpool
for her first Pride performance. There are other performances
through the afternoon from Claire Simmo 2pm, Watchtower 2.10pm,
Audio Zero 2.30pm and Sam Cottrell 2.40pm.
Later on the Waterfront stage, witness music from Ukebox 3pm, Doodah
Farm 3.10pm and DJ Ellie Phillips 3.30pm before a glittering
performance from the cast of WICKED at 3.50pm. Telling the
incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz and their unlikely but
profound friendship with all the colour and lights of Oz, singing a
selection of hit numbers from one of the most popular and longest
running West-End musicals of all time. Duo, Killa Sista continue the
Pride celebrations at 4.05pm, followed by the UK's best Kylie
Tribute act at 4.20pm and singer Jes Stretton at 4.55pm.
Taking us into the late afternoon is 80s sensation Sam Fox at
5.10pm, Edge of Eden 5.50pm, DJ Lee Butler 6.10pm, My Forever
6.25pm, ABBA GOLD, the original and still the best ABBA tribute band
at 6.45pm, MiC Lowry 7.15pm and closing the Waterfront Stage is
Heather Small and M People at 7.30pm. As one of the biggest dance acts
in the UK, Heather Small and M People will once more captivate
audiences with some of their greatest feel good and empowering hits
like:- 'One Night in Heaven', 'Search for the
Hosted by Paul German, Calvin Fox, Baby Jai, Leanne Campbell and
Pete Price. Stanley Street stage will host some fabulous
performances from DJ Danny Kay 1pm, House of Suarez 2pm, Masquerade
2.10pm and Superstar Boudoir Drag Queen Vivienne at 2.20pm. Scouse
songstress Sonia will perform at 2.30pm, Sonia's career launched
right here in Liverpool as she sang on the club circuit in the
1980s, where she was discovered by pop producer Pete Waterman.
Famous for her smash hit debut single 'You'll Never Stop Me
From Loving You' Sonia returns to where it all began for Pride.
Stanley Street will also showcase some fantastic local, up and
coming talent alongside some Pride favourites throughout the day
with performances from Sista Luv 3pm, Lisbon 3.15pm, Flick/Jupiters
3.30pm, Superstar Boudoir 3.50pm, Radio City's DJ Lee Butler 4.10pm,
Pink 4.40pm, Cabaret favourite Cindy Crystelle 5pm, Danielle and
Jonathan Graham 5.10pm, Heaven 5.20pm, Carly Grimes/Kev McGowan
5.40pm and Navy Bar 6pm.
There will also be performances from S'Evere 6.20pm, Lady Gaga
tribute act Toni Nesbitt 6.35pm, Boutique 6.50pm, 'Sex
and 'Trippin' on you' singer Nikki Belle 7.10pm and
finally, DJ Mark Armstrong at 7.30pm.
and G-Bar Stage
The Garlands and G-Bar stage will host back to back DJ sets from
Garlands and G-Bar's biggest and best resident DJs. Keeping the
party vibe going from 2pm until 11pm will be, G-Bar basement hero
Andy Mac, crowd pleaser Anthony Armstrong, G-Bar resident Dave
Bennett, the UK's longest serving resident DJ, Dave Booth, G-Bar's
ever popular John Hooper, Garlands own Les Calvert, who has played
to crowds all over the world from Ibiza to Dubai, creator of
Liverpool's Carry on misbehaving and Garlands resident Lil Jon, and
the man behind the mask Mr. X fresh from Ibiza after taking
Gatecrasher by storm.
This non-stop stage of music will have crowds entertained with the
biggest and freshest tunes and keep the magical party spirits going
till late into the night!
As always, Liverpool Pride will remain a family friendly event with
all ages encouraged to attend, there will be a free, community area
at the festival in association with Movema, with entertainment for
those not wishing to pay to visit the main stages but that still
want to enjoy and remain part of the festivities. There will be a
wealth of entertainment and activities including music from the LGBT
Choir, a market with stalls to stock up on souvenirs, gifts and
mementos, food and drink stalls, information stalls,
adrenaline-pumping fairground rides, a dance and active zone and a
trans friendly area for the trans community and their allies.
The Pride March is also completely free to participate in and watch.
To join our celebration of LGBT culture and community and
demonstrate support for our campaign for equality, acceptance and
freedom, meet at the St Georges Plateau on Saturday, 2 August 2014,
from 11am. To register to join the Pride march visit our
This year marks the 5th Anniversary of Liverpool Pride which was
established in 2010 in memory of murdered gay teenager Michael
Causer. Liverpool Pride 2014 falls on the exact date of Michael's
death, making this year especially poignant. After last year's
record breaking Pride event where over 65,000 revellers enjoyed the
music, fun and atmosphere of Pride, 'Glam Fairy Tale'
organizers are hoping for a bigger and better event this year!
► Advanced tickets
£8 and £11 on the day. (No booking Fees, a handling charge may apply
of £2.25 per transaction)
► New Golden Circle Tickets go on sale on Friday, 11 July
2014, at 10am priced
£20 (or £12 for those already purchased tickets)
► For tickets book online or call the Liverpool Pride Ticket Hotline
on:- 0844 8000 509. Tickets also available in person at TicketQuarter,
Queen Square, Liverpool.
► Make sure you check out:-
liverpoolpride.co.uk, @LiverpoolPride on
Facebook to have your say and
for all of the latest pride news.
reasons why Merseyside charity is making an impact
WIRRAL based children's
charity Stick 'n' Step creates good value for money, according to a
recent report published by Liverpool John Moores University. It
looked at Stick n Step's social return on investment and found that
the charity created more than £1.5 million of social value in 2013,
in return for an annual investment of £300,000.
The £300,000 figure is the charity's annual running cost, which
ensures that free conductive education and support services are
provided to 70 children with cerebral palsy and their families.
Cerebral palsy affects around one in 400 children, and there are
approximately 110,000 children and adults currently living with the
condition in the UK.
Conductive education is a non-medical based developmental aid, which
promotes independence for those with conditions like cerebral palsy,
and is not offered by the NHS. It helps young people to learn new
skills such as head control, moving around independently, sitting
unaided, walking and more.
The Social Return on Investment (SROI) report confirmed that for
every £1 spent by the charity, £4.89 of social value was created.
The report was based on 70 people benefiting from Stick 'n' Step.
However it added that if 140 people were considered (to account for
at least one parent as well as a child benefitting), the social
value would increase to £9.76 for every £1 invested. The report adds
that the SROI is not an actual representation of what has been
spent, but is instead an insight into the holistic health and
wellbeing benefits that are gained. It concluded that the benefits
experienced by those who attend Stick 'n' Step have a much wider
impact that resonates outside of the charity and into the wider
All children and adults involved in the evaluation reported three
main themes of positive impact that Stick 'n' Step has on them:
social benefits, mental health and wellbeing benefits, and the
learning of new skills. 'Many of the children, parents and staff at
Stick 'n' Step reported that being involved with the charity had
been life changing,' the report stated:- "Many young people added
that without Stick 'n' Step they would be unable to walk, which was
a key factor in them gaining independence, and non-reliance on their
Commented Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick 'n' Step:-
"We receive no government funding and so we rely entirely on the
generosity of community fundraisers and grants to allow us provide
our service for free to the families that attend. More often than
not, it is the people of Merseyside that contribute the heaviest
towards fundraising for us and we are always so grateful for their
dedication to our cause. This report is a fantastic way of showing
our loyal supporters that their money really is making a huge
difference and is positively impacting those who attend and the
wider community too."
To access the full report or to find out more about Stick 'n' Step
sticknstep.org. Alternatively contact Stick
'n' Step on:- 0151 638 0888 or via
presents young people's free festival
THIS summer, from 18 July
July 2014, Tate Liverpool will host a festival of music,
performance, art, and dance that has been programmed by and for
young people aged 15 to 25.
Led by Tate Collective Liverpool, an ongoing youth art initiative,
Blueprint Festival 2014 will be a 3 day festival where young
visitors can experience unexpected encounters with art, music,
spoken word, dance, theatre, a parade of living sculptures and free
admission into Tate Liverpool's summer exhibitions.
The Blueprint Festival 2014 and its accompanying exhibition is part
of Circuit, a four year national programme connecting 15 to 25 year
olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership
with the youth and cultural sector. Led by Tate and funded by the
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people
to steer their own learning and create cultural activity. The
festival also offers participants the opportunity to develop an arts
community and learning network with peers and professionals.
The festival starts with the launch party on Friday, 18 July 2014, from 6pm
at Tate Liverpool featuring performances by acclaimed young bands
including headline act Stealing Sheep supported by The Orielles.
Visitors will also have the chance to get a first glimpse at the
Blueprint Festival 2014 exhibition, a two week showcase of work by
emerging artists curated by Tate Collective Liverpool and a
selection panel of high profile arts professionals, including the
former Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey. The launch party will then
continue at a spectacular event at The Kazimier from 8pm.
On Saturday, 19 July 2014, from 1pm onwards, visitors to Tate Liverpool
can take part in Rub-a-glove beatboxing, lyric writing and MCing
workshops, listen to music and performance poetry, or try out some
design inspired by the gallery's summer exhibition Mondrian and his
Studios. At the same time, the festival will move out into the City,
with live acts, art and performance workshops in Liverpool ONE's
Chavasse Park as well as a parade of living sculptures through
Liverpool City centre. From 7pm, young people can experience Tate
Liverpool in a whole new way as Tate Collective Liverpool and
selected cross disciplinary artists including The Costumologists and
Youmeandus transform the gallery into a digital playground of music,
performance and art. On Sunday, 20 July 2014, from 12pm, Tate Liverpool will be taken over by
young designers, graphic artists and printmakers selling their work
at an art fair arranged in collaboration with Inprint, a startup
established by Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester
Metropolitan University graduates of 2013. Print and design studio
Jonzo will be running a zine making drop-in, while acoustic musical
performances animate the gallery and the Albert Dock.
Grace Collins, Tate Collective Liverpool member said:- "The
group, of around 30 of us, has been working on the festival for
nearly nine months now. The Blueprint Festival 2014 is going to be
an immersive, exciting and busy weekend and we can't wait to share
with Liverpool what we've been working on." For more information about Blueprint Festival 2014 and the
exhibition go to:-
Blueprint Festival 2014, produced by Tate Collective for Circuit, is
a strand of Flux Liverpool, a City wide celebration of young
people's creativity and entrepreneurialism. Held in Liverpool from
the 17 July to 2 August 2014 Flux Liverpool aims to energise young
people's creativity through events, performances, workshops,
discussions, and projects. Events at venues across the City will
also coincide with and complement the Flux Liverpool programme,
including: Blueprint Festival 2014 for Circuit at Tate Liverpool,
Young DaDaFest, The BIG Event and the Young Liverpool Film Night at
WHO WILL BE
CROWNED BRAZILICA CARNIVAL QUEEN 2014?
BRAZILICA 2014 is alive and
kicking and this Friday, 18 July 2014, the ever popular Carnival Queen
Competition will heat up the already sizzling summer festival.
Brazilian dancers from far and wide will battle for samba supremacy
at the 2014 Brazilica Carnival Queen Competition which this year
takes place at Liverpool's spectacular Alma de Cuba Bar on Seel
Street from 9pm.
The competition; which the public are invited to attend, will warm
the City up for the main Brazilica Carnival Day which takes over
Liverpool City Centre the following day, Saturday, 19 July 2014, for a
magnificent colourful spectacle of Brazilian music, dance and
The panel of judges will be hard pressed to pick a winner from
Friday evenings line up, which will see each dancer showcase their
best routine, most dazzling costume, and of course their sparkling
personality and energy. Contestants have come from far and wide to
compete in the battle for this year's title including Poland, Mexico
and Brazil as well as local talent from Preston and Liverpool.
Winner of 2013's Carnival Queen Title, Yazzmin Newell, who was also
the 2012 London Samba School Queen will hand over her crown on the
night to this year's deserving winner.
A highlight in the Brazilica calendar the Carnival Queen competition
always proves to be a fun and highly entertaining evening which will
get audiences in the samba spirit. Event
Brazilica Carnival Queen Competition,
Alma de Cuba,
76 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BH, 9pm,
Free Entry! The night time carnival parade is definitely the
star of the show with world class samba bands and dancers
transforming the streets of Liverpool with their glittering
showcase. Be sure not to miss any of the parade action which kicks
off at 8pm. Starting at Abercromby Square, the parade
will turn onto Oxford Street and Hope Street where the parade will
then follow Hardman Street onto Bold Street. Then travelling through
the City's streets before finishing at Williamson Square where the
evening's entertainment will take place on the main stage.