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This year will mark the first time that the event is taking place since “significant” changes were made to the organisation following a six-month review.   

This came after backlash from members of the LGBTQ+ community who felt that the city’s Pride was becoming too commercialised.

As part of the changes, MCR Pride Live, which has seen stars like Ariana Grande and Olly Alexander perform, will not go ahead this year. 

This is part of a wider effort to “refocus its efforts back onto its activist roots”. 

Key attractions such as the Parade and the Candlelit Vigil will still happen as normal.

These festivities are set to take place across three stages around Canal Street from 26 until 29 August.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the weekend.

Who is performing at Manchester Pride?

Co-designed with the city’s queer communities, Manchester Pride confirmed that performances will take place across three stages.

The day splits were announced on 3 August and can be found below or by clicking here

26 August (Friday)

Alan Turing Stage: Trans Filth & Joy

MancUnity Stage sponsored by Gaydio: DJ Fat Tony | Fat Pride | Ivy Profemme | The Niallist | Fat Britney 

Cabaret Stage: Duncan James (Proud Cabaret) | Patrick Saint James | House of Fire


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27 August (Saturday)

Alan Turing Stage: Danny Beard & Friends | Nadine Coyle | Danny Beard | Ginny Lemon | Tia Kofi | Black Peppa | Kitty Scott-Claus | Bailey J Mills | Victoria Scone | Glitzy and Virgin Atlantic | Encore Youth choir | Lady Bushra | Callum Parr Miss Blair | Youth Pride MCR | DJ Billy Andrew | Barb | Yshee Black | Cara Melle | Katherine Ellis

MancUnity Stage sponsored by Gaydio: Black Pride MCR: Alison Limerick (Live PA) | Suriya Aisha | Pops Roberts | Jade Jaxson | De’vill Blaque | Angel Blaque | Birkin Blaque | Mr Blaque | Tysie Blaque | Fortune Ghetto | Reece Ghetto | Jaded Ghetto | Natasha Moonshine

Swagga: Monsta Boy | DJ Stacy Bee | DJ KL | DJ Nkay | Paigey Cake | Shaquille | Queens In Kicks | Mr Bruki

Cabaret Stage: Queeriosity Cabaret | RozallaThe Enby Show: Carrot | Cyro | Mark Anthony | Frogboi, Flick

The Bitten Peach: Jason Kwan | Mahatma Khandi | Tequila Thirst | Cyro | Kitty Velour | Lilly Snatchdragon

28 August (Sunday)

Alan Turing Stage: Queer Music Sunday hosted by Cheddar Gorgeous and Anna Phylactic: Melanie C | Bimini | Ginny Lemon’s Dog Show | K-Klass | Charity Shop Sue | Jsky | Monopoly Phonic | TOMYUMSIM, Jova and the Wave | NIMMO | Queen Bayard | July Jones

MancUnity Stage sponsored by Gaydio: Queer Women’s Takeover: Lucy Spraggan (DJ Set) | Jaguar | What She Said | Mix-Stress & Black Betty | DJ Nkay | Club Clam | Swagga | Vanilla

Cabaret Stage: Misty Chance & Friends | Pecs Drag Kings | Angie Brown | House of Suarez

What can I expect from the Parade and Candlelit Vigil?

The Parade is one of the most well-known parts of Manchester Pride and will take place on Saturday 27 August. 

It will see members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies march together for equality, with thousands of people set to line the streets as they do so.

The theme of this year’s Parade is ‘March for Peace’, which was originally introduced for the 2020 celebrations before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to be cancelled

“As we look around the world today, this theme has become even more relevant,” organisers said. “Conflict within and outside of our communities is rife, and we are calling on our LGBTQ+ communities and allies around Greater Manchester to join in and support us as we March for Peace.”

Although applications to get involved have closed, everyone is welcome to watch it and no ticket is needed for this. 

Manchester Pride culminates with the Candlelit Vigil, which is completely free to attend.

Held in conjunction with the George House Trust, it serves as a moment to remember those the community has lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic

“The Candlelit Vigil also provides a space to remember those who are suffering and those who are persecuted, presenting an opportunity to stand together in a united front as we recognise the many challenges that are still faced by LGBTQ+ communities, both here in the UK and around the world,” organisers also say of it.

It will take place in the Sackville Gardens on the evening of Monday 29 August. 

Where can I get tickets for Manchester Pride?

The event’s official website will direct you to Ticketmaster, where there are still tickets available. 

Given that MCR Pride Live will not be taking place this year, the main event to get tickets for is the four-day-long Gay Village Party.

It boasts an impressive line-up including the likes of Melanie C, Duncan James, Kitty Scott-Claus and Bailey J Mills, which was created in collaboration with Manchester’s queer community.

There will also be takeovers from Black Pride MCR, Queer Women’s Takeoer and Fat Pride.

Tickets for it can be purchased in bulk or for individual days here and £2.50 from each one will go directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund.