Your guide to Cumbria Pride


BACK in Carlisle for another year, Cumbria Pride returns to the city centre once again this weekend with a bigger line-up than ever before. We've put together this handy guide so you can get involved with the weekend's festivities.

It's Pride time!

The event aims to draw people from all backgrounds, communities and areas of the county together for a weekend of music, fun and overall a party. With Cumbria Pride's mission to

promote equality, diversity and to protect the future of LGBT communities of Cumbria as well as to promote equality and diversity for the public benefits and counter discrimination against LGBT people across Cumbria. Cumbria Pride aims to be a strong voice for Cumbria's LGBT community. Also provide a safe environment to engage communities in the celebration of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Who will be headlining the event?

Taking place from 12pm until 6pm, English pop group 911 will perform at the event. Consisting of Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Simon "Spike" Dawbarn rose to fame when they formed in 1992 and released their debut single Night to Remember in 1996. This was followed by their debut album The Journey in March 1997, which was certified Gold by the BPI in November 1997. Frontman Lee Brennan grew up in Carlisle and has always maintained a strong following here in the county.

Collabro are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. They met in 2014 above a pub in London for their first rehearsal and only a month later went on to rouse the whole of the Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars in their first audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Having won their semi-final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever and subsequently signed to Simon Cowell’s label Syco, becoming label mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo. Matthew Pagan from the group grew up in Carlisle and also performed at Pride as a soloist last year.

The Tailormade became Radio One stars when they busked in competition with a disguised James Arthur and The Vamps at London’s Waterloo Station, with Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw labelling them the station’s house-band. Made up of Matt Pickersgill, Jack Frimston and Aaron Murphy, The Tailormade have already supported a range of pop acts already this summer. The band’s self-penned track, The Best Days of Our Lives, is the soundtrack to a series of promotional videos issued by the University of Cumbria.

What other entertainment can I expect?

The day will also feature performances from quirky jazz singer Georgie Braggins who rose to fame on the ITV show The Voice earlier this year. Tom Andrews will also be venturing up North to join the line-up next month. The rising star who made his debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2010 and has worked with the likes of Toby Gad, Jorgen Elofsson, Arnthor Birgisson, Julie Frost, Gary Clarke, Gary Go, Herbie Crichlow, Rose-Marie, Stuart Crichton and Khris Lorenz.

Northern Proud Voices, Cumbria University Performers, LGBT Centre Youth Dance Company Group, Ross Alexander, Andy Crosbie as Elton John, Lisa Hart as Gaga, Spice Girls Tribute, Liam Moorhouse, Lisa Glendinning, Michael T Ogilvie and Ryan Jagger will also perform.

Last years event went down a treat with appearances from Saturday Night hit-maker Whigfield headlining the day. The Voice star Jordan Gray, disco star Nikki French, Collabro star Matthew Pagan as well as local artist Jolan who rose to fame on The Voice, also took to the stage

Is there an age limit?

Not at all. Cumbria Pride aims to be inclusive of everyone and every age so the event is open to all families. This year the event will host a fairground with a big wheel as well as various food outlets and over 30 stalls throughout the city centre.

What else can I expect?

As well as a drinks marquee, food outlets and stalls, there will be interactive demonstrations from Enterprise and Citroen as well as guest speeches from Amnesty International about their campaign Love is a Human Right. The Mayor and Mayoress will be in attendance as well as the City Council, Fire brigade and the Police Crime Commissioner as well as the UK Pink Fire Engines.


Of course the entertainment doesn't stop there! Outrageous Cabaret Bar in Carlisle will be hosting the official afterparty from 2pm until late with appearances from Manchester's drag superstar Angel Delight who will be hosting a 'lip sync for your life' with prizes to be won. DJ Jonny, DJ Jenny and DJ Milner also feature on the lineup. Entry is free up until 8pm

Why should I go?

It's a free event in Carlisle City Centre which is expecting an attendance of around 10,000 people. With music from big names and entertainment from 12pm-6pm you'd be mad to miss it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:31AM
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