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  1. Published on: 20/04/2017 04:22 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Liverpool Pride Festival has revealed that acclaimed Mersey singer Marc
    Almond will headline the Summer 2017 event.



    The former Soft Cell front man is originally from Southport. He has sold
    over 30 million records worldwide, and is appearing at Liverpool Pride for
    the first time just weeks after he celebrates his 60th birthday.



    This is the eighth consecutive year of Liverpool Pride, a free two-day event
    celebrating all things LGBT. This year's festival takes place on Saturday 29
    July and Sunday 30 July 2017 returning to St George's Quarter for the second
    year.



    Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city's major annual events.
    Last year, the festival attracted more than 32,000 festivalgoers to
    celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.



    The theme for Liverpool Pride 2017 is International Love, with organisers
    spreading the Liverpool message far and wide. Liverpool Pride's
    International Love theme will also complement a city-wide season of events
    and performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The 50
    Summers of Love season will run from May to August 2017.



    Marc Almond played a vital role in the new wave music movement, scoring an
    international hit with the song Tainted Love in 1981. The song still remains
    a huge favourite with many of today's artistes - including The ***** Cat
    Dolls and Rihanna - sampling the track on new releases.



    Tainted Love broke all records as the track that remained the longest in the
    US Billboard Top 100, the song also received a Brit award for best single.
    He again hit the top of the charts in 1989 with Sixties legend, the late
    Gene Pitney, with the duet Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, which
    remained at Number One for five weeks.



    Almond continues to record new music and in January he released the single,
    A Kind Of Love. Two months later, he released an album of greatest hits -
    Hits And Pieces, The Best of Marc Almond And Soft Cell. It entered the
    Official UK Album Charts at Number 7, and was followed by a short sold out
    UK tour.



    The singer is currently working on a new solo album for release in September
    2017, coinciding with a 20-date UK tour.



    Marc Almond commented: "I was born near enough to Liverpool for it to feel
    like a home City for me. It feels very special to be opening and headlining
    this year's Pride event. Liverpool is famous for being a diverse, friendly,
    tolerant city so I hope that many people will come and have a good time and
    support the event."



    Liverpool Pride will return to St George's Quarter for a second year. The
    festival site covers the areas of St George's Hall Plateau, St John's
    Gardens and William Brown Street, and will feature three stages.



    The Main Stage will be located on William Brown Street and will feature Marc
    Almond and additional performers to be announced in the coming months; the
    Plateau Stage will be in front of St George's Hall showcasing the World On
    One Stage sponsored by Manchester Airport and supported by The Arts Council,
    and will feature music linked to the festival theme of International Love;
    and the Garden Stage with indy music and spoken word will be located at St
    John's Gardens.



    Liverpool Pride Festival Chair Lucy Day commented: "Last year's Liverpool
    Pride was absolutely incredible. The new festival location of St George's
    Quarter proved an extremely popular choice with festivalgoers so we're
    absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be returning to this stunning
    setting for 2017.



    "Come and join us for a free, two-day family friendly celebration of all
    things LGBT this Summer, with Mersey singer Marc Almond headlining the
    festival on his Liverpool Pride debut. Watching Marc perform against the
    backdrop of one of the city's most iconic venues is going to be a huge
    highlight for 2017 - and we cannot wait."



    The Liverpool Pride Festival began as a community response to the death of
    murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2
    August 2008.



    The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael's memory as a way
    to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities. The festival
    continues to remind the community to stand up for LGBT culture and equality
    through a city-wide celebration where everyone is welcome.



    Each year, the Liverpool Pride March is an increasingly popular and poignant
    part of the special weekend - and again the march will play a major role in
    the weekend's programme when it makes its way through the city on the
    Saturday, starting at 12pm from St George's Hall Plateau. The procession
    will return to St George's Quarter at 1pm when stage entertainment will run
    until 9pm.



    Sunday sees the return of We Are Family with fun activities, workshops and
    entertainment throughout the day. Singer and vocal expert Jennifer John
    returns to work with community choirs, supported by The Arts Council.



    New for 2017 is a film and theatre programme to complement the theme of
    International Love. This includes Queertet 2017 at HUS during the week of
    Pride, and Gypsy Queen at The Unity on Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July.



    Further programme announcements will be made in the coming months.



    Manchester Airport has come on-board this year to support Liverpool Pride
    Festival 2017 as the Official Airport Sponsor. The airport joins Radio City,
    who has been named as the Official Media Partner for this year's event.
     

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  3. MICK/GILLY says:22/04/2017 10:02 AM
    Will he be taking requests from the audience?, I want him to sing I'm undecided by Tight fit ( 1982 ).

  4. CHURCHTOWNGAL says:22/04/2017 08:45 PM
    Hope he plays Sex Dwarf...Love that song, had it on only yesterday.


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