This weekend sees Pride 2014 come to Brighton and Hove, where we’ll all see a celebration of the LGBT scene in a city that boasted the highest proportion of same-sex households in the country, according to the 2001 census.
Brighton has long been considered the ‘gay capital’ of the UK, and as a result the Pride weekend has grown from a small march way back in 1973 to a weekend celebration consisting of a parade, a main stage event, and many street parties that managed to pull in over 160,000 attendees back in 2012.
This year the Main Stage sees a huge line up of musical household names, including Republica and Katy B; and so we’ve decided to put together the pick of the line up together in a nice Spotify playlist for you to listen to and enjoy in the lead up to the weekend.
Some of the Hen Heaven office will be wondering around Brighton experiencing the festival this year (last year Richard wrote about his experiences over on The Stag Company’s blog), so you may well see our report on the event next week. We’ll be visiting the street parties all day to get a real sense of the festival.
Until then, here are the artists performing this weekend that you’ll want to see if you’re attending the main par-tay over at Preston Park:
Katy B – Louder – She fast became a household name after her tune ‘Katy on a Mission’, produced by Dubstep DJ Benga, landed in the Top 10.
Republica – Ready to Go – Republica are back and ready to go this weekend, go give this classic a listen and remember why you liked them in the first place.
Frankmusik – Crash and Burn (feat. Natasha Beddingfield) – Frankmusik’s synth-pop offerings are perfect for pride, and if the sun is out he could deliver one of the performances of the weekend.
Blue – All Rise – These guys probably don’t need any introduction, and if you need an introduction you might have been living under a rock for a looooong time.
The Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha – Now, only Kimberly Wyatt is performing at Pride, and not the Pussycat Dolls, but this tune is better than her solo or feature stuff (sorry Kimberly).
Neon Jungle – Trouble – With their debut album being released this week it is the perfect time for Neon Jungle to come and perform their spritely electro dance pop for the attendees of Pride.
Lucy Spraggan – Last Night (Beer Fear) – Often seen around Brighton, Lucy will be bringing her brand of ‘A-flop’ to the stage at Pride, so expect plenty of sing-alongs and happy faces during her set.
Martha Wash – Carry On – Martha Wash, as you may we know, was one half of The Weather Girls, who released a little known song called ‘It’s Raining Men’. Which is exactly why she is performing this weekend. Nuff said.
Heather Peace – The Thin Line – A patron of Manchester Pride, Heather Peace began her career as an actress, before turning her attentions to music and releasing three albums over the course of the last three years.
Sam Bailey – Skyscraper – Ending the show will be X Factor winner Sam Bailey, even though she is expecting a child any week now. Let’s hope she makes it through the show. Or do you want to see the first ever live, on-stage birth of Pride? It would make a hell of a story to tell the kid one day!
Listen to our Pride Playlist here: