We are having Some Kinda Rush on the run up to Reading's biggest Pride event yet! Headlining this year will be dance sensation Booty Luv who are signed to one of clubland's most notorious labels, Hed Kandi. The chart topping duo Cherise and Nadia, have enjoyed two top 10 singles including Boogie 2nite and Shine. The former Big Brovaz girls topped the national club charts with their summer anthem Dont Mess With my Man in 2007 and their new top 20 UK single Some Kinda Rush promises to get everybody up and dancing with their disco grooves.
Joining our headline act this year will be boy band Eli Prime (formerly Inju5tice), whose fusion of electro clubs beats and commercial pop written by the boys themselves promise to get you excited for Pride's festivities.
Reading Pride will also be joined by numerous local organisations, voluntary groups and charities showing their support for LGBT related issues. Each will have a stall in the main arena and will be available to talk to throughout the day.
The day long free event is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and culture, however organisers welcome and urge all members of Reading's rich and diverse community to join in. Reading Pride aims to be an inclusive celebration of diversity and equality in all forms, throughout the Thames Valley area.
The annual parade will be kicking off at the Civic Centre at 11.30am and meander through Broad Street, Market Square, Forbury Gardens before arriving at Kings Meadow at 12pm. Be sure to be there for this spectacular march lead by local businesses and organisations.
Lorna McArdle, chair of Reading Pride says.... " Every year I think 'what a great festival the LGBT community can put on, we can't really do anymore.' Then suddenly we have our own theme tune donated by our very own local Nicolette Street and Carl Englemarc, which I would like to add, no other pride event has ever undertaken. We are the first pride event to really recognise same sex families within the celebrations and implemented a family picnic area. The Reading Pride committee has grown beyond recognition. I sometimes wonder how much bigger we can get but we just keep on growing! As such, Reading Pride is now more than a festival. We educate with music, we promote the community wherever possible and we have more ideas for the future coming through already. I can guarantee this group of people want to work all year round helping to promote and support any LGBT issue or organisation. "
Also, don't miss out on an exclusive performance of our anti-bullying single 'Sticks and Stones' by Nicolette Street and the newly coined Reading All Stars (local individuals from the LGBT community). This has been a really important project for Reading Pride and all profits will go towards supporting anti-bullying in the Thames Valley area. Show solidarity with our campaign by bringing along some change and make a donation of £3 for a copy our limited edition catchy rock/pop anthem.
Families and children can enjoy our new and improved children's area. We are really excited about all the adventures to be had on our inflatable pirate ship and other inflatable attractions. Internationally recognised Beni the Buzzard's human cannonball will also be making star performances throughout the day – watch out as he is shot from a canon, flies twice around the world twice and lands back at Reading Pride! As part of the Youth Zone we have a bungee run, water zorbing, funfair rides, Reading Spinners and keep fit pole dancing.
If that weren't enough, Reading Pride have partnered with Penta Hotel to bring you our newly improved VIP area, The Enclosure. The Enclosure offers plentiful undercover seating so VIP's and sponsors can enjoy the festival away from the hustle and bustle with premium views of the stage.There will be a private bar, catering and a meet and greet area allowing VIPs and sponsors exclusive opportunities to take pictures and ask artists about their performance.
As always, Reading Pride has strived to keep this a free event for all members of the community and this year is no different. Please help us to keep this event free and donate by texting LGBT00 £2/5/10 to 70070.