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"Sue's Main Stage" Sponsored and Dedicated by Unite the Union

Experience an unending array of live entertainment on our Main Stage, featuring a dynamic lineup of performers ready to delight audiences all day long. From enchanting choirs to captivating drag performances, and a diverse range spanning pop, reggae, and grime, there's something to suit every palate. All of this excitement is masterfully hosted by some of Reading Pride's cherished queens, ensuring an unforgettable and inclusive experience for all.

This year's Main Stage is generously sponsored by Unite the Union, who have chosen to name the stage "Sue's Main Stage". Dedicated in the memory of Sue Hopkinson (nee Stevens) who earlier this year, in February, sadly passed away, losing the battle with leukemia. Sue was a long-serving member of Unite, an active supporter of Reading Pride for many years and a true Ally to the LGBT+ community. It was an honour and a privilege to have known Sue, may you rest in peace.

Headline Act Sponsored by Thames Valley Park Collective

We are delighted to announce our headline act at the Love Unites Festival 2023 will be none other than Steps legend Claire Richards!!

CLAIRE RICHARDS is best known as one-fifth of STEPS, one of the UK’s all-time most successful pop groups. The band have sold over 20 million records with 14 top five singles, 4 number one albums, hits including 5,6,7,8, Chain Reaction, One for Sorrow, #1’s Tragedy and Heartbeat, and many more. 2011 saw the band achieve another #1 album with their ‘The Ultimate Collection’ release, followed by a Sky 1 documentary series ‘Steps Reunion’ - the highest rated original programme on Sky that year.

In 2017, the band marked their 20th anniversary and released their first single in over 6 years, ‘Scared Of The Dark’, followed by their gold certified album ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’ both of which went straight to #1 on iTunes, with the latter also #1 on the UK sales chart. The year ended on a high for the band, as they embarked on their 22 date sold out ‘Party On The Dancefloor’ Arena Tour in the UK & Ireland selling over 300,000 tickets - making it one of pop’s biggest tours of the year.

In 2019 Claire released her first ever solo album ‘My Wildest Dreams’ on Sony UK which reached #1 on iTunes and #9 on the official UK chart it also featured three Radio 2 playlisted singles including the hit On My Own. Claire embarked on a sold-out UK tour in support of the album and was the special guest for Celine Dion’s performance at British Summertime, playing to 65,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.

Since then, Steps have continued to tour arenas and to release new music including the Sia-penned ‘What The Future Holds’ in 2020 and the Michelle Visage duet ‘Heartbreak In This City’ in 2021, They scored a further two #2 charting UK albums with ‘What The Future Holds’ and ‘What The Future Holds Pt 2’ then in 2022 released the #1 album ‘Platinum Collection’ joining ABBA, Rolling Stones and Stereophonics as the only groups in UK history to score #1 albums in four consecutive decades.

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Please note: Performance times are approximate and may vary on the day.

  • Photo of Martha D'Arthur 1:00pm
    Martha D'Arthur
  • Photo of Son of a Tutu 2:30pm
    Son of a Tutu
  • Photo of Dr. Bev 3:00pm
    Dr. Bev
  • Photo of Wilma Fingadoo 5:30pm
    Wilma Fingadoo


Please note: Performance times are approximate and may vary on the day.

  • Photo of B Radio Live - Parade Bangers 12:00pm
    B Radio Live - Parade Bangers
  • Photo of Chair, Paul Britt's Opening Speech 1:00pm
    Chair, Paul Britt's Opening Speech
  • Photo of Rock Choir 1:10pm
    Rock Choir
  • Photo of Jack Trinder 1:40pm
    Jack Trinder
  • Photo of Martha D'Arthur 2:05pm
    Martha D'Arthur
  • Photo of Billy & Louie 2:35pm
    Billy & Louie
  • Photo of Danny Lampo 3:05pm
    Danny Lampo
  • Photo of Son of a Tutu 3:25pm
    Son of a Tutu
  • Photo of Awards Presentation 3:45pm
    Awards Presentation
  • Photo of Nicolette Street 4:00pm
    Nicolette Street
  • Photo of Xtina 4:30pm
  • Photo of Dr. Bev 5:10pm
    Dr. Bev
  • Photo of Lolly 5:45pm
  • Photo of Natalie Gray 6:10pm
    Natalie Gray
  • Photo of Claire Richards 6:40pm
    Claire Richards
  • Photo of Wilma Fingadoo to Close With Special Guest Bodacia 7:10pm
    Wilma Fingadoo to Close With Special Guest Bodacia