Our Main Stage offers a non-stop line-up of live entertainment throughout the day with a host of performers offering something for everyone. We will be featuring a number of performers from the local / LGBT+ community as well as some of the best Cabarets around including many established Pride favourites, all building to some top-name live acts to round off the day in style.
Bringing a refreshing glimmer of hope and an abundance of heart and positivity, British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens first picked up a guitar at the age of two and has since learnt cello, piano, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. Emma has achieved four consecutive play-listed singles on BBC Radio 2, extensive international radio play in the UK, Europe and Australia, iTunesan iTunes single of the week with her song "Riptide", sold out headline shows and supported The Feeling, Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Train, Albert Lee and Simply Red to name a few! Emma's music has been used on many TV shows on BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4, and even featured on a TV show in China which was broadcast to 75 million people, receiving a whopping 500 million streams in China after! Since losing her Mum to cancer in 2012, Emma has dedicated her life to her music, writing messages of positivity, hope and love. Her music breathes life and honesty, and is re-establishing a lyrical connection with her audience, something seemingly so absent from an overcrowded marketplace. Expect to be taken on an exciting musical journey, from foot tappers, to barn stompers, to compassionate and delicate tear jerkers. There's something for everyone with this special and unique artist. "Just Magical" Terry Wogan "A Very Talented Multi Instrumentalist" The Telegraph.
Miss Tina Sparkle has been in the business for over 17 years, having started her career back in Pontins (she started when she was 15!) Miss Sparkle appears in venues up and down the country, and has also performed in Benidorm. Tina has also made regular appearances on S4C (the welsh channel 4!) as she is bilingual!
Sum Ting Wong
Sum ting wong the oriental songbird, a vocal powerhouse taking the UK drag circuit by storm! Don't miss out on the Asian wonder herself; through comedy and song - let her take you on a journey through the Orient.
Hunting Hearts are an unapologetically queer band from the South East of England. Self described as "garage rock synth pop", they bring their own twist on covers as well as a host of original material guaranteed to grab your attention and keep you hooked with passionate vocals and catchy melodies. Mix that in with singalong lyrical hooks and you've got a crowd pleasing vibe full of energy and defiance. We're here, we're queer, we're proud to show the world that LGBT+ people have a voice and we will use it to sing and rock your socks off.
Thames Valley Gay Chorus
Now in our 16th year, the Thames Valley Gay Chorus (TVGC) is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends from around the Thames Valley who enjoy singing. We’re based in Reading but perform all around the area. A voluntary group, the Chorus helps develop people with a desire to sing and read music, and enables LGBT people to express themselves through music. Singing has recognised health benefits including respiration, mental health, self-confidence and memory.
The music we perform ranges from classical and sacred music through jazz, blues, songs from the shows to pop. Our repertoire has included Abba, Burt Bacharach, Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Bon Jovi, Leonard Cohen, Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Fauré, José Feliciano, Handel, Haydn, Billy Joel, Lerner and Loewe, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Offenbach, Cole Porter, Queen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, John Rutter, Strauss, James Taylor, Verdi, stage musicals and movies. There’s something for everyone!
Sandra has been performing up and down the country and beyond for more years than she can remember. Starting young, her show has evolved over time and is a mix of hit songs interspersed with sharp wit and a bit of audience participation. In fact the more responsive the audience, the more moist she becomes, so you are advised to keep a damp cloth handy. Some of her routines have become synonymous with Sandra, such as Brown Girl in the Ring, sung in the only way Sandra knows how. Sandra often asks for help from the audience and as the many videos on youtube show, she is never short of volunteers. However, no words can truly sum up one of Sandra's shows, so the best thing to do is to look at the dates page and get yourself along to one of her performances, you won't be disappointed.
Rock Choir was started in Farnham, Surrey in 2005 by musician and singer, Caroline Redman Lusher. Rock Choir pioneered the contemporary choir movement in the UK. It was the first choir to offer the general public the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition and no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience.
Son of a Tutu
Son of a Tutu is a multi-award winning Drag Artist and equality activist: winner of Drag Idol 2011 and organiser of the 2016 Orlando vigil, Miss Tutu takes her hilarious and politically edgy show to venues and festivals all over the United Kingdom and beyond.
JCK are a singer songwriter duo from Ashford in Kent, made up of 17 year old Jack Rose and 18 Year old Jordan Curtis, the pair had originally met by following each other on social media, and supporting each others work. After agreeing to meet up for a studio session, the pair hit it off and became friends, and discovered that not only did they have the same taste in music but found that together their vocals blended perfectly to create a sound that is the unique to JCK. Their debut single "I Don't Wanna Know" peaked at No4 in the iTunes Best Selling Pre-Order Chart, No10 in the iTunes Top 200 Pop Chart, No 34 in the iTunes 200 All Genre Chart and No15 in the iTunes Most Popular Mastered For iTunes Chart.
Asifa Lahore is Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be LGBT+ and Muslim.
In 2014 Lahore came into the national spotlight when she was famously censored from discussing Islam and Homosexuality on BBC Free Speech. This caused an uproarcaused uproar in the British press and allowed Lahore the rare opportunity to speak openly about the topic. She received death threats for her music videos and stage act due to highlighting the issue.
Asifa featured in Channel 4’s groundbreaking documentary Muslim Drag Queens in 2015, drawing an audience of 1.1 million viewers. That same year Asifa was acknowledged as a leading figure within the Gaysian community receiving the Attitude Magazine Pride Award. Asifa was also a judge for the Independent's Rainbow List in 2015, having appeared on the list the previous year.
Asifa's impassioned activism on intersectionality, race, gender and religion has led her to speak at prestigious institutions such as the Lost Lectures, Channel 4 Diversity Festival, Women of the World Festival, the British Library, and the Oxford Union. She has also been the face of C4's 2016 diversity campaign, 'True Colour TV'. Asifa's journey into the spotlight has been a deeply personal one through which she discovered her transgender identity and continues being a voice for intersectional Britain.
South West London singer-songwriter Talia is mostly known for her powerful voice and endearing nature. She has recently been a finalist on the XFactor UK 2017, making it to the LIVE shows as a public favourite.
What does Simondo Simon Cowell, William Orbit and The Shapeshifters have in common? They are amongst the slew of Dj artists and record labels, that have worked with west London based noted club diva and singer/songwriter maven Erire.
Erire was born and bred in South London and has Nigerian parentage. She has a unique vocal style and songwriting ability that sets her apart from many of her contemporaries.
After a few years break away from the music biz, Erire embarked on a few collaborative cowriting and vocal projects with the likes of: K-Klass, Seamus Haji, Abel Ramos, Camelphat, Nick Hussey, Justin Harris, Jason Chance, and Judge Jules.
She’s had the privilege of working with some amazing DJs, producers and artists over the years, but she felt the time was right to break out on her own! Be truly independent. Last year Erire released her stunning EP "All Night Long". The EP received glowing acclaim and reviews, by Dj’s and clubbers Alike!
Those of you in the know, will remember these club hit classics, that Erire penned and re-vocalised. Destination - (Darren Tate), SOS - (Stonebridge), Dusk Til' Dawn - (Danny Howells & Dick Trevor), Obsession - (Fuzzy Logic, produced by William Orbit). The beats were revisited and re-crafted with the artisan expertise of the production master Tim Cox, (formerly known as one half of the production outfit, The Band of Gypsies, and co-writer and coproducer of the huge club classic anthem "Everybody's Free" as sung by Rozalla). Once again, Erire's sultry soul vocals revisit and breathed new life intolife, into these classic melodies and lyrics!
Later this year Erire will be releasing a follow-up single, which will undoubtedly become another club classic! She’s reclaiming her time totime, to shine!
Dana International is far more than a successful pop singer. She launched a revolution in local and global pop culture. She emerged from the rebuffed fringes of the LGBT scene at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s after the Gulf War had ended and people in Tel-Aviv resumed their celebration of life with an unprecedented blossoming of new nightclubs – a decadent underground phenomenon that astonished Israeli society.
During the summer of 1992, Dana International sprang from this scene and onto the national media and radio stations with her first song Saida Sultana. Although the music establishment ignored and disparaged the song, it was embraced by the audience and became a hit that summer, and Israel welcomed a sensational new pop singer who not only boasts a slightly unconventional name, but also a new persona that Israel had not encountered until then. Dana was the first Israeli artist to speak courageously about her sexual orientation. Her bold and lavish costumes, her dancers, her candidness to say what nobody else dared to say, and her songs in Hebrew, Arabic, gibberish, English mixed with Yemenite, her body language that resonates with international music and culture and the headlines that shouted: the singer that is dominating the club dancefloors was, until recently, a man.
As a result of the unanticipated success of Dana International’s song, a small independent record company, AMP, offered to release a full album. Her stellar breakthrough into the mainstream occurred with her second album, with her hit songs Yesh Banot (There are girls), Ani Lo Yechola Biladecha (I can’t without you) and Nosa'at LePetra (I’m going to Petra); with her participation and second-place win in the Eurovision qualifiers in 1995; with her being named “Singer of the Year”; with her music clips that set a new standard in pop music, and more.
“I never dreamed that my career would reach such a scale,” says Dana. “I was taken totally by surprise that the audience and the people embraced me, unlike the establishment, in which even the old elite radio stations, like “Galatz” disparaged this type of music.”
Dana International Eurovision win in 1997 with DIVA, exploded her career all over Europe , where she continues performing for her very loyal fans. After her third album in 1998 containing the hit song “Cinque Milla,” she was selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest held in England and Dana won first place. From that point on, Dana took Europe by storm, taking the story of the early years of her career in Israel and replicating it, this time, on a global scale. Dana International is a transgender star who reflects ultimate femininity through her confident, sexy and unapologetic performances, costumes and public statements. She starred in Amnesty’s global campaign “Gay Rights are Human Rights” and became the uncompromising spokeswoman and defender of the LGBT community in Israel.
Wilma has been hosting Reading Pride for nearly as long as pride has been going in Reading. something she's incredibly proud of and surprised each year when she is invited back considering her sharp tongue and naughty behaviour!
She's rude and crude and a firm favourite on the circuit where she has performed both in the U.K. and internationally! If you're easily shocked... you'll LOVE her!!! If you haven't experienced Wilma before... you're in for a treat! Get on down and stand at the front, you WON’T regret it!