In The South

Belinda Carlisle headlines new event on eve of Bristol Pride

Besi Besemar March 28, 2017

American pop icon Belinda Carlisle will headline a new Friday night concert on the Harbourside as part of this year’s Pride Festival.

Belinda Carlisle
Belinda Carlisle

Taking place in the Bristol Amphitheatre on Friday, July 7, Belinda will be joined by Eurovision winner and Walking on Sunshine singer Katrina, of Katrina & The Waves, and electro pop duo Avec Sans.

2017 celebrates 30 years since the release of Belinda Carlisle’s triple platinum album, Heaven On Earth, which featured hits such as Circle In The Sand, I Get Weak and the anthemic Heaven Is a Place on Earth, which has sold over 90 million records worldwide to date.

She is the first artist to perform at the new ‘Bristol Pride Presents’ fundraising event which will open the final weekend of the Pride Festival.

Bristol Pride is one of the largest Pride events in the UK and one of Bristol biggest festival. The main Pride Day 2017 event takes place on Saturday, July 8 and will again take place on the Bristol Amphitheatre and At-Bristol’s Millennium Square, marking the culmination of events across Bristol to celebrate, and raise awareness of, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) communities in the city.

Acts already announced for Pride Day include Xfactor’s Saara Aalto, 80s artist Sonia and Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 9 star Charlie Hides. Charlotte Church brings her Late Night Pop Dungeon to the Afterparty at the O2 Academy with DJ’s Horse Meat Disco. More acts including the Pride Day headliner will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pride takes place across Bristol from June 30 and sees popular events such as the Pride Dog Show, computer gaming social, theatre with a drag version of Wardrobe Theatre favourites Murder She Didn’t Write and their award-winning comedy night with Bethany Black, David Mills and Jayde Adams.

Daryn Carter
Daryn Carter

Festival Director, Daryn Carter, said: “Bristol Pride continues to grow year on year and last year we moved to our new home on the harbourside to accommodate the record numbers now attending the festival. Sadly we’ve seen increasing incidents of hate crimes against the LGBT+ community in the last year and we hope to continue to develop Pride in order to raise awareness and tackle prejudice whilst offering exciting and engaging events to help us challenge hearts and minds.

Belinda Carlisle is one of the biggest names in pop music and as well as an amazing career spanning 3 decades, she is also a massive supporter of the LGBT+ community and we are proud to be able to bring her to Bristol for this special event.”

To purchase early bird tickets costing £15 for Bristol Pride Presents: Belinda Carlisle, click here: