Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Courtney Act and Queen Zee and more were revealed at a VIP launch party last night. 

Liverpool Pride announced the full line-up for their 2018 celebrations at a VIP launch party last night (Thursday 21st June).

Pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor will headline the event, with the organisers making the announcement among guests, sponsors and partners – including Planet Slop – at the press launch at Mann Island’s Avenue HQ.

The night – hosted by Claire Simmo of Radio City – saw speeches by numerous event supporters, plus a performance by Velma Celli ahead of her performance of Iconic – The History of Drag at the Epstein Theatre next week.

Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet, which was followed up with 2001’s multi-platinum album Read My Lips, featuring worldwide smashes Take Me Home and, of course, Murder on the Dancefloor.

Joining Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the main stage line-up also include includes international drag superstar, runner up on season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act, the cast from Kinky Boots ahead of their run at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in Spring 2019, local trans queercore icon Queen Zee and many, many more.

👉Check out our interview with Courtney Act as part of our Queenstion Time series👈

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

The Liverpool Pride March officially starts the Liverpool Pride weekend on Saturday 28 June, starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

This year, the festival goes back to its historical roots. Tithebarn Street in the city centre is the main festival site on Saturday 28 July. Organisers believe this year’s location will prove popular with festivalgoers given the close proximity to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

Visit https://liverpoolpride.co.uk/ for full details.

Liverpool Pride takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018 and is free to attend.

Images courtesy of Graham Smillie