The eighth annual UK Black Pride festival takes place on Saturday 29 June 2013 in Soho, London’s Golden Square London from 12 noon until 8:30pm.
The party will continue at Urban World Pride which is hosting UK Black Pride’s official after-party at Club Colosseum in Vauxhall.
X Factor finalist, Rachel Adedeji, was among Dannii Minoque’s girls in 2009. Adedeji can “roar like Grace Jones” (The Guardian) and will entertain UK Black Pride guests with a medley of singles she has released since leaving the talent show. These include catchy tracks ’Club Lights’ and ’Follow the DJ’. Adedeji will also preview her new single ’House Dance’. The TV performances have shown that we can expect Adedeji to belt out the top notes with heart.
Also on the main stage and in the dance tent will be club favourites: DJs Clington, Chrissy and Chillz, alongside Deejay Nikki Lucas, Jen Bee, Smoochie and Kartel Brown, with the line up being concluded with Big John, Biggy C, DJ Goodaz, Sensi and Lady T4Lyfe.
The main stage will be hosted by Skye Skyetshooki, Shiene Alexandra, AL-Lana-Pillay and Baby Sol. They will oversee sets from the main acts and DJs alongside performances from D’relle’s dancers, Britain’s Got Talent’s CEO African dancers, Holland’s Got Talent Beyonce tribute: Little Chunky Crew, spoken word performances by the USA Trans artist J Mase III, Realitie, and Immani. Putting comedy in play will be Curtis Walker and drag artist Ebony Rose, while political messages against the racism and homophobia which blight Black and LGBT peoples’ lives will be addressed by speakers who include UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor, Stonewall, the trade unions, student and asylum groups, as well as a speaker from Pride London and an interfaith minute’s silence for global hate-crime victims.
UK Black Pride Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “Our entertainers present some of the best talent in the UK. From award winning DJs, dancers and drag artists to the outstanding talents of Lady Leshurr and Rachel Adedeji, this year’s event has a line up to suit all musical tastes from children to seniors, from hip-hop to pop, from reggae to jazz, on top of which we have fantastic dancers and DJs to invoke the spirit of our African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab heritage. This will be a show of Black Pride and LGBT love without borders.”
UK Black Pride is proud to be a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It shows that putting people and politics at the heart of marking pride in our LGBT community’s progress is the most effective way to pursue the fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all forms of bigotry in every section of society.