Tickets for the closing concert of LGBT 50, a week-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of sexual freedom in the UK, go on sale this Friday.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and Red Button on TV from 8pm – 9.30pm, I Feel Love features a star-studded line-up including Will Young, Alison Moyet, Marc Almond, Bright Light Bright Light, Noah Stewart, Tom Robinson and Gay Abandon.
Taking place on Saturday 29 July, the concert is part of BBC’s Gay Britannia season and will be presented by Scissor Sisters’ front woman and Radio 2 presenter Ana Matronic along with BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills. Concert-goers can expect a vibrant evening of anthems, torch songs and a glittering celebration of LGBT culture past and present.
Will Young said: “I am very excited to perform at the BBC’s LGBT concert in Hull to celebrate 50 years of decriminalisation. It is an honour, and I thank all the great people and their persistent fighting for LGBT rights that have made this anniversary possible.”
Tickets for this unique night of music and performance will be available at hull2017.co.uk/LGBT50 from 10am on Friday 23 June. Tickets cost £10 with the money going towards LGBT+ legacy events post 2017.
The celebrations begin on Saturday 22 July when Pride in Hull host the first ever UK Pride for LGBT 50, featuring their incredible parade which will include the stunning 50 Queers for 50 Years by performance collective Duckie.
Artists Robin Whitmore and Patrick Bullock have taken up residence in Hull, joining forces with Hull-based costume designer Terry Herfield and members of the local community to craft 50 handmade LGBT+ icons that will be paraded on the day.
These iconic figures range from national treasures like Freddie Mercury and Clare Balding to a 3D replica of the popular Hull watering hole, Frankies Vauxhall Tavern. There’s still a chance to join in with the project; just drop in to the Duckie Shop at 95 Jameson Street from 4pm – 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 2pm – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays until 22 July.
The Pride in Hull parade will culminate with a Queens Gardens concert headlined by the legendary Marc Almond. Joining him on the line-up is 80s sensation Sonia, 90s girl bands B*Witched and Cleopatra, X-Factor stars Sean Miley Moore and Blonde Electra and Hull’s much-loved drag performer, Bobby Mandrell.
Graham Jenkinson, Pride in Hull Trustee, added: “We’re delighted to be kicking off Hull 2017’s LGBT 50 celebrations in spectacular style with our biggest Pride event to date.”
“We’re sure that everyone will have a great time with headline performances from each of the last five decades on the main stage, along with additional stages and tents with performers and activities. Most importantly though, Pride will be a place where everyone is welcome and free to be themselves.”
But that’s not all that Pride in Hull have up their sleeves for LGBT 50.
Throughout the following week there will be a programme packed full of exhibitions, socials, film and debate, giving us all the chance to celebrate the freedoms gained over the last 50 years, whilst showing solidarity with the continuing struggles for equality faced by people around the world.
Highlights include A Moment in Time, an exhibition of photography submitted by the Hull LGBT+ community that tells the LGBT+ story before and after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
Another highlight is the Pride in Hull Film Festival, presenting a selection of the best LGBT+ cinema including Tom of Finland, Queerama and the BFI’s Britain on Film: LGBT programme of rarely-seen archive films. The film festival is supported by Transformative Film Culture for Hull 2017 and the BFI and is presented in partnership with Hull Independent Cinema.
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017 said: “As the host of the first ever UK Pride, Hull will be at the forefront of the national celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of sexual freedom in the UK. With everything from 80s diva Sonia to poignant photography, it promises to be both classy and camp, offering something for everyone.”
Later in the week, Humber Street Gallery will join the LGBT 50 line-up with a new, specially commissioned exhibition of photography by Lee Price. The House of Kings and Queens will open on Thursday 27 July, offering a powerful glimpse into life as a member of the LGBT+ community in Hull’s sister city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, where homosexuality remains illegal.
Rounding off the LGBT 50 celebrations on Saturday 29 July is A Duckie Summer Tea Party, which sees Queen Victoria Square transformed into a haven of performance, socialising, dancing and tea and cake served by black tie waiters for one afternoon in the lead up to I Feel Love.
Entertainment comes in the form of Britain’s Got Talent performers The Sugar Dandies, queer femme feminist performance artiste Bird La Bird, female drag queen Victoria Sin, actress and comedian Liz Carr, theatre director, writer and filmmaker Topher Campbell, a cake-making contest and the London Gay Big Band. Guests can also expect to be wowed with a breath-taking new work by Gary Clarke and Yorkshire Dance celebrating five decades of LGBT+ culture with a cast of 50 performers.
Straight after I Feel Love, everyone is invited to party with Duckie at the official LGBT 50 after party in Fuel, but if you can’t make the party, you can dance the night away to Ana Matronic’s Disco Devotion show broadcast live from Hull at midnight on BBC Radio 2.
Discover the full LGBT 50 programme.
LGBT 50 is presented by Hull 2017 in association with Sewell Group and is supported by Spirit of 2012.