Newry Rainbow Community have announced their international headline artists for Pride in Newry - UK & Ireland Pride 2019 and every one is a classic.

The totally free concert will have B*Witched, Heather Small, Saara Aalto, Claire Richards and many more at their Pride Concert on Saturday 31 August.

In Newry for the first time they will have Claire Richards (lead Singer, Steps), Heather Small (M People), Saara Aalto (Finnish Singer, Eurovision & UK X factor finalist - runner-up on BBC’s Dancing On Ice 2019), B*Witched (C’est la vie), Donna Marie - International Lady Gaga Impersonator and BBC 1’s ‘All together now star’ she brings as support ‘Bradley Cooper’ her own band and dancers.

B*Witched make their first visit to Newry for UK and Ireland Pride in August.
B*Witched make their first visit to Newry for UK and Ireland Pride in August.

Returning local favourites, the Just Adam Band and Welsh singer/songwriter Ellie Dibben also will be entertaining on the day.

Speaking about the plans Rory Rafferty, Chairperson, NRC said "The Newry Rainbow community wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Newry Mourne and Down District Council and Northern Ireland Tourist Board who have helped make this international festival a reality."

The organisers plan to announce a host of other international festival activities soon.

Heather Small the voice of M People
Heather Small The Voice of M People

This years pride parade and international festival takes place in Newry city centre over 10 days culminating with the main day on the 31st August 2019. The parade follows a route that incorporates most of the city's main streets. The NRC anticipates up to 50,000 visitors with many festival events occurring in city centre hotels, private and public buildings including Newry's Arts Centre.

This international festival promotes Northern Ireland as an inclusive, welcoming international tourist destination. As this is the first time that the UK & Ireland Pride event has been awarded to any city on the Island of Ireland.

As 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots, Pride in Newry (UK & Ireland Pride 2019) is part of a 3 festival "Stonewall 50" campaign (#stonewall50) which includes International World Pride 'Interpride' New York 2019 and European 'Europride' Vienna 2019.

Claire Richards
Claire Richards

Mr Rafferty added "LGBTQI* people living in Northern Ireland are uniquely denied many of the legal and social rights enjoyed by those living in the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is now the only place in western Europe (except for the Vatican city) without equal marriage or any legislative protections for LGBTQI* people. This fact alone generates major international interest and support. Activists and supporters from around the world will travel to Northern Ireland for this unique, iconic festival to support the local LGBTQI* community in what is perceived by the international community to be our hour of need.

"It is noteworthy that Newry is the only festival out of the 3 festival "Stonewall 50" (#stonewall50) campaign including New York (international world pride 'Interpride' 2019), Vienna (European 'Europride' 2019 and Newry (UK & Ireland Pride 2019) without these legal protections.

"As 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots we continue to liaise with International 'World Pride' New York and European 'Europride' Vienna to promote our 2019 festival as an integral part of the #stonewall50 three festival celebration."

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Newry BID are all playing a significant part in the delivery of the international festival.

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