The group, whose career boasts five albums, Grammy and Brit Nominations and 10 years of gigs in 45 countries to around 6 million people, have returned to the DIY parties and warehouses where they began and they are set to return to Manchester next weekend.
Also taking to the stage in the Dance Arena will be NYC favourite Honey Dijon. Chicago born, mentored by Derrick Carter and inspired by Danny Tenaglia, her sets are known for their strong programming, passion and integrity. She has also recently been commissioned to create the soundtrack for a recent Louis Vuitton Menswear show.
The Gaydio Dance Arena, now in its fourth year at The Big Weekend, will host an impressive line-up including international DJ Judge Jules, San Francisco DJ crew, Honey Soundsystem, K-Klass Live, David Dunne, DJ Paulette, Seamus Haji, Homoelectric stalwart, Jamie Bull, Kriss Herbert and Manchester favourites, Neil Diablo and Sian Bennett.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, comments; “We’ve worked hard over the past three years to curate and establish a strong, credible dance offering at the The Big Weekend. We’re massively excited to welcome Groove Armada and Trans Icon Honey Dijon to play alongside some of our finest local talent. The beat of our dance offering just got even louder!”
The Manchester Pride Festival is an award-winning four-day event celebrating LGBT life. The event takes place in August, with The Big Weekend running from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August and the Parade on Saturday 27 August.
The Big Weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 for weekend tickets. Day, family and children’s tickets are also available. Tickets are exchanged for Pledge Bands at the festival providing guests with access to the event, including the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manchester Pride raise essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester. For more information on The Big Weekend visit the new website at bigweekend.manchesterpride.com.
Manchester Pride asks the community to wear their bands with pride as they pledge to; help Manchester Pride create a safe, world class LGBT celebration, support Manchester Pride’s commitment to raising essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester and support the organisation’s campaign for greater LGBT equality.
To find out more about the Manchester Pride you can follow the charity on Twitter @manchesterpride or visit the website at manchesterpride.com.