Newcastle Pride, sponsored by business improvement district NE1, has teamed up with producers, Wood Cottage Collective, and local band, Jodi, to create a charity single for the annual festival.
All proceeds raised through sales of the song, which is called «Love is Love», will go to LGBTQ charity, Northern Pride, to help keep the 2018 festival free.
Newcastle Pride takes place 20-22 July, at Nuns Moor Park and festival-goers can hear the song played live for the first time on Sunday 22 July when «Jodi» – made up of members, Jodie Louise Fitzgibbon, Joe Hobkirk, Stephen Wetherell and Adam Bulpitt – perform on the Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage.
Lead vocalist, Jodie, wrote the song after first attending Newcastle Pride two years ago and credits the festival and the coming out stories of her friends for inspiring the song.
«I love attending Newcastle Pride as it is such an accepting space and being there with my friends helped me realise just how vital events like this are,» said Jodie.
«Straight allies have an important role in supporting the LGBTQ+ community and, being a songwriter, helping to create a charity single was one way I could help».
«I’m so grateful that Northern Pride were on board with the idea and helped make it all happen and I’m so excited for everyone to hear the song».
Communication and marketing director, Ste Dunn, is delighted that Newcastle Pride is the first LGBTQ festival in the UK to launch their own charity single.
«We pride ourselves on being able to host Newcastle Pride as a free event, but it wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like Jodie, who want to give back and help us achieve that for future years».
«We are also very grateful to Wood Cottage Collective, who helped us turn the song from an idea into a full single».
«We can’t wait to hear the band perform the song live on the main stage and I think it’s a fantastic, catchy song that anyone will be able to relate to, no matter how they identify».
Those who wish to purchase a CD or vinyl of the song can do so by visiting www.store.cdbaby.com/cd/jodi5 and the song will also be available to stream across all major download and streaming platforms.
Jodi‘s «Love is Love» has been added to our official Spotify Playlist – follow it so you are not missing out on great tunes like this one.