This years Pride event in Campbell park sought to be a different type of Pride event. They are not holding a parade and are trying to keep the day more like a ‘festival of Pride.’ The event organisers are very keen to attract families to the daytime as they can sometimes feel that the general prides are not suitable for children.
All of the business or providers are either LGBTQ+ run or have established, structured support for their LGBTQ+ staff or customers. This supports companies and services that work for and support the community all year round not just for June or Pride events.
It was important to the Pride:MK committee to try and promote how much the wonderful LGBTQ+ community bring to Milton Keynes and build positive social cohesion, with education and promotion. As the MK Job show is on the same day, Pride:MK have worked with them and hopefully some of the community can have a day out being proud and also get a new job!
The event is a not for profit event and any money that is raised will go to services for the LGBTQ+ Community in MK via Q:alliance and towards next years event.
Pride:MK and sponsors wish everyone a safe, happy, proud, Pride.
UK Ru Paul’s Drag Ambassador will be Hosting Pride:MK 2019!
Baby D MOBO award winner & dance sensation who brought you the hits 'Let me be your fantasy' 'I need your lovin' 'So pure' & More.
As a drag prince, Alfie identifies as one thing and one thing only and that’s goddamn FABULOUS! He’s the happiest person you’ll ever meet, so content in his own world of sequins and sparkles. He’ll sing, dance and tell you stories about what it’s like to grow up fabulous, and, ultimately, remind you that it’s absolutely gorgeous to just be yourself.
My name is Dale, I am a 24-year-old singer, songwriter and performer born in Aldershot, London. I first started singing when I was 12 years old after my mum had taken me to my first ever concert (Donny Osmond). After seeing him live I fell in love with everything about his presence and creative production, which then spurred me on to share his music with anyone who would listen to me re-create it at every opportunity! Skipping forward a few years, I have had the opportunity to join Donny Osmond on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo and sang with Mike Yung on the New York subway and appear on BBC’s Saturday night show ‘All Together Now’. Currently, I am focussing on creating a lot more original material to record and release, expanding my portfolio and growing both professionally and personally as an Artist.
Dynamite Drag duo Adam All and Apple Derrieres are a couple in and out of Drag; they have been together for seven years and performing together for five. Adam has been performing nationally for 10 years and is a huge advocate of the emerging, engaging and empowering Drag King scene. Adam All was referred to as the 'Godfather' of the modern Drag King scene in the UK and one of the 'Game-changers' of the UK Drag Scene in TimeOut Magazine . Adam has featured in projects with TEDx, Asos and The London Queer Fashion Show and has appeared on 'This Morning' for ITV, BBC London News, BBC Newsbeat and London Live and SKY to name a few.
In 2013, Apple Derrieres joined Adam All on stage and together they have taken the cabaret world by storm, pushing the squabbles to the side to perform internationally together with their unique brand of live blended vocals, coordinated couture and cartoon flavoured Drag. They were recently selected to be part of the acclaimed TEDxWomen event at The Southbank. Adam & Apple are huge advocates of the LGBTQI+ scene and have performed and hosted at countless Pride events and venues across London and beyond, their aim being to bring visibility to AFAB love, people and performers, particularly within the Cabaret scene.
Emma a 19 year old singer-songwriter from Harpenden, North London. Writing her own material since 2013 she self-released her first EP, 'The Judgement', in November 2014. December 2015 saw the follow up single ‘Sit With Me’ catch the attention of key media, including BBC Introducing who awarded it Track Of The Week twice.Topping off a great 2015 Emma was awarded The PRS Foundation's Lynsey de Paul prize.
The following 18 months saw Emma build up a close network of writers who helped develop her craft and hone her sound. In May 2017, recognising her growing potential, the PRS Foundation awarded
Emma a 'Women Make Music' grant for the development and subsequent release of a mini album. Recorded with Grammy Award winner Jimmy Hogarth and Brit School alumni Jackson, Emma's sophomore EP, 'Silent Minds’, was self-released in April 2018 to critical acclaim.
The first single, 'Love YouBetter’, which featured on Spotify’s NMF US playlist has achieved over 1.7 million streams to date.II was completed in May of this year. Always envisaged as a triptych of EPs under the ’Silent Minds’ banner, the first single, ‘Other Side’, sees Emma venture into the world of pop without abandoning her roots and is scheduled for release on July 5th.
Award-winning musical comedy performer Hannah Brackenbury has been tickling the funny bones of Brighton audiences for almost a decade. Her hilarious and heartfelt original songs are the perfect accompaniment to her clever and ever-popular song parodies, including 'Cats Together' - her lesbian-themed Taylor Swift parody that went viral in 2016! She reached the finals of the Musical Comedy Awards and Pride's Got Talent Cabaret in 2018 and was truly 'Victorious' when she picked up the award for Best of the Festival at Brighton Fringe 2018 with her joyful and poignant tribute to the late, great Victoria Wood.
Horse is iconic and utterly unique. She has been out and proud all of her career, always a vocal supporter of LGBT+ rights. She has been called an LGBT+ hero by MP Angela Crawley With a successful career over several decades, she has opened and toured with international artists such as Tina Turner, BB King, Bryan Ferry, Burt Bacarach.Will Young covered Careful, one of her best known songs. She is proud ambassador and patron for ‘Nordoff Robbins’, LGBT+ helpline, ‘Switchboard’ And one of The Saltire society’s Outstanding women, She was A Recipient of DIVA's Lifetime achievement award ‘DIVA HALL OF FAME’ 2018 She is #19 on the DIVA POWER LIST, #43 on the World Pride Power List “Horse could sing a weather report and make it moving” - Leicester Mercury “One of the finest singers in Britain” - Q Magazine
"Indecisive is a four piece alternative rock/metal band based in Milton Keynes, UK. The band consists of the members Drew (Vocals), Danny (Guitar), Rob (Guitar), and Lewis (Drums). They recently released a single on all streaming services called 'What Good Is It For?'."
JennyBSide is Gender Fluid Musical Comedy, lusciously filled with #Trollopop and a sprinkle of Minchin!
A little history to JennyBSide:
The best Shirley Bassey Impersonator Paula Randell will be performing for Pride:MK2019! We are so excited to have Dame Shirley Bassey Tribute Impersonator storm the stage this year!
Paul has lived in Newport Pagnell since 2008. His singing passion is musical theatre. He said “I am so pleased to have been asked to sing at such a special event in Milton Keynes. My first live gig! 15 minutes of fame that I hope you will enjoy. Let’s have a good one, as the fight for acceptance is still very much required. Let’s have a fantastic, safe day and spread the word that #loveislove!
Philippa is a local musician and vocal coach at Vocal Coaching with Philippa Akers. She also runs an awesome, well-respected Open Mic night at The Craufurd Arms (Live Music Venue). With a belting voice, she will be performing her own set along with having a guest appearance with another exciting band!
Philippa got to the blind auditions for The Voice on the last series and we are so excited to share that amongst all this, she will be the Main Stage Manager for Pride:MK!
Relive the good times with this tribute to the classic musical we all know and love – The Rocky Horror Show.
Our 5 talented professional singers and dancers captivate their audience with a show full of corsets, feathers boas and men dressed in stockings. It can only mean one thing…..someone, somewhere is doing The Timewarp – again!
If you loved the outrageous banter and raunchy dance moves of the movie, then you’re going to want to sing along to this performance. They’ll have you wishing you’d worn your wonder bra and not much else, as the trained actors and performers pay tribute to the original script and music, entertaining you with their salacious humour. It’s all good, honest fun.
Roses & Pirates are a indie band from Bucks, likened to The Cranberries and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs by g3 and Kerrang! magazine.
The Band have gigged with the likes of Skunk Anansie, London Grammar, Lucy Spraggan and most recently chosen by American punk legends Alkaline Trio to support them on the London leg of their European tour & O2 Academy 10th Anniversary show.
The Shures in 2015 appeared on TheXFactor.comThey sang a romantic cover of Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' and wowed the audience and judges making it through the auditions!
Stephen Bailey is a comedian, presenter, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment.
He is the host of Celebs On The Farm (Channel 5), the resident Agony Uncle on Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday (ITV), the roving reporter on Do The Right Thing with Eamonn & Ruth (Channel 5) and a series regular on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5).
Tom Bleasby, now aged 22 started his singing career in 2015 when his virtual duet with pop star Jessie J went viral all over the world amassing over 60 million views collectively. Since then, he has been interviewed and performed on the biggest talk show in the world ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, appeared on the UK X Factor (but withdrew himself towards the finals) and was the opening act in San Francisco for Jason Derulo.
His debut single ‘Half of Me’ amassed over 2 million streams reaching the Top 40 in several European countries. Now recording his debut album, there’s little to stop his drive and ambition for performing.
You can find a more detailed one here if you need anymore information- http://tombleasby.co.uk/biography/
Horse is iconic and utterly unique. She has been out and proud all of her career, always a vocal supporter of LGBT+ rights. She has been called an LGBT+ hero by MP Angela Crawley With a successful career over several decades, she has opened and toured with international artists such as Tina Turner, BB King, Bryan Ferry, Burt Bacarach.Will Young covered Careful, one of her best known songs.
She is proud ambassador and patron for ‘Nordoff Robbins’, LGBT+ helpline, ‘Switchboard’ And one of The Saltire society’s Outstanding women, She was A Recipient of DIVA's Lifetime achievement award ‘DIVA HALL OF FAME’ 2018.
She is #19 on the DIVA POWER LIST, #43 on the World Pride Power List.
“Horse could sing a weather report and make it moving” - Leicester Mercury “One of the finest singers in Britain” - Q Magazine
Local Northampton singer with a fantastic voice!
Sam was a contestant on the 10th series of the reality singing competition XFactor who previously performed in a mixed teen band before embarking on a solo career. ... He supported fellow X Factor acts such as District3 and Union J while they toured in Scotland.
This event is a drug free event, NO forms of drugs or legal highs are permittable at any time (this includes poppers) All bags and persons will be checked upon arrival and any items confiscated. Whilst we want people to enjoy their day anyone who is intoxicated and unable to manage themselves will either be refused entry or asked to leave if they are already in the event.
To try and allow everyone to attend and enjoy their day in a way that is relative to them the event is structured in a particular way. 12 – 6pm is arranged to be family friendly therefore there are dress restrictions in place, from 6 pm the event is geared for adults and there are less restrictions.
Pride:MK is proud to say due to the amazing support from our sponsors we are able to make the event completely FREE OF CHARGE!
Please note all attendees will be searched on entry to the site for the safety of the event, staff, volunteers and attendees. We want to have a safe enjoyable day that is fun for everyone!
There is just one entrance into the event for the general public. Disabled entrance will be provided separately for ease of access.
No Under 18's are permitted without an adult after 6pm.
The festival address is:
Campbell Park Events Plateau, Campbell Park, Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AD
From M1 Junction 14
NOTE: THE POST CODE FOR THE ENTIRE PARK IS MK9 4AD. THE FESTIVAL SITE IS AT THE WEST END OF THE PARK, CLOSE TO THE TOWN CENTRE.
There are various places to park in central Milton Keynes where you will find only a short walk to Campbell Park.
The below links will give various options and information:
PLEASE NOTE SOME PARKING AREAS CLOSE OVER NIGHT. PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY BEFORE PARKING.
If your parking runs out of time whilst you are away from your car, please check what apps are available to pay: See Ringo link below.
The Pride:MK team have worked with disability groups to try and make this event as accessible as possible. What we have done:
There is a disabled persons entrance that allows cars to enter, the team have liaised with local wheelchair suitable taxi companies in MK and they are making sure they have plenty of staff for the day.
There are more accessible toilets placed near this entrance, we have a mobiloo with a hoist and larger ones to accommodate a chair. All of the site is accessible on flat ground but if it rains before the event please note it is grass.
There will be wheelchair charging points in the tent which is near the allocated entrance. There will also be a rest space for guide dogs with water available as it will be a busy day and we understand both owner and dog may need a break.
There will be a space that is quieter for anyone who has sensory needs, we plan to put some nice lighting, soft music and some soft places to sit. Is anyone is feeling anxious or worried they can either have some time in here or find a volunteer who can direct you to some support.
The group has taken advice from Access Ambassadors regarding supporting people from the deaf or hard of hearing community. There will be a stall on the day where anyone attending that needs support can meet a BSL support worker who will walk around the event with them. Please note that these will be volunteers so be patient if no one is available.
The team are working on how to make the performances accessible, there will be a viewing platform for anyone with either mobility, visual or auditory needs, we are working on either a BSL signer for performance or text on a screen.
we will have some information sheets about the event available in Braile..