Red carpet treatment for Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On VIPs!


The world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom will be the after-show venue for this year’s Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On party.


The ballroom will cater for several hundred VIP ticket-holders as part of the biggest event in the resort’s entertainment calendar.


The main Switch-On show, which is being staged on the Tower Festival Headland in association with MTV on Friday 31 August, will feature performances by Ella Eyre, Jonas Blue, Diversity and DVJ (Diversity Juniors), and R3Wire and Varski. More acts and the identity of the 2018 Switch-On celebrity will be revealed soon.


The VIP packages include access to a covered marquee within the Switch-On arena with a complimentary welcome drink, mini picnic bag with a ‘Taste of Lancashire’ theme, as well as passes to the exclusive after-show party in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.


In addition to this, all guests in the marquee can enjoy a special treat courtesy of Notarianni’s ice cream to help celebrate their 90th Birthday year.


This year’s VIP catering is supplied by award-winning Campbell & Rowley, who will also provide the after-show hospitality at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom featuring a delicious array of modern Lancashire street food including starter, main course and treats from the Golden Mile for dessert.


To continue with the Circus250 celebrations, entertainment will include a live performance by the Blackpool Tower Circus performers with music from local band, Touch the Pearl.


The VIP package is £69 for adults and £35 for under 14s and are on sale NOW!  To book your VIP package or to find out more go to:, book in person at the Tourist Information Centre on the Promenade, or Telephone 01253 478222.


Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Campbell & Rowley and Notarianni’s to produce a Switch-On VIP party with a difference.


“This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the start of the Blackpool Illuminations season in two spectacular venues - firstly on the Tower Festival Headland and then in the most famous dance venue in the land.”


The Friday night celebration will start with a “Blackpool Introduces” showcase featuring the best of talent from across the Fylde Coast, prior to the start of the main show.


As last year, the Switch-On event will be free, with people invited to apply for the 20,000 wristbands that will guarantee entry to the Tower Festival Headland arena with half of these going exclusively to Blackpool residents. The wristband ballot closes at noon on July 24. To register, go to:

Barclays Announced As Headline Sponsor For Liverpool Pride 2018

Bank lends its support for second year


Organisers of the increasingly popular Liverpool Pride Festival have revealed that Barclays will be the event’s headline sponsor for 2018.


The team behind the two-day event are delighted that Barclays – who played a key role in last year’s event – is returning for a second year to continue their support for the festival.


Liverpool Pride is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and the 2018 event is the festival’s ninth consecutive year.


This year’s event will again take place across two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The festival is free to attend, and the location will be announced shortly.


Barclays’ support from last year included local branches showcasing the event to its customers, along with over 200 staff taking part in the Liverpool Pride March with an incredible rainbow flag which has travelled the globe to different Pride festivals.


Barclays also lit up their Wavertree Contact Centre as part of the Come Out Of The Shadows project.


Mark Armario, Director of Premier UK at Barclays, commented: “I’m enormously proud that Barclays will be the headline sponsor of Liverpool Pride for the second year running. It’s the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar in the city and a true celebration of the power and importance of diversity. Our ongoing relationship with Pride, both in Liverpool and across the UK, is just one of the ways in which we show our commitment to the LGBT+ community.


“Encouraging greater diversity within organisations is an essential driver of long-term, sustainable success, and at Barclays we work hard to create a culture that enables colleagues, customers and clients to express who they are. We have a strong track record in promoting the LGBT+ agenda and our sponsorship of this year’s event shows just how important equality and diversity are to us.”


Barclays’ support is welcomed by the team behind the Liverpool Pride Festival.


Andi Herring, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “We are thrilled that Barclays has returned for a second consecutive year as Liverpool Pride’s headline sponsor. Their input last year was instrumental to the success of the event, and the support of Barclays and its staff was encouraging in so many ways. We’re very excited to see what this year’s partnerships can bring to our ninth annual Liverpool Pride Festival.”


The announcement comes just a week after Manchester Airport also returned for a second year to sponsor the event – as well as pledging its support for the next three years. The UK’s third largest airport will have its very own San Francisco Cabaret Stage and VIP Boston Bar at this year’s Liverpool Pride.


Liverpool Pride Festival organisers are also delighted to announce that Radio City and DIVA magazine are this year’s Media Partners.


Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.



This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.


The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.


The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT+ communities, and each year the festival coincides with the anniversary of Michael’s death. The festival continues to remind the community to stand up for LGBTQ+ culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is welcome.


Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital Of Culture 2008.


Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride’s new announcements at:



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Winner of the Liverpool Echo Community Event of the Year 2017 Award.

Drag Superstar Velma Celli Comes To The Epstein Theatre


Iconic - A Brief History Of Drag Celebrates The Most Iconic Drag Moments Of Film, Stage And Popular Culture


With a triple threat of heavenly vocals, theatrical swagger and razor-sharp wit, drag superstar Velma Celli comes to The Epstein Theatre on Thursday 28 June celebrating the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture in Iconic – A Brief History Of Drag.


Direct from 5-star sell-out performances in Australia and across the UK, the show delivers an electrifying cabaret featuring the legendary music of Queen, Bowie, Boy George, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner and more.


Forget lip-synching for your life, supported by an on-stage band and backing singers, this is singing for your soul – from one of the West End’s top performers.


Velma Celli is the alter-ego of Ian Stroughair who has performed in the hit musicals Cats, Fame, Chicago and Rent, where he received critical acclaim for his portrayal as Angel.


As Velma Celli he had a two-year long residency at The Hippodrome, London and enjoyed sold out shows at 54 Below in NYC, and London’s Charing Cross Theatre.


Ian recently appeared on EastEnders and in Lucy Rose’s music video, Nebraska, opposite Danny Dyer and filmed a guest spot on the new American series Piss off, I love You. Ian was one half of hit show Divallusion (with American impressions star Christina Bianco) at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they won the Three Weeks Edinburgh Award.


Ian Stroughair said: “After an amazing reception in Australia, I am thrilled to get to share Iconic - A Brief History of Drag back home. This has been a passion project for such a long time and I can’t wait to bring a touch of glamour to theatres across the UK!”


Watch the show trailer here

For more information visit: Twitter: @VelmaCelli

Facebook: VelmaCelliCabaret

Produced by Joe C. Brown and Robin Rayner

Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande's sexy new song Dance To This


Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande have debuted their incredible duet, Dance To This. Youth singer Troye Sivan stars teased the collaboration, posting a snippet on his social media channels.


Dance To This is taken from Troye’s upcoming album Bloom.


The sexy track features lyrics like ‘We can just dance to this, push up on my body’.


The openly gay singer has already released three songs from the album: the titular track, The Good Side and the hit My! My! My!


Bloom is released on 30 August. It follows his critical smash Blue Neighborhood, released in 2015.


Troye confirmed news of the duet back in February.


He tweeted at the time; ‘Yes!!! The rumours are trumours!! @arianagrande is my pop queen and i can’t wait for you guys to hear our song.’


Ariana recently reached number two in the UK singles charts with No Tears Left To Cry. It furthermore reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and also number one in multiple territories such as Australia, Norway and Singapore.


Ariana's album Sweetener is also due in August.

Nonbinary person tells Will Young about being bullied by rugby coach in front of teachers



A nonbinary person has revealed that they were bullied by a rugby coach in front of other teaching staff at school.


Alex called into James O’Brien’s show on LBC, which also featured singer Will Young.


They said a rugby coach had bullied them when he realised they were wearing makeup.


The coach had mocked them in front of classmates before continuing to another member of staff.


Speaking to O’Brien and Young, Alex said: “When I was around Year 8 I was gender non-conforming and used to wear makeup to school.


“One day the rugby coach took me aside because I really ballsed up a pass. He looked at me for a couple of seconds and said ‘Are you wearing makeup’?


“He stopped training for everyone and put me in front of the team and said: ‘Look, Alex is wearing the makeup. Isn’t this shocking?'”


They went on to say that the rugby coach had a later conversation in front of Alex with a teacher, when he said it was “hilarious” and “stupid” that they were wearing makeup.


“Until 2013 my school had section 28 [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] as official policy,” continued Alex.


Will Young looked on shocked.


O’Brien told Alex: “There’ll be people listening to this now who simply know there is someone else who is going through, or has gone through, what they’re going through at the moment and that becomes a help, because I sense you didn’t have that.


“You must’ve felt so alone.”


To which Alex replied: “Yeah.”


Watch a video of the call below:



The segment followed research for LBC and The Diana Award which revealed that 16% of bullied children had suicidal thoughts.


Source: Pink News


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