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Pride in Trafford Festival: Youngr, Heather Peace, Tom Allen and The Cocoa Butter Club front spectacular line-up

Breakthrough artists, comedians and performers make up an extravagant lineup for the upcoming Pride In Trafford Festival, which will be held on May 15th to 19th.

Pride in Trafford will take place across five days celebrating and exploring LGBTQ+ culture and identity across the region, curated by Waterside; Trafford’s award-winning destination for performance, culture and events.

So, what’s happening and who’s on the lineup? Read on to find out.


Pride in Trafford kicks off on Wednesday 15 May with an open evening of games, food and activities hosted by The Proud Trust. From 4.45pm until 6pm at the Talk Shop in Sale, you’ll be able to find out more about the organisation and get to know some like-minded individuals.

A work-in-progress photographic exhibition featuring the work of Youcef Hadjazi promises to explore gender and sexuality of individuals from Muslim backgrounds. In Portraits of Others, the work aims to question the relations between sexuality, gender and religion.

An exhibition launch will take place on Wednesday evening, while the free exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 16th May at 10am until 5pm on Sunday 19th May at Gallery ’74 at Waterside Arts.

Heather Peace will take to the stage at the Robert Bolt Theatre to perform classic hits and new numbers from her latest album Hey Mayhem. The Radio DIVA DJ will be joined by a full band and support from Rachael Sage. Tickets to the concert can be purchased here.


Manchester’s Trans Creative, headed up by Kate O’Donnell, Artistic Director, take-over as guest curators for Creative Industries Trafford’s (CIT) regular scratch night; Breaking Ground.

Expect a fabulous evening of fun, bold and exciting projects in development from trans and non-binary voices.


The Mayor of Trafford, Cllr Tom Ross will be joined by community members at Sale Town Hall at 11am to raise the flag to mark IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

Tom Allen will bring the funny to the Robert Bolt stage, alongside Bethany Black and Annette Fagon.

The Robert Bolt Theatre will later play host to a trio of funny faces for a special evening of comedy. Tom Allen, as seen on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Live at the Apollo, will appear on the bill alongside Annette Fagon and Bethany Black, who has appeared in Russell T Davies’ Cucumber, Banana, and Tofu series for Channel 4. Tickets for the gig, kicking off at 8pm, can be bought here.


Waterside will play host to a community hub from 11:00 – 15:00, exhibiting some local LGBTQ+ groups and charities.

Following on from the successful pilot on World AIDS Day 2018, the BHA for equality in health and social care will be running rapid HIV testing while there will also be community arts workshops running during the day for you and your friends to get involved in.

At 12 pm, an insightful panel discussion addressing the inequalities in representation for LGBTQ+, people of colour and queer characters in TV, film, theatre and radio will take place at The Chambers. Queer on Screen will look into how we can best ensure positive representation. Tickets can be bought here.

The Cocoa Butter Club will bring extravagance to the stage on Saturday night.

The Cocoa Butter Club, a cabaret collective and performance platform that exists to promote, celebrate and showcase performers of colour, will take centre stage at 7pm for a dazzling spectacle of burlesque, circus, spoken word, live music, voguing, comedy and creative celebrations. Get your tickets here for this must-see event.

Meanwhile, at the Robert Bolt Theatre, will be breakout singer Youngr. With support from Benedict Cork, the multi-talented musician will perform hits including debut single Out Of My System and latest tracks Stronger and Welling Up. Tickets available here.

Darren Adams, Manager of Waterside, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Youngr to Trafford, for what will be a very special gig as part of the festival celebrations.

“Youngr is a phenomenal performer, bursting with energy and talent and will join performers across the LGBTQ+ spectrum in truly showing our audiences what we do best at Waterside, presenting high-quality events by and for all, alongside our commitment to showcasing emerging and established artists.”


Sunday plays host to Raze Up, a professional development day for queer artists of all disciplines to skill-up and meet-up, led by leading queer artists. Running from 11am to 5pm at the Chambers & Lauriston Gallery.

At 5.30pm, Raze will offer a space for networking at ‘Sup Bar & Coffee House where you’ll be able to hear from award-winning queer artists about what’s going on in and around the city.

Lastly, at 7pm at the Robert Bolt Theatre, Raze will host a Performer’s Showcase where some of the UK’s newest, brightest and badass queer performers will show off their talents.

Tickets and further information on all events can be found at

Written by QWEERIST editor

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