Dare To Dream and Love Out Loud! UK’s Birmingham Pride — the UK’s largest two-day pride festival — keeps the momentum of music and celebration going during the month of May. After a rather disappointing last place finish for the UK at Eurovision 2019, we look to a sizzling hot line-up of acts gracing the Birmingham Pride main stage this weekend. From chart-topping acts, to American superstars, from Drag Race stars to local talent, this event has got you sorted. Could one of these acts place us on the left side of the scoreboard next year? Let’s find out…
With record sales from 6 albums exceeding 15 million copies, Faithless are one of the most iconic dance bands to ever emerge from The UK. In addition to their core catalogue, they’ve released four remix albums, three compilation albums and twenty singles including 8 Top 10 UK hits. If Darude can represent Finland, Faithless can represent The UK.
YEARS & YEARS
Years & Years are a British synth-pop band that fuse electro-pop, R&B and 1990s house elements. The band’s debut studio album, Communion, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and was the fastest-selling debut album of the year from a UK signed band. Their biggest hit single “King” reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 2015, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland and Switzerland. If The UK select them, they already have an established fanbase across the continent.
Kate Nash is an awarded singer-songwriter and actress who rose to prominence in the UK in 2007 with the sleeper hit “Foundations” Her debut album, Made of Bricks, peaked at number 1 in the UK, and crossed-over to the US Top 40 Billboard charts. Nash subsequently won the award for Best British Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards. Since then, she has released three other albums to critical acclaim. If the jury vote is what The UK is gunning for, then, look no further.
Nao is a star on the verge of a major breakthrough. With BRIT Awards and MOBO award nominations tied to her name, she has gone on to have two top five albums. Her exciting collaborations with the likes of Chic, Disclosure and Mura Masa have notched her much praise in the music industry.
Modus Operandi are the hottest chicks in town. Packed with sass and afro-beats that could awaken a corpse, their YouTube presence have clocked in tens of millions of hits. They have gigged at large festivals, and supported Little Mix on their European tour. Eurovision could be the perfect big-break they need for their career.
THE HUMAN LEAGUE
The Eurovision Song Contest is no stranger to quality heritage acts. Englebert Humperdinck had a go in 2012, and Bonnie Tyler succeeded him a year later. Since forming in 1977, the Human League have released nine studio albums, two remix albums, one live album, six EPs, 30 singles and several compilation albums. They have had five albums and eight singles in the UK Top 10 and have sold more than 20 million records worldwide. They are particularly popular in Europe and regarded as one of the main figureheads of the British music invasion. Their presence at Eurovision could right many wrongs.
Birmingham Pride takes place this weekend with many acts performing on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May
The colourful pride parade sets off at 12 noon precisely, and can’t be missed. It will wind its way around the city centre and then down to the top of Hurst Street, by the Birmingham Hippodrome. Main Stage Tickets available HERE