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  • Marc Almond to headline Liverpool Pride

    Ollie Cowan

    SOUTHPORT-born musician Marc Almond will headline this years Liverpool Pride Festival

    Organisers of the annual show say the singer and former Meols Cop High pupil will be the star attraction at the summer 2017 event.

    The former Soft Cell front man has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and will appear at Liverpool Pride for the first time just weeks after he celebrates his 60th birthday.

    This is the eighth consecutive year of Liverpool Pride, a free two-day event celebrating all things LGBT. This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

    Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events and last year attracted more than 32,000 festival goers to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

    The theme for Liverpool Pride 2017 is International Love, with organisers spreading the Liverpool message far and wide. Liverpool Pride’s International Love theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The 50 Summers of Love season will run from May to August 2017.

    Marc Almond played a vital role in the new wave music movement, scoring an international hit with the song Tainted Love in 1981.

    Tainted Love broke all records as the track that remained the longest in the US Billboard Top 100, the song also received a Brit award for best single. He again hit the top of the charts in 1989 with Sixties legend, the late Gene Pitney, with the duet Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart, which remained at Number One for five weeks.

    Marc commented: “I was born near enough to Liverpool for it to feel like a home City for me. It feels very special to be opening and headlining this year’s Pride event.

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