Main stage performer Lucy Whittaker gives us her 5 must-do events this weekend

Lucy Whittaker is going to be releasing her debut EP on Thursday 14 September following a busy 2017 which has seen her named as Radio 1’s pick of the week in April, amassing hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify, and performing on the main stages of Leeds, Sheffield & Manchester Pride. Here’s her guide to this year’s pride festivities:

Leeds Pride 2017 is fast approaching, and it’s time that you’re in the know about what not to miss this Pride. The main Pride event takes place on Sunday 6th August but there’s so much going on that you need to know about. Make sure you get out and make the most of Leeds Pride 2017 – celebrate who you are and who you love. Happy Pride!

Leeds Queer Film Festival

The Leeds Queer Film Festival takes place in the run-up to Pride, on Friday 4 August, and celebrates queer cinema, focusing on giving a voice to the most marginalised members of the community.

The variety of films being screened at the festival is incredible, so there’s something for everyone, whatever you’re into. If you love film or even just want to explore something new, then this is the place to be.

Friday 4 August, Live Art Bistro

You Better Werk (Out)

There are so many ways to get active for Pride, besides marching in the parade. If sport is your thing, the Leeds Frontrunners are holding a Leeds Pride Run on Saturday, and if you’re just looking for some fun then make sure you get down to the 80s Danceathon in Armley!

Back to the 80s Danceathon, 8pm Wednesday 2 August, Armley Leisure Centre

Leeds Frontrunners Pride 5k Run, 9am Saturday 5 August, Woodhouse Moor

170801 Pride Danceoff

The Parade

The parade is the part of the day where everyone comes together in a display of equality. People are going to be in the Pride spirit so expect to see fancy dress, lots of flags, and emotions running high as the whole community comes together celebrating love, acceptance, and standing up for the rights of LGBT people.

Leeds Pride Parade, From 2pm Sunday 6 August, Millennium Square

The Main Stage

If you’re all about celebrating love and unity through music, you need to be at the main stage on Sunday. There are some iconic acts performing (I personally can’t wait to sing along to Heather Small!) and they’ll all be there for the same reason - love.

You can catch me performing at 3:45pm – make sure you come and say hi! Dress up, sing along, and get ready to dance!

First Direct Main Stage, 2pm - 8pm Sunday 6 August, Millennium Square

The Afterparty

If you’re still in the Pride spirit and looking for more, make sure you head to Viaduct and Tunnel (formerly Mission 2) for their non-stop 12 hour Pride party.

Expect great music, incredible drag, and dancing until the sun comes up!

The Leeds Pride After Party, 6pm - 6am Sunday 6 August, Lower Briggate

Lucy Whittaker performs on the First Direct Main Stage at Millennium Square, 3:45pm on Sunday 6 August. Listen to her latest single here: