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Jake Shears to headline open-air orchestra concert on Liverpool seafront

Jake Shears to headline open-air orchestra concert on Liverpool seafront

Critically acclaimed LGBT+ icon Jake Shears has been revealed as the headline act for Pride Classical, which will see a world-class 32-piece orchestra take to the stage to perform the best Pride anthems from the past 50 years for thousands of people at Liverpool’s Pier Head on Friday 26 July – the eve of Pride in Liverpool.

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Grammy-nominated and Brit Award-winning band Scissor Sisters, is best known for hits including “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” and “Take Your Mama”. Since embarking on a solo career, he has released two albums, co-written songs for the musical Tammy Faye alongside Elton John, starred in Kinky Boots on Broadway and played the legendary ringmaster in Cabaret in the West End. He last performed in Liverpool as part of the Eurovision Village last year.

Shears is set to join actor and musician Ashford Campbell, who has enjoyed success in the West End with roles in Dreamgirls, 9 to 5 the Musical and The Drifters Girl. In 2011, Ashford was part of boyband The Risk, who performed in the 2011 live shows of The X Factor.

Shears and Campbell join an already star-studded line-up alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 4 winner Danny Beard and West End sensation Alison Jiear. Pride Classical is an incredible spectacle that adds a major fundraiser and an additional day to the Pride in Liverpool festival.

The event, which kicks off the Pride in Liverpool celebrations, is a collaboration between Liverpool city region LGBT+ charity LCR Pride Foundation and multi-award-winning orchestral production company Carrot Productions. In 2023, Pride Classical performed to sell-out crowds in Blackpool and Manchester.

Tickets for the final launch of Pride Classical go on sale today (2 July) priced at £30 plus booking fee. Tickets and VIP packages are available at prideinliverpool.co.uk. All profits from ticket sales for Pride Classical will go towards funding Pride in Liverpool the following day, Saturday 27 July, and will ensure the community-led festival remains free for all.

Pride Classical star Jake Shears said: “I’m thrilled to be returning to Liverpool for what will be a memorable night of love, joy and togetherness. Pride Classical is the perfect way to kick off your Pride in Liverpool weekend and I can’t wait to see everyone.”

Andi Herring, CEO of LCR Pride Foundation, said: “Jake Shears and Ashford Campbell are the icing on the cake for what is already a spectacular line-up. We are pulling out all the stops to make this a show that people will talk about for years to come and, most importantly, ensuring we can keep Pride in Liverpool free and accessible.”

More announcements about Liverpool Pride will be made in the coming weeks.

More information can be found at prideinliverpool.co.uk.