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The Freedom Stage is host to a range of talented artists. From local acts to established national performers and some well known names, The Freedom Stage has it all. Here's who you can expect to see on The Freedom Stage at Warwickshire Pride 2017...
11:00am - The grand opening of Warwickshire Pride 2017
Matt Western (MP for Warwick and Leamington) will cut the ribbon to declare Warwickshire Pride 2017 open, before saying a few words. Chair of Warwickshire Pride, Daniel Browne, will also say a few words, and there will also be a speech from a 15 year old trans boy who has an important message.
11:05am - Kirsty Wright
Kirsty Wright is all about the voice, and what a voice she has. Having wowed at Warwickshire Pride in previous years, we are thrilled to welcome Kirsty back to showcase her stunning vocals.
11:25am - Peter MacDonald
Local lad Peter last performed at Warwickshire Pride two years ago and impressed with his vocals. So we are pleased to welcome him back again this year. Expect to hear some songs that you know and love when Peter takes to the stage.
11:45am - Sambassadors of Groove
If you've been to Warwickshire Pride in the past or attended other local events, you may well be aware of the Sambassadors of Groove. They know how to perform for a crowd and will be showcasing their amazing drumming and dancing for Warwickshire Pride 2017.
12:05pm - Ferrah P
Ferrah P is a bio queen and came third at this year's Warwickshire Pride's Got Talent, stunning everyone with a dark, intense piece of performance art that told the story of someone living with depression. Ferrah P will be bringing some more original performances to the main stage. This will be truly spectacular.
12:25pm - Charlie Bowen
Leamington performer Charlie Bowen is not your typical Drag Queen. His raw talent shines through as he sings rock and blues, complete with guitar playing and a fierce aura that is utterly compelling to watch.
12:45pm - Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell, also known as Gordy Camp, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, presenter and entertainer based in Birmingham. Gordon will be performing some well known hits from artists such as Erasure and Michael Buble.
1:05pm - Shannon Stevenson
Shannon is a local dance music artist who is gearing up for the release of her new album. Shannon's career is going from strength to strength, with her singles being featured by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and 1Extra. Get ready to dance.
1:25pm - Thomas Pearce
Thomas is a 19 year old singer and musician from Kenilworth, with a growing reputation as a seriously talented artist. He started playing piano at age 14, is completely self-taught and plays from his ear as he doesn't read music. Thomas impressed the crowds so much last year that we had to welcome him back this year. You will be amazed by his keyboard playing and seriously impressed with his vocals. Thomas will also be performing at the official Warwickshire Pride after party.
1:45pm - Kian Taylor-Jackson
Back by HUGE popular demand, Kian Taylor-Jackson will be amazing everyone with his street dancing moves. You won't want to miss this.
2:05pm - Valerio Lysander
Valerio is a singer/songwriter from Italy, but currently living in London. We've witness Valerio perform live at Coventry and London Prides, so can say for sure that he is hugely talented and is going to put on a fantastic set of original songs and covers that you may well know.
2:20pm - Kyle Passmore
If you watched 'Let It Shine' on BBC1 earlier this year, you may well be familiar with Kyle Passmore. He's a massively talented artist and we are excited to be welcoming him to Warwickshire Pride.
2:40pm - Asifa Lahore
Asifa Lahore is known to millions as 'the UK's first Muslim Drag Queen' thanks to a presenting role on Channel 4's Muslim Drag Queens, but she is so much more than that. Asifa Lahore is an icon, recently came out as transgender, and will taking to the stage at Warwickshire Pride 2017 to showcase just how talented she is. You can also catch Asifa Lahore at this year's official Warwickshrie Pride after party for an exclusive live performnace.
3:00pm - Khakan Qureshi
At this year's Warwickshire Pride we have a series of talks taking place on the main stage. We're pleased to be welcoming the founder of the Birmingham South Asians LGBT+ group, Khakan Qureshi, to this year's festival. Khakan will be talking about the identity of South Asian LGBT+ people, and particularly those from Muslim backgrounds. Khakan will discuss how, in these heightened times of division and labels, we as an LGBT+ community should be more inclusive and accepting of others. Don't miss these important, thought provoking talks taking place at Warwickshire Pride this August.
3:05pm - Feryl
Artist. Icon. Innovator. Feryl is all of those things, as well as being a talented pop performer. If you've been to other Prides around the UK or abroad, you may have seen Feryl performing. This guy puts on a show, so come along and see it. You can also catch Feryl at the official Warwickshire Pride after party, where he will be performing too.
3:30pm - Katie Yeomans
There will be a range of talks on the main stage at this year's Warwickshire Pride and we are pleased to be welcoming Katie Yeomans to give a speech. Katie is a trans lady and began her transition at the age of 64. Katie has since appeared on radio & television to talk about her journey, and will be discussing it at Warwickshire Pride with the hope of inspiring other trans people. We are thrilled to be welcoming Katie to Warwickshire Pride and hope you'll all come and listen to her talk when she takes to the stage.
3:35pm - Marcia D'Arc
Marcia D'Arc is a Drag Queen with an interesting repertiore and a huge pair of lungs. We are excited to be welcoming this unique and talented Queen to Warwickshire Pride 2017. Expect singing, dancing, sass, sexiness and comedy.
3:55pm - Chica Latina
Chica Latina is a legendary Britain's Got Talent contestant, who wowed the audience and flirted with Simon Cowell at her audition back in 2012. From there, Chica Latina reached the semi-finals where she performed 'Get in the Floor' by Jennifer Lopez. Chica Latina has continued to perform in recent years and we are thrilled to be welcoming her back to Warwickshire Pride. Expect plenty of sexiness and sass.
4:15pm - Shanade
If you live locally, you have probably heard of Shanade or seen her perfoming at various events locally. However, Shanade's talent is far reaching and has seen her perform around the world. After releasing her critically acclaimed EP in 2016, Shanade is currently working on an album. We are thrilled to be welcoming Shanade for her only covers gig of the year. If you attended Warwickshire Pride in 2013 or 2014, you will be fully aware of why Shanade was the most popular performer at both of those festivals. This will be a standout performance. Believe the hype.
4:45pm - Tilly Pimlott
After performing an energetic version of Tina Turner's Proud Mary at this year's Warwickshire Pride's Got Talent, Tilly Pimlott was crowned champion in the audience vote. She knows how to work a crowd, so come along to watch Tilly's performance and be prepared to work it yourself.
5:05pm - Relley C
Relley C is a talented artist who reached the live shows of last year's X Factor, being mentored by Sharon Osbourne. We are excited to welcome Relley C to Warwickshire Pride 2017 and know you're going to love her too. Relley will also be performing at the official Warwickshire Pride after party.
5:30pm - Kavana
If you were around in the 90s, you'll no doubt be aware of pop sensation Kavana. With a string of hits, including I Can Make You Feel Good, girls (and some boys) screamed with joy whenever Kavana performed. In recent years, Kavana has become known for his appearances on ITV's The Big Reunion and Celebrity Big Brother. Can he make you feel good? Come along and find out for yourself when Kavana takes to the stage.
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