Press Release

For Immediate Release

London, 24 June 2016

Global talent tops entertainment line-up at UK Black Pride

  • X-Factor finalist Seann Miley Moore joins Reggae star General Levy and comedy genius Gina Yashere to lead entertainment line-up at UK Black Pride 2016
  • Transforming Our Community themed festival set to pull in record crowd

The eleventh annual UK Black Pride festival takes place on Sunday 26 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens from 12 noon until 9pm. This year’s FREE event will, once again, feature a main stage packed with live music, comedy, cabaret and drag, supported by top DJs, licensed bars, world food, community stalls and children’s play area.

UK Black Pride’s entertainment line-up will be headlined by lyrical gymnast and creative queer powerhouse Seann Miley Moore, the X Factor finalist who was mentored by BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw in 2015. He travelled all the way from Australia to audition for the show where his powerful vocals and stand-out staging made him an instant hit with the judges and public alike. Seann recently embarked on the X Factor Live Tour of the UK alongside seven other acts from the show including: Anton Stephan; 4th Impact; Reggie n Bollie; Louisa Johnson; Lauren Murray; Chè Chesterman and Mason Noise. Seann is ready to rock the UK Black Pride event and entertain the crowd with a high energy, harmony driven performance.

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The mighty General Levy will also headline UK Black Pride having gained worldwide fame for his jungle hit ‘Incredible’ and being decorated with accolades such as Best British Reggae Single, Best British Reggae Album and Best British Reggae MC. General Levy has toured with Chaka Demus & Pliers, whilst his list of collaborations include artists Heatwave; Desmond Decker; Aswad; Jamelia, and Shola Ama. General Levy’s history bears testament to the fact that music can unite people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, and that dancehall music can also be used as an agent against homophobia and for equality.

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Gina Yashere is one of Britain’s most eminent stand-up comedians. She is a four-time winner of International Black Comedy Awards’ Best Female Stand-Up and appears in the Observer newspaper’s list of 10 best female comedians. Since she moved to the USA, Gina’s bombastic delivery and infectious personality have made her one of America’s top comics as she draws inspiration from a raft of experiences that include her British Nigerian roots; her past career as an engineer, and her life as a Lesbian, Black woman working across the globe. Gina’s observational comedy is undoubtedly the stuff of legends and raises laughs wherever she performs her sell-out shows, whether it’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week or Jay Leno. UK Black Pride is honoured to welcome home this star for a rare UK show.

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The main stage will be hosted by colourful Pakistani Muslim drag queen and entertainer, Seema Butt, alongside trans model and feminist, Munroe Bergdorf, celebrated writer and filmmaker Rikki Beadle-Blair, as well as trans rights activist and fashionista, Jah Phyah Payne. Together, they will oversee performances from the headline acts and the sets of up-and-coming artists from within the Black and LGBT community, including soulful jazz singer Toya Delazy, and the funky modern house singer, Xana. Their soaring vocal ranges and spirited material make them potential powerhouses of the future British music industry. They will be followed by distinctively sounding reggae artist, Lavelle; emerging talent, Nefertita, and the doyenne of British reggae, Lorna Gee, who is also a lauded actress. Lyrical diversity will be taken to the limit by rapper-singer, Xela, and the duo of singer-rappers, Prolific. They will be joined by conscious rapper, Ess Jay, who feeds off the audience to make lyrical beatsf while acclaimed spoken word poet, Femi Nylander from Oxford University’s ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign, will creatively break down institutional racism. Spoken word performance artist and Erotic Poetry Award winner, Immani, from the USA, will inject adult flavours to proceedings. Also performing is Paris Black Pride’s Vogue by Lassinendra and her all-male dancers from Afrique Arc-en-ciel, who will be followed by Laura Lartey’s Invasion Dancers, and an up-tempo performance from Manchester-based alternative punk collective of Ajah UK, a multicultural group of performers led by political feminist Jaheda Choudhury.

The main stage will also feature club-land favourite DJs Jen Bee; MC Brandy; Smoochie and Traxx who will entertain the crowd alongside DJs Biggy C; Big John; KinkyD & Sensi

Powerful messages of political and community solidarity against racism, homo and trans phobia which continue to blight lives of Black and LGBT people will be delivered by K Black Pride’s headline sponsor, Stonewall, represented by Ruth Hunt, and the Mayor of London’s office represented by trade unionist and London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi. Young, Black and Muslim voices will be represented by NUS Black Students Officer, Aadam Muuse, and Laila Elmetoui from Schools Out will press the message of combatting homo / transphobia in education. Chardine Taylor-Stone will explain the #StopRainbowRacism campaign which UK Black Pride is backing to counter racism in LGBT communities. Festival goers will be invited to observe a minute’s silence for global victims of hate-crime led by representative of #TransLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatter and Paris Black Pride who UK Black Pride has twinned as it launches its inaugural festival for Black LGBT people in France

UK Black Pride Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said:

“Our entertainers present some of the best talent in the UK. From our award winning DJs, dancers and drag artists to the outstanding talents of General Levy, Gina Yashere and Seann Miley Moore, this year’s event has a line up to suit all tastes from children to seniors, from reggae to RnB, bhangra to jazz, on top of which we have fantastic comedians and spoken word artists to invoke the spirit of our African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritages. This show will be about Transforming our Community to ensure we send a clear message for Trans inclusion. UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots movement. We believe the most effective way to secure the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people and politics before profit. UK Black Pride remains indebted to our sponsor, especially the headline sponsor, Stonewall, for helping make UK Black Pride free!”

To attend the eleventh UK Black Pride festival, which is an integral part of Pride in the Park celebrations, on Sunday 26 June in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London, come along from 12 noon until 9pm. Join us! The official UK Black Pride After Party – in conjunction with Desi Boyz and Flawless – will be held at Vauxhall Union Club from 10pm until late.

Notes for editors:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2016 a success:

1. For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: www.ukblackpride.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride Twitter: @ukblackpride

 

2. Learn about Pride: http://www.prideinlondon.org/events/2016/06/26/pride-in-the-park

3. Learn about UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor, Stonewall, at: www.stonewalll.org.uk 

4. Learn about UK Black Pride 2016’s other sponsors at: www.ukblackpride.org.uk

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