POP GRAS!

The biggest gay festival in the UK will also have an indie stage for the first time...

ATOMIC KITTEN, FIVE and STEPS are to join HEAR’SAYon the main stage at this year’s LONDON MARDI GRAS, the biggest gay festival in the UK.

The event, which is preceded by a rally from central London to FINSBURY PARK in the north of the city, takes place on June 30.

Both Five and Steps appeared at last year’s event. Also on the main stage are Bjorn Again, with more artists to be announced.

An indie stage, hosted by London club Popstarz, has also been added for the first time this year, with Gay Dad, EMF and Bentley Rhythm Ace.

Jeremy Joseph of London club GAY, who books bands for the Main Stage, said: “It’s very exciting, all the top pop acts are going to be there and we also have an indie stage this year, it’s a lot more diverse. The gay audience is very diverse, there is call for both types of music it is hard to put it all on the one stage and mix it together.”

Last year’s event, which also featured performances by Louise, Samantha Mumba, Bananarama, Kylie Minogue and Boy George, attracted a crowd of 75,000, and organisers hope to exceed that number this year.

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