The Pink Picnic returns this year on Saturday June 22 to celebrate Salford’s LGBT+ community in Peel Park.
A spokesperson from Salford Pride said: “The Pink Picnic welcomes everyone from Salford, whether they are LGBT or allies of the LGBT community, and prides itself on the family-friendly, community feel.”
The event will run from 1-8pm and is free for everyone to attend. Alongside musical acts Jordan Gray (The Voice UK 2016) and pop legend Kelly Wilde, Salford Pride also present the annual “Doggie Show”, exhibitions for support services in Greater Mancester and, a “Youth Zone” for Salford’s LGBT+ young people and their friends.
This year, a brand new VIP Tent will be introduced, in collaboration with Absolut, Four Sis4ers and Seven Bro7hers. Tickets for this cost £20 (subject to booking fee) and can be bought here.
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Those who opt for a VIP ticket will receive free food, their first three drinks provided, a meet and greet with the main stage acts, as well as guaranteed entry to the official after party. This is hosted in partnership with the University of Salford Students’ Union bar: Atmosphere.
The after party is also free, but ticketed due to limited numbers. Tickets can be claimed here to guarantee entry.
Presented by resident Drag Queen Venus, and regular Gaydio host Joe Wilmot, the Official After Party will play host to local LGBT DJs and Gay Village residents such as Dave Dullage, Bex Hill and Gaydio star: Kriss Herbert. Ariana Grande Tribute act Melissa T will also be performing at the event.
The Pink Picnic first began in 2011, started by an LGBT customer focus group to celebrate the LGBT+ community. Despite expecting only a dozen people to show, the picnic attracted 120 people on the day. It was then decided that the picnic would become an annual event.
Seven years later, Pink Picnic 2018 welcomed over 3,000 visitors.
Here’s a video from Salford Pride’s official YouTube to show you what might be in store for you: