The organisers of Manchester’s Big Weekend celebrations have announced that multi-platinum selling singer songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor will perform at this year’s event.

Danish pop sensation Alphabeat and former M People lead singer Heather Small will also wow the crowds at Manchester Pride’s 18th birthday Big Weekend celebrations this August Bank Holiday weekend.

They will be joined by Sankey’s resident DJ Kate Lawler, house music legend Angie Brown, former Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton, Jonathan Ross’ 4 Poofs & Piano, house music act K-Klass, electro-group Client and X Factor finalist and former Happy Monday’s backing singer Rowetta Satchell.

“We’re delighted with the main stage line-up this year,” said Andrew Stokes, chairman of Manchester Pride.

“We’ve got a great mix of artists covering everything from current chart toppers to camp classics.

“We’re also still hoping to sign a couple more headline artists before the weekend itself so keep an eye out for more news from Manchester Pride HQ.”

The Big Weekend takes place from Friday 22nd until Monday 25th August.

Tickets are £17.50 and can be booked on-line at: www.manchesterpride.com.

Other main stage artists include: Random Pam, Nikki Belle, Peyton, The Unstoppable Team, Aristocrash, Geek Girl, Tania as Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, Dolly Rockers, Natalia, Ultrasonics, Billiam, Nicky French and Melissa Totten as Madonna.