Liverpool Pride has released its line-up of acoustic acts for the festival next month.

The event, which takes place on Saturday August 7th, is the first Pride festival the city has held and will have a rainbow circus theme.

The city has suffered a number of homophobic attacks in the last three years and Pride organisers hope the festival will help cut down homophobia.

Fresh from performing at Glastonbury, Cocabelle will take to the Acoustic Stage a bluesy vocal and visual set.

BBC One’s Last Choir Standing stars The Sense of Sound Choir, directed by Perri Alleyne-Hughes will play contemporary a cappella numbers, while soul singer and artistic director of Sense of Sound Choir Jennifer John will perform a solo set.

Cocabelle said “My band and I are excited, honoured and delighted to play the first ever Liverpool Pride festival, we can’t wait for the carnival to begin. We promise to put on a spectacle that will be exciting, dramatic and glamorous.”

Liverpool local Ian McNabb will headline the stage, performing songs from his dozen albums including his latest hit ‘Great Things’ which was released in April 2010.

Also headlining is award-winning blues singer-songwriter Connie Lush, who was described by the Times as having “a voice like a 3am whisky with enough electricity to power the national grid”.

Both Ian and Connie will perform a string of their hits, offering Pride-goers an alternative, chilled atmosphere to revel in, in contrast to the Main and Cabaret stages.

Council leader Joe Anderson said “The Pride Festival is gearing up to be an amazing event which will attract people from far and wide to Liverpool, promoting tolerance and providing an economic boost to the city.”

The Pride team has also put together a line-up of smaller local acts. These include Peach, Ogo, Will Maitland, The Benjamin Stead Trio, Hannah Trigwell, Stealing Sheep, Jo Bywater and the Waves and Lonesome Georginas.

Liverpool Pride will shortly announce the line up for the Cabaret Stage.

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