X Factor stars Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry are to perform at Brighton Pride this month.

Burke, who is working on a new album will headline the August 13th festival with hits such as Bad Boys and Overcome.

Meanwhile, McElderry, who is performing at a number of Pride festivals, recently won ITV’s Popstar to Operastar.

This year, Pride has begun charging for access to the event with tickets costing up to £17.50.

Although organisers have refused to say how many tickets have been sold, just a third had been snapped up by the middle of last month.

The change sparked complaints from Brighton residents, who have questioned why the fee is necessary.

Pride organisers have defended the decision to charge entry and say it is necessary to ensure safety.