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Mariah Carey officially joins Pussycat Dolls on star-studded Brighton Pride line-up

Nick Duffy February 14, 2020
Brighton Pride with Mariah Carey is still planned to go ahead in 18 weeks

Mariah Carey was to headline the Brighton Pride festival (Dia Dipasupil/Getty)

Contain your excitement, because Mariah Carey has been announced as the headliner of this year’s Brighton Pride festival.

The gay icon will follow in the footsteps of Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears by headlining the UK’s biggest Pride festival.

Carey, who is the best-selling female artist of all time, will take to the stage in England’s gay capital on Saturday, August 1.

Brighton Pride to welcome ‘staunch LGBT+ ally’ Mariah Carey

Confirming rumours that had swirled ahead of the announcement, Brighton and Hove Pride director Paul Kemp said: “We are beyond thrilled that Mariah is joining our LGBTQ+ celebrations for our 30th anniversary.

“Mariah is a staunch LGBTQ+ ally and having her perform at Pride really helps us highlight our campaigning for LGBTQ+ equality to a global audience.”

Mariah Carey will headline the Brighton Pride festival
Mariah Carey will headline the Brighton Pride festival (Amy Sussman/FilmMagic)

According to organisers, the performance will mark the very first time that Carey has performed at a Pride event – though the singer has previously launched her own range of Pride merchandise to raise money for LGBT media advocacy nonprofit GLAAD.

Carey received an Ally Award from GLAAD in 2016 for her work advocating for equal rights.

The headliner announcement saw thousands flock to the festival’s tickets website to snap up access to the event.

Pussycat Dolls to reunite for Brighton Pride

Meanwhile, The Pussycat Dolls will reunite to headline the Pride festival on Sunday, August 2.

Kemp said: “For our 30th anniversary we are really excited that LGBTQ+ icons The Pussycat Dolls will be headlining the FABULOSO main stage on Sunday 2 August with a UK Pride exclusive performance.”

Organisers added: “Mariah is headlining the main stage but there are loads more artist announcements to come.”

“Watch this space for loads of great LGBTQ+ performers and allies over the coming weeks.”

All that star power ain’t cheap, however. A weekend past for the event is on sale for £57.50, while daily passes are selling for £32.50.

Last year’s Brighton Pride festival saw a performance from Kylie Minogue – her first Pride event in the UK.

After the performance, Brighton Pride issued an apology to people with disabilities who were confined to an overflow tent with no view of the stage during a headline performance, after an accessible viewing platform reached capacity.

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