Each year as part of The Big Weekend , there is a stage in Sackville gardens and kicking of the weekend is the Manbears Picnic Stage here are details of the acts and the estimated times they will be on stage,
Please come support these acts, Manbears have organised a lot of great acts for you and to start the Pride weekend off with a bang....
Andrew Ridal (19:00) - Host
Andrew has been performing all of his life, much to the annoyance of his parents. He is a professional presenter, host master of ceremonies, singer actor, but he thinks he is a better dancer than he actually is. Andrew has performed across the globe from Barbados to Kuala Lumpur, at the BBC Proms and is a regular host and performer at LGBTQ+ events nationwide.
Wolfy is a Drag King DJ from Manchester's Gay Village with a weekly residency on Saturday and Sunday evenings at Churchill’s Canal Street He has performed at Sparkle, Brighton pride (king of Brighton pride) and most recently the Austin International Drag Festival, he was also recently featured in King Doc and will be in the upcoming Fierce the movie.
Rock Heart (19:20)
A multi award winning International Boylesque, Sideshow - Glass Performer, Fire body Burner, Wax, Entertainer and Compare with a twisted Zest. based in the North West England. Mister Rock Hart burst on to the Burlesque scene and won the Best Performer Award March 2014 At The Varietease 4th Tea Time Tassel Off! at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds. Since then He has gone on to be Awarded 1st Runner up in June 2014: at the Neo Burlesque Awards Heat 5 at the Empire Casino in Leicester Square London which secured him a place in the Grand Final in November 2014 London.
Mister Rock Hart went on to be Awarded 2nd place in the Newbie Competition at the Corsets ‘n’ Cabaret June show in Wrexham Wales 2014.
Since winning the awards earlier in the 2014, Mister Rock Hart has obtained a residency booking with Lethal productions in Manchester. In November 2014 Mister Rock Hart went on to win in Northern Ireland Best Newcomer Award at the Belfast Burlesque Festival.
In 2015 Mister Rock Hart was awarded Bronze at the North Wales Burlesque Festival. He was also a WILD CARD entrants in to the ‘LEGEND IN THE MAKING’ competition gaining second place in the Wild Card Internet Competition. Rock Hart in 2015 went on to perform Internationally showcasing his talent in Aahus Denmark.
In 2016 Rock was seen Performed at the 10th Anniversary of the London Burlesque Festival.
Back in February 2016 Mister Rock Hart went on to and won Burlesque Noir Rising Star competition and will be perform at the Grand Event at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Dead 20's (19:35)
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Andrew Clark (19:55)
Andrew Clark has been the host of Manchester's weekly bear night in Manchester at the REM BAR. Bringing Karaoke and entertainment, including a weekly Facebook challenge. Andrew hosted Bears got Talent section of the stage the last two years, and performed previous as part of Bear Explosion. Loving everything bear, Andrew will be taking on a live challenge on one of his songs for the stage and hopefully this year no wardrobe malfunction.
Saskia Eng (20:15)
4 year old Scottish singer with a unique taste and style in music. Saskia recently caught the eye of music festival organisers and was invited to sing at Party at the palace music festival in Scotland making he the youngest ever performer, she has been performing at pride events since she was 11 years old and has enjoyed every one of them.
The Rhetoriks (20:35)
The Rhetoriks are an Electronic Dance music duo made up of Scottish songstress Elle and London born rapper Jay. Their songwriting abilities extend past their main genre, from recording popular cover songs to commercial/urban influenced music which brings out their versatility to the forefront. They formed in late 2013 after a call for collaborators was put out on Twitter, through BBC 1xtra DJ Target's hashtag 'Targets Notice Board' and found that they were featured on the same track through a mutual acquaintance. Together they share an undeniable musical chemistry that has seen them perform at a variety of club venues and festivals, supporting notable names such as Amine Edge & Dance, Oliver Heldens, Juicy M, 2 Faced Funks, Kenneth G, Olly James and many more. Their live shows are full of energy set at a pace that engages crowds resulting in an instantaneous recognizable musical connection. Their independent debut single 'Take My Soul Away' garnered worldwide support and peaked in the UK Commercial Club Chart at no. 16 ("Getting so many enquires about this track in many venues, Gonna be massive"- DJ Jason Shaughnessy). Their second release 'Yeah I Do' has a dance festival feel and undeniably compliments its predecessor. This essentially propelled their hit to no. 9 in the commercial Club Pop chart, gaining vast support from radio to club DJ's all around the world. They continued to build strong relationships mainly around the Scottish scene, being sought out by many DJ/Producers to write and record vocals over their production. Having spent time writing and recording songs in the studio and featuring on tracks with various producers globally, they have now seen the release of their debut EP "Our Pain Your Pleasure," geared at bringing a new flare to the growing world of Electronic music. This project features 4 original unreleased tracks that tells a story rolling off the theme of the title, letting the audience gain insight into their emotive persona, while putting the party energy fun over big bass and melodic synth instrumentals. Their new single release taken from the EP "The Demons You Created" along with the remixes, has gained early support from DJ's Olly James, Jack Eye Jones, KP London and more. The story behind the single can be told through the Anime style style music video, by the creative visions at Redsnow Studio.
Steve Ayers (21:45)
Steve Ayers is a 31-year-old business relationship manager form Stoke on Trent he is passionate about music and supports a number of charity and pride events throughout the UK when he isn't working training in his local gym or helping out behind at his local bar he is also an amazing singer.
Dionne Hickey (22:10)
A young talented singer and songwriter from Falkirk, a town in the Central Lowlands of Scotland, widely known as the winner of The Voice Of Fife 2011 where she blew away the judges with two show-stopping performances and wowed a large crowd as she took the title of Fife Free Press Voice Of Fife 2011. Winning gave her a real confidence boost and the comments from the judges encouraged her to take her singing seriously. Since then Dionne has demonstrated that her innate talent for music could lead her to a great successful career in music industry. Dionne is currently known for her diverse repertoire ranging from 70s to 90s club classics, to today’s chart hits. Having been promoted on various radio stations across Scotland, now Dionne performs in nightclubs, holiday parks and Casinos across the country, reaching the old continent and soon, leaving the island for an international music career.
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