Leeds Pride, which takes place on Sunday 5th August of this year, has just announced its latest headliner – UK pop sensation GARETH GATES.
After coming second to WILL YOUNG in POP IDOL in 2002, Bradford-born GATES shot to the top of the UK charts with hit single UNCHAINED MELODY, which went on to achieve double platinum success and be awarded RECORD OF THE YEAR. His follow up ANYONE OF US and third single SUSPICIOUS MINDS/THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD also hit the top spot in the UK top forty.
Following a string of successful albums and success on stage as Joseph in JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT and as part of the LES MISERABLES tour, GARETH has remained on the UK’s pop culture radar and has gigged across numerous UK venues and PRIDE events ever since. This August he returns to his home turf of Yorkshire for the region’s largest gay pride event – Leeds Pride.
Tom Doyle, Director of Leeds Pride said: “We are extremely excited to announce the addition of GARETH GATES to the LEEDS PRIDE line-up. GARETH is considered a UK pop gem and was one of the original stars of music reality television in this country. Not only is he considered a pin-up by many, but his voice and performing ability are both top notch – proven by the West End roles he has taken over the years. He will be perfect for our event and really fit the diverse selection of entertainment we are putting on for the crowds. Above all, he is a local lad and we are thrilled that he is so enthusiastic in coming back not only to support Leeds but also its LGBT community.”
LEEDS PRIDE is the biggest PRIDE event in Yorkshire and is free of charge to all festival goers. GARETH will join headlining act THE MEND of BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT 2012 fame, as well as local favourites such as KELLY WILDE, BROWNE SUGA and the ‘hostess with the mostest’ – PEGGY WESSEX.