Manchester Pride has announced that tickets for the four-day Big Weekend (27- 30 August) will go on sale, Saturday 01 May 2010.

Early bird tickets are offered at a reduced rate of £12.50 plus booking fee and are available until 30 June. From 1 July tickets will cost £17.50 plus booking fee.

Organisers are also encouraging festival goers to check out Manchester Pride Fringe, which runs between 20 – 26 August. Pride Fringe showcases everything from arts, culture and theatre events to comedy, sport and debate.

Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “Last year saw a record number of tickets sold, with Pride raising £135,000 for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) organisations and groups. I’m extremely proud of this figure and I hope we can raise as much money this year. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy our fun filled weekend which supports LGBT groups and HIV charities.”

Artists performing at the Big Weekend will be confirmed closer to the event. Past performers include The Gossip, Little Boots and Roisin Murphy.

Manchester Pride 2010 takes place from Friday 20– Monday 30 August 2010. The Big Weekend takes place between Friday 27- Monday 30 August. For more information, visit: www.manchesterpride.com

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