This difficult decision was made to protect festival goers due to safety concerns on site
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY NORTHERN PRIDE
Scheduled for 22-23 July, Northern Pride Festival was forced to shut its gates after weather conditions made the site too unsafe for festival goers. After a day of rain on Saturday, Northern Pride was left with no other choice but to shut down on Sunday.
“On Saturday we saw over 15,000 people on the march and across the weekend (including the early hours of Sunday’s event) we saw over 21,000 through the gate,” Northern Pride said. “This was fantastic as the LGBTQIA community and our allies braved the weather to join us on the Town Moor.”
They continued: “I’m incredibly proud of the team, including all our contractors, staff, suppliers and of course my team of volunteers who really pulled this weekend together, not just the last 10 days but all year round. It’s been lovely receiving messages of support from the community, so it’s nice to see that my sense of pride in the charity is reciprocated wider.”
Northern Pride have announced that they will be in contact with ticket holders once they have dealt with the onsite situation.
Despite the cancellation, Northern Pride showed the resilience and love of the LGBTQIA community and our allies even in the pouring rain. With a vast array of glorious acts and spirits which couldn’t be dampened even by Mother Nature, we’ve got our fingers crossed that next year will be a little sunnier.
DIVA is proud to support such a fantastic display of love and LGBTQIA talent, and we cannot wait to see what the next Northern Pride has in store!
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