Heading to Liverpool Pride? Pick up the latest copy of HISKIND in the bedrooms, bars and louges of our hotel partner Aloft Liverpool.
Boasting a booming creative scene, a hub of independent restaurants and more galleries and museums than any city outside of London, Liverpool is the pefect destination for a weekend escape. As the city prepares for its annual Pride celebrations, we piece together our pick of the best things to do and see during your Liverpool Pride weekend.
Check in at Aloft Liverpool
Situated just ten minutes from Lime Street Station and a short stroll from Liverpool’s shopping complex, commercial district and gay quarter makes it the perfect base to stay. Old meets new throughout the hotel with the former Royal Insurance building undergoing a £22M renovation on the Grade II* Heritage Listed Building, restoring its original feautres to their former glory with an ultra modern Aloft touch. Bank vault like corridors and spiralling staircases are met with funky in room touches such as bean bags and colourful artwork for the ultimate base to play and stay.
Features include keyless check in, signature cocktails in the WXYZ bar and room service from NYL Restaurant & Bar. Rooms from £59. Best available rates from aloftliverpool.com
Liverpool Pride March
This year’s parade starts outside St George’s Hall/Lime Street Station (for those arriving from elsewhere), heading down Roe Street, Whitechapel, Lord Street, Castle Street then looping back round to the start via Dale Street and Churchill Way.
The Barclays Festival Stage
Saturday sees an array of musical and cabaret performances across three stages in the city: the main stage, sponsored by Barclays, is headlined by Liverpool’s own Atomic Kitten, as well as Kym Mazelle, the First Lady of House music, Livin’ Joy, Big Brother’s Austin Armacost and Danny Beard, amongst others. The World on One and the Garden Stages feature: Batala Mersey, DaDa Fest, Louis Jay, Writing on the Wall, Louis Brad and more. For full details, see the 2017 brochure.
Coming Out of The Shadows
For the second year in a row, iconic buildings around Liverpool will be lit up in rainbow colours from Thursday 20th to Sunday 30th July. This includes St George’s Hall Liverpool; Liverpool Central Library; Liverpool Town Hall; The Bluecoat; FACT; Liverpool Everyman Theatre; New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion; The Atkinson in Southport; World Museum; and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building. Come Out of the Shadows has support from all six local authorities across the Liverpool City Region; the town halls in Bootle, Wallasey and St Helens will also be illuminated.
Arts and Culture
The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool’s national gallery, presents a new exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales. Drawing works from the gallery’s own collection, as well as the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition will bring together work by artists who have explored sexuality and gender identity since 1967 (a nice counterpoint to Tate Britain’s Queer British Art, which only reaches 1967). The likes of David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas will be included, in a culmination of over two years of research by the Walker into LGBT+ history and visual culture. In December 2017, it will transfer to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Pride at the Pictures
A summer film programme explores the festival’s theme of International Love, presenting features and documentaries from France, Austria, Iraq and the USA. The opening gala features the legendary Hedwig & the Angry Itch, while a pair of films from Brazil explores LGBT+ life in the country.
Exhibitions and art displays will be spread throughout the city, including a Marc Almond exhibition; a portrait of Michael Causer by Ben Youdan; Big Luv Sista Exhibition; “Ed the Camper Van: Make Better Places Together”; and the International Banner Project with Ed Hall.
Yootha’s monthly alternative gay night delivers new wave, old rave, techno, electro , pop and soul social to its growing fanbase. The night that reinvigorated Liverpool’s LGBT+ offering, inclusive for the biggest crowd. Glamorous, camp, kitsch and cool.
The night’s name refers to actress Yootha Joyce, an actress whose hay day in the 70s saw her playing characters who were frustrated with life, but faced it all with a good deal of humour, sassiness and spirit. If they are the three components for this club night, we’ll see you on the dancefloor.
Stanley Street Quarter
Liverpool’s LGBT+ quarter will be transformed for Pride with events happening in all of the gay bars and venues. Heaven Liverpool is hosting major parties across the weekend, including an all-day festival on the Saturday. Friday sees the Opening Party, with Violet Period and Miss Roxxy, followed by the Indoor Festival from 2 pm to 7 am, with frozen drinks and confetti canons and hosts including Kimberlicious, Elliott Barnicle and Anna Lies. They close the weekend with a UV Klub Kids Closing Party, with music from DJ Andyrew and hosts Ill Health, Travisty and more. The Lisbon is hosting a Pre-Pride Party with internationally acclaimed DJ Lee, followed by a Pride Breakfast on the Saturday from 10 am. On Sunday, Lady Sian hosts their Pride Aftermath Party from 12 pm, with the infamous Psychic Bingo and the Great BIG Gay Quiz.
Cocktails at NYL Restaurant & Bar
Escape the street parties and club nights with signature cocktails served by NYL Restaurant & Bar with their resident DJ playing tunes on Friday, and live music on Saturday. The extensive drinks menu now includes the World’s 1st Liverpool Collection cocktail list and if you arrive between 5-7pm you can enjoy your cocktails 2 for the price of one. Their mezzanine bar overlooks both the restaurant and the hotel, with contemporary booths and minimal lighting making in the perfect location for one final night cap before returning upstairs to your bedroom.
Brought to you by Aloft Liverpool Hotel.