Faithless, Danny Howard and Simian Mobile Disco To Play Headline DJ Sets at Pride

Faithless, Danny Howard & Simian Mobile Disco To Play Headline DJ Sets In Gaydio Dance Arena Plus Crazy P's Danielle Moore, Ben Pearce, Jodie Harsh, Jeremy Healy, Anton Powers And More Confirmed For Festival Manchester Pride has added some of the best dance music acts in the country to its line-up for the Gaydio Dance Arena at The Big Weekend which takes place Friday 25 to Monday 28 August.

In 2017 Manchester will see DJ sets from internationally renowned Faithless, BBC Radio 1's Dance Anthems Danny Howard and English electronic music duo and production team Simian Mobile Disco head up one of the event’s most exciting and relevant DJ line-ups to date. The warehouse party style arena at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival has grown in stature over the past three years and the unique car park stage has put the event on the dance music map with world-class acts such as Judge Jules, Groove Armada, Honey Sound System, Stonebridge and Honey Dijon.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said; “Since we launched the Gaydio Dance Arena it has proven to be massively popular, not only with our audience but also with the DJ’s that we’ve been able to attract to come and play for us. “Every year I really look forward to visiting this unique space at the end of the day and taking in the atmosphere. It’s something very different from the rest of The Big Weekend, and from any other Pride celebration that I’ve attended. Something feels very Mancunian about it. “It’s brilliant to have such well renowned credible names from the word of Dance music coming out to support the event and celebrate LGBT life in the City. It’s also great to see Ben Pearce back on the bill after he took some time out last year - we know our audience will be thrilled.”

The Big Weekend tickets are currently priced at £22.50 for a weekend ticket, £16.50 for day tickets and children's tickets are also available. Tickets provide guests with access to the event site, including the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manchester Pride raise money for LGBT and HIV charities and organisations in Greater Manchester. For more information on The Big Weekend visit the new website at

The full line-up: Faithless (DJ Set) / Simian Mobile Disco / Danny Howard / Crazy P's Danielle Moore / Ben Pearce / DJ Paulette / Anton Powers/ Jeremy Healy/ Jodie Harsh/ Shaun J Wright/ Kriss Herbert / About the acts: Faithless who are best known for their dance songs including club classics Insomnia, God Is A DJ and Mass Destruction is a band made up by Maxi Jazz, Rollo and Sister Bliss. Sister Bliss will be performing a DJ set for Manchester Pride. The band has recorded six studio albums, with total sales exceeding 15 million records worldwide. 2015 marked the 20-year milestone in Faithless’ illustrious career and to celebrate the band curated a special remix album, ‘Faithless 2.0’, calling on the greats of electronic music which including Avicii, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, High Contrast and Flux Pavilion. DJ Danny Howard was discovered through a Radio 1 talent search, which led him to open the legendary Radio 1 Ibiza Weekend in 2011. As a young DJ, Danny’s rise to success has been almost as fast as his heroes of the dance scene. Hailing for the North West of England at the UK’s premier entertainment resort Blackpool, Danny has already established himself as a real genuine next level DJ in a very short space of time. He has held residencies at top clubs such as ‘Ministry Of Sound’ in Egypt and more recently at the UK’s largest nightclub ‘The Syndicate’ in Blackpool. Not just a DJ but also a newly successful producer with the likes of David Guetta, Tiesto & Paul Oakenfold supporting some of Danny’s recent releases. Simian Mobile Disco, fronted by James Ford and Jas Shaw, is one of the UK's finest electronic duos plus they are individually as esteemed producers for other acts. The pair does not use laptops or racks of hardware, just one synth and one sequencer each, which they took into the Joshua Tree national park in California and recorded the album in front of an audience. Also on the stellar line-up for the weekend will be legend Jeremy Healy, Anton Powers, DJ Paulette, Crazy P's Danielle Moore (Crazy P DJ Set), Ben Pearce and Jodie Harsh.

Multi award-winning recording artist and producer DJ Jeremy Healy is best known for his work with fashion houses such as Dior, Galliano, Louis Vuitton and is the musical director for the annual Victoria Secret’s runway show. Mixmag Magazine and The Face Magazine awarded Jeremy with the title of DJ of the year and he received a gold disc for his ‘Fantazia House Collection’ album. Danielle Moore is often known as the face of the songwriting, production, and performance threesome that is Crazy P Soundsystem. Danielle, Chris Todd, and James Baron are regarded as one of dance music’s finest, and genuinely live, performers. Danielle Moore’s Dj sets are equally legendary as the The Big Weekend audience will see this August.

Underground DJ Ben Pearce widely known for ‘What I Might Do’ has dominated club dance floors across the world for years. Ben has collaborated with the likes of Black Orange Juice, Le Youth, Kwabs and Tender Games and now successfully runs his own label imprint Purp & Soul, which has celebrated its 12th release with regular artist showcases and releases. Anton Powers is a British DJ, record producer, remixer and radio presenter who is most prominently known for his 2015 number 1 collaboration with Philip George, Alone No More. Anton is also a member of UK-based remix/production/DJ team Cahill. Powers has performed internationally at events Creamfields, Tomorrowland, Amnesia, Ruby Skye and Zero Gravity. Anton also runs the A&R for record label 3 Beat Productions which includes a roster of Sigma, Kings, Fuse ODG, Philip George & Pixie Lott. Powers has been responsible for the signing and releases of a number of hit singles including; Philip George - Wish You Were Mine, Agnes - Release Me and Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand.

In a career currently spanning more than two decades and three countries – DJ Paulette has been a resident at some of the biggest and best clubs in the world, with residencies in prestigious clubs including the Hacienda (Manchester), Queen Club, Mix Club, Cocoon (Frankfurt), Ibiza Rocks at Pikes Hotel. Her dynamic and uplifting shows plus her award-winning work for record labels, press, TV and radio have earned her international recognition and respect. Paulette currently has a monthly 2-hour mix show on Reform Radio and is a resident on rotation and stand in / lead presenter for the weekend 2-hour mix shows, Breakfast Show and The Exchange with Gaydio.

Jodie Harsh is the London icon in hot-pink lipstick, without a doubt, the most striking producer, DJ and club brand creator and the reigning Queen supreme over international nightlife. Harsh's production career also continues to go from strength to strength, with her effervescent house sound seeing her remix Beyonce, Fergie, Cher and Justin Timberlake and landing three US Dance Chart No. 1s in the process. This is her second time performing at The Big Weekend. Acts who have previously performed at in the Dance Arena at The Big Weekend include Groove Armada, Hot Since 82, Honey Dijon, James Holroyd, Graeme Park, Judge Jules, Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair, Doorly, Crazy P Soundsystem, TCTS, Stonebridge, Horse Meat Disco, Honey Soundsystem, Kidnap Kid, Krystal Klear and Seamus Haji.

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story published on  Thu, 30 Mar 2017