The popular LGBT festival Manchester Pride is creating a series of online events to help Brits in lockdown kickstart a party atmosphere in their very own homes. 

Manchester Pride: Live In Your Living Room will see four weeks of Friday-night shows made up of performances from the Manchester Pride festivals of 2017, ’18 and ’19. It will launch this Friday at 8pm with sets from Rita Ora, Louisa and Liberty X.   

The four weeks of past performances will be followed by four weeks of yet-to-be-announced new content. Each night viewers will be encouraged to follow Manchester Pride’s social media channels for the chance to enter competitions to win festival tickets and merchandise.  

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said; “As an LGBTQ+ charity, in this unprecedented time, we’re making sure that we do all we can to check in with LGBTQ+ people and support them through what could be quite a tough time in isolation. We recognise that statistically, LGBTQ+ people are at much higher risk of experiencing poor mental health.  

“We want to bring back the joy of the performances we have hosted at Manchester Pride festival over the past three years for our communities to enjoy from the comfort of their own living rooms. Whether people are experiencing the current situation with family, a partner, housemates or alone, we hope Manchester Pride: Live In Your Living Room will be the highlight of their week.  

“Our huge thanks goes out to the artists who have kindly agreed to the broadcast of their performances for free in support of our campaign for greater LGBTQ+ equality.” 

The performances will be hosted on YouTube and will only be online for a limited time so viewers need to watch it live or miss out.