Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected singers with a career full of top ten hits worldwide. In 1988, she made an immediate impact on the UK music scene with her international smash ‘My One Temptation’ and double-platinum selling album ‘So Good’, making fans and later collaborations out of music industry giants, such as David Gilmour, James Morrison, Prince, Bobby Womack and many others.
More worldwide hit albums followed, including ‘Contribution’, ‘Whisper A Prayer’ and ‘Black Angel’, further enhancing her reputation as one of the greatest soul/gospel singers from outside the United States. Her live performances, range, power, and sheer soulfulness is undeniable and still continues to dazzle fans, selling out concerts the world over.
Recently honoured as a ‘British Icon’ for her services to music by the Duke of Edinburgh, she went on to tour with acclaimed artists such as Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan and Michael Bolton. Currently, she is finishing her latest studio record and will soon release her first-ever live album in Autumn 2016. A true legend and a power-house of a vocalist, Mica Paris really does deserve her media tag: "The UK Queen of Soul”.
HEADLINING: MICA PARIS
"As an artist, I understand how important it is to have freedom of expression. In the same way, I support all my LBGT brothers & sisters by supporting the pride movement. I'm looking forward to seeing my loyal fans and all the new ones in Swindon this August!"
HOSTED BY: RACHEL WHITE
Rachel has travelled the world entertaining, headlining the QE2 and supported major chart acts on
a number of arena tours. Steps, Westlife, Mis Teeq, Five and Atomic Kitten. Her first independent
release with self-penned track 'Cinderella's Playing Out' reached No.7 in the UK dance charts as
well as No.20 on the Box TV Charts.
Rachel was also chosen to represent the UK twice as a Musical Ambassador with the BBC,
traveling to Kosovo to launch Top of the Pops and China for World Aids Day. The event in China
was the first TV collaboration between the BBC & China and was aired to over eighty million
With over sixteen thousand entrants from one hundred and twelve countries, Rachel came third in
The International Songwriting Competition 2012 just behind Bastille and Kimbra (Goyte).
With a successful background of presenting on MTV, Nickelodeon, DJing with residencies at some
of the biggest UK Clubs, and hosting UK festivals, Rachel has also enjoyed having her own
breakfast and drive time radio show on TCRfm.
This year continues to see Rachel go from strength to strength, having just signed to an
international music publishing house, writing for major label artists.
HEAT were formed in 1996 by childhood friends lead singer Simon Cruse and Keyboard player Mark Langley.
After releasing several singles and an album of their own material, in 2002 they decided as things weren't going to plan to put a covers band together and play the Wedding and corporate circuit over the next 10 years throughout the country.
They enjoyed playing many gigs to packed venues and crafted their show to get an audience involved.
The band has had several line-up changes through the years, but the core of the band has remained throughout. Currently the line-up is - Simon Cruse - Lead Vocals, Phil Johnston - Smith - Guitar and Vocals, Mark Langley -Keyboards and Vocals, Jay Bradley White - Bass guitar, Martin Cleverly - Drums and Vocals
Heat have a webpage and are on Facebook and can be heard on Soundcloud.
They are playing less gigs these days due to family commitments, but still like to entertain when they can and are given the opportunity.
Born in Swindon my passion for electronic dance music started in 1996. 1st and foremost my genre of choice is Trance, growing into the scene listening to the likes of Tiesto, Paul Van Dyke and Armin Van Burren. In 1998 I felt compelled to purchase my 1st set of vinyl decks, like anyone else around that time I learned to beat mix on very basic belt drive turntables! In 2002 I played my 1st gig in a club in Swindon, a club called Mission. In around 2007 I moved on to applying what I knew about mixing Trance to various styles of House music. I have also played Drum N Bass on occasion. In the last 13 years I have been lucky enough to land 3 residencies, I have played clubs and bars on more weekends that not since 2008. I have played in Swindon, Chippenham, Gloucester and to name but a few places. I play annually at the Swindon Pride Festival, I have been fortunate enough to play 3 SN1 fest’s. I have also had a go at promoting organising 2 Summer Beats festivals in Swindon. Most recently I have taken up broadcasting and can be heard on www.mixhitradio.co.uk Saturday afternoons from 1pm. It is a massive honour to be part of Swindon
Sister Sister have been a favourite act for many years on the Swindon music scene.
The trio not only fellow musicians but they are also great friends and outrageous party going crazy random hedonists! These sax playing singing, blond nut cases are delighted to return to amuse and entertain the crowds at Swindon & Wiltshire Pride 2016, after attending for many years as toilet attendants and helping as volunteers.
Their exclusive repertoire covers everything from country to heavy metal with a dash of Bucks Fizz thrown in the mix! The versatility of these girls along with an explosive on stage energy is completely infectious; you have to see it to believe it…
"Beautifully powerful lyrics, luscious orchestration layered with rich and heartfelt vocals: This is the music of Jordan Adams...
The Staffordshire-based singer/songwriter has been on a musical journey like no other having reached the grand finals of the Open Mic UK national talent contest and taken his unique musical genre of Pop and Classical Crossover music on tour and into the homes of the British public during his "Live Lounge Tours". Described as “Outstanding” and “Beautiful”, Jordan’s latest single Hold On (available on iTunes) is inspired by his journey and love for music. His message is simple: “Never give up, believe in yourself, hold on to your dreams... and you can achieve anything.”
Jordan's remarkable voice instantly hits you and makes you feel incredible - so he is looking forward to performing at this years Swindon & Wiltshire Pride and joining in with the fun and excitement the extravaganza has become famous for ..."
THE FABULOUS MISS BRIDY & BOY JASE (FT. EMILY)
After working together now on the cabaret circuit both here and overseas for the last 10 years The Fabulous Miss Bridy and Boy Jase will be treading the boards of the Swindon Bowl once more!
Along with the gorgeous Emily bringing her Vocal Talents to the stage and the fabulous team of Nathaniel and Gemma livening the Venue up for the evening with their Dance moves, we aim to give the crowd a fun, singing, dance filled 45minutes of Cabaret time!
Lavish Costumes as always along with a stage scene and some of Miss B’s carving wit will set the crowd ready to party along with this years headlining act!
We all wish everybody a Happy and Safe Swindon and Wiltshire Pride 2016, party on!!!!
Sam is delighted to have been asked to return to host & perform at Swindon and Wiltshire Pride 2016 after unexpectedly hosting some of the main stage at last year's pride where he was originally scheduled just to perform a short set.
This talented upcoming musical theatre performer from Swindon, set up his own YouTube channel in 2011. This has now grown into a great success, reaching over half a million views from people worldwide who enjoy watching his videos.
Sam is very much looking forward to being a part of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride 2016 as he takes his next step towards his musical theatre career in September. He will be commencing 3 years of professional training at Laine Theatre Arts where he has been awarded a full scholarship.
YouTube.com/SamWearing | Twitter: @SamWearing | Facebook: SamWearingOnline | Instagram: @SamWearing
Sandra has been performing up and down the country and beyond for more years than she can remember. Starting young, her show has evolved over time and is a mix of hit songs interspersed with sharp wit and a bit of audience participation. In fact the more responsive the audience, the more moist she becomes, so you are advised to keep a damp cloth handy. Some of her routines have become synonymous with Sandra, such as Brown Girl in the Ring, sung in the only way Sandra knows how. Sandra often asks for help from the audience and as the many videos on YouTube [links below] She is never short of volunteers. However, no words can truly sum up one of Sandra's shows, so the best thing to do, is to get yourself along to her performance on the main stage, you won't be disappointed. Also below is a taste of Sandra in action, so make sure you've got your sound on and get watching.
Ren Stedman is a Trans singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who boasts being able to play the guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and drums amongst his talents. Ren has performed at many LGBT events including London Pride and Trans Pride and has attracted the attention of prides and regional festivals across the UK after supporting Latrice Royal from Ru Pauls Drag Race on her UK debut tour. Ren's latest EP was released earlier this year and takes listeners on a very personal journey. With folk inspired beats, Ren uses his unique way of delivering lyrics to paint a picture of the harder times that he has faced in his life.
Described as "incredible" by Charlie Sloth of BBC 1xtra and with a voice "so beautiful" by Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Keri Whip has been taking live performance to new heights over the past few years! Combining huge onstage energy with award winning vocal ability, Keri has taken inspiration from greats like Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Combining classic powerhouse vocals with a current dance pop twist, Keri Whip is currently the name on everyone's lips. With international performances ranging from main stages to more intimate venues, Keri Whip has taken the UK by storm with the release of her incredibly infectious debut single 'Ridiculous Me' featuring remixes by Rich B and Phil Marriott which peaked at number 9 in the UK club chart just a few weeks ago.
MetSon are the premier party, pop & rock duo in South West. Boasting a varied and dynamic set list designed to make sure that everyone has a great time. Our set list ranges from the 60's right through to the modern day and is guaranteed to get any occasion rocking!
Whether it be a Wedding, Club or a Pub, MetSon put on a professional performance coupled with great musicianship with a desire to make sure you enjoy yourself as much as we do...!
MetSon are fully self-contained and provide all of their own equipment including PA, lighting and smoke.
Offering four different services for your event you'll never be disappointed. Choose from MetSon Live, MetSon Acoustic or Karaoke & Disco. More importantly, we are able to combine any of these services to provide the entertainment that you require to have the event exactly the way you want it.
Powerhouse vocalist Lydia Chase 80s synth with the current deep house trend to create a show like no other. Soaring vocals with sassy, sexy, rock chick attitude, Lydia's live guarantees to have every audience on their feet with their hands in the air! Her debut single 'Ultimate Drive' has received national radio play and entertained audiences at events all over the UK last winter. She's currently preparing for the release of her incredible summer single for 2016 - 'Do You See Me' with it's euphoric and haunting vocals, dubstep drop and surprising electric guitar, this infectious tracks with colourful music video looks set to the track for every EDM/pop lover this summer.
URBADEX is a EDM project by Andy Woodland, or aka Andy Pandy, from the Swindon scene. (EDM Electronic dance music) Andy has been busy in the studio @ solar / SWADS, making experimental beats, soundscape's with bizarre tunes. Using analogue drum machines synthesisers as well as samplers and old film sound bites with great help from producer Mike Richie @ SWADS.
‘’URBADEX’s sound is on its way... way out there in an exciting beat and random vibe’’ according to Mark Oliver, Entertainment Manager for Pride.
This is URBADEX first ever outing, fresh from the studio... I Like the diversity of Swin/Wilts Pride, it makes for a fun day out. Thank you to SOLAR/SWADS, it would not be possible without them.
See you all Main Stage! Andy Woodland x
Walter Ego, aka Tracy Nodstar is a Drag King and Cabaret Artiste. Although new on the scene, debut performances this year in London venues have gone down a storm. You might recognise this King, who lived locally for some time, before eloping with his giant puppet to Greece and then returning to Brighton where he is now based and performs.
Walter Ego brings characters to life through cabaret, comedy, sketches, parodies, dancing, lip synching and alter egos. He is all the heroes in one magnificent, sexy, animal package! The inspiration for Walter came from early performances in the school playground, the 'Elvis Mirror' at home and more recently yearly performances in the International Women's Fashion Show in Lesvos, Greece.
You can't help but enjoy his sexy twists and turns where alter egos become capable of overpowering the original self! A villain, a cheeky chap, a dreamer, a doer, a Super-hero! Entertaining with wit and charm, using super-powers of persuasion, seduction, strength, ingenuity and intelligence could turn the King into a Queen and vice versa! Who is the real Walter Ego?
BAMBI has been an all-round entertainer in Swindon, London and Bristol for a few years, singing, dancing and hosting. Bambi has helped out with Swindon & Wiltshire Pride for years, hosted the Bristol Drag Idol and a weekly karaoke night at The Rose & Crown in Chippenham.
Slagerij was born in September 2007 and wrote/practised song ideas until their first gig at riffs bar nr Swindon in May 2008. They started to build up a good reputation on their local Swindon circuit and hit Mooncalf studios in October 2008 to record their first release the OH YEAH!!! ep. January 2009 saw Janek join on drums to make a solid tight knit formation as the 3 piece are now know to date. More local gigs took place in early 2009 they earned themselves a good local following and made it through to the regional finals of the surface unsigned festival playing at the 02 academy in Bristol. In late 2009 they started work on writing new material and recording it down in their own studio
In that time they played with Californian based Kung Fu Records band Assorted Jelly Beans (AJB) at The Croft in Bristol. After a great show both bands immediately hit it up and AJB took the OH YEAH ep back to the states with them. This led to the offer of playing at the Ska in the Park festival in California alongside some of the most well-known Ska/Punk acts like Big D, Fishbone, AJB, Mustard Plug and tons more in June 2010. The Slagerij boys instantly threw themselves at the chance of this offer and booked their flights over. After writing enough material for their first album, they released the self-titled album Slagerij with a near sold out album launch show in their hometown Swindon in May 2010.
With more offers on gigs around the Westcoast of the States with the awesome Denver Ska-Punk they set off on a weeklong tour trekking across deserts, taking in such major cities like Las Vegas, LA, San Francisco and places between. Such an awesome journey was had. After arriving back in the summer they came back and played the summer with various dates across the UK.The band seemed to start picking up good gigs around the UK playing alongside and supporting some great touring bands. This led to a much filled calendar from the start of spring until the summer of 2011, this then followed by with shows in the festival circuit in the UK. During this period more song writing continued and they decided to hit the studio once again. This is when the home recorded new album "Swim for Shore" was recorded. A huge sold out turnout repeated itself for the album launch party at the hometown venue "The Victoria" in October 2011. Slagerij have been touring throughout 2012 supporting acts such as "4ft Fingers", "Imperial Leisure" and "Citizen Fish". They have also been added to the "Do The Dog Music" distro. You can now see Slagerij upping their game at well known venues across the UK and will be out looking to tour in 2013 as much as they can.
SpidaSense, SpidaSense, SPIDASENSE. Just saying it is fun and tingly. That’s exactly how you’ll feel after listening to us. We’re the musical equivalent of finally having the wee you’ve been needing for the last 6 hours, or finding a tenner down the side of the sofa. We’re like the start of the school summer holidays, where a world of finger based adventure opens up like a big, sunny umbrella. Imagine seeing a cornucopia of slugs on your vegetable patch, then looking closer and realising that it’s all good, it’s not slugs, just some strategically placed liquorice pieces some naughty horticulturalist put there to mess with your noggin. That’s us, that is.
Our songs are like little Seaside trains, taking you on a journey you know can only end in fun, big birds nicking your chips and lots of sand getting where it shouldn’t be. Some are joyful, like when a cat farts and makes itself jump. Others will make you wish for days gone by, like yesterday, and the day before. First and foremost though, We sing about life, celebrating it, enjoying it, laughing at it’s ridiculousness, sometimes cursing it, but most of all, LARGING IT.
Nicolette Street might as well have been born on the stage. A power house performer who has it all - incredible talent, sultry good looks, larger than life presence, and voice to dream of, she is the modern day, real life musical super hero - with the social conscience to boot. “I feel that music can cross all boundaries and that it can stir up emotions in people in a way that, even they can relate to difficult topics that generally one would not discuss in conversation’
Commencing 2016 with an international tour, this year has created many opportunities this year so far for this female fireball to explode. Making a cameo appearance performance iin Martin Scorcese’s up and coming movie ‘Tomorrow’ with her new single (“Flesh & Bones”) this adds to 2016 being having an extensive line up of live performances in the UK.
With her sights on changing the world through her music. “There is no greater kick to me than making people smile and dance. It is the greatest compliment I can be given always. If I had the option I would live my life on the stage, but then they do say life is but a stage...” Look out, because Nicolette Street is coming to your town with passion in her heart and a song on her lips.
Mick O'Toole formed in 2012 In the deepest darkest Shire, Wiltshire in a town called Calne. This town would be the breeding ground to where we honed our style of chaotic English Punk with our ancestral Celtic and English Folk to create our style of British Folk Punk. Mick O’Toole was a character in a song from local legends ‘The Boys Of County Hell’ a band who we get most of our inspiration from. However we are also inspired by the likes of The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and The Pogues not to mention many other great punk bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols,The Adverts and Rancid. This is how we get our sound by combining the great punk ethos with traditional Folk. We now have two EP’s ‘Deep In Cider’ and ‘1665 Pitchfork Rebellion’ and while performing over hundreds of gigs we realised that we only have one goal to keep making music that hopefully brings people together for a good ole knees up and a grand old sing along. No egos, no divas just working class men having a good time.
Bradley is a friendly Swindon born singer songwriter who is currently in the process of recording his first EP. Already being interviewed on radio and playing festivals, Bradley has a promising career ahead of him based on future events that we can't yet disclose. However, you can keep up to date by visiting his
Facebook page at www.bradleycowtan.com
Burbank, a band from Wiltshire who play a variety of unique takes on popular songs as well as innovative original material. Our style is influenced by the music we listen to which ranges from Oasis and Catfish And to Bottlemen to Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons. We aspire to play as many gigs as possible and eventually leading us to a gig in Burbank (USA).
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Jimmy Moore is one of Wiltshires most finest, most banterous and most hardworking solo artists.
Recent support slots for world touring artists Jon Gomm & Devon Allman have seen Jimmy sell out of his debut album The Good Times.A MUST see live for any real music enthusiasts
I started my singing career back in 1990, singing in clubs & pubs in Swindon and surrounding areas, I have also worked as a singer/entertainer in Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife and Malaga, second time winner of the Phyllis Mann Memorial Trophy 2015-2016, Swindon music festival and winner of the George Snook trophy, Swindon music festival 2016. I belong to the Swindon u3a choir and now sing in clubs and pubs in and around Swindon. I also run a jam every other Friday at the Albion Club, Bridge St, Swindon. I am honour to be asked to sing at this year’s pride.
I'm Veronica Wyatt, a budding singer/songwriter originally from Brighton. Music is my life, it's helped me in so many ways and I always get such a wonderful feeling when I sing and I can't wait to share that feeling with you. I sing acoustic style songs with jazzy undertones and smooth rhythms. Growing up in Brighton I've learnt a lot about pride and to me it's a day for everyone to be free. To just be themselves and celebrate that we all are who we are and no matter what...love is love.
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