Ariana Grande responds to criticism she’s headlining Manchester Pride

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande released a statement on Wednesday (27 February) responding people’s criticisms of her headlining Manchester Pride later this year.

Most criticism stems from Grande being straight — as far as everyone is aware — and the increase in ticket prices to the event.

In January, Manchester Pride released tickets for the August event and they more than doubled in price. The most expensive tickets are now over £70 ($93.18).

A lot of fans began speculating the price hike had to do with Grande possibly headlining, which was confirmed a few days ago.

When some fans said the increased ticket price felt like ‘exploitation’ of the LGBTI community, Grande responded. She posted a statement via the Notes app and published it on Twitter.

‘i saw many people discussing this so i wanted to chime in…. hope that’s okay,’ she wrote.

Her full statement

‘hi my love,’ she began. ‘i have nothing to do with ticket pricing — manchester pride sets those rates, and they’re mostly out of my control.’

Ariana Grande's message about Manchester Pride

Ariana Grande’s message about Manchester Pride | Photo: Twitter @arianagrande

She continued her message by stating how special and supportive the LGBTI community has been for her.

‘i want to celebrate and support this community, regardless of my identity or how people label me. and also i wanna visit a city that means so much to me.’

She went on to cite other straight artists who have performed at pride events, like Kylie Minogue and Cher.

‘i do think there’s room for us to talk about these issues with equating a performance *for* an lgbtq audience with exploitation of the lgbtq community.

‘if you truly feel like i didn’t deserve to be offered this spot, i respect that. but i did accept it excitedly and gratefully.

‘i’m not claiming to be the hero of the community or the face of the lgbtq rights movement — i just wanna put on a show that makes my lgbtq fans feel special and celebrated and supported. that’s all i wanna do.’

Grande’s history with Manchester

Most fans responded to Grande’s statement by thanking her and telling her she shouldn’t have had to explain or apologize.

Others suggested ways she could combat the high ticket prices.

Grande has an emotional history with the city of Manchester, however, and makes this discussion more nuanced.

At her May 2017 concert at Manchester Arena, there was a suicide bombing as fans were leaving the concert. Twenty-three people died, including the attacker. Another 139 were wounded, more than half of them children and younger fans.

Weeks later, Grande returned to headline the Manchester One Love concert.

Some fans believe the high ticket prices are profiting off this trauma.

This history is why Grande wrote that Manchester means a lot to her, and undoubtedly why she ‘excitedly and gratefully’ said yes to performing.

Manchester Pride takes place 23-26 August.

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Manchester to host another LGBTI festival – and it will be completely free

Organizers of a new, alternative LGBT festival in Manchester want it to take place in the heart of the gay village

Manchester in England will host another LGBTI festival this summer and it will be completely free.

After Manchester Pride announced tickets for the music festival had more than doubled in price, some in the local LGBTI community were shocked.

Manchester’s BE PROUD – Weekend intends to come to the rescue. It has announced its forthcoming free festival via Facebook.

The two-day festival won’t be a counter-Pride event as it will take place on 29-30 June 2019. Manchester Pride, as usual, will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend in August.

‘We felt the Pride meaning was getting diluted’

This new event has already attracted the attention of many in the LGBTI community. It says it aims to restore the original spirit of Pride.

‘We had been planning something for quite some time as we felt the Pride meaning and reason for Pride was getting diluted,’ Kelly Charlton told GSN. Charlton is the Communications Manager of the event.

‘But we decided it was a perfect time to get the event out as everyone seemed to be annoyed with the £70 prices. It was slightly rushed, but we can see from the response that we did the right thing.’

More than 2,000 people have already clicked the ‘I’m interested’ button on the Facebook event.

The line-up hasn’t been announced yet and the description of the event remains vague at this stage, but the festival seems to have sparked a conversation on what Pride should be.

Organizers explained the weekend will aim to give ‘Manchester’s LGBTI community an event focused around them, the venues, the groups, the charities who work hard and make the scene what it is’.

‘Giving voices and platforms to every section of the community, a weekend to shine and enjoy,’ continued Charlton.

The main image promoting Be Proud Weekend.

Photo: Be Proud Weekend/Facebook.

‘Pride isn’t a business model’

‘Pride events were never really meant to be a business model. We wanted to give people an alternative event that was back how it used to be, less commercialized and more about the community and people who are the gay scene year in year out.’

Be PROUD – Weekend won’t have big artists on board. It will rather ‘showcase what Manchester’s gay scene does best’.

‘The problem is when you start throwing big names in you have to continue, and then try and outdo what you did the previous year. Where does that end?’ Charlton said.

‘There are poor people who want to enjoy Pride who simply cannot afford to pay these prices.’

Nonetheless, Charlton clarified their event isn’t competing with Manchester Pride.

‘They have done amazingly well over the years, we just wanted to give people an alternative. We wanted to give the people of Manchester an event that goes back to the roots of the Pride meaning.’

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Manchester Pride ticket prices have more than doubled and people are shook

Manchester Pride Instagram post announcing the release date for this year's tickets.

The tickets for Manchester Pride‘s music programme and The Village party go on sale today 31 January.

Revelers were eagerly waiting for the hotly anticipated tickets only to discover ticket prices have more than doubled.

After finding out a ticket to access the music festival is now more than £70, Pridegoers are starting to speculate on the possible cause of such a significative price increase.

A big act seems to be the most plausible reason, with many convinced that Ariana Grande might be coming to Manchester for the event.

The thank u, next singer has, in fact, a special relationship with the city ever since the tragic Manchester Arena bombing during one of her concerts in 2017. She also hosted the benefit concert One Love Manchester just a few weeks later.

The new location

Earlier this month, Manchester Pride announced a change in location for the annual music festival. The event, formerly known as The Big Weekend, is now called Manchester Pride Live.

The festival will take place on Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25. The new location is Mayfield, close to Piccadilly Station, a 24-acre regeneration site that will be turned into a new residential area.

Partygoers should expect about 30 artists across two stages in and around the Mayfield Depot, part of the former Mayfield Station site. Organizers said that world class acts will perform each day in a ticket-only party.

Manchester’s Gay Village will remain at the heart of the event with a new Gay Village Gathering to take place over the weekend.

It will incorporate a music stage in Sackville Gardens, which will also host the candlelit vigil to remember those lost to HIV, those living with it and the LGBTI people suffering persecution around the world.

How much are the new tickets?

  • Rainbow Pass weekend ticket – £70.95
  • Rainbow Pass day ticket – £37.95
  • Gay Village Gathering weekend ticket – £16.50
  • Gay Village Gathering day ticket – £11

The Rainbow Pass will allow Pridegoers to access all areas, whereas the Gay Village Gathering is for the Village only.

For comparison, last year’s third release tickets – the most expensive – were £28 plus a £2.80 booking fee.

Twitter users have unleashed all their best GIFs and memes to comment on the new prices. And yes, Fyre festival’s legend Andy King pictures are in there too.

The line-up

Organizers haven’t announced this year’s line-up yet.

2018’s acts included Rita Ora, Jake Shears, Alexandra Burke, Nadine Coyle, and Samantha Mumba.

Someone on Twitter suggested a potential line-up featuring ‘Madonna’s butt’ and ‘Drunk Jessica Simpson’.

Tickets go on general release at 6pm UK time.

GSN has contacted Manchester Pride and is awaiting a response. Once we receive a response, this post will be immediately updated.

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