Carol Laula and Gina Le Faux will both be appearing in Acoustic Pride at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead on Friday July 24.
It will be the first time an event of this kind has been held to mark the end of leading LGBT festival, Newcastle Pride, which is expected to attract more than 65,000 visitors for three days of live music and entertainment at the Town Moor this weekend (Fri 17 to Sun 20 July).
Scottish singer/songwriter Carol Laula first rose to fame in 1990 when her independent single Standing Proud was chosen to represent Glasgow in its year of culture. Since then she has released seven albums and performed around the world, including at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall.
She will be joined for the Pride concert by world class fiddle and mandolin player, Gina Le Faux, who has also released seven albums to critical acclaim.
The Liverpool born musician has toured and recorded with some of the most iconic performers of the British folk scene, including Dave Swarbrick, Martin Simpson and John Kirkpatrick and has been a member of various bands, including Hom Bru, Shegui, Red Shift and the Tannahill Weavers.
This will be the last in a series of satellite events that have been held around Newcastle Pride 2015, which is celebrating 45 years of Pride events around the world.
Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride, which organises the annual event, said: “Newcastle Pride is now officially recognised as one of the largest, free LGBT events in the UK.
“This year we wanted to really strip it back for the final event and give people the chance to enjoy a different type of music, in-keeping with our One Love theme.
“We think that Carol and Gina’s performances will offer a great alternative to those being delivered on the Main Stage by acts such as B*Witched and Belinda Carlisle and will work perfectly in the stunning setting of St Mary’s Heritage Centre.”
Tickets for Acoustic Pride, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £9 each and available at www.northern-pride.com/shop/tickets. More information can also be found by searching Northern Pride on Facebook or Twitter.