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BIG PRIZES, pop tunes and a special guest performance will all feature at the opening night of one of the UK’s biggest free LGBT+ festivals.

Organisers of the Northern Pride Festival have teamed up with club night favourite, Bongo’s Bingo, to host a one-off event at the launch night of this year’s festival on Friday 19 July.

And the evening will also feature a live show from MOBO award-winning group Big Brovaz and R&B group Booty Luv, best known for hit songs Baby Boy and Boogie 2nite.

The popular bingo club night – where singing along to favourite pop classics and dancing on the table mid-game is encouraged – first started in Liverpool and has now toured all over the UK and abroad.

Players will also be able to make the most of the fun fair and a range of food stalls and bars at the Pride event, which takes place at the Festival Arena at Newcastle’s Town Moor.

Ste Dunn, chair of Northern Pride, believes it is the perfect way to launch this year’s festival.

“We’re so excited to be hosting the team at Bongo’s Bingo for the opening night of Pride and performances from Big Brovaz and Booty Luv are sure to make the evening something really special,” said Ste.

“Bongo’s Bingo injects new life into bingo and it’s not difficult to see why it has become so popular with adults of all ages.”

“I can’t think of a better way to launch the festival this year and it’s sure to be a fantastic night to remember.”

Bongo’s Bingo co-founder and host of the evening, Jonny Bongo, said: “We can’t wait to bring the ultimate Bongo’s Bingo to this year’s Northern Pride.

“We know for a fact that Newcastle is home to one of the wildest crowds in the UK and I can’t wait to see them in action.

“We’ll be bringing more confetti, more guilty-pleasure tunes and more amazing prizes than Newcastle will know what to do with.”

Tickets start at £18 and can be purchased at www.northern-pride.com/box-office.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go towards helping the Northern Pride Festival weekend stay free.

The festival returns to Newcastle’s Town Moor and Exhibition Park from 19 to 21 July, with a star-studded line-up including headliners Fleur East and Liberty X taking to the stage over the weekend.

This year’s event is spread across two locations, with the main stage, fun fair and bars at the Town Moor’s Festival Arena, while Exhibition Park will host the Community Village, with the Curious Arts Stage, Rainbow Village, Health and Wellbeing Zone and more.

The festival is free to attend but Platinum Passes are available to purchase for those who would like to secure a prime viewing position and access to a dedicated bar area and posh toilets.

For more information, visit the Northern Pride website or search northernprideuk on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.