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SUPPORTERS of one of the UK’s largest, free LGBT+ festivals are invited to an elegant evening to raise money for a good cause.

Northern Pride Festival returns this summer with Fleur East and Liberty X headlining the popular weekend event, which takes place from 19 to 21 July at Newcastle’s Town Moor and Exhibition Park.

And to help keep the event free, LGBT+ charity, Northern Pride, is hosting its annual Black Tie Ball fundraiser on Friday 7 June.

Guests attending the event at the Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, will enjoy a three-course meal and first-class entertainment including live music from North East band SWITCH and a disco until late.

Ste Dunn, chair of Northern Pride, believes the evening will be one to remember.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the Black Tie Ball for another year and can’t wait to show thanks to our sponsors and supporters,” said Ste.

“We have some fantastic entertainment lined up and SWITCH are great performers who are sure to get everyone up on their feet and dancing in to the night.

“The committee believe everyone is entitled to have a free Pride and events like the Black Tie Ball help us raise much needed funds to provide this for our community.”

The Black Tie Ball is open to everyone and there are a limited number of tickets still available, which cost £25 and are available at

The festival is spread across two locations this year, with the Festival Arena at the Town Moor home to the main stage, fun fair and platinum bar, while nearby Exhibition Park will host the Curious Arts Stage, Rainbow Village and various zones at the Community Village.

The Black Tie Ball is one of a number of satellite events taking place in venues around the city in the lead up to the Pride weekend in July.

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

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