ORGANISERS OF one of the UK’s largest free Pride festivals have announced the return of a unique event aimed at LGBT+ young people.

The fourth Youth Prom, organised by Northern Pride, will take place on 6 June and is open to anyone aged between 14 and 24 who identifies as LGBT+, along with their friends and allies.

And those heading to the event this year can enjoy hits like God is a Woman, No Tears Left to Cry and Thank U, Next, with a live performance from Ariana Grande tribute, Ami Vaziri as Ariana Live.

The prom is free to attend and takes place at Newcastle’s Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, which is also sponsoring the night.

Young people can also make the most of a DJ, disco and buffet and there are changing facilities for anyone who would like to get ready at the venue.

Lou Liddle-McGhee, a family and youth engagement manager at Northern Pride, said: “The Youth Prom is always really popular, and it is a great opportunity for LGBT+ young people to get together with their friends, make some new ones and express themselves in a safe and welcoming environment.

“We’re very grateful to Crowne Plaza for sponsoring the event and hosting us for another year and it’s sure to be a great evening, giving everyone who attends an opportunity to enjoy themselves and experience a prom where diversity is celebrated.”

Jay Anderson, trans and non-binary engagement manager at Northern Pride, benefitted from attending the event before he joined the committee.

“I went to the Youth Prom for the first time a couple of years ago and had a great night with my friends. There’s no pressure to look or act in a certain way – people can just be themselves,” said Jay.

“It is a really unique event with an amazing atmosphere and it’s a great way to let LGBT+ young people know that they aren’t alone and that there is a whole community out there.”

The evening takes place from 6:30pm to 10pm and free tickets can be reserved at www.northern-pride.com/box-office.

The Youth Prom is one of a number of satellite events organised by Northern Pride in the lead up to the popular musical weekend.

This year’s Northern Pride Festival takes place from 19 to 21 July at Newcastle’s Town Moor and Exhibition Park with a star-studded line-up including headliners Fleur East and Liberty X.

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