Updated: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 5:30pm

Blue @ Manchester Pride 2011 - Gaydar main arena

Blue @ Manchester Pride 2011 - Gaydar main arena

Words by Mancunian Matter staff, photography by Amy Senior & Charlotte Duncker

Chart-topping boy band Blue sent Manchester Pride 2011 off with a bang last night.

The four-piece pop act wowed crowds of fans as the headlining, and final act, on Gaydar’s main arena.

The group reformed earlier this year to represent England in the Eurovision song contest, and while their fortunes weren’t so good there (were they ever going to be?) they certainly seemed to please this audience – a sea of hands were in the air throughout.

After the show Simon Webbe tweeted: “Manchester Pride was amazing thank you to those who attended and showed support for us.”

And Duncan James also seemed to enjoy the show. He said: “A fab gig at Manchester pride with the boys! The crowd were amazing.”

As well as performing old classics such as ‘Fly By’, ‘All Rise’ and ‘Too close’, Blue also put out some newer material, including ‘I Can’ – the song that won them 11th place in Germany’s Eurovision, with 100 points. ‘One Love’ provided a crowd-pleasing finale to their half hour set.