Manchester Pride host DJ hunt competition ahead of summer’s Big Weekend festival

By Emma Arnold

Manchester Pride, the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, is looking for DJs to show their talent at this year’s celebrations.

The festival’s Big Weekend, held over the August Bank Holiday, will give budding DJs the chance to perform a half hour set on the Main Stage.

Organisers are asking musical hopefuls to create a 20-30 minute DJ mix and to upload it to the festival’s Soundcloud page.

Jackie Crozier, Manchester Pride festival director, said: “I’m extremely excited about this competition which will help showcase the talents of the winning DJ to a huge and diverse audience.”

As part of Manchester Pride’s 21st anniversary, the DJ competition aims to give people the chance to illustrate their creativity in a city renowned for being filled with music.

Along with the music, Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend also hosts a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport and film events to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community.

DJ Riv, a DJ for Manchester Pride 2010, said: “DJing on the Main Stage at Pride was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. Seeing 6,000 people dance in front of your eyes to the music you play is an unforgettable feeling.”

The deadline for the DJ competition is the 1st June and the winner will be chosen soon after.

Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend takes place between 26 and 29 August 2011, aiming to raise money for a variety of LGBT organisations within Greater Manchester.

Tickets can be purchased from 1 May either from or venues in and around Manchester.

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