Bristol Pride 2024: Full line-up and more than 40 events announced across two weeks

Bristol Pride marches through the city centre
-Credit: (Image: Dan Regan/Bristol Pride)

Bristol Pride is marking its 15th anniversary this year and has announced its full line up for events taking place from June 29 to July 14. More than 40 events are scheduled across more than two weeks in the city, including the much loved Pride Day entertainment.

The award-winning LGBTQ+ festival will include theatre, music, boat tours, circus, comedy, talks, cinema and more. Plus, this year will also see the first ever Pride Ballroom event taking place with Bristol Ballroom Community - The Pioneers of Pride Kiki Ball will be one of the opening events for the 2024 festival on Saturday, June 29, at St George's Bristol.

A full festival guide is available on Bristol Pride's official website, as well as to collect for free from venues and spaces across the city. We've outlined some of the highlights of this year's festival below - as well as how you can get tickets to all your favourites...

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How to get tickets

Bristol Pride Day remains donation entry, ensuring that it remains financially accessible for everyone who wants to attend Pride, however Supporter Wristbands for this year’s festival are available online and are on sale from £9. Not only do they support Pride happening and help enable future events, they offer rewards including free bus travel all day on Pride Day via First Bus and Pride’s dedicated shuttle service to The Downs, 50p off bar prices at the festival, dedicated quick access entry to the festival and discounts or freebies with the onsite food traders.

Bristol Pride Circus Night

Bristol Pride Circus Night will take place on Thursday, July 4 at Circomedia. The event is described as being "a spellbinding fundraiser brings dazzling contemporary circus skills and performances from talented LGBT+ performers".

The Pride Dog Show

The Pride Dog Show returns on Saturday, July 6, in Castle Park. Dubbed a fun and relaxed event, canine companions will compete in rounds including 'waggiest tail' and 'musical sit'.

Theatre events

A host of theatre events will be taking place on various days during the festival. Wreckage, taking place at The Wardrobe Theatre on July 9 and 10, is a winner of 'The Lustram Award' at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2022.

The Wardrobe Theatre will also host a week-long edition of Murder, He Didn't Write, a special Pride twist of the Edinburgh Fringe hit sell-out improv murder mystery show Murder, She Didn't Write, from Bristol-based theatre troupe Degrees of Error.

Pride Comedy Night

One of the festival's most popular events, the Pride Comedy Night takes place on Thursday, July 11, at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Hosted by Bristolian comedian and TV star Jayde Adams, the line-up features Chloe Petts, James Barr, Louise Davis and Celya AB. Tickets are available from £15 but are selling fast.

Queer Vision Film Festival

Queer Vision, Bristol Pride's film festival, boasts a bumper run of screenings across two weeks at locations such as Watershed, The Cube and the former IMAX. A special 30th anniversary screening of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert will be taking place on Saturday, July 6, in the former Bristol Imax and includes a bus ride to the venue on board the special Pride branded First Bus service.

The film festival will present a diverse programme of UK & International LGBT+ films, including independently-made feature, animation and award-winning short films including The South West Shorts programme on Sunday, July 7. It also sees the team present a shortlist of submissions from South West-based LGBT+ filmmakers as part of the IRIS Prize Best of British category which will see the winning selection entered into the finals with a chance to win a coveted £30,000 prize.

Bristol Pride Festival's 2024 line-up is the 'biggest yet' organisers say
Bristol Pride Festival's 2024 line-up is the 'biggest yet' organisers say -Credit:Dan Weill/Bristol Pride

Pride Day

The culmination of the two weeks of events takes us to the Pride Day Festival on The Downs on Saturday, July 13, and organisers expect to welcome more than 40,000 people to this year's festival.

To kick off the day, the Parade March will depart from Castle Park in the morning and will see some 25,000 people march for equality and diversity. Then the main festival will open on The Downs at midday and will be headlined this year by The Human League.

Other acts on the line-up include dance star Georgia, 90s legend Rozalla, MantarayBryn, synth band CatBear, Basement Jaxx singer and Ronnie Scott’s resident Vula Malinga, Sing Out Bristol, Swedish pop royalty Charlotte Perrelli and BBC Project Ikon winner Dylan and The Moon. While Claire Richards from Steps also joins the festival this year along with global icons and electro band Ladytron.

Over 200 artists will be performing at the festival across five stages with their newly named Uplift Stage, Dance Performance Stage, Circus Tent and Cabaret Stage - which will be headlined by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Heidi n Closet and Pixie Polite. The day also features a dedicated Family Area and Youth Area, Community Area, Silent Disco and multiple bars and food stalls.

Official Afterparty

The evening sees The Official Afterparty taking place at Bristol's O2 Academy as Pride takes over the venue for three rooms of local and international DJs. There will be a headline set by Confidence Man DJs with DTYM, 90s & 00s party One More Time plus Bristol’s own Jersey The Devil and Macha Zu, who take over room one. There’s also special performances from aerial hoop artist Alexa, Streetenvy Dance, drag go go dancers and more.