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Supersonic Manchester Pride 2014

12 Apr

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I’ve come over all eighty-year-old because I quite literally cannot believe that the last Supersonic was a whole year ago. An entire year since I thought I was going to be sick from nerves as I interviewed the Feeling aboard the Concorde, and since Shannon and I danced all night with our temporary GBF’s.

Last night was extremely surreal as everything was so exactly the same as last year. Everything except the presence of The Feeling (sorely missed). Even the meal was pretty much identical.

This year though, I actually paid attention to the raffle and I cannot quite believe the money that was thrown around. Two tickets to see Kylie Minogue (Gay Cliche or what?) went for £400. That’s a whole month of rent and bills. A tour of Coronation Street went for £950 (A Celine bag). And a private box of fourteen to see tongue-Queen Miley Cyrus went for £2,700 (two pairs of Burberry leather pants and a dachshund in a Marc Jacobs purse). Bloody crazy money.

Despite the feeling of being embarrassingly poor, again I have to say that Manchester Pride is the happiest place on Earth.

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Gay Pride Featuring The Feeling And The Concorde

7 Apr

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Yet again, my internship outdid itself! It was another event to attend on behalf of VIVA magazine: Supersonic for Manchester Pride. The venue was the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport and the stage and tables were laid out beneath the vast belly of the awesome plane. Upon early arrival for the press call, we were ushered up the steps and into the plane itself to conduct the interview with The Feeling. I was so nervous: they were all sat halfway down the aisle on the leather seats and I was directed next to Dan, the lead singer, where we chatted about their upcoming album – the interview will feature in the print magazine.

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During the interview, I told them that I remembered listening to their ‘I Love It When You Call’ where it was played all day at Blackpool Water Park when I was about thirteen. Later on when they played it with us stood directly in front of the stage, Richard the bassist was smiling at me. He later told me (fuelled by the many Coronas and neat swigs of gin they’d had on stage) that he’d been thinking of me hearing the song when I was younger as they played it. I could have cried!

The set they played was amazing, and they treated us to Fight For Your Right by The Beastie Boys as a drunken extra (complete with a rock ‘n’ roll jump from the bass drum).

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When the dance floor came alive with gay men (who are astonishingly excellent dancers), we were coaxed up by one of them: Joe, who we danced with to Beyonce (naturally) and Kylie (of course).

The food was mouth-wateringly good: poached salmon and spinach tartlet, braised lamb shank with seasonal vegetables and herb mash, finished with a citrus tart and berry compote. The entertainment during dinner was great too; Alexander Stewart and Ren Harvieu are definitely artists to check out if you’re into swing and soul.

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All in all, a ridiculously amazing night that ended in us sharing Richard (the bassist’s) birthday cake, that lay in a crumbled mess after it’s slicing by drum stick in the absence of a knife.