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Kylie Minogue, Corey Craig, Sasha Velour and many more headline stellar line up for NYC Pride.

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NYC Pride’s Pride Island is back this year featuring top performances by Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia from Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, June 24, 2018 at a new location - Pier 97.

“As we prepare to welcome a record number of attendees for Stonewall 50 / WorldPride 2019 NYC, our move to our new home on Pier 97 is just one of several new venues, new events, and new experiences we will launch in 2018 to prepare for next year’s massive crowd," said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

Swedish pop star, Tove Lo, headlines the first day of Pride Island on Saturday. Tove Lo’s effortless steering between the worlds of love and sex on her second album Lady Wood, is sure to put fans on an emotional vibe. With hits spanning the Billboard charts like, “True Disaster,” “Talking Body,” and “Habits (Stay High),” Tove Lo’s raw and honest musical style brings fans on a journey.

Known as the “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia is a staple in New Orleans’ energetic style. Commonly recognized as one of the infectious voices on Beyoncé’s infamous 2015 single, “Formation,” Freedia is sure to get those bodies moving. DJ Dawson will spin the best mixes in house music while Big Freedia takes spectators south to the “Big Easy.” Additionally, the Saturday edition of Pride Island welcomes a live performance from the “hair toss, check my nails,” rising star, Lizzo. Hailing from Detroit, MI and relocating to Minneapolis, MN, Lizzo’s sound is a fusion of soul, pop, hip hop, rock, and gospel. With breakout hits “Good As Hell” and “Truth Hurts,” she’ll bring her soulful sounds to the Pride Island stage.

Defected Records founder and prolific music man, Simon Dunmore, will play a special set for an NYC Pride first. Also, not to be missed, is a performance by winner of season nine of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Sasha Velour.

On Sunday, pop superstar, Kylie Minogue, takes center stage on the closing night of Pride Island. Known as the “Goddess of Pop,” Minogue’s extensive discography includes “Spinning Around,” “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” and “All The Lovers,” to name a few of her hits. Minogue’s infectious dance-pop lyrics make her world tours wildly successful. Her highly anticipated fourteenth studio album, Golden, will be released on April 6. “Dancing,” the critically acclaimed lead single, is a welcoming addition to Minogue’s enthralling catalogue. Additionally, Grind, Ralphi Rosario, and Corey Craig will DJ live on the last day of Pride Island.

“With the success of last year’s Pride Island, we are thrilled to bring back our music festival in a two-day format,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia are perfect examples of the evolution of Dance on the Pier.”

Tickets for Pride Island go on sale at noon on Thursday, March 1st at is a platinum media partner of NYC Pride.

Join the NYC Pride group here for your chance to win tickets to Pride Island 2018!



Behind The Beats: DJ Corey Craig

Corey Craig is a favourite of partygoers the world over. Whether he’s spinning at Furball in New York, Laneway and Bear Bar in Sydney or BRÜT in San Francisco, you’re guaranteed a set that is soulful, sexy and full of sass.


Deborah Cox: The diva has two faces

Gay icon, Deborah Cox is headed back to Broadway with the revival of ‘Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical’. The voice behind circuit anthems ‘Absolutely Not’ & ‘Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here’ will star opposite ‘American Idol’ graduate & ‘Rock Of Ages’ lead, Constantine Maroulis.


The original ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ ran for 4 years & became a modern classic with songs like ‘This Is The Moment’ & ‘Someone Like You’. The new production is on a 25-week US tour (that includes LA’s Pantages Theatre & Washington’s Kennedy Centre) before opening on Broadway April 2013.



While she’s busy treading the boards, Deborah continues to werq the clubs with her latest dancefloor slammer ‘Remember Me (From The Ghetto)’. A collabo with DJ George Vector, the song is a re-vamp of the 1997 BlueBoy track ‘Remember Me’ - which itself is a reworking of ad-libs from Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’. Deborah’s new version combines elements of both, & is being championed by everyone from NYC DJ Corey Craig to gossip blogger Perez Hilton.



While some artists may avoid blurring the lines, this sort of diversity is nothing new for Deborah - who's as at home singing with Andrea Bocelli as she is with Swedish House Mafia.


While clocking six Top 20 R&B singles (including her duet with Whitney, ‘Same Script Different Cast’), Cox also has a Grammy-nominated Jazz album, & eleven #1’s on Billboard’s Club chart. Deborah first took Broadway by storm in the title role of Elton John & Tim Rice’s ‘Aida’. She then transformed one of the show’s ballads into a thumping club joint with ‘Easy As Life’.



Could some ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ club remixes be in the not too distant future? (‘Someone Like You’ would be heaven!) In the meantime both the ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ soundtrack & ‘Remember Me (From The Ghetto)’ are available on iTunes.

We last caught up with Deborah at World Pride in London. Check out our interview here…

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