Pride: ‘The biggest night in Poole’s calendar!’


Leap Year Day, traditionally a time when gender roles are reversed, and the perfect day to announce the full inclusive line up for the first Poole Pride’s big night out.

Already starring Bimini and Horse Meat Disco, the standing concert and late night after party in the Concert Hall at Lighthouse will also feature O Beach Ibiza resident and in-demand horn blower, Ellie Sax; the fantastic DJ talent of Woody Cook (he learned from the best after all – dad Fatboy Slim and mum Zoe Ball); and firebrand rave legend Charlotte Devaney who will play the changeovers between the live sets.

“We promised Poole a Pride party and that’s exactly what this line up is going to give us,” says Tim Colegate, Head of Programming at Lighthouse.

“Nobody works the decks like Woody and Charlotte, and nobody has sax appeal quite like Ellie. It’s shaping up to be a really special event and we’re really looking forward to seeing the community come together for the biggest night in Poole’s calendar.”

Ellie Sax has toured the world with her saxophone performing at the world’s most exclusive events, festivals, nightclubs and private parties. An official artist for Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound, she has worked alongside the likes of Black Eyed Peas, Alison Limerick, Karen Harding and Alesha Dixon, as well as DJs N Trance, Artful Dodger, Stonebridge and Kings of Tomorrow.

Following in the footsteps of his superstar parents, DJ-presenter Woody Cook is a well-known LGBTQ+ advocate and rising star of the moment with appearances at major music festivals as well as being a fan favourite on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Cross genre maverick DJ, producer, MC and activist Charlotte Devaney hit the heights with tracks including the platinum-selling Flip It (with Snoop Dogg) and the viral smash Girls (with SHOSH), while her Hologram Sessions have clocked up more than five million views, but her heart belongs behind the decks and she’s happy whipping up a storm across genres from drum&bass, jungle and bassline, to garage, house and beyond.

Planned in consultation with a community steering group that includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, by day Poole Pride will include free performances and activities throughout Lighthouse, including the outdoor theatre, with performances, talks, educational sessions and signposting to LGBTQ+ support charities and groups.

By night, there’s a multi-artist bill with a top headliner to be announced and support artists Bimini and Charlotte Devaney in the Concert Hall that will give way to a late-night after party with a DJ featuring the legendary Horse Meat Disco with Ellie Sax and Woody Cook.

A Queer film festival will run in the week leading up to Poole Pride as well as the month-long exhibition, ‘We Didn’t Know If It Was a Revolution or a Party’, presented in partnership with AUB, honouring influential gay activist John Chesterman who was closely involved in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 and whose ideas underpin the modern Pride movement.

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