Atlanta Pride unveils lineup for big gay festival

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From Grammy-winner Jody Watley to rising pop star Kilara and Swedish singer Zara Larsson, organizers of Atlanta Pride showed they are ready to rock the upcoming festival.

On Friday, Atlanta Pride unveiled its entertainment lineup across two stages for the festival, which is set for Oct. 8-9 in Piedmont Park. Entertainment also includes the Mad Violinist and Queer Your Gender Dance Party.

“It is important to Atlanta Pride that we offer only a stellar line up of diverse artists from many genres that is accessible to all members of our community. We believe that we have accomplished this again this year,” Jamie Fergerson, Atlanta Pride executive director, said in a prepared statement.

Earlier this summer, Atlanta Pride named its 12 parade grand marshals and then celebrated them.

The full announcement from Atlanta Pride:

Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their entertainment lineup during their 2016 Atlanta Pride Festival.
The Atlanta Pride Festival features 2 stages, the Bud Light Stage and the Coca-Cola Stage, that will be filled with a host of dynamic performers throughout the weekend! From hot new artists Jason Maek & Zaena to perennial favorites, the Michel Jons Band, both stages will be pumping all weekend!  If that isn’t enough, they’ve got DJ’s, dance parties, the Mad Violinist and More! 
The eclectic lineup includes red-hot newcomer, Atlantic Recording artist, Kiiara whose song “Gold” is soaring up the charts; along with Swedish vocalist and Epic Recording artist, Zara Larsson, best known for hits, “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You.”  Rounding out the weekend is legendary performer, Grammy-winning Jody Watley! The Pop/R&B music maker, songwriter, producer and dance pioneer, best known for such monster hits as “Looking for a New Love,” “I Want You,” and “Some Kind of Lover” will perform with disco-legends, Grammy-winning, Shalamar, together, they are sure to delight festivalgoers with such megahits as “The Second Time Around” and “Dancin’ in the Sheets.”
APC Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said of the schedule, “It is important to Atlanta Pride that we offer not only a stellar line up of diverse artists from many genres that is accessible to all members of our community. We believe that we have accomplished this again this year.”
She continued, “While many other large Pride celebrations have moved to ticketing portions of their festival, thanks to the support of Atlanta’s LGBT community and our sponsors alike, we can stay true to our commitment of keeping the festival and our entertainment free of charge.” 
Fergerson added, “Of course we are also excited to continue the tradition of closing out the festival with the beloved Starlight Cabaret.  After a weekend of great performances from artists locally and nationally recognized, there’s no better way to top that off than with our own community stepping up with talented and entertaining drag performances!”
The Bud Light Stage is located next to the pavilion by the soccer fields, and the Coca-Cola Stage is located at the top of the Meadow at 10th St. near the Charles Allen Gate, both in Piedmont Park.
A complete line up of both the Bud Light and the Coca-Cola Stages is included below.  Please note this is subject to change without notice.  For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users.
For more information about all of these great acts and the most up-to-date information about Atlanta Pride, please visit:


Saturday, October 8

Tris Day

Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass 

Erica Dawson Exclusive

The Mad Violinist 

Nina Sky


Zara Larsson*

Jody Watley & Shalamar

Sunday, October 9

Michel Jons Band

DJ Citizen Jane

Deven Green

JD Samson



Saturday, October 8 

Royce Hall  

Von Grey

Motor Earth

Pale Clear

Jason Maek & Zaena

Queer Your Gender Dance Party

Sunday, October 9

DJ- Fannie

*Sponsored by iHeart Media


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