An Evening of Spectacular Entertainment
Manchester Pride has a long established reputation for presenting high calibre artists, be it at our flagship annual event The Big Weekend or at fundraising events throughout the year. And the Manchester Pride Spring Benefit is no exception when it comes to delivering a spectacular evening of entertainment from both local and internationally renowned artists.
Liberty X originally consisted of Tony Lundon, Kevin Simm, Michelle Heaton, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.
After appearing on Popstars, they were quickly noticed by Richard Branson and snapped up by his record label V2.
Their first single "Thinking it Over" went top 5 and set the pace for a hugely successful debut album, selling over a million copies worldwide. Following a High Court battle which saw the band having to change their name from Liberty to Liberty X, the band stormed back with the smash hit number 1 single "Just a Little". The song won an Ivor Novello Award and earned them a Brit for 'Best British Single', the only award voted for by the public. It went on to become the 5th most played song of the Noughties.
The band blazed a trail through the pop scene, having a sell out UK tour, releasing 3 albums and achieving 8 top ten hits. In a 7 year career they performed to massive audiences across the UK, Europe Asia and Australia.
The band is now formed by original members Michelle, Jessica and Kelli.
Manchester based vocalist, Alexander Stewart, has been performing since 2010 touring the UK and Europe. By the age of 24, Alexander had already performed on BBC Radio 2, and Jazz FM, as well as sang as guest vocalist with the BBC Big Band and John Wilson Concert Orchestra. He also supported the legendary Dionne Warwick on her UK tour, and opened shows for JLS and Emeli Sande.
September 2016 marked the release of Alexander’s second album; ‘I Thought About You’ to critical acclaim. The new, orchestral album features a UK big band of the finest jazz musicians as well as the City Of Prague Philharmonic. The album mastering session took place at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
This year, Alexander embarks on his biggest tour to date, travelling to Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany as well as shows here in the UK.
The second single taken from his new album, an original song, ‘Speed Of Darkness’ will be released later this spring.
Aaron Twitchen is a stand up, actor, aerialist, and living stereotype.
As well as featuring on BBC Radio 4, he was listed in Metro's top 5 RomComs and has provided tour support for Luisa Omielan. He has also been releasing his sketch series, DiscoBlonde, in weekly instalments, and in its first six weeks it has enjoyed upwards of eighteen thousand views.
Away from comedy, Aaron has supported bands at music festivals, and is an accomplished stage actor and improviser. Unusually, he is also a trained circus act, concentrating particularly on aerial skills and trapeze work, which has allowed him to tour circus theatres throughout the country and teach young people
HOST - ANTHONY CRANK
After kicking off an exciting and diverse career in the late 90's/early 00's in print journalism writing for such titles as Mizz, Sky, more!, Attitude, AXM and OK! magazine, Anthony was tracked down by the popular Channel 4 'Youth' strand, T4, landing a role first as it's Entertainment Correspondent before joining the team as Co-Host broadcasting live to the weekend's millions of morning viewers.
After living and working in London, Anthony embarked on a fresh challenge and moved back to his native Manchester to study at the highly respected Manchester School Of Acting, upon which after graduating enjoyed roles in popular TV shows and movies.
Anthony spent 5 years as a Senior Acting Coach at the aforementioned Manchester School Of Acting, guiding and mentoring the careers of on screen talent and working a with everyone from Michelle Keegan, Nico Mirallegro, Sasha Parkinson, Brian Fletcher and Gemma Dobson. He also worked in-house at MSA as a Casting Director and career industry advisor.
A DJ and club promoter in his spare time, Anthony has put on legendary nights and played at infamous parties such as Off The Hook, Bollox and Handsome as well as being a popular and eclectic DJ on the scene.