Pete Burns headlining at Aberdeen as organisers think big

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Dead or Alive front man Pete Burns has been announced as the headline act to play at this year’s Rainbowfest in Aberdeen.

The event is to be held on the beach front at Queen’s Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland’s biggest LGBT event yet.

The festival is the idea of local promoter Gary Noble and aims to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the area along with their families.

Burns will be joined on the day by ex So-Solid crew member Lisa Mafia and duo Booty Love.

Mr Noble, who runs a local gay club in Aberdeen:

“The general consensus of opinion was to hold a Pride event in Aberdeen in 2008, although we felt that the concept of previous events was becoming outdated.

“I knew we need to change the direction of the event when we carried out a survey of Pride members and more people wanted more hot food stands than information and campaigning.

“The Rainbowfest will focus more on integration rather than campaigning and we hope it’s going to be an intergenerational event which everyone can come to and enjoy, regardless of their age, gender or sexual orientation.

“The fact that Lisa Mafia will be one of the headline acts is really significant in showing how diverse the day’s going to be and I think there will be something going on to suit everyone’s tastes.”

The open air concert is free and will also feature a youth area, under 18s disco, stalls and a beer tent.