Applications open today for the seventh season of Pride in London’s Pride’s Got Talent competition - the annual search for the UK’s next biggest LGBT+ music or cabaret act.
Following previous years, where the winners received a range of prizes and went on to perform on stage at Trafalgar Square, this year promises another exciting competition showcasing emerging talent in the LGBT+ performance scene.
“Continuing our annual UK-wide talent competition, we’ll see dozens of up-and-coming LGBT+ artists from across the country perform to our judges, in what will be the start of their journey toward potentially performing on Pride in London stages on the 27th June”, said Michael Twaits, who this year joins the team as Head of Pride’s Got Talent after 6 years of hosting the competition.
“The Pride’s Got Talent family has grown extensively over the past few years and we’re extremely proud to offer LGBT+ artists a platform where they can work, collaborate and support each other. The quality and diversity of applicants increases each year, and we can’t wait to see this year’s artists. They will all need everyone’s support, so please come out to the heats to cheer them on!”
As always, the competition will be split into two genres of Cabaret and Music, with auditions and finals taking place at venues across London, including the Two Brewers, She Soho, The Apple Tree, The Glory, Phoenix Arts Club, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and more. Six heats will take place, followed by semifinals and finals - with the finalists ultimately selected from hundreds auditioning in front of a panel of industry experts. Final Pride’s Got Talent Cabaret and Music winners will be selected in late May.
Pride’s Got Talent often leads to numerous opportunities for participants following the competition. Many artists have secured ongoing employment after taking part in Pride’s Got Talent, and various Pride organisations and LGBT+ venues regularly book former contestants after seeing them take part. Previous winners have also been invited to perform at EuroPride and WorldPride.
Pride’s Got Talent was conceived in 2014 by Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely, Deputy Director of Events at Pride in London, with a mission to make sure that talented artists from the LGBT+ community were all given a fair opportunity to take part in Pride in London, as well as receiving mentoring from industry experts. Giving everyone the opportunity to apply and compete, no matter what gender, sexuality, disability or ethnicity, has been at the heart of the Pride’s Got Talent team’s mission, with the aim of bringing transparency and diversity to the Pride stages.
To apply to take part in this year’s Pride’s Got Talent, prospective contestants should submit their application via the entry form on the Pride in London website by Sunday 23rd March. The first auditions for this year’s Pride’s Got Talent will take place from 7pm on Monday 6th April at the Two Brewers in Clapham.