80s babies rejoice! First, you’ll have the chance to catch Tiffany as the headliner at this month’s Rainbow Days at Six Flags and now you have another chance to revel in the wonderful decade as David Atlanta and Project Q partner to present Erasure’s signature voice, Andy Bell, at this year’s Atlanta Pride Festival.
Bell, one-half of award-winning British synthpop duo Erasure, has solidified himself both personally and professionally within the LGBTQ community with timeless music, a fearless attitude and his dynamic personality.
In the midst of such a heated LGBTQ political climate, Bell welcomes the chance to help Atlanta celebrate Pride. “I know how much we have to fight for our rights to love and be loved, and I know how much hard work it can be during the whole rest of the year,” Bell shared. “So to have Pride as this celebratory day just feels like a party for all the struggles we’ve endured and accomplishments we have made.”
This is Bell’s second visit to Atlanta in just over a year. Last year, Bell reunited with Erasure bandmate Vince Clarke for their first U.S. tour in five years preceding the release of their latest album, Tomorrow’s World.
While that show took place at Center Stage, Bell is set to take a bigger stage in Piedmont Park on Saturday October 13th. “I must say it is a great thrill to be a headliner at Atlanta Pride, though I do still get very nervous performing at these kind of events and only once it’s done can I let my very short hair down,” Bell admitted.
David Atlanta and Project Q’s sponsorship helps Atlanta Pride honor a grand tradition. “We were thrilled when David Atlanta and Project Q approached us about sponsoring Andy Bell to perform at the Festival this year,” Atlanta Pride Committee Board Chair Glen Paul Freedman beamed. “It is because of relationships like this and commitments to the event that help us keep the Festival free to anyone who would like to attend.”
David Thompson, publisher of David Atlanta, wants to recognize both Brushstrokes and Jungle for their efforts to help David Atlanta and Project Q make this performance a possibility. “Without strong leaders in our [LGBTQ} business and nightlife communities, this event would not be possible," shared Thompson. "[David Atlanta] is excited to bring the caliber of entertainment festival goers have come to expect over the years.”
Andy Bell’s performance is the first of an exciting lineup that the Atlanta Pride Committee hopes to release by the end of August.
Check out Andy Bell below in one of Erasure’s biggest hits “Always”