Leeds is known for throwing a decent festival. Leeds Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the UK bringing in thousands of music dedicated music fans each year. And, now, after a year of lockdowns, Leeds is treating you to a brand-new festival Mardi Gras – Proud in the Park – located in Roundhay Park. It aims to celebrate inclusivity and love.
Taken place on the 14th of August, Roundhay Park which is famous for putting on huge performances like Ed Sheeran will be transformed into a festival worthy of Ibiza – with great tunes from massive DJs Jax Jones, famed for cool banger ‘Don’t Act Like You know Me’ and Sigala, who tuner tune ‘Came Here For Love’ is a summer hit. If two huge DJs weren’t enough everyone’s favourite huge house act Disciples and class act personality Gok Wan will be turning up to entertain the crowds.
There will be two full-size festival stages that will form the centre of the unmissable Mardi Gras festival in Leeds, Roundhay Park. Stage one will have all the DJ action whereas stage two will serve up the best commercial pop and cabaret acts such as Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK acts Frock Destroyers, Tayce, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea and Divina De Campo, alongside Cheeky Girls, Stephanie Hirst and Danny Beard.
As well as huge tunes, there will be great craft food stalls food, entertainment and white-knuckle fairground rides, making it a day for everyone to enjoy. Experience cuisine from around the world, with confirmed food traders including Pizza Loco, Nok Thai Cuisine, Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, Savvy Baker, The Chaat Walas and Pig Love Brewing Co to name a few.
DJs Wes and Leanne from LDC Radio Leeds will be hosting from stage two on the day and broadcasting live from the site so even those who can’t be there in person can tune in and feel part of this incredible event.
Speaking about the festival, Co-founder and Organiser, Shaun Wilson, said: “We are so excited for Mardi Gras – Proud in the Park. Whilst Leeds is known for its amazing festivals and events, including carnival in nearby Chapeltown, there hasn’t been anything quite like this before. So many big names have performed on-stage at Roundhay Park over the years and now we get to have it as the home to debut Mardi Gras. With many UK festivals sadly being cancelled for a second year running we felt it was particularly important to spread a little joy and positivity via this unique event.
“It really is going to be a day to remember and we hope it will be the start of a new tradition for the city. It is so important for people to have a safe space to come and enjoy themselves with friends and loved ones and that is exactly what visitors can expect from Mardi Gras.”
VIP tickets are available, offering fast track entry and exclusive access to the VIP Pavilion which has its own premium cocktail bar. Leeds based Liquor Lab have refreshing cocktails such as fruit Daiquiri’s to Pornstar Caipiroska’s, the team will be serving VIP customers from their Retro VW campervan named ‘Mabel’. DJs from Federation dance and nightclub, as well as LDC radio will be hosting from this section of the festival.
Mardi Gras – Proud in the Park will open at 11am and run until 11pm. For those wanting to continue the celebrations into the early hours, the official After-Party can be found in Teatro at The Warehouse in Leeds city centre.
If you’d like to get your tickets, you can apply to here.