The Pride Canterbury event last year

Pride Canterbury will have 90s theme and picnic in the park feel

Pride organisers have secured the services of Abba tribute act Abbalicious for this year’s festival in Canterbury.

It is the third year Pride takes place in the city and could attract up to 15,000 to the Dane John Gardens.

Abbalicious, who perform the songs of the Swedish power pop group, join S Club who were confirmed last month.

Pride Chairman Edd Withers told the Canterbury Journal: “Everyone loves a bit of Abba, even if they aren’t prepared to admit it.

“We can’t wait to see all the dancing queens this year in the Dane John.”

Abba tribute act Abbalicious will play at Pride

The first Pride Canterbury in 2016 saw around 4,000 people attend while last year the figure soared to 10,000 and was blessed with a boiling sunny day.

Edd believes the number coming could be even more this year and despite the presence of a tribute act for a 70s group, he says the festival will have a 90s theme – an increasingly fashionable period for young people looking back.

He said: “We’re planning for 15,000. And we’re heading for a 90s theme this year – it’ll be very colourful. It’s going to have a picnic in the park feel.

“Pride is a great way to bring the whole city together to show their diversity and tolerance. These events are about visibility, both within the LGBT+ community, and to those outside the LGBT+ community.

“For some people, it’s the one day of the year they feel comfortable walking down the high street holding their partners hand, or wearing the clothes they want to wear without feeling different.”

Pride Canterbury is supported by numerous local businesses and individual donations.

It takes place in the Dane John Gardens from 11am on Saturday, June 9.

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