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Eden Proud to celebrate LGBTQ for 3rd Year

Proud Eden is returning in style to the Eden Project on Saturday September 28 for what promises to be its biggest celebration of LGBTQ culture to date.

The colourful evening features a dazzling mix of top music performances, inspirational spoken artists and unique poetry. 

Headlining this year’s event is sensational North London singer/songwriter Zak Abel. Zak first gained popularity as the featured artist on Gorgon City’s 2014 hit Unmissable, which reached number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. 

With his electric vocal and knack for delivering an undeniable hook, Zak’s career is going from strength to strength. His 2018 single Love Song has been streamed more than 15 million times on Spotify and he is featured on Duke Dumont’s new single The Power. 

Zak shares the stage with an impressive array of talent, forming a packed evening of entertainment. 

Rising transgender singer Shea Freedom is a songwriter with a voice of an angel and lyrics that sing of equality and freedom. Shea describes his music as mixing folk music with hip-hop. Shea will also be hosting a TRANSend 101 workshop. 

Grace Savage is a Beatboxing champion turned electro-pop artist. Her unique electronic sound and lyrical venom has seen her become a prevalent voice for women in music and wider society. 

Lots Holloway is a Newquay-born multi-instrumentalist artist who creates, writes and produces both emotional and infectious music. Based around guitar and piano, her music is inspired by the sixties and seventies but with a unique and fresh new spin. 

Also gracing the stage is Kat Lyons. The Bristol-based poet, performer, storyteller and multiple slam winner mixes serious subjects with a light touch. She explores themes as diverse as mass extinction, ageing, the #metoo movement and grief-induced bad haircuts. 

Robert Garnham is a spoken word artist bringing his own brand of LGBTQ whimsy and humour to audiences across the UK at fringes and festivals, poetry nights and comedy cabarets. 

The Beyoncé Experience features international Beyoncé impersonator Aaron Carty. Having wowed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent and becoming a viral smash, Aaron has performed for Pride in London at Trafalgar Square four years in a row. 

Benji Matthews is a young male vocalist who in 2017 won acclaim from Simon Cowell for his song-writing abilities when he reached the six-chair challenge on ITV’s X Factor. 

Also appearing is critically acclaimed performer MCMC Spoken, also known as Cornish artist Megan Chapman. MCMC Spoken has been a favourite at Proud Eden since day one with her poetry rap, freestyle and spoken word. 

A Little Twisted are a female duo from Cornwall who put their own spin on numerous classic tracks. Their extremely diverse set includes music from the likes of Alanis Morissette and Bruno Mars. 

Completing the bill is Bristol Bi-Poet and spoken word artist, 1990s Chris. His open and honest poems on sexuality have gone down a storm, with BBC New Creatives Project recently commissioning him to create an original series of poems. 

Proud Eden will also feature a screening of Ashley Joiner’s ARE YOU PROUD? The documentary brings together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of campaigners to celebrate the progress that has been achieved by the LGBTQ movement. 

Imogen Penny, Eden’s Programme Lead, said: “We wanted to make our third Proud Eden event bigger, bolder and brighter than ever before and we can’t wait to showcase all of the exciting performers taking to the stage this year.” 

Tickets for Proud Eden on September 28 are £10 per person. Doors open at 4pm and the event starts at 6pm and no general Eden Project admission ticket is required.


Please note there is adult content at this event so accompanied under-16s are welcome at the discretion of their parent or guardian. 

For more information and to buy tickets see www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/proud-eden.

 

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