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Mariah tipped to headline at this year's Brighton Pride

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Mariah tipped to headline at this year's Brighton Pride | mcarchives.com
Singing sensation Mariah Carey is tipped to be the headline act at this year's Brighton Pride. Rumours are growing that the American superstar and gay icon will be the next famous face to grace the Preston Park stage.

But Pride bosses today remained tightlipped over this summer's line-up. A spokeswoman said: "At this time of year we are in discussions with many artists and agents and we can't comment on what is only speculation at this time."

The 49-year-old All I Want For Christmas Is You singer holds three Guinness World Records for the song, including highest-charting holiday song on the US Hot 100 chart by a solo artist, most-streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours by a female and most weeks in the UK singles top ten chart for a Christmas song.

The singer, famed for her vocal range, signed with Columbia Records aged just 18 and her first album went on to achieve chart success with four number one singles. She has since released 15 studio albums, seven compilation albums and a remix album as well as two EPs.

In 1999 she released her album Rainbow, in keeping with Pride's LGBT colours, meaning she would be a good fit for the festival. The coveted headline slot was filled last year by pop icon Kylie Minogue and in 2018 by Britney Spears.

Kylie wowed a crowd of thousands with a flurry of costume changes and an energetic performance. The audience was dazzled as she put on a show filled with favourites including Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Spinning Around and I Should Be So Lucky. She was announced as the headline act in February last year.

Meanwhile the previous year Brighton went bonkers for Britney. The Toxic singer took to the stage in the UK for the first time since 2011 and fans felt it was worth the wait. She performed a catalogue of her greatest hits to a sell-out crowd.

Tickets had became hot property - after she was announced in February, devoted fans braved icy winds to queue for the chance to see the pop princess. Demand was so great that it crashed the Ticketmaster website and a line of people queued the length of St James's Street in a bid to get a ticket from The Sussex Beacon shop.

After 45 minutes of queueing, Britney fanatic John Mudie, 35, from Burton Villas, said: "I've not bought a Preston Park ticket in years, but Britney's in Brighton so I've got to go."

It is not known when this year's headline act will be confirmed.

(The Argus)

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