Manchester Pride 2022: Gok Wan DJ Set Headlines Native’s ‘Freedom To Be’ Line Up

By Olivia Emily

2 years ago

The series of events will take place at the end of August

Gok Wan MBE is best known for his TV presenting endeavours, namely his own show, How to Look Good Naked, which originally aired from 2006 to 2011. But did you know that Gok is also a budding DJ? Catch him performing later this month as part of Native Manchester’s series of Pride 2022 ‘Freedom To Be’ events.

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Manchester Pride 2022: Gok Wan DJ Set Headlines Native’s ‘Freedom To Be’ Line Up

Gok Wan

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Over the August bank holiday weekend – from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August – Manchester Pride is taking place, one of hundreds of the UK’s city-based Pride celebrations in 2022, following this summer’s high-profile Pride celebrations in London and Brighton. 

This year, Native Manchester, an aparthotel on Ducie Street, has teamed up with Ducie Street Warehouse to host a curated series of events under the banner ‘Freedom To Be’, celebrating love, life, and everything in between.

Gok Wan will kick off the Pride celebrations a week ahead on Saturday 20 August, with a Pre-Pride Party and DJ set with Queer Latifah.

Then, Native have organised a drag brunch on Saturday 27 August, featuring DJ The Niallist with Dakota Schiffer, Poppy Lah, Monopoly Phonic, Sharon Ledgend, and Banksie. Then, DJs Fat Camp and Girls on Film will continue the boozy celebrations before another boozy brunch on Sunday – featuring Ghetto Fabulous performers and a High Hoops DJ takeover – that will close the weekend.

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Manchester Pride is one of the UK’s longest running Pride festivals, having taken place every summer since 1985 (except in 2020). This year, there will be a parade and afterparty on Saturday, a candle lit vigil on Monday, and a series of events across the weekend, including the Gay Village Party, featuring performances from Bimini and Mel C among many others.


Native Manchester is an aparthotel on Ducie Street. For more information about Pride events, click here.

Manchester Pride taking place from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August 2022. There is a mixture of free and ticketed events.


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