Milwaukee Pridefest 2012

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Wisconsin
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Organizers of this year’s PrideFest say planning is now in its final stages as the 25th Anniversary of this nationally recognized LGBT Festival is just weeks away. Permits are signed, the grounds are secure and sponsor donations are beginning to arrive in support of the June 8-10 PrideFest Milwaukee celebration on the Summerfest grounds.

Headliners include a trailblazer for all-female bands and a perfect example of how to get it “right” when going solo – Belinda Carlisle opens the festival on Friday, June 8th. Carlisle saw a string of tops hits with “Mad about You,” “I get Weak,” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.” Saturday June 9th, the electrifying Taylor Dayne takes the Miller Stage for the second time in PrideFest history. Dayne raced up the pop charts with toppers such as “Tell it to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead you Back”, and “I’ll Always Love You.” Capping off what is sure to be a memorable weekend is another PrideFest alum of the Miller stage – New Wave American band, Berlin. They struck gold with hits like “No more Words” and the iconic, Academy Award Winning, “Take my Breath Away” from the motion picture, “Top Gun.”

“Taylor Dayne, and Berlin, these are some of the amazing artists who helped us reach this milestone,” said PrideFest President Scott Gunkel. ‘We’ve tried to get Belinda in the past, and are thrilled that this is finally the year. We have been very fortunate.”

The summer’s hottest dance party takes place in the Pump! Dance Pavilion once again, and this year promises to be a showstopper. Choreographed dances will enhance this year’s “Steampunk” inspired theme, and among the guest DJs, is International superstar DJ Dave Audé returning to spin on Saturday, June 9.

The price of the ticket includes all PrideFest entertainment. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the PrideFest team has also announced lower admission prices at the gate, (from $18 in 2011 to $15 this year) including a special “25” dollar weekend pass. Online tickets range from $12 for single day gate admission, to $250 for larger special VIP weekend tickets.

They have also announced there will be no increase in drink prices (beer, soda, wine, water) despite the festival taking on an increase in supply costs.

“These price cuts and freezes are designed to make PrideFest accessible and affordable to the largest possible audience,” says Gunkel. “It really says something when an LGBT festival such as this ours can hit such a milestone,” Said Gunkel, of the 25th anniversary. “That’s no small feat. It shows we have a very welcoming and supportive community. This is everyone’s anniversary. We can all be proud.”

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