They once stormed the UK charts and were signed up by Madonna.

Now Nineties girl band Cleopatra are back – and headlining York Pride 2018.

The trio – sisters Cleo, Yonah, and Zainam Higgins – saw their first single, 1998’s Cleopatra’s Theme, enter the charts at number 5. And when they were signed by Madonna for her Maverick record label, the song reached 26 in the US Billboard chart.


The band is back on the road with the youngest sister Terri stepping in for Zainam.

They will headline the York Pride 2018 stage on Knavesmire on Saturday June 9. And they will be joined by another female pop band and a star from Britain’s Got Talent.

‘Exceptionally entertaining’


Another headline act is the man Ant and Dec described during Britain’s Got Talent 2016 as “the campest act in this year’s competition”.

Wowing audiences with his glittery beard and performances of Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, the Liverpudlian singer has a look and voice like no other.

And these two are the third headliners…

The Cheeky Girls
The Cheeky Girls – twin sisters Gabriela and Monica Irimia – rose to fame on Popstars: The Rivals and achieved chart success with their iconic single The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) in 2002.

York Pride 2018

Parade starts York Minster; stage at Knavesmire

Sat Jun 9 from 11.30am

Free

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Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, said: “We’re very proud of the impressive and diverse lineup that York Pride has secured for 2018.

“The calibre of acts are very high, and that reflects the growth that the charity has achieved over the last few years.

“All of the performers we have on the day are exceptionally talented and entertaining, and I am sure that the audience will go wild for them!”

The full line up

Headliners
Cleopatra
Danny Beard
The Cheeky Girls

Remaining acts
Divina de Campo – the first drag queen to appear on The Voice, and star of MTV’s A-Z of Drag
Soraya Vivian – international house music singer-songwriter
Beth McCarthy – a York local and a previous competitor on The Voice
Kyle Finn – a singer songwriter who is a UK Pride favourite
Lee Lambert – a singer songwriter
Almost P!nk – a P!nk tribute act
Samantha Atkinson – star of X Factor 2016
Two 4 One – York Pride Drag Race runners-up 2018
Rory Hoy – DJ and all-round crowd pleaser