Steps to headline Birmingham Pride's 25th anniversary as 'fight against injustice' continues

Iconic pop band Steps will be headlining Birmingham Pride on the main stage next year as the city prepares to celebrate its 25th year of the festival.

The 90s pop group's appearance on the main stage will be a highlight of the festival as it celebrates its milestone year under the theme of 'pride and protest' in the heart of the city.

Organisers have said last year's events was 'the biggest yet', with thousands descending on Birmingham's Gay Village for the celebrations.

The event will be making a return to the former Smithfield Markets site.

Organisers said it reflects on the progress made in terms of equality achievements, but recognises the continued 'fight against injustice, prejudice and inequality' that continues to affect LGBTQ+ people at home and across the world.Event organiser Lawrence Barton revealed the exciting news.

He said: "Birmingham Pride 2022 marks 25 years of 'Pride and Protest' demonstrating our firm belief that there’s no Pride without the protest."

"It is as important now as it was 25 years ago. Our LGBTQ + community is travelling a journey to achieve true equality in society, and we are far from reaching all our aims."

Steps performing on stage earlier this month as part of their anniversary tour Credit: PA images

Mr Barton added: "Everyone who attends and supports Birmingham Pride - a universally inclusive event, helps further our community aims.

"I wish everyone a safe and memorable 25th anniversary year. ”

Steps are the UK’s one of the most successful pop groups of all time with 250 million streams globally.

They revealed the announcement on their Twitter account to their thousands of fans.

Birmingham Pride will take place on the weekend of Saturday 24 September in 2022.