Popstar Gareth Gates is to headline this year’s Blackpool Pride Festival.
The singer, who shot to fame during Pop Idol in 2002, is due to perform at the event being held at the Winter Gardens over the weekend of June 8 and 9.
Pride Festival chairman Kath Smith said: “We are delighted that Gareth accepted our offer to headline the event.
“We wanted to find a headliner who would appeal to everyone, young and old, and Gareth certainly fits the bill.
“We are working hard to secure more acts for the event so watch this space for more news.”
Gareth Gates first found fame as runner up in the inaugural series of Pop Idol.
He went on to have four number one hit singles and has sold more than three million records.
More recently, he has been treading the boards and has appeared in a series of musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Techicolour, Dreamcoat, Les Miserables and Legally Blonde.
He is still a familiar face on television, appearing on a number of TV shows including ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
Gareth is due to perform at the Winter Gardens on Saturday June 8.
Blackpool Pride is being held at the historic venue for the first time with organisers hoping to make the annual event more family-friendly this year.
It is expected to attract at least 4,000 visitors, including 1,500 members of the local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
There will also be a parade on foot through the town centre.