Manchester Pride Live will return to Mayfield this summer with a reduced capacity and a commitment to improving disabled access following complaints about last year's event.
The two-day music festival made its debut at the venue last August as part of the wider LGBT+ celebrations across the city over the bank holiday weekend.
Hosting a line-up of artists including Ariana Grande, Cheryl Cole and Years & Years, it marked a significant step up in scale from the Gay Village stages that hosted the event's music programme in previous years.
But the new format also attracted criticism, with festival-goers complaining of overcrowding in the main arena and long queues for the toilets and bars.
Concerns were also raised over disabled access at the parade and the Gay Village Party across the weekend.
Organisers apologised at the time to festival-goers who didn't have 'an enjoyable experience' and promised to investigate 'all concerns and complaints'.
Now they've announced the capacity - which was around 15,000 for the whole site last year - will be cut by 'at least 2,000' for 2020.
Extra toilets will also be provided on site, they have promised.
Manchester Pride Mark Fletcher said: "Our audience told us that the event was very busy and we want to create the very best guest experience possible.
"We can’t say exactly how much [capacity] will be reduced by at this stage, but it will be at least 2,000. We are working with our partner agencies on the plan for the event this year."
Disabled access will also be addressed at a series of 'listening groups' in the run-up to this year's festival, which organisers say will be the 'most inclusive event yet'.
Disability charities will also be consulted including Attitude is Everything, which works to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music, and will be providing accessibility accreditation across the weekend.
A new payment plan is also being introduced for tickets through buy-now-pay-later service Klarna, allowing customers to split the cost over three instalments.
This year's Rainbow Pass tickets cost £35 for a day or £65 for the weekend, giving festival-goers access to Manchester Pride Live for their chosen day, as well as access to the Gay Village Party for all four days.
Those who only want to attend the Gay Village Party can buy tickets separately for £10 per day or £15 for the weekend.
Both are on sale now.
Manchester Pride 2020 takes place from August 28 to 31, with events including the Gay Village Party, the Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride Manchester, the parade and the candlelit vigil. The Manchester Pride Live music festival returns to Mayfield on August 29 and 30.
Visit manchesterpride.com for more information.
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