TOMORROW thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual festival-goers and their friends will descend on Southampton.

The South Coast's LGBT community are getting ready for the fifth Southampton Pride event, the south's fastest-growing festival of its kind.

The event takes place on August 28 at 11am and will feature a number of stalls and live music acts.

The event was cancelled last year due to coronavirus, but this year organisers are back with a bang.

Gates open at 11am. In previous years there have been large queues at the main gate from 10.30am. Bags will be searched upon entry.

Re-entry is permitted all day, but you will have to join any queues at the gates and bags will need to be searched again.

Southampton Pride is a free event with no tickets required for any part of the day.

The Pride Parade is deemed the highlight of the event as it makes it way through the city centre through the city’s historic Bargate before heading back to the event site.

There will be three giant flags as part of the march.

More than 100 volunteers will be available throughout the day should you need any help or support. Volunteers will be wearing pink high-vis vests or you can speak to a member of security.

Acts range from Aura Jay and Neptune Girls to Sam Callahan and Jade Kylie Chamberlain tribute act.

Britain's Got Talent Eva Iglesias will also perform along with Lucinda Lashes.

Joe Black from RuPaul's Drag Race will also perform on the main stage, as will DJ Claire Fuller & Kelly Anne O'Brien - a Dolly Parton Tribute.

Lots of other local bands and DJs and performers will also take to the stage during the event.

The event is to be hosted completely outside to protect festival-goers, but an after party is to be hosted in one of the city's most popular nightclubs.

The Edge will host a 12-hour party with an extended the club to add an extra bar and dance floor.