Kelly Rowland cancels San Diego Pride appearance, new entertainment lineup announced

SAN DIEGO -- After Saturday's announcement that Kelly Rowland has cancelled her scheduled performance at this year's San Diego LGBT Pride festival, the organization has announced a re-energized entertainment lineup featuring Alex Newell, who plays “Unique/Wade,” a transgender character, on the hit television show "Glee."

Newell, who will also take part in this year's LGBT Pride Parade, will be billed as a headline performer, along with the previously announced Natasha Bedingfield.

Rowland has cancelled other scheduled performances at Pride celebrations in the past, including last year's Capital Pride celebration in Washington, DC. Her cancellation has made way for a new, bigger lineup:

- Sandra Bernhard guarantees to have festival revelers laughing with her classic mix of bitter critique for both celebrity culture and politics. Bernhard was previously scheduled to lead the Pride Parade as Grand Marshal and will continue to do so. Her stand-up set will follow her parade appearance on the evening of Saturday, July 21.

- Wynter Gordon is sure to have festival goers partying and dancing Saturday evening with an energetic performance from her latest album. Her current hit single "Dirty Talk" went triple platinum and shot to the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs.

- At the Country Pride Dance Tent, Justin Utley will perform. In 2010, Utley's single "Stand for Something" won the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts award for Best Country/Folk Song of the Year. The song was written to inspire people to take action towards securing LGBT equality in America.

- Headlining the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party on Friday, July 20 is Neon Hitch, whose current hit songs "Love U Betta" (radio title) and “Ass Back Home" with Gym Class Heroes are dance club favorites. The block party will take place immediately after the Flag Raising and Stonewall Rally. This new, official Pride event will kick-off the weekend fun with urban style and flair. More information HERE.

“We are excited to announce these additions to the Pride weekend lineup," said Dwayne Crenshaw, San Diego Pride executive director. "Not only are these performers popular and high energy, but it is particularly exciting that several of them come from the LGBT community. Our team is hard at work to make this an amazing Pride celebration for all. From country to comedy to dance and everything in between, there is something for everyone in this year’s entertainment lineup.”

These new additions join Pride’s already announced festival entertainment lineup featuring Bedingfield, Frankie Negron, BETTY and Danny Extreme.

For the full entertainment lineup at the Pride Festival’s six entertainment zones and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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