Pride Fest Bringing Back VIP Tickets for Front Row Access to Musical Acts

By Serena Dai on April 1, 2014 7:25am 

 Pride Fest attendees can see R&B singer Mya close up with VIP tickets.
Pride Fest attendees can see R&B singer Mya close up with VIP tickets.
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BOYSTOWN — Fans looking to see artists like Mya and "Glee"'s Alex Newell up close at this summer's Pride Fest now have a chance.

Northalsted Business Alliance, the organizer of the two-day fest, is offering VIP tickets to this year's popular summer festival that include access to a special velvet-rope standing-room area right in front of the North Stage at Broadway and Halsted.

The tickets, which cost $45 per day, are not offered every year and are largely aimed at music fans, said spokeswoman Jen Gordon.

"For people who are there to see a particular act, there’s a lot of value in that," she said.

Last June, between 15,000 and 20,000 people attended the fest each day, Gordon said. This year's Pride Fest is June 21-22.

The festival's full lineup has not yet been determined, but so far, people who buy VIP tickets can get priority standing room for Mya, Alex Newell of "Glee" and Kathy Sledge, all of whom will perform on June 22.

Mya is known for hits like "Case of the Ex (Watcha Gonna Do)" and "My Love is Like ... Wo," and Newell stepped into the spotlight as runner-up on reality show "The Glee Project" after producer Ryan Murphy was inspired by Newell's flair for singing in drag.

VIP tickets also include two drinks from Northalsted Business Alliance tents and a commemorative Pride Fest T-shirt, Gordon said. Tickets tend to sell out as more musical acts are announced, she said.

But people who buy before May 1 can get $10 off tickets with the code "PSCHI14."

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