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[Photos] Erasure’s Andy Bell brings star power to Pride’s Saturday stage

Andy Bell

Erasure front man Andy Bell closed out Atlanta Pride’s stage on Saturday evening, following British pop songstress Rita Ora, who already had the crowd packed to the stage and ready to dance.

Bell, who has also had a successful solo career, treated fans to a set of favorites including Erasure hits like  “Chains of Love.”

Appearing alone on stage, Bell began his set in suit jacket, then tossed it aside to dance and twirl in a sleeveless t-shirt. He also thanked his partner, who he is soon to marry, who was standing to the right of the stage during the show.

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Pride: Diverse acts pack Pride stages

Michel Jons Band

From folk and country crooners to dance music divas and up-and-coming pop sensations, Atlanta Pride packs a diverse mix of performers into two stages over two days. Pull out your smartphone and check out their websites to learn even more.

SATURDAY, OCT. 14

Coca-Cola Stage

Kat Graham
2 p.m.
http://katgraham.com

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Pride: Erasure’s Andy Bell headlines Pride Saturday

Andy Bell

Andy Bell is not one to rest on his laurels. In addition to logging more than a quarter of a century as Erasure’s charismatic vocalist, notorious for his dance moves and fondness for costumes ranging from elaborate to skimpy, he found the time to release a couple of solo discs. Bell also made a name for himself on the DJ circuit.

As one of the headliners at the 2012 Atlanta Pride, Bell is scheduled to perform at 8:05 p.m. on the Coca Cola Stage.

GA Voice: Erasure marked its 25th anniversary a couple of years ago. Looking back at the early days, did you ever imagine that you and Vince [Clarke] would be celebrating such a milestone?

Andy Bell: I knew that I was a massive fan of Vince Clarke and it is a massive pleasure to work with him. Every day that we are all here is a blessing! So I never imagined we’d still be here 25 years later because I tend to take each day as it comes.

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Atlanta Pride Committee announces full festival entertainment lineup

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The Atlanta Pride Committee is going all out to ensure a fun and lively entertainment lineup that includes Andy Bell of Erasure and Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, who also promise to entertain with songs from their solo work.

But there are plenty of other acts that will take the Coca-Cola and Bud-Light stages at the fest in Piedmont Park Oct. 13-14. Today, the APC released the full line up that includes local bands such as the Sexual Side Effects and singer and actress Kat Graham, who stars as Bonnie Bennett in CW's "Vampire Diaries," filmed in Covington, about 30 minutes from Atlanta.