THE Lighthouse is ‘delighted’ to announce new-drag artist and queer club DJ collective have been added to the line-up for the Poole Pride evening celebration.

Drag ‘superstar’ Bimini and Horse Meat Disco have been added to the bill for the first-ever Poole Pride event, featuring headliner Sophie Ellis-Bextor, on Saturday, June 8.

Tim Colegate, head of programming at Lighthouse, said: “Bimini is perfectly placed to work up the crowd, and Horse Meat Disco will keep them going well into the early hours, so bring your dancing shoes!”

Drag queen, artist, author, recording star, model, and a much-heralded champion of inclusion and self-affirmation, Bimini will appear as the main support act to headliner Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Bimini first found global fame as the breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Within months of appearing on Drag Race, Bimini secured a book deal with Penguin that saw their hilarious guide to transforming your life, Release the Beast, become a Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller.

Bimini’s pop song God Save This Queen has clocked up more than a million streams on Spotify, spearheading the release of a series of successful tracks ahead of their first EP, last summer’s When the Party Ends.

Established in 2004 at The Eagle, a gay bar in London’s Vauxhall, Horse Meat Disco has evolved into a ‘powerful force’ in the wider queer and club culture.

HMD was founded by James Hillard and Jim Stanton and features residents Severino and Luke Howard.

A typical HMD set blends classics, italo disco, house, oddities, and punk-funk, to conjure their initial spirit of “a queer party for everyone”, including, but not limited to, “homos and heteros, club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturists, guerilla drag queens and ladies who munch.”

Tim Colegate said: “The reaction to Sophie headlining Poole’s first-ever Pride has been amazing, and Bimini and Horse Meat Disco are just going to take it to the next level.

“I’m delighted that we can bring these trailblazing LGBTQ+ icons to Lighthouse to really cement the idea that Poole Pride is a safe space where everybody is welcome, and you can come as you are. That is what Pride is all about.”