Fergie to headline NYC Pride’s 30th Anniversary Dance on the Pier
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Eight-time Grammy winner set to close out NYC Pride Week
Heritage of Pride, Inc. announced that Fergie will headline its iconic Dance on the Pier, Sunday, June 26, 2016 on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26.
Fergie, an eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum solo artist and vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas, makes her highly anticipated return to the stage. Recently, FERGIE announced that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2006 solo album The Dutchess, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and spent 94 weeks on the chart. The Dutchess went on to sell 6.2 million copies and 28.5 million tracks worldwide and spawned three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as the Top 5 singles “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” In 2014 she released the multi-platinum single L.A.LOVE (la la).” Fergie also released two multi-platinum albums, The E.N.D. and The Beginning, with The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has sold more than 32 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide. On stage she will be performing her top hits as well as select songs from her new solo album slated for release in 2016.
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Dance on the Pier, which began in 1986 as an act of rebellion in a time when LGBT people could not safely dance together in public. It is also the final year the event will take place on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, which is being transformed into a recreation space and estuarium.
“I’m so honored to be performing at the 30th Dance on the Pier at NYC Pride, the largest LGBT Pride celebration in the world. There have been so many incredible artists that have performed at this landmark event in the past, and we’re going to create something extra special to celebrate this milestone,” says Fergie.
Fergie joins the ranks of Cher, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and numerous other superstars that have delivered historic performances at the Dance. More than 7,500 people are expected to attend the Dance, which has sold out for the past several years.
“Fergie is a stellar singer-songwriter, a world-class performer, and a long-time advocate for LGBT people,” said Jose Ramos, NYC Pride Dance on the Pier Director. “This is a performance that our guests will be talking about for years to come.”
The Dance on the Pier is NYC Pride’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds support NYC Pride’s other public events, including the Rally, March, and Family Movie Night. Heritage of Pride also provides tens of thousands of dollars in working grants to smaller LGBT nonprofits from the funds raised at the Dance.
“For the last 30 years, some of the most unforgettable memories of NYC Pride have happened at the Dance on the Pier,” said Chris Frederick, NYC Pride Managing Director. “We can’t wait for Fergie to bring the house down one last time at Pier 26, and we’re eager to see what our largest fundraiser can become in 2017 and beyond.”