Steven Braines and Sophia Kearney of The Weird & The Wonderful are perhaps one of the most admirable success stories in the music industry. As well as running a globally established artist management company with a roster that includes Maya Jane Coles, KDA and DJ Deeon, over the past year, they’ve put new ideas into practice exceptionally fast with a party that’s already gaining momentum in some of the world’s most important clubbing cities.
New York has always been culturally diverse, and with one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ communities in the USA, there were movements way before the 1980s, when voguing was in fashion and crossed into the mainstream. Queer storylines were breaking onto Broadway in the 1920s, and there’s Manhattan’s iconic gay club Stonewall Inn, where the legendary protests took place after police raids in ’69. One of the most proliﬁc NYC parties in the mid ’80s/early ’90s was Limelight.
“A lot of people want to experiment, but don’t feel that they have the green light to,” Braines says. “Most people want to do things, but they’re worried about social embarrassment. So if you give them a place of unconditional positive regard, where they can go and be themselves in a non-judgemental, non-prejudiced way, they can experiment, because there’s no backlash to come from it. So they can be extreme. You can wear something and decide it wasn’t for you that week or the next week, or make a mistake, and that’s ﬁ ne.
“This kind of night is exactly what the dance/electronic community has needed for a long time”
One of the most integral artists to the family is Maya Jane Coles. “It’s been fantastic being a resident at what I feel is one of the most important and exciting new nights in the current club world,” Maya says. “Watching He.She.They grow so rapidly in such a short space of time, and seeing the effort put in by the team, has been inspiring. This kind of night is exactly what the dance/ electronic community has needed for a long time.
We Are FSTVL have revealed the second wave of artists for the event, which takes place in Upminster, Greater London, between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th May 2018.
Artists included in the announcement are Amelie Lens, Mike Skinner, Heidi, Apollonia, Kölsch and more. You can see the full list of additions below.
The artists join headliners Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, DJ EZ, Andy C and Marco Carola.
We Are FSTVL also announced their stage partners for the event, which include Hyte, Defected, Glitterbox, Cafe Mambo and more.
Milkshake Festival has confirmed that its seventh edition will take place in Amsterdam 29th and 30th of July. The Village People, Miss Kitten, Heidi, and Riton set to spin during the two-day event.
A collaborative festival between Amsterdam’s Paradiso and AIR, Milkshake has been heralded as one of the largest and most respected LGBTQ events in the world. Championing free love, tolerance, liberalism, art, culture, entertainment, and creativity, the spectacle has been dubbed “the world’s most open mind electronic music festival”.
Heidi has offered a fresh 63-minute mix to celebrate her forthcoming debut performance at Barcelona’s Sónar Festival.
Accompanying the SoundCloud upload is a personal message from the influential pioneer: “To say I'm excited is an understatement. I've waited 12 years to play this festival & I guess hard work and patience have finally paid off...... Sónar Festival thank you for including me this year! Here's an exclusive mix from me to celebrate!”
XOYO has revealed The Black Madonna (real name: Marea Stamper) will be the club's next resident DJ, running from 7th April to 30th June.
Beginning the 13-week series with an all-night-long "The Body Electric" performance based around electro, EBM, industrial and techno, the Chicago DJ will play solo twice more — first offering dub, hip-hop, Miami bass and jungle at her "These Are The Breaks" party on 5th May, before focussing on house and disco on the closing night of her residency, titled "Love Is The Message".
Love International festival takes place at The Garden Resort in Tisno, Croatia between Wednesday 28th June and Wednesday 5th July 2017.
The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Palms Trax, Optimo, Craig Richards, Paranoid London, Jazzanova, Horse Meat Disco, Leon Vynehall and Mood II Swing, Tim Sweeney, Honey Soundsystem, Honey Dijon, DJ Nature, Call Super, Eric Duncan, Felix Dickinson, Begin and lots more were revealed for Love International in November.
London's XOYO has announced an incredible array of talent for Heidi's forthcoming Jackathon residency.
The Canadian-born, London-based star, who learned her trade in the record shops of the UK capital before landing a residency on BBC Radio 1 in the mid-2000s, set up her Jackathon party brand in 2009.
Having toured it around the globe, Heidi now brings Jackathon back to London from October to December, hosting the crème de la crème of house and techno every Friday night.
XOYO has revealed that Heidi is the next artist to take control of their residency series, with the Canada-born selector bringing The Jackathon for eleven nights between Friday 7th October and Friday 16th December.
Speaking about the residency, a spokesperson for XOYO said, ”We’ve wanted Heidi for a long time and can’t wait to reveal who she’s invited to join her. We think they’re the strongest line-ups we’ve ever had”
Radio 1 has announced the full line-up for its annual Ibiza takeover which will see the station's DJs heading to the White Isle on Friday 5th August for an entire weekend of Ibiza-inspired shows from Ushuaia hotel.
DJs confirmed to be performing during the live broadcast include Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, B. Traits, George Fitzgerald, Heidi, MistaJam, Toddla T, DJ Target and Kolsch.
Bestival has announced the full line-up for its brand new stage, The Spaceport. It replaces The Port’s HMS Bestival at the festival, which runs from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September.
Fatboy Slim was the first act announced for The Spaceport, and he’s sat down with Bestival head Rob Da Bank to talk about his headline slot on the new stage.
We’ve got an exclusive premiere of the video interview below.
Fatboy Slim is joined by the likes of Eats Everything, Skream, Heidi, James Zabiela, Benji B, Norman Jay MBE, Monki, Mele and many more on The Spaceport.