Body Movements: New LGBTQI+ festival to celebrate queer club culture in Hackney Wick

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<p>Nothing but bangers: the line-up will include 40 of the best LGBTQI+ friendly club nights</p> (Body Movements)

Nothing but bangers: the line-up will include 40 of the best LGBTQI+ friendly club nights

(Body Movements)

A new festival celebrating “the full spectrum of Queer culture” is to launch in Hackney Wick later this year, put together by DJ Saoirse Ryan and Little Gay Brother's Clayton Wright.

The venture, called Body Movements, will be a one-dayer taking place across 16 east London venues on October 9. The bill is set to be an eclectic mix of both up-and-coming and established artists – billed as “from grassroots to international greats” – with performances from queer, non-binary and trans acts, alongside plenty of parties from a number of the country’s top club nights. In total, more than 40 names will appear.

The full line-up is set to be released in the coming weeks, but so far organisers have confirmed Bristolians Bitch, Please! – specialists in LGBTQI+ friendly club nights – hedonistic house, dance and techno lovers High Hoops, community-centred Let’s Have a Kiki (a nod to the phrase popularised by the Scissor Sisters song of the same name) and gay dance party Chapter 10.

Others acts and club nights hosting include “techo humxns” Koodeta, Pxssy Palace presents The Sanctuary, Bonzai Bonner and Anna Gram’s wonderfully-titled Lezzer Quest and underground art and music collective Fèmmme Fraîche. Little Gay Brother will also appear.

Body Movements co-founder and music director Saoirse Ryan said of the news: “The queer clubbing scene has always been renowned for some of the best parties to ever exist. Body Movements wants to give prominence to those artists, parties and clubbers by bringing them all together and serving up a truly unique festival for the UK.”

Body Movements’ other co-founder Clayton Wright added: “Body Movements is the first time that these queer music makers and crews, who make our industry so exciting and formidable, have come together like this.

“It’s about solidarity, celebrating each other’s subculture, and connecting with people and parties that you may have never experienced before. Everyone involved is pushing boundaries and creating spaces that are hugely important to our LGBTQI+ community. It’s queer clubbing at its finest.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10am, May 27. More information can be found at ra.co and by following @bodymovementsfestival.

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