Dirty, big-hearted, intelligent adventures, recommended by our team:
2-4 August, Braziers Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Days of wild, clever, artsy and queer explorations building into perineum sponge-squeezing sensational music at this very special festival, back for 2019. Much-loved and sold-out unless you can borrow, beg or buy a Sunday-only ticket.
Here’s our pick:
Girl Zine Workshop / Friday 3.30 – 5pm
Cool Dad / Friday 9pm
Loraine James / Friday 11.30pm
Kei Patrick / Saturday 2.30pm
Ms Mohammed / Saturday 6pm
And our long-standing faves FAKA / Saturday 10.30pm.
FAKA, a cultural movement established by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, bang out cheeky sounds, thrumming live performance, literature, video and photography, to create an eclectic aesthetic with which they express ideas central to their experience as black queer bodies navigating the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa.
YOU&TH / Sunday 2pm
Kampire / Sunday 9.45pm
DJ Kampire, Sunday’s headliner at Supernormal.
Among East Africa’s most exciting DJs, Kampire has been a core member of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective since 2013. She is one of a handful of female DJs working to create safe spaces for women and the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda.
Kampire’s vibrant sets pummel through many forms of global bass, including South African gqom, Afro EDM and mutant dancehall, and have transported her to clubs & festivals across the world. It’s a given that crazed dancing at Supernormal will reach sizzling new levels during her Sunday night set.
Out In The Forest
3 August, doors 9pm-6am, Magic Spells Brewery
The forests have always been places where convention and order have been subverted, where the self might be reinvented and people can explore sexual identity under the cover of the leaves. The collective Staying Out are having a party at Magic Spells with nasty and gorgeous performances, DJs and space to dance hard and soft. Weeds crack concrete, the moon pulls you. Come out!
Line up includes: Radical Faerie Drum Circle, Sgàire Wood, Government DJ (Black Obsidian Sound System/B.O.S.S), Lewis G. Burton (Inferno), Gin (Resis Dance, Nite Dykez), Charity Kase and Sophie Coletta