So far 2019’s WorldPride has brought on a happy pile of exciting events, epic hangouts, and important history, but it has also caught flack for its enthusiastic courting of co-opting corporate sponsors. As a response to this kind of rainbow washing, nightlife diva Ladyfag has constructed LadyLand, a music festival consisting entirely of queer and trans artists, as a celebration of the community by and for those who are a part of it. Now in its second year, LadyLand has expanded to a two-day event on June 28 and 29, attracting more than 20 talented artists for a nonstop party at the massive Brooklyn Mirage.
Once you walk in the door, we have zero tolerance for transphobia, racism, ableism, sexism, or any bullshit like that. It’s good vibes only!
LadyLand’s Friday headliners include longtime fashion icon and internationally acclaimed house DJ Honey Dijon, rising retro-pop and R&B star Rina Sawayama, Canadian house and disco creator Jayda G, members of Russia’s galvanizing political punk collective Pussy Riot, and—my personal highlight—a set with the remarkable Brooklyn producer/DJ Octo Octa. (If you’re unfamiliar with OO’s blend of breakbeats and exquisitely chill house music, her latest EP, For Lovers, provides a head-bobbing introduction.)
Where much of Friday’s lineup skews toward electronic dance music, Saturday’s heavy hitters are concentrated in rock and pop, beginning with the newly reunited indie trio Gossip. You can also look forward to performances from Canadian synth-pop diva Allie X; electro-punk frontperson and Pitchfork darling Yves Tumor; enigmatic bubblegum art-pop YouTube sensation Poppy; RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Violet Chachki; and alt-rap activist, fearless live performer, and Madonna bestie Mykki Blanco.
If some of LadyLand’s more esoteric names escape you, never fear: You can responsibly pregame for either night with this WSWD-expert curated Spotify playlist.
While Ladyfag stresses that LadyLand’s performers and ethos are “intentionally queer,” she’s equally fast to point out that all are welcome, as long as they come with the right attitude. “We love our allies and are overjoyed to have everyone celebrate Pride with us,” she tells WSWD. “But I think it’s important to repeat the obvious here to set the tone: Once you walk in the door, we have zero tolerance for transphobia, racism, ableism, sexism, or any bullshit like that. It’s good vibes only!”
140 Stewart Avenue, East Williamsburg
Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29
5 p.m.–”VERY late”
Tickets start at $75 for Friday and $80 for Saturday; $125 for two-day pass; $125 and up for VIP tickets
21 and older