Homoelectric has come a long way since their birth in an old school lesbian bar called Follies 21 years ago.
The iconic Manchester club night has spent the past two decades throwing some of the most hedonistic, wild and rarefied dances going. And now they’ve broken the news that they’re upping their game further with a full-blown music festival at 10,000 capacity venue Mayfield Depot.
“It’s been a long time coming,” shared Homoelectric founder Luke Unabomber on Instagram last night.
“Lots of aborted attempts, shit talk, boring people in various after hours, lost sleep, anxiety and near misses […] We are finally ready and its only 500 metres away from our first home. The holy grail of all venues Mayfield Depot. A genuine game changer.”
Called Homobloc, the date is set for 9th November and will see a mix of hometown heroes including Will Tramp, DJ Paulette, Gina Breeze and Jamie Bull come together under one roof alongside a very long, very impressive list of world-renowned DJs – many of whom have previously graced the decks at Homoelectric’s club nights.
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Spread over four stages, Homoelectric has pulled in some big name headliners including dance music veteran The Black Madonna, disco legend Roisin Murphy, pop superstar Robyn (DJ set), Detroit techno demigod Seth Troxler, Scandinavian super DJ HAAI, Horse Meat Disco and the man of the moment, Midland.
Also performing will be the legendary Jaye Ward, San Francisco trouble-makers Honey Soundsystem, Berlin-based house genius Prosumer, pioneer and one of the originators of the Chicago House scene, Adonis.
And if that wasn’t enough, joining them is a slew of the biggest names in the electronic music scene right now including the likes of Hunee, Crazy P, Romy, Honey Dijon, Optimo, Palms Trax, Krysko and none other than the legend that is Dan Beaumont.
Musically, Homoelectric has always celebrated a melting pot of music genres, and this line-up is a testament to that.
The club night residents have always played an eclectic mix, pushing out everything from afrobeat and boogie to disco, garage house, techno, voodoo, outer space bass buggin’ futurism, and outsider pop.
But the movement is bigger than the music. There’s also a layer of identity politics to the nights, and underlying heartfelt evangelism, that makes them more than just a dance for loyal followers.
For the regulars, you see, Homoelectric is about believing in something. It’s a come as you are celebration that’s not about exclusivity, but about celebrating each other’s uniqueness and differences. And it’s this that draws revellers back time and time again.
Their mission statement is clear: Homobloc is a queer party for all. It’s about all of us. Love is the message in a party that unites the clans, for homos, heteros, lesbos, don’t knows and disko asbos.
It will be a misfits paradise, a twisted disco, with 10,000 souls all united under one roof. And we can’t wait.
“We have finally found our holy grail place,” says Luke Unabomber.
“This is something very special and as ever this is all about uniting the clans, togetherness, inclusivity and love. Building a place where we can bring together all our people and our heroes and dance til we are free.
“A queer block party for all.”
Tickets go live at 9am tomorrow morning.