Little Gay Brother invites you to a Queer Carnival in London
I caught up with Clayton Wright from Little Gay Brother for a behind-the-scenes look at their plans for Pride.
How will the Queer Carnival complement that Pride celebrations taking place on 6 July?
Queer Carnival happens from 4 PM – straight after the parade. So, if people want to escape the over-crowded streets of Soho to dance to some of the best international DJs – who are playing on our outside stage – enjoy a live performance from Aaron Porter who is a new emerging queer artist and incredible RnB signer, be gagged as Little Gay Brother performs its new dance show, enjoy the many street food vendors, enjoy drinks and cocktails from the multiple bars on site, and party with us in a beautiful venue until 5 AM, then they will.
We expect 2,000 people. You can buy a ticket for the day event in Flat Iron Square, the night inside Omeara, or the whole thing! We’re just a stone’s throw from Soho, so anyone into House, Disco, or Techno should love it! We’re really proud to offer people celebrating with Pride something different.
How do you bring the festival vibe of Little Gay Brother to a space such as Flat Iron Square?
Drag queens on treadmills!
Flat Iron Square is a huge space, so we’re going to recreate our stage from The Secret Garden Party. We’re debuting our new dance show – which tours festivals this summer – and, of course, we have the infamous treadmills we use at festivals.
We’re bringing all our festival tricks to Flat iron Square, so it should be epic!
How did the relationship between Little Gay Brother, Absolut, and Stonewall come about?
Little Gay Brother always supports a charity, and at Pride we make a big deal about this. It’s our chance to give back to the community that supports us. Last year, we supported and raised money for Albert Kennedy Trust, this year it’s Stonewall UK on their 30th Anniversary. Stonewall have done an amazing job to forward LGBTQ rights in this country, but the fight isn’t over and we’re here to celebrate them and help raise money through ticket and bar sales.
Absolut UK has been a long supporter of Stonewall UK, so it made sense for us to speak to a brand that wants to really support the community and is not just about tokenistic support – everyone involved cares about real change.
Stonewall are working with Little Gay Brother because we share the same values. We believe in equality and gender balance on music line-ups, we believe in tackling racist behaviour in the queer scene, we believe in celebrating our trans siblings. Little Gay Brother always show our core beliefs through our respect policies, line-ups and through the people that represent us on stage.
Who’s your target audience for the Queer Carnival? Is this just for queer club kids?
It’s for everyone. We don’t think of ourselves as club kids. We’re performers, DJs, set designers – we’re a collective of people that work hard to create festival stages and shows. But yes, we do this in heels.
Little Gay Brother has always been a queer space for everyone. This party is for everyone that wants to celebrate Pride, listen to amazing music, and have a stomp.
The Touring Show that you’ve produced seems like something new for Little Gay Brother – what led you to tackle a choreographed dance project?
Chester Hayes – our choreographer – and I wanted to create something spectacular we could tour, so we created a 45-minute contemporary dance piece that explores hedonism, celebrates house music and brings together everything we’ve been doing for the last six years. After the dance piece, the show turns into a party that everyone can enjoy.
We’re touring this show over summer, and it’s heading to the Royal Academy of Arts for the RA Lates in July, Southbank in August, and Wilderness where we’re joined by superstar DJ Eats Everything.
What do you hope that people feel when attending the Queer Carnival on Pride day in London?
Love, joy, pride, and the freedom to express yourself – unified by great music.