BERLIN’S YO! SISSY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE LINE-UP FEATURING MYKKI BLANCO & LE1F
‘Yo! Sissy is the perfect mix of music and camp partying” – The Guardian “A treasure trove of unexpected delights” – i-D
After a triumphant debut last year, Germany’s international queer festival Yo! Sissy returns for the second time bigger, better and camper than ever. With another eclectic line-up showcasing the very best in quality, alternative queer artists, live bands and performers, including Mykki Blanco, Karin Park, and Le1f, the festival is set to take place over two days in Berlin this July.
The first Yo! Sissy was the largest festival of its kind to ever take place in Berlin, a city famous for its colourful culture and LGBT inclusivity. With a focus on showcasing female and trans-identified performers, last year featured colourful performances from the likes of Peaches, Cakes da Killa, Crystal Waters and JD Samson. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, this year the festival will open Friday 29th July, at Musik und Frieden, followed by an ‘all day blowout’ on Saturday 30th July at Postbahnhof.
Genre—and gender—exploding rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco is set to headline alongside Swedish goth-pop purveyor Karin Park. Meanwhile Le1f will also bring his futuristic rap and deconstructed R&B to the 2016 summer two-dayer.
Also featured is Robyn-approved rising synth-pop star Zhala and unabashed visual performance artist Christeene. They join the likes of sonic wizard Kablam, experimental electropop purveyors Hi Fashion and Parisian house maestro Kiddy Smile. Minimalist future-pop duo Easter and spectral pop songstress Laura Clock will rub shoulders with Grimes-approved dream pop trio Ballet School whilst self-proclaimed ‘queen of batty bass’ Hannah Holland joins forces with Josh Caffe. All this and more makes YO! Sissy perhaps one of the most exciting festivals of the summer.
Mykki Blanco and LE1F take centre stage at this year’s event
The line-up also includes House DJ Ena Lind, baroque indie pop group Evripidis and his Tragedies, self-described ‘eurotrash trio’ Plateau Repas, ‘electronic fetishist’ Electrosexual, and deviant disco selectors Cockwhore and Macho. Russian electro punk cabaret Sado Opera, London-based collective The Family Fierce, New York partyers Bushwig NYC, and disco-glam-punks Eat Lipstick will bring the party. Meanwhile experimental pop duo Noblesse Oblige, atmospheric noirist Andrak and kaleidoscopic synth heroes UhOh will share the stage with alt-country troubadour Jon Campbell, and the polymorphous Godmother. Introspective electropop multi-instrumentalist Simonne Jones, bubble-gum pop purveyors The Sexbots, subversive techno-head Boy Pussy and hip hop subverter Will Sheridan will complete the line-up.
But aside from a line-up celebrating a broad mix of styles, Yo! Sissy aims to create an inclusive atmosphere for all. Born out of two parties – the dragtastic Sissy and the equally campy Cherry-O-Kie – the festival’s organisers Pansy and Scout have said the event is part of their mission ‘to promote the energy, diversity, and lifestyle found within Berlin’s diverse queer community and a wish to share that experience on the dancefloor with people from across the globe.’ As such, the theme for this year’s festival is DANCE TOGETHER. ‘We want to bring performers and audience members from all over the world to join in a celebration of music, dance and performance in the city we call home.’
With early bird weekend passes still available for 40€ until May 17th, Yo! Sissy Festival is setting the trend for forward thinking, unique line-ups with affordable prices and progressive ideals. From this time day tickets will also be available for 25€.