Flesh Festival Announces The UK’s First LGBTQ+ Electronic Music & Camping Festival

Flesh is an event for LGBTQ+ individuals, their friends and allies. The festival is open to everyone wanting to have a good time. Springfield Farm is located in a beautiful woodland a stone’s throw from London, near St Albans in Hertfordshire, 25 minutes from Kings Cross. The two-day event will feature three stages showcasing headline DJs including Ellen Allien, VTSS, LSDXOXO, Rebekah, object blue, Jaguar, Syreeta, Hyperaktivist and Juliana Huxtable alongside queer London artists such as Wax Wings, allyXPRESS, Hannah Holland, Nadine Noor, Angel D’Lite, S/HE, Ifeoluwa, Samantha Togni, Aisha Mirza, J.Aria and Queer collectives such as Boudica, Pxssy Palace, Big Dyke Energy, Inferno, misery and intervention. With another first, 100% of the lineup will be made up of underrepresented artists. The vast majority of the lineup will be women, trans+ and non-binary artists including a spectrum of ethnicities and other underrepresented groups like queer or working class artists.

The festival will address long-term issues in festival programming, which is dominated by cis- male straight artists, breaking the cycle and allowing emerging and underrepresented talent to break through on a worldwide platform. Being featured on a major festival line-up will create visibility and generate bookings for the artists involved and set an example for other promoters to follow.

Many people talk about equality in electronic music but Flesh is taking real-life action to make it happen. After years of neglect, there is a need to support marginalised groups to enter the electronic music industry. To help foster a new support network, London Sound Academy will be offering two scholarships and ongoing mentorship for upcoming QITPOC artists. The scholarship program will begin with a talent search and culminate with live performances at the festival itself.

We don’t believe in tokenism but we believe in giving equal platforms to everyone and for our audience to feel represented when they come to our events. What this means is that we dig deeper, we invest more time in researching and putting together our line-ups. Where there is a gap in representation, we aim to fill it with education and support for new artists.

How to apply for the London Sound Academy scholarship:
The LSA scholarship talent search will ask applicants to submit a cover letter, DJ mix or playlist. We understand that some potential new DJs will not have the ability to create a DJ mix before our training takes place so we will accept a curated playlist. Full instructions can be found in this Google Form. The deadline for entrants will be February 3rd, 2022.

Flesh Festival tickets & more info:
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