Entering its third year, YO! SISSY Music Festival has already showcased artists and attracted audience members from over 20 different countries. Their mission remains the same: to showcase burgeoning local performers alongside established international acts with a focus on promoting female and trans* identified talent. This year the festival will take place in Berlin’s infamous Festsaal Kreuzberg on July 28th & 29th, with the line-up including PLANNINGTOROCK, Vitalic, Karim & Karam (one half of The Knife & Fever Ray), Chicks on Speed, Gurr, Zebra Katz, Viva Ruiz, The Carry Nation, Alinka & Shaun J. Wright, Gnučči and a whole lot more.
A dynamic success, YO! SISSY has received praise in The Guardian, The Fader, iD Magazine, Dazed and Confused, ArtForum, VICE, Berliner Zeitung, and many more publications. 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. The last years of the festival have featured performances from the likes of Peaches, Cakes da Killa, Crystal Waters, JD Samson, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Karin Park, Christeene, Hard Ton, and many more.
This year, YO! SISSY will be hosting a marketplace that will feature queer businesses from Berlin and abroad selling food, drinks, clothing, crafts, and other wares. There will also be free HIV and STD testing. This will take place on Saturday afternoon and will be FREE and open to the public. During this time the Y!S team will incorporate DJs, performances, artist-run panel discussions, and hands-on workshops hosted in collaboration with Native Instruments. These workshops will provide the audience members with information on equipment, skills, and knowledge to increase their own music production or DJing techniques. If you’d like to take part in the martketplace this year, send over your information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a mix by Y!S performer Gaff-E to get you in the mood!