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London’s best queer festival – Body Movements is back

Queer Christmas (no, not Halloween, the other one) lies just around the corner. Hackney Wick’s party quarters, aka Queen’s Yard, will see our favourite festival, Body Movements, return on 3rd Feb. It’s time to pucker up, look sharp, and get your finest mesh out for London’s best queer winter party. 

Body Movements 3rd Feb

With less than two weeks until it returns for its second winter edition, this special day of debauchery will see over 100 artists warm up indoor spaces all around the ‘Wick with some club sessions.

27 crews will be bringing their party along, including 2CPERREA, Adonis, Bitch Please!, Bottom Heavy, Fèmmme Fraîche, High Hoops, Inferno, Nite Dykes, Pxssy Palace, T-Boys Club and many more to see the day into the night. 

Body Movements 3rd Feb

Last bash in the Wick

Returning to its roots in Hackney for its second winter edition, this will be Body Movements’ only show in Hackney Wick this year, while Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August marks a new chapter in the Body Movements story, as the next summer instalment of the festival finds itself a new playground at a new outdoor site. 

Body Movements prides itself as a celebration of queer club culture and everyone who comprises of its brilliantly queer community from all over the country and beyond. It isn’t just a party, it’s a celebration of individuality and being exactly who you decided to be. What’s more, it’s grown to become a network to nurture emerging talent in the queer club scene. When competition can be fierce and adversity can be stifling, Body Movements has become a pioneer for fostering and lifting LGBTQ+ talent in an industry that can be challenging to break into and upwards.

This year’s winter edition will feature 19 artists from the festival’s ‘Emerging Artists’ programme which aims to help up-and-coming DJs and artists get their foot in the door. Remaining dedicated to the underground and what it means to be a part of that scene has never been so crucial, and Body Movements will be honouring that with a bunch of the most celebrated crews, club artists and performers from the nightlight scene. 

Who else is coming?

High Hoops is returning to the East London pleasure maze, championing the LGBTQ+ community in the North with a delectable selection of house and techno. Meanwhile, Bitch Please!, Bristol’s finest, is bringing their fierce, sweaty electronic extravaganza to London’s South-West, featuring none other than Adonis resident, Hannah Holland. Mums Against Donk is bringing some moves with a whole new energy this Feb, with their refreshing take on Donk and happy hardcore – performing with Alertrum, Holly Warcup, and 3DMA. 

Gidëon shall be bringing his chunky garage and raw house sonics along for the ride, promising euphoria by the bucketload. Josh Caffé, visionary artist, vocalist, DJ, and producer will be rocking up with the renowned Adonis crew to showcase some of the finest house and techno music from Detroit, Chicago, and Berlin.

Riposte is also bringing its art and flair to the party with Thempress and Becky Stroke. Reece Spooner is set to return with his frivolous ‘Fiasco!’, as Jungle Kitty returns with a selection of Amapiano, Dancehall, Reggaeton and Ballroom from selectors M-A.D, Keanu Feleti and Krystal Lake. 

The anti-establishment chaotically queer powerhouse on the block, Queer House Party, won’t be disappointing this year (as per), as Harry Gay and Watcha promise to deliver some certified bangers and beats. Golden boys crew T Boys Club will also be cooking up a storm with Prinx Silver, and Queer Bruk, with their effortless blending of Afro-Caribbean energy will be showing the dancefloor how it’s done. 

Body Movements is a world in which you can express yourself however you want. Come as you are, and in whatever you like, and come for whatever you need (is it a bash, or a bang?) – who cares, it’s time to get freakyy.

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See you there,
Love Team Nonchalant x

Lauren Hurrell
Lauren Hurrell

Lauren is a writer and editor based in Peckham, covering all things queer culture, books, travel, arts and lifestyle, fashion and creativity. She is also a features editor at New Statesman Media Group, writing on sustainability, cities and tech. She most recently had a chapter on Reykjavik published in an LGBTQ+ travel book published by Rough Guides.

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