10 Reasons Milkshake is the LGBT festival you've been waiting for
"Nothing should be mandatory and anything is possible."
It’s Pride Month! And in celebration, Milkshake festival, the world’s most open-minded music festival taking place in Amsterdam on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, have revealed some more weird and wonderful festival happenings to get you in the mood.
Now in its sixth year, Milkshake is a true celebration of diversity and freedom of expression, created from the thought that "nothing should be mandatory and anything is possible". Here’s 10 reasons why this year’s event is not to be missed!
1. Village People
The legendary American disco group, Village People whose hits include ‘Macho Man’, ‘In the Navy’ and ‘YMCA’, have been on the music scene for nearly 40 years. They are set to perform on the main stage in what promises to be one of the most talked about festival moments of the summer.
2. A stage dedicated to Wham! In honour of George Michael
Let Milkshake take you to the place, where membership's a smiling face and there’s definitely enough fun and sunshine for everyone! ‘Wham'bam Thank You Ma'am’ is an entire stage stage dedicated to Wham!, in honour of George Michael. It’s like all your last Christmases have come at once!
Milkshake puts gender equality issues front and centre and over 50% of the artists on the lineup are female, a rare thing in the world of music festivals!
4. Miss Kittin
A set from one of electronic music’s most revered artists Miss Kittin is always going to be special! Expect lots of sass and bags of sexiness with a side helping of the sly wit and wordplay that made her famous as she treats Milkshake festival to two intoxicating performances across the weekend.
5. Be Reborn...
This year year at Milkshake the festival will include a womb-square as an ode to the woman. Details are still under-wraps but festival goers will be given the chance to be ‘re-born’! Never forget where you come from...
6. Erwin Olaf
Dutch artist and photographer Erwin Olaf brings Carnival to the Westerpark in 2017, telling a story through performances, light and music, with shows by De Deurzakkers, Willie Wartaal and more..
Transformer by dutch DJ Joost van Bellen and Zu Browka International are present for the second time. Transformer is about the transformation in many different forms, from falling in love to the transgender community and this is celebrated.
8. If you go down in the woods today
The ‘Bear Village’ hosted by Dutch club night ‘Bear- Necessity’ will allow you to get up close and personal with bears and take part in activities across the weekend.
9. Get your Vogue on
Follow the yellow brick road as House of Vineyard, vanguards of the Vogue/Waacking scene in the Netherlands, take you on a journey through the enchanted Emerald City of butch queens, vogue beats and performances that will leave you finger snappin' and heel clickin! Choose your category and walk for your 10s or simply join the crowd to enjoy a Vogueing competition like no other!
10. The anything goes atmosphere
Whether it’s making your own dildo, taking part in an impromptu theatre performance, playing bingo with a celebrity or trying your hand at riding the onsite rodeo penis for charity, Milkshake is a festival like no other! With an anything goes approach where nothing is mandatory but anything is possible and surprises are around every corner… Milkshake needs to be seen to be believed!
Milkshake festival is 29 - 30 July in Amsterdam.
Find out more at milkshakefestival.com.
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