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Both Unorthodox and Mandidextrous recognise the impact queer communities had when rave culture was founded in the 80s and how the scene of today has deviated form its roots, resulting in an environment unsuitable for the community, one that is often deemed ‘unsafe’ and suffers from ‘toxic masculinity’.
“Music is for everyone to enjoy, whatever the genre, without the fear of confrontation or judgment” says Nathan X, drag queen Drum and Bass DJ and founder of Unorthodox.
This will be Unorthodox’ biggest show to date. Since their inception in 2019, they have made waves in the industry, with recognition from major key players such as UKF, Mixmag, Hospital Records and are headed for a summer packed full of festival takeovers and their own stage at Tomorrowland, Belgium. Mandidextrous has similarly been making noise, fresh off the EQ50 mentorship program, with releases on UKF and RAM and a combined following of over 100k, they believe
“It’s time to shake things up in the D&B scene and provide a safe and inclusive place for everyone on the gender spectrum, to feel equal and accepted and to prove that there is space for us not only on the dance floor but in the industry too”.
Unorthodox and Mandidextrous team up to bring ‘The Queer’s Platinum Jubilee’ on the jubilee itself! The night brings together queer acts from across the drum and bass scene. IMANU, bi-sexual DJ from the Netherlands, will headline the Village Underground date; the legendary John B joins the bill as well as award winning Scottish DJ, Mrs Magoo. Chickaboo, the first ever woman to MC over Drum and Bass, hosts the show alongside Plymouth’s Maddy V and electrifying drag MC, Bennitrate. Other Unorthodox residents join the line up, acting as glue to pull this ground-breaking, queer-focused, diverse line up together. On top of this immense line up, the full family of Unorthodox queens and performers will bring the show to life alongside an immersive production experience.