Northern Ireland to celebrate queer talent with first-ever Drag Fest • GCN

Come on loser, we’re going to Belfast.

After successful festivals in England, Scotland and Ibiza, Drag Fest comes to the island of Ireland in August to give us the all-day drag party we deserve.

Held on August 27 at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Drag Fest Ireland will feature many iconic talents, both domestic and overseas. Alyssa Edwards will headline, with other international stars like Miz Cracker, Mo Heart, Awhora and others, including fellow Drag Race alumni, also performing live.

The festival did not, however, forget the incredible local talent of the Emerald Isle. Names closer to home include Chanel, Viola Gayvis, Becca Boots, Cherrie Ontop and beyond, giving our local favorites the chance to shine on the big stage.

The day will consist of a variety of performances at the biggest drag event Ireland has ever seen, including song, dance, comedy and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet some of the festival’s artists over the course of the day, and those with VIP tickets will be able to meet their idols through an all-act meet-and-greet experience.

Festival-goers can stock up on food and drink to sell, and vendors will sell merchandise, clothing, makeup, and more. for those who can’t bear to let the fun end at the end of the day.

After a year late because of covid from its originally scheduled date, dragfest began as Drag Fest UK in the summer of 2021. Now fresh off the party to Ibiza, England and Scotland, Drag Fest is expanding its European reach.

Before honoring Northern Ireland with its iconic queens, Drag Fest will travel to the Netherlands and Berlin, and once Belfast fans have danced all day with their favorite artists, it will continue to Italy.

“​​We wanted to expand to Ireland as most of the big drag racing circuits either skip or rarely come to Ireland/Northern Ireland at all,” organizer Kyle Devine-Clarke said in an email. “So we wanted to give fans who regularly request these types of events everything they’ve been asking for and more!”

Devine-Clarke, owner of Don’t Fuck It Up Events which is in partnership with Kids Club France to produce Drag Fest, also noted how important it is to provide the LGBTQ+ community with safe spaces where people can be authentic themselves and escape the world for a while.

He also considers events like Drag Fest to be vital for performers as well as audiences. “Queer artists don’t always have the platform to showcase their talents,” he said, “so the fact that we can provide a stage across the UK and Europe for people can happen makes us very happy.”

The idea for Drag Fest came to Devine-Clarke and her fellow organizers when they saw the popularity of music festivals and wanted to create something similar in a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community.

“We wanted to fill the scene with queer artists and give people a platform to show their art in the UK,” he said. He hopes the event will be a great success and become an annual event held on the Emerald Isle.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and the full incredible lineup can be seen on Drag Fest Ireland’s instagram.

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