Any event announcement for Depot Mayfield is always well-receieved in Manchester, with the Warehouse Project being our, and the world’s, favourite club night. We can now share that fan favourite Homobloc is returning for another Autumn edition at the mighty Depot Mayfield on Saturday 4 November!
Reuniting the clans once again, Homobloc welcomes artists, performers, spectators and clubbers to come together and present one of the greatest dancefloor coalitions of the LGBTQ+ community.
Featuring heavyweight live acts, this year’s headliners include 2023 Mercury Prize nominated artist Jessie Ware, Australian indie electro pop band Confidence Man, and Canadian electroclash producer Peaches. Further massive headline DJ sets include The Blessed Madonna,Romy, David Morales, Avalon Emerson, Horse Meat Disco, LSDXOXO, salute, and SHERELLE b2b I. Jordan.
The spectacular line-up of performers and dancers is an integral force that brings unmatched energy across all spaces of the festival. The programming is a joint effort by many, including LGBTQ+ collectives from Manchester and beyond.
The collectives and curation include work by Ghetto Fabulous, Creatures by Beau Azra, Miss Chief by Banksie and Strutty Bitch, who have been part of the Homobloc family since day one, as well as new collectives such as The Cavalcade and Drag Kings Of Manc.
Homobloc takes over the full expanse of Depot Mayfield including the three main stages (Depot, Concourse, Archive), plus additional stages across Temperance Street and the historical Star & Garter Pub.
New for 2023, Homobloc also expands to a never-before-seen space up on the roof of Depot Mayfield. The roof space welcomes an intimate takeover from Horse Meat Disco and hosts an array of programming, including cinema screening, in-session podcasts and talks, acoustic performances, pop-up shops and more.
Homobloc is a party with a purpose and is excited to be announcing the 2023 charity partners in the coming weeks.
Rod Connolly, Promoter from Homobloc, said: “It’s with great pleasure we unveil the most adventurous Homobloc line-up to date. For 2023 we have straddled the edges of queer culture to introduce fresh new sounds and textures from the alternative music scene, aligning them with some of the biggest names in electronic and dance music to create a unique international party busting with nitty-gritty northern queer energy.”
“The LGBTQ+ community has experienced another challenging year, particularly our Trans siblings who are facing a relentless wave of discrimination. Trans rights and liberation are under real threat and in response we are growing our charity partners this year to offer much needed resources deep within the Trans community. We are also working on a cultural spaces charity partnership to support independent artists and creatives within the Salford and Greater Manchester area.”
Darren Pritchard, Founder of Ghetto Fabulous, said: “Homobloc is one of the highlights of our cultural calendar. As well as being able to dance for some of the world’s highest profile DJs; we have the space and freedom to bring unapologetic queer Black Joy on our own terms, fully funded and supported which we don’t often get on platforms of this level.”
Beau Azra, Creatures, commented: “After the success of the past two year’s Archive Room takeovers, the CREATURES are back with more loud, punk, queer underworld energy. Creatures brings together a host of eclectic and iconic Queer performers from Manchester, Berlin and Beyond. High energy, high camp.”
Pre-sale for Homobloc at Depot Mayfield, Manchester will be live on Thursday 3 August from 10am, and general sale is from Friday 4 August from 10am – all here.