Merrymakers at Queer/Pride 2019.

Joey Burgess has spent the past two years feverishly dreaming, alongside his team, of the return of lavish summer Pride celebrations. Queer/Pride Festival and the concurrent Cuff Festival, both slated for June 24–26, are these wistful fantasies realized, and headliners Iggy Azalea, Kim Petras, and Princess Nokia, alongside Seattle rock demigods Thunderpussy, are well worth the wait. 

“Queer spaces are few and far between, and they’re going away,” says Burgess. But the owner of Burgess Hall Nightlife Group, which steers Capitol Hill mainstays Cuff and Queer/Bar, isn’t interested in dictating who Pride is or isn’t for; he has an inclusive vision for Queer/Pride and Cuff Fest wherein LGBTQ folks and allies alike can come together in celebration.

That being said, it’s not just about having a good time: “My team and my company’s mission is to make sure this is more than a party or a festival,” he says, pointing to the emotional and political significance of joyful, queer-centric spaces for members of the LGBTQ community.

The two festivals, happening just blocks from one another in and outside Burgess Hall’s Capitol Hill establishments, are intended as complementary events, with a press release describing Cuff Fest as “reminiscent of Folsom Street Fair; a grittier, more DIY space,” than its counterpart. The lineup is studded with Drag Race stars, including local queen Bosco, a competitor on the current season. Food trucks and indoor and outdoor bars round out the 21+ festivities.

See the full lineup below.

Fri, Jun 24

Kim Petras
Chong the Nomad
Crystal Methyd
LaGanja Estranja
CarLarans
Irene Dubois
Arrietty
CaraMel
Fraya Love
Kennedy Colby
Kitty Glitter
Kristie Champagne
Stacey Starstruck
Baby Van Beezly
Nitty Gritty

Sat, Jun 25

Iggy Azalea
Adore Delano
Haiku Hands
Kornbread
LaLa Ri
Kristie Champagne
Arson Nicki
Arrietty
CaraMel
Irene Dubois
Kennedy Colby
Kitty Glitter
Stacey Starstruck
Baby Van Beezly
Nitty Gritty

Sun, June 26

Princess Nokia
Sassy Black
Bosco
Heidi N' Closet
Kennedy Colby
Kaleena Marcos
Lucy Lips
Arrietty
Issa Man
Jane Don't
Kylie Mooncakes
Monday Mourning
Rowan Ruthless

 

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