The festival will take place at São Paulo venue Love Story, with SOPHIE and Arca confirmed as headliners.
Described via a press release as “a celebration of queer musical artistry", the crew behind YAGA aim to connect Brazil’s LGBTQ+ underground with international artists in order to “lift up the local community at a tense moment of politically-driven, anti-gay, anti-trans backlash.”
YAGA’s first iteration takes place just days after anti-LGBTQ+ politician Jair Bolsonaro was voted president.
"Partying in Brazil is inherently political, and queer nightlife in São Paulo is at a crossroads,” explains festival co-founder Sophie Secaf. “The party scene is really the first place to have given many LGBTQ+ people in São Paulo a voice and a livelihood. It’s flourished in recent years, but now we’re all fearful of increased crackdowns on how queer people utilise public spaces.”
In a move that will help support LGBTQ+ attendance, YAGA is giving away free and discounted tickets depending on income.
YAGA festival takes place from November 3 to 4 in São Paulo. Grab a last minute ticket here.
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