New festival launches in Dublin spotlighting up-and-coming LGBTQ+ musicians

Queer Fest is coming to Dublin on March 27, offering a musical celebration of LGBTQ+ artists!

The picture shows artists who will perform at Queer Fest, a new LGBTQ+ festival in Dublin. From left to right: Niall Blaise, Andromeda I, Romeo Keane.

Save the date! On March 27, Queer Fest, a new small-scale festival spotlighting LGBTQ+ artists, is coming to Dublin for a night of unforgettable music.

Happening for the first time, Queer Fest supports local artists and creates a safe space in which everyone is welcome to express themselves. By highlighting up-and-coming queer acts, the festival is helping develop an inclusive Irish scene. Besides showcasing queer artists, the festival aims to create a supportive environment as well as promote inclusivity.

The LGBTQ+ festival’s first edition will take place from 7:30pm to midnight in Whelan’s, Dublin. Unique sounds await you, from alternative rock to pop, as the night will feature diverse artistic performances and musical genres.



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To kick off the evening, the Dublin alternative rock/metal duo Shallo will take the stage to move you with songs about “sad, unimportant stuff, like feelings”. Shawn Legaspi on bass and Willow Leavey on drums will open Queer Fest with their performance, described as an attempt to look cool while they wail like walruses.



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Don’t miss the second act, Romeo Keane, for a chance to celebrate queer culture and escape reality. Based in Dublin, his music reflects both beats of the past and the future, as he was inspired by Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Troye Sivan. His uplifting and vibrating pop music will give you the experience of a lifetime as he brings everyone together on the dancefloor.



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Next on the Queer Fest lineup is Niall Blaise, a Dublin-based pop/rock performer giving you plenty of original songs. His sound reflects early ’00s pop as he’s mainly inspired by artists like Blondie and Rina Sawayama. Niall is inviting you to come along and get lost in his unique universe.



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Last but not least, Andromeda I (read as Andromeda the First) restlessly merges commercial pop, synth-pop, and new wave. A solo project developed by Italian/Filipino songwriter and producer John Occasion, it is inspired by art-rock bands like Radiohead and Warpaint. Their performances and sounds are defined by movement, as they connect with the public through “motion” and “connection”.



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And fear not, because Queer Fest won’t stop there! The night will continue after the gig in Whelan’s Late Bar. Two DJs will take over to dance the night away, or alternatively, Whelan’s is inviting concert-goers to join its Silent Disco from 10:30pm. Pick whichever feels best.

Tickets for the event are already on sale for just €8 and will be available at the door for €10. A €5 cover charge will be in place for those wanting to join the DJs after the gig.

Queer Fest is one of the many fantastic events taking place in Ireland this month. The team are excited to meet you all for their first-ever edition and share a night full of inclusivity, creativity and unforgettable music!

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