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Christine and the Queens Meltdown Festival
Photography Paul Kooiker

Christine and the Queens announces late-night acts for Meltdown Festival

Taking place at the Southbank Centre this June, Katya Zamolodchikova, MikeQ, Pxssy Palace, Lagoon Femshayma, Tom Rasmussen and Jay Jay Revlon have been added to the after-dark lineup

In March, Christine and the Queens announced the first acts for his Meltdown Festival, taking place this summer at London’s Southbank Centre. Along with two headline performances from Chris himself, the lineup includes the likes of serpentwithfeet, Yemi Alade, Bat For Lashes, Django Django and Let’s Eat Grandma who will all perform at the prestigious arts centre from Friday, 9 June to Sunday, 18 June. And if all of that wasn’t enough, a brand new roster of acts has been announced to front the late-night festival programme, taking inspiration from Chris’s own roots in underground queer culture.

Following its closure in 2020, iconic south-east London queer club the Chateau returns for one night only, enlisting the collectives WET, the Spice Boys, UOKHUN? and Let’s Have A Kiki to pack out the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer on Friday, June 9. They’ll be joined by DJs Lagoon Femshayma, Tom Rasmussen, Jay Jay Revlon, Victoria Peckham, Amor Ante, Rabz, Rita Lin and Mo Probs for a night that you’ll not want to miss.

Elsewhere, the immersive sensory experience BitterSuite Presents: Tilted Bodies will be taking over the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom throughout the duration of the festival. The performance is set to an arrangement of Christine and the Queens music, and sees audience members blindfolded and guided through the space by a dancer for an intimate and bespoke audience experience.

Once BitterSuite has vacated, however, Pxssy Palace is set to take over the ballroom, hosting the official after-party of Christine and the Queens Saturday headline slot. The event will be a London x Paris head-to-head, featuring DJ sets from Amor Satyr, Cosmic Caz, Syndrome Premenstruel, Sucre Salete, Ryan Lovell, MikeQ, TAAHLIAH and River Moon.

And to cap it all off, Drag Race legend Katya Zamolodchikova sets up shop in the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium on June 17 for afternoon tea, promising “controversy and chaos” for whoever dares to attend her Q&A.

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