A monumental celebration of queer club culture, Body Movement’s second outing across Hackney Wick was glorious success

Saturday 30th July | Hackney, London

“Body Movements looks after its crowd in a way no other festival would.” – Evening Standard

“The festival showcased and celebrated the full spectrum of queer club culture and will triumphantly return in 2023.” – NME

“That party, it turns out, is the queer festival Body Movements, and it’s one of the best festivals in London.” – CLASH

A monumental celebration of queer club culture, Body Movement's second outing across Hackney Wick was glorious success

A joyful, colourful celebration of the queer community in London, on 30th July 2022 Body Movements returned to Hackney Wick for a glorious second outing. An epic all-day party with good vibes galore, London’s leading LGBTQI+ festival brought a colourful crowd of up-for-it party people, performers and artists to a multitude of venues in Hackney Wick. Bringing together artists, dancers, ravers and international queer rave collectives and crews, the Body Movements team have once again united the LGBQTI+ movement in a wonderful way, while also throwing an unforgettable party.

An upbeat and energetic atmosphere was present across all the participating venues, from the Sippin T’ Presents takeover in Colour Factory Garden with SHERELLE, Lotic, Crystallmess and more, MCR’s High Hoops and Leeds crew Love Muscle teamed up at the controls on the colourful Crate Brewery Terrace with hot’n’heavy house vibes. South London squad Big Dyke Energy saw FAFF, Angel D’lite and Sadidas take over the Colour Factory mezzanine with no-holds-barred, and Shy One brought the house down at much-loved canal-side spot Number90, while essential queer party Adonis hosted a rave-masterclass at the Yard Terrace, with sets from Grace Sands, Shay Malt, Lakuti and an outstanding, hands-in-the-air closing set from Midland – Sugababes garage edits, house, acid and beyond brought a huge crowd together with smiles and non-stop dancing. A whole host of epic after-parties across London venues took Body Movements the early hours. From Colour Factory’s closing party with Little Gay Brother featuring Joshua James, Dee Diggs, Cormac and more, through to Village Underground hosting co-founder Saoirse and Barcelona fam MARICXS, Peach and ISAbella in tow. Queer clubbing staple Chapter 10 brought rave nrg, breaks and techno with Juliana Huxtable, Marie Malarie and more, ending on a high-intensity close.

Body Movements carefully curated, diverse programme aimed to represent the broad-ranging sounds and characters of LGBQTI+ club collectives, and the artists, promoters and teams involved in the queer clubbing sphere. Takeovers and performances from the likes of Bitch! Please, Sippin’T, ADONIS, MARICXS, Lezzer Quest, Big Dyke Energy, COUSINS and many more, and each and every DJ, performer or crew showcased the incredible talent and energy in the queer club scene. This year, Body Movements festival partnered with We Exist, the trans-led healthcare fund and community action group working to provide more space for trans people through things such as pop-up cafes, art spaces and exhibitions, in order to raise funds for healthcare.

Though only in its second year, Body Movements has solidified its reputation as a groundbreaking and important event that covers the full spectrum of queer club culture. Already a staple in the festival calendar, the event showcases the diversity within the LGBQTI+ community – in music, art, and culture and champions its people. Body Movements would like to thank everyone who has been a part of their epic second outing – the collectives, artists, crews, venues, performers and most importantly, each and every dancer who celebrated with us on Saturday. 

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