MondoHomo, the queer alterna-fest, returns to Atlanta this Memorial Day Weekend, but pre-festival events are already underway.
The third annual Wig Out event will be held at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday, April 7, from 2 – 8 p.m. This year’s theme, “Queer Justice, Queer Beats!” will be a celebration of wigs, dancing and drag, according to event organizers.
“It’s a play on ‘no justice, no peace,’ the classic protest cry,” said MondoHomo co-founder Kiki Carr.
“MondoHomo is all about art and fun and politics. It sort of pulls that all together very well,” Carr continued.
Hosted by Atlanta’s Koochie-Koochie Ku, Wig Out will feature beats by DJ Vicki Powell, a dunk tank, beer pong and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers (with vegan options, of course!). Also on the schedule is an Easter egg hunt.
“We were trying to go with something new and different,” Carr said on the selection of Koochie-Koochie Ku as the event’s emcee.
Musical, drag and burlesque performers will take the stage inside the Eagle throughout the day. Some 23 performers have been booked as of press time, including GA Voice’s 2011 “Best Drag King” Devin Liquor, Fonda Lingue, Brent Star, DAX! and Boydonna.
Tickets for the event are $15 at the door. They can also be purchased in advance from The Eagle, Charis Books & More, Mary’s and through members of the Radical Faeries for $10, but all MondoHomo events are “pay what you can.”
Carr added that ticket sales go to support the festival and the artists who attend.
“That goes to produce the festival, from space rental to promotions,” she said. “We give stipends and travel funds. One of the points is to be supportive of queer performers. We’re trying to make sure they get support, as well. That’s the primary expense.”
MondoHomo, founded in 2007, will be held May 26-29 at various locations in East Atlanta.