MILKSHAKE FESTIVAL WELCOMES OSTGUT TON, THE RECORDLABEL OF BERGHAIN, AS A STAGE AND ALSO BRINGS AN ODE TO GEORGE MICHAEL AND WHAM
Saturday 29 and Sunday July 30th at the Amsterdam Westerpark brings as a stage Wham’bam Thank You Ma’am, an ode to Wham, in honour of the recently deceased George Michael. Milkshake is busy with the development of the stage. The visitor should get a euphoric feeling as if it is your “last Christmas”. But also, stressing the point that the Christmas love for each other should not only be reserved for the Christmas period.
The festival will last two days again. Last year was the first weekender in the context of their fifth anniversary. Both national and international stage hosts have confirmed their attendance to the festival. Erwin Olaf will own a place in the Westerpark and tells, like in previous editions, a story through performances, light and music. Transformer by Joost van Bellen and Zubrowka International are present for the second time. Transformer is about the transformation in many different forms, from falling in love to the transgender community and this is celebrated.
International contributions come from Paris, London, Cologne and Berlin. Less Drama More Techno from Paris emerged from the less-is-more way of thinking: less blah-blah, less ‘attitude’, less drama, but more Techno! The WUT? CLUB from London is characterized by controversial colourful club kids who rebel against the narrow-mindedness and refer strongly to the club kids of the infamous club Limelight in New York. From Germany comes Sexy Party Cologne. These renowned parties usually take place at the Bootshaus in Cologne and are a focus during one of the largest Gay Prides of Europe in this city. Ostgut Ton is an internationally renowned record label owned by club Berghain in Berlin. Worldwide vexed club with fetish influences is to this day seen as the source for new techno tracks by artists including Ben Klock and Len Faki.
At Milkshake, the festival where “nothing is mandatory, but anything goes’, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are brotherly represented. “De Trut” (The Bitch), an Amsterdam non-commercial disco for dykes and queers since 1985, provides a good atmosphere and good music. Also you can expect Damage by Mister B. Mister B and their shops are a representative of the fetish scene since 1994 with their leather and fetish shops. Rotterdam is present again by NOW & WOW and Liberated while Gaybar makes his first appearance by Spacemaker and photographer Ari Versluis who does the visuals.
Milkshake festival is a dance festival that’s been created from the thought ‘nothing should be mandatory, anything is possible’. Milkshake festival shows that entertainment, taste in music, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality. Life is just a party thanks to the great diversity of skin colours, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms. Milkshake wants to celebrate the city’s initiatives and is an impetus to bring courtesy and friendly manners back into society. Thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black or white: people are the salt of the earth and this is what we celebrate!