With Pride Month just around the corner, Giulia selects her top picks for all things Pride to get you in the mood for June! Whether they’re her favourite musicians or events, take a look at some of the biggest and best people and places you could be a little later this year to celebrate your fellow human!
Years & Years
Years & Years released their debut album Communion back in 2015 with electrifying repercussions. What I love about their music is the creative synergy of synths and beats that are married perfectly with Olly Alexander’s powerful yet melodic vocals. I’ve seen this band live three times and each time has felt like a celebration of individuality with a lot of heart at its core. Their music videos are effortlessly stylised with beautiful costumes and choreography. Their overall package is definitely one to check out and with new music on the horizon this band are here for the long run.
What I look for in a good songwriter is someone that can tell an intimately detailed and deeply personal and specific story, yet have it resonate with such a vast sweeping cross section of people. I’ve always loved the ethereal way that Troye describes his life in song. It’s life, but it seems more dream-like and all encompassing. Troye Sivan is set to release his second album later this year. The last album resonated deeply with me so I’m looking forward to seeing how the story continues.
Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens became well known in the UK in 2016 after their single Tilted gained traction. I started listening to them properly after stumbling across them at Glastonbury. I really love the whole performance that come with Christine and the Queens. It’s not only her dreamy vocals that I love; it’s her wonderful contemporary dance routines that she performs both live and in her music videos.
Brighton Pride takes place from August 3 until August 5. I’ve never been to Brighton Pride, but I’ve always thought that the vibrant individualism and general vibe look absolutely wonderful. A few acts have already been added to the line-up including the fabulous Fickle Friends and the powerful Becky Hill.
Los Angeles Pride
The LA Pride parade will take place on August 10 and feature a star-studded line-up of artists including Kehlani and Tove Lo. Kehlani and Tove Lo are actually headlining the festival; they really jump out to me as two of the most daring women in music. The mission of the event is to provide a safe space for activism whilst throwing an amazing party.