Homobloc introduces never-before-seen rooftop space on Depot Mayfield for 2023 block party

This Autumn, Homobloc is set to reunite the clans of the LGBTQ+ community with a fresh expansion.

By Manchester's Finest | 2 August 2023

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Homobloc 2022. Image: Jody Hartley

Homobloc, the iconic queer block party that has become a symbol of unity and celebration within the LGBTQ+ community, is set to return to Depot Mayfield in Manchester on Saturday 4 November. The all-day-to-night affair promises an adventurous musical spectrum, innovative spaces, and a remarkable lineup of artists and performers.

This year’s headliners include 2023 Mercury Prize nominated artist Jessie Ware, Australian indie electro-pop band Confidence Man, and Canadian electroclash producer Peaches. Other major acts include The Blessed Madonna, Romy, David Morales, Avalon Emerson, Horse Meat Disco, LSDXOXO, salute, and SHERELLE b2b I. Jordan.

One of the unique aspects of Homobloc is the collaboration with LGBTQ+ collectives from Manchester and beyond. Ghetto Fabulous, Creatures by Beau Azra, Miss Chief by Banksie, and Strutty Bitch have been longtime members of the Homobloc family, and newcomers like The Cavalcade and Drag Kings Of Manc will add fresh energy to the event.

Homobloc’s 2023 edition is set to explore the full expanse of Depot Mayfield, including the three main stages (Depot, Concourse, Archive), along with additional stages across Temperance Street and the Star & Garter Pub.

Photo: Jody Hartley

Homobloc has introduced a never-before-seen rooftop space on Depot Mayfield for the 2023 event. Curated by Horse Meat Disco, the roof space will host various programs, including cinema screenings, in-session podcasts and talks, acoustic performances, pop-up shops, and more.

Promoter from Homobloc, Rod Connolly, shared his excitement for the 2023 edition: “It’s with great pleasure we unveil the most adventurous Homobloc line-up to date. For 2023 we have straddled the edges of queer culture to introduce fresh new sounds and textures… busting with nitty-gritty northern queer energy.” He also emphasised the commitment to Trans rights and support for independent artists within the Salford and Greater Manchester area.

Various artists and collectives involved in Homobloc have expressed their anticipation and joy for the upcoming event. Darren Pritchard, Founder of Ghetto Fabulous, praised Homobloc as a platform that brings “unapologetic queer Black Joy.” Beau Azra of Creatures, and BANKSIE of Mischief, have also lauded the space and freedom that Homobloc provides to the queer community.

Homobloc continues to be a party with a purpose, as it plans to announce the 2023 charity partners in the coming weeks, furthering its mission to support and uplift the LGBTQ+ community.

Tickets for Homobloc will be available during the pre-sale starting Thursday 3 August at 10am, followed by the general sale on Friday 4 August at 10am. More information about the event can be found at www.homobloc.co.uk.