Little Gay Brother: 'We want to party with everyone, change a few minds and make sure everyone has a great time'
- Sean Greenhorn
- 17 May 2019
Clayton Wright of the queer party collective tells us about their origins, aims and what to expect from their debut at Glasgow's Riverside Festival
Little Gay Brother are all about everyone having fun. They work with DJs, clubs and festivals to put on unforgettable shows in spaces that are safe, where everybody feels welcome to party without prejudice. Starting at Secret Garden Party festival in 2012, the collective has grown in numbers and acclaim, and now tour the UK and international festivals with their performances.
Talking about the opportunity that Secret Garden Party provided, Clayton Wright tells us how the festival recognised a lack of diversity and wanted to address that. This is something that Little Gay Brother have then been able to roll out at festivals across the UK and beyond. The collective ensure that they make people feel at ease, so that even if they do not understand what Little Gay Brother is at the start, 'they end up partying with us, and it becomes a place not just for queer people, but for everyone'. Organised by queer people, the collective takes inclusivity at the heart of everything they do – if you accept their party then they will accept you.
When asked about how queer clubbing has changed since Little Gay Brother's inception, Wright states that simply 'the fact we have started calling it queer clubbing is an amazing thing, as it means everyone can come together and feel represented under that umbrella. It means going to a queer party is about liberation and acceptance and seeing clubbing move towards that is a really positive thing.'
Little Gay Brother are delighted to be coming to Riverside Festival for the first time this year, as part of the Sulta Selects stage on the Saturday of the festival. The appearance came from their love of Sulta, and following their performances with him at Boomtown and in Edinburgh last year. When asked what they are planning for Riverside, Wright says 'we are going to be whipping the crowd into a frenzy basically … we want to party with everyone, change a few minds and make sure everyone has a great time'.
Little Gay Brother appear as part of the Sulta Selects stage, Riverside Festival, Sat 25 May.