So So Gay gets the inside scoop on the brilliant Poptronik festival.
Have you been to a festival this summer? Actually, let me rephrase that. Have you been to a festival during these few months that used to be known as summer but will be recorded in history as the beginning of the apocalypse?
You have? Well the chances are you’re either suffering from trench foot, in which case it’s doubtful you’ve recovered the ability to walk unaided yet, (or, if you’ve been particularly unlucky, you’ve lost the foot completely), in which case you may as well stop reading as this piece probably isn’t for you.
For those of you that haven’t, well done. Electing not to stand in a blizzard for an entire weekend has probably lengthened your life by months, as well as ensuring that you don’t have the aroma of a damp hound until November.
But (if you’re anything like me, at least) you’d like to go to one, wouldn’t you? But the one you’d like to go to would be in the blistering hot Spanish sun surrounded by beautiful beaches, a ride away from some of the best restaurants and finest architecture in Europe, and filled with beautiful boys.
And now, dear reader, you can have just that! Allow me to introduce Poptronik, Europe’s newest pop and electronic music festival.
Set in the gay Mecca that is Sitges, Poptronik takes place within walking distance of not just one beach, but 17! And once you’ve finished dancing to the acts, you’ve got some of Europe’s finest nightlife for boys who like boys and girls who like girls to sample.
Sitges itself is just a short train ride from Barcelona, the cultural capital of the Catalan region, where you can gorge yourself at Las Ramblas and take in the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudí.
And if that weren’t enough, the line-up is poptacular, featuring a who’s who of musical marvellousness. We’ve got the quite simply bloody awesome Bright Light Bright Light, the stupendous Garçon Garçon and the fine specimen of man that is Cazwell, alongside top-of-the-range DJs including Gaydar Radio’s Phil Marriot and Sammy Jo, who, amongst other things, is the Scissor Sisters’ tour DJ.
And then there’re the headliners, who are, quite frankly, pop royalty.
First up we have the genius that Andy Bell. The Erasure front-man has been creating CHOONS since before most of you were born and has had more hits than I’ve had darkroom fumbles.
And then there’s Martika, a woman who’s sold more records than all the X Factor winners put together (probably) and with infinitely more talent than all of Cowell’s cronies combined (definitely).
So, there you have it. Summer saved. You can thank us later, but in the meantime get yourself over to the Poptronik site and reserve your tickets, which cost just £60 for the weekend.
Poptronik, 1-2 September 2012, Sitges, Spain.