As the summer approaches, anticipation builds for the sixth edition of WHOLE Festival, returning to the iconic peninsula of Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen. From Friday, August 2nd to Monday, August 5th, the dystopian “city of iron” will once again transform into a vibrant sanctuary for the international electronic music community. Just a short trip from Berlin, this unique location will welcome 9000 visitors this year. Prepare to dance, unite and celebrate the queer community at WHOLE 2024.

WHOLE is a community-based, co-created event highlighting Berlin’s queer electronic music scene along with global collectives that establish secure havens for their communities, employing dance as a dynamic instrument for socio-political progress and acceptance in their respective nations. This gathering brings together these diverse scenes to honour its milestones. Through a rich tapestry of workshops, panels, performances, artistic expressions and musical interactions, WHOLE encourages a profound exploration of queer identity. Through sharing knowledge and offering options to engage in discussions on pertinent community issues and therewith fostering growth and supporting mutual learning, community healing and empowerment.

Spanning six stages across Ferropolis, WHOLE provides a vibrant space for the community to dance and liberate their bodies. From witnessing golden hour at the beach stage, dancing the night away in the coloured forests, enjoying a wide range of bass-adjacent music at the Crane Stage, immersing in the FLINTA play space or cruising village, or witnessing mornings unfold through uplifting house and techno at the Antenna stage outside a warehouse, or in the techno focused Arena stage surrounded by iron cranes.

This year, these stages will be hosted by 12 tight-knit Berlin collectives and 16 international collectives from the global scene, ranging from 10 countries like Vietnam, Spain, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom, Brazil, United States and The Netherlands.

Each year WHOLE invites new collectives to further build and expand on connections within the electronic music community. New this year are Hanoi’s “Equation Festival”, focussed on sounds from the Asian scene, London based techno-rave-come-performance art-platform “Inferno”, Brooklyn-based techno collective “Merge”, DJs Chippy Nonstop & Karim Olen Ash’s Toronto-based events centered around fluidity “Pep Rally”, “SWEAT” Copenhagen/Berlin’s dancefloor healing collective, Berlin’s “Kilowatt”, a black run electronic & techno club series focussing on representation of BIPOC artists, DJs THC, DHC & Byron Yeates newly found Berlin-based collective “La Noche”, Berlin’s queer Arab pop-party “Adira”, Berlin’s feminist sound crew “Soundsysters”, Latinx joy from Madrid’s “Felina”, music from underground talent of Bogota’s “Muakk”, and Berlin’s “Weeeirdos”, a party series supporting queer artists founded by DJ LOLSNAKE.

Returning collectives this year are London’s iconic party “Adonis”, Brazil’s “Batekoo”, a steady force of energy within Brazil’s QBIPOC community, Berlin’s “Body Language” a femme-focussed party series for community building, Berlin’s long-standing house and techno party “Buttons”, Berlin’s steamy and electrifying party “Cocktail d’Amore”, Amsterdam’s hyper-pop, trance, techno and rave collective “De Reünie”, Berlin’s sex-positive party focussed on harder techno “Gegen”, “Herrensauna”, another harder-sound-focussed collective, “Kwia”, Berlin’s favourite ambient listening space and collective, Berlin’s feminist collective “Lecken”, Barcelona’s “MARICAS”, a FLINTA* queer techno, pervy and loving party. One of Berlin’s favorite parties focussed on funky, sassy and old-school techno and house music “Mala Junta”, “Mamba Negra” Sao Paulo’s, female-run DJ collective and activist platform for women, black people and the LGBTQIA+ community, producers, and performers, Berlin’s multidisciplinary art, sex-positive, inclusive and kinky collective presenting pornography as queer “Pornceptual”, Berlin’s LatinX Party “Puticlub”, Eris Drew & Octo Octa’s US-based collective and label “T4T Luv NRG”, Kyiv’s first-queer collective focussed on electronic music “Veselka”, and “Zvuk” the Kazakhstan-based collective run by DJ Nazira, transforming the central Asian scene.

All weekend, spells will be cast by community-favourites like:
AGY3NA, Angel D’lite, Bashkka, Bored Lord, Boris, Byron Yeates, Cashu, Cem, Chippy Nonstop, DJ AYA, D.Dan, DJ Fuckoff, DJ Gigola, DJ Nobu, DJ Saliva, Eris Drew, Gideon, Hyperaktivist, ISAbella, JakoJako, Jennifer Cardini, Juliana Huxtable, Kiddy Smile, Lolsnake, LYDO, Lakuti, Mama Snake, Marie Montexier, Metaraph, Musclecars, Narciss, Nazira, Octo Octa, Pablo Bozzi, Peach, Roi Perez, Ruby Savage, S-candalo, Saoirse, Shy One, Slim Soledad, Supergloss, Suze Ijo, Tama Sumo, The Blessed Madonna and Volvox.

TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT HERE

This year WHOLE introduces a new tier of 1000 community tickets, which are discounted tickets for community members on a tight budget. The solidarity program this year also sees expansion. The initiative provides a free festival experience to members from WHOLE’s community who are most affected by systemic & economic disparities. This means prioritizing those with little to no disposable income. WHOLE makes space for refugees, POC & black people, trans & gender expansive individuals, people with a disability and those who experience fatphobia. Any potential visitor that faces economic barriers based on their identity or presentation is encouraged to apply. Where in the previous year 100 people received a ticket, this year in total 150 visitors will receive a free festival ticket, bus transportation to and from Berlin, food vouchers, drink tokens, plus camping gear.