Equalise for Pride in association with Gay Times

Equalise for Pride in association with Gay Times

30th June 2023

Announcing Abbey Road Equalise for Pride in association with Gay Times

We are proud to announce this series of exclusive performance films that illuminate a diverse range of queer voices across music and the wider creative arts.

The series features intimate performances and interviews filmed at Abbey Road Studios and was born from the studio’s vision to celebrate creativity and queer artistic expression.

South African-born, London-based pop sensation Baby Queen launches this special series with an exclusive live acoustic performance of her new single ‘Dream Girl’, filmed in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios.

Watch Episode One Here

Baby Queen says "My queer identity is part of who I am, and my romantic experience influences my songwriting. There’s a certain significance in being able to be honest about my own sexuality - which is something that has been really difficult for me for a long time - I thought it would wound my success. I’ve always wanted to be defined by my lyricism and my ideas, but being open about my sexuality has helped me step up to my truth."

Blending her pop hook tendencies with the punkish aggression she’s made her own, Dream Girl is the perfect, compromise-free meeting of these two sides of Baby Queen. An achingly honest song, it chronicles a kind of unrequited love she felt for a woman who was in a relationship with a man, leaving her lovelorn and pining for someone out of reach. Dream Girl is Baby Queen's first new material since she released a string of singles last year; Lazy, Nobody Really Cares and Colours of You, a track written specifically for Netflix’s* global hit LGBTQ+ drama Heartstopper.
Head of Brand & Communications, Mark Robertson says: "Over the last four years, Abbey Road Equalise has sought to inspire and empower under-represented groups exploring a career in music. We’ve presented free workshops and mentoring, filmed studio sessions and more, whether via our annual events for International Women’s Day or a special event for International Transgender Day of Visibility in 2021. For Pride 2023, we wanted to create a season of films to showcase and elevate some of the brilliant queer artists and creatives forging their own unique path"

Digital Manager and member of Universal Music’s Pride Network, Harmony Marsh says: "We're delighted to present this series of intimate performance films during Pride season, to serve as an homage to remarkable artists and a profound embrace of their queer identities. Our intention for the series has been to celebrate these artists foremost for their brilliance, whilst also shining a light on their queerness and personal journeys as LGBTQ+ individuals."

Abbey Road Equalise for Pride will continue to run across the Summer with further exclusive performances from an exciting and diverse array of emerging queer artists from L Devine and Tom Rasmussen to BULLYACHE and Harry Strange, with more to be announced soon.

Since emerging in 2017 L Devine has become one of the most rebellious figures in music with her frank and subversive approach to pop. With songwriting so meticulous and hook-driven that it could be lifted straight from a Swedish hit factory, L Devine twists expectations, lacquering her songs with staunchly relatable, provocatively queer, and wittily self-deprecating lyrics, exemplified on her upcoming debut album Digital Heartifacts.

Tom Rasmussen fuses dark dance music with an aesthetic and live performance that takes influence from their past life in drag. Born and raised in Lancashire, Tom moved to London where they fell into the world of drag, performing at the Royal Opera House and Glastonbury. Although their drag alter ego Crystal was distinct for singing live, it wasn’t until Rasmussen started writing their own music that their performance persona began to change. Thus came debut album Body Building, an album of falsetto vocals and moments of queer euphoria punctuated by acoustic instrumentation.

BULLYACHE is a music duo and dance company. Think Pina Bausch cosplaying as Dua Lipa in their parents’ makeup performing albums as theatre works. BULLYACHE make working class, queer reconstructions of classical texts through the lens of a pop music video. Their Abbey Road session highlights their music practice with ensemble performers; flashing between acoustic balladry, rave somnambulism and e-girl pop music.

BULLYACHE have performed nationally and internationally and are residents with Barbican, Outlands Network, Britten Pears and Birmingham University, with current support from Arts Council England, Fabric, Sound and Music, PRS, and the Genesis Foundation. They are presenting their premiere work TOM as part of the 2023 Horizon Showcase at Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Charles intricately blends neo-soul, R&B and funk to create his organic yet extremely charismatic sound. Latest single Taste of You was selected as BBC Radio 1 Introducing Track of the Week, as well as securing a place on Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist, while Charles has hinted at an EP entitled Gorgeous, Sick & Tired dropping soon. Known for his incredible live performances, Charles is sparking huge interest within the fashion world, collaborating & performing with high-end brands such as Gucci, Emporio Armani & Selfridges.

London based artist, Harry Strange balances compelling storytelling while experimenting with a fresh sound that reflects his youth and desire to push boundaries. Strange released his latest EP, What a God Damn Shame earlier this year to critical acclaim at press and widespread support with DSPs. Harry has proved to be a strong live draw, headlining shows across the UK and supporting Cub Sport, Adam Melchor and Zak Abel.

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