Fed Up Fest, taking place July 25-27, is a new addition this year to the packed Chicago summer music festival scene. In the tradition of fests like Olympia, Washington’s Homo-a-go-go, Fed Up Fest seeks to highlight the contributions of LGBTQ musicians to DIY music, though where Homo-a-go-go covered a wide range of styles under the DIY umbrella, Fed Up Fest focuses on hardcore and punk. Conscious of the problem in LGBTQ spaces of the ‘silent T,’ where transgender community members get name-checked but can often be marginalized, the organizers of Fed Up Fest particularly wish to highlight bands from across the country featuring trans folks—especially trans women. Bands on this year’s lineup include: from NYC, intelligent and catchy pop-punk phenoms Aye Nako and the blistering ball of hardcore fury In School, who are absolutely not to be missed; from the Boston area, the heavy and roaring grind trio Curmudgeon and the sweetly subversive Parasol; Philly’s power duo +HIRS+ and Providence’s roiling and noisy Groke. In addition to the music on Saturday, July 26, there will be workshops, organizations and vendors with tables, and free rapid HIV testing. The entire fest will benefit Project Fierce, a local community organization that combats LGBTQ youth homelessness by providing free and supportive transitional housing and other community support services.
Saturday and Sunday’s Fed Up Fest events take place at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport, with Friday’s at a yet-to-be-determined location. Keep up with Fed Up Fest at fedupfestchicago.org—and we’ll see you in the pit. (Jes Skolnik)
Details for July 25 are TBA. July 26 and 27 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 South Morgan, (773)837-0145. Readings and workshops begin at 1pm, with dinner at 4pm, and bands at 5pm on the 26th; while bands begin at 2pm on the 27th. All ages.