Shantay, you stay... at home!
Producer Entertainment Group (PEG) has announced the first-ever online drag performance series: Digital Drag Fest. Think of it like DragCon weekend but on your computer.
Digital Drag Fest features some of the biggest names from RuPaul's Drag Race and the world of drag. The initial response was so overwhelming that the first shows sold out within 48 hours; on Monday, March 23, PEG revealed they were making the massive online event even bigger, adding more shows with 40 more queens.
“We launched this festival hoping to unite a few fans with the drag artists they love during a hard time," PEG founder and president David Charpentier said in a statement. "We could never have anticipated how overwhelming response would be around the world, from both artists and fans alike. We’re excited to work with so many talented artists on this lineup, and so pleased that GLAAD and Amazon will be part of this experience with us."
Indeed, GLAAD is joining Digital Drag Fest as a partner for the event, and 50% of the proceeds from the show's merchandise will be donated to the organization, thanks to Merch by Amazon.
"The LGBTQ community often feels more isolated than others and during this pandemic calling for social distancing," GLAAD's head of talent Anthony Ramos said in a statement. "GLAAD is actively working to ensure our voices are heard, and to find innovative ways to bring people together, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Producer Entertainment Group on Digital Drag Fest which is set to connect people with some of today’s most dynamic LGBTQ performers and personalities.”
Just some of those performing over the course of the two-week festival are Alaska, Alexis Michelle, Ariel Versace, Baga Chips, BenDeLaCreme, Blair St. Clair, Blu Hydrangea, Brita Filter, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dahlia Sin, Deven Green, Divina De Campo, Ginger Minj, Heidi N Closet, Jackie Beat, Jackie Cox, Jan Sport, Jada Essence Hall, Jaidynn Diore Fierce, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Justin Vivian Bond, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Kelly Mantle, Kimora Blac, Landon Cider, Mama Tits, Manila Luzon, Marti Gould Cummings, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Nadya Ginsburg, Nebraska Thunderfuck, Nicky Doll, Nina West, and Peppermint.
“Drag queens have always provided a break from the dreary aspects of life. It’s no surprise that drag queens would be among the first to jump to action in this uncertain time," said Drag Race Season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon. "All we need is some music and someone to watch us, and we can put on a show.”
According to the press release, each 30-minute show will be a "once-in-a-lifetime live experience, which will never be recorded or re-released."
Digital Drag Fest runs March 27–April 6. Head over to the StageIt site to buy tickets and support your favorite queens.