When: Closing set, Monday morning, Crane stage
WHOLE: You currently live in Indianapolis. Is this where you grew up?
Noncompliant: I actually grew up in a little town on the border of Indiana and Kentucky called Evansville. A small river city with not a lot to do, so we made things to do. Mostly skateboarding and punk rock shows.
WHOLE: Do you remember your first real encounter with dance music? We heard from The Black Madonna that you two met at a Midwest rave many moons ago.
Noncompliant: My first encounter with dance music was realizing a buddy who ran a DIY punk club also listened to Orbital. So we started throwing “raves” at the club. We didn’t even mix records. We just played whatever electronic music CDs we could find. My first “real” rave was in Louisville, Kentucky at a party called E-centric. I later met Marea when she was slinging mixtapes at a rave in Vincennes, Indiana at some weird gun / hunt club.
WHOLE: For those that didn’t grow up going to proper raves, can you describe what made it special. What is something from those days that we are missing today? And vice versa. What was lacking from that scene?
Noncompliant: The range of weird venues was part of it. Especially in the Midwest. There really was a sense of wonder going to the strangest places just to hear the music on a massive soundsystem. There were the typical warehouses, sure. But there were also the aforementioned gun club type things. Bingo halls, abandoned supermarkets, box stores, or strip malls, coffee shops, disused office spaces, barns, indoor sports clubs, stuff like that. And in the Midwest, people would drive for hours to go to a rave. Gasoline was cheap back then, which made it easier. You would call an infoline to find out where it was, then pile a bunch of friends in the car and drive 2-5 hours for a rave. There was usually an adventure just getting there, so when you finally made it, you were REALLY ready to get wild. What’s missing now is the travel. It’s more expensive to drive and everything is in clubs with earlier closing times (at least here in the US). What was lacking then was dependability. Cops busted parties fairly frequently, so sometimes you got a few hours of dancing in, sometimes you got none.
WHOLE: Was the midwest rave scene queer at all?
Noncompliant: There were lots of queer people there, for sure, including those of us throwing the parties & playing them. But this was the 90s, and homophobia was a real thing, ESPECIALLY in the middle part of America, far away from the liberal enclaves of the coasts. It was a different time and a different kind of place. We were accepted and part of the scene, but the scene wasn’t really queer.
WHOLE: You reside in Indiana, whose former governor is super conservative, anti-gay Vice President Mike Pence. As a dyke, what’s life like there? Do you ever deal with anything on the day-to-day? Can we call you a dyke?
Noncompliant: Yes, I identify as a dyke. It’s a much more politically loaded term than lesbian, although that is accurate as well. I am a big ole butch dyke. Indy isn’t terrible, although it’s still on the conservative side for a city of its size. But I still get homophobic epithets yelled at me out of cars on a fairly regular basis. And there are definitely still places where I could not be out on the job. Or even get a job. Being a very obvious butch lesbian doesn’t make life easy here.
WHOLE: Ugh – we’re sorry you have to deal with that. How do you keep your spirits up? Does it make you sink deeper in to your music? You’ve really had a great couple of years with killer releases.
Noncompliant: I mean, I have a pretty thick skin. But yeah, music is definitely my happy place. Sadly, lately I haven’t had as much time playing with the techno machines as I would like, so no more releases scheduled right now. But music is always a bright spot for me.
Experiencing so much queer talent in one space made you wonder why a festival like WHOLE took so long to happen. It was a much-needed space.
Cocktail d’Amore Berlin
WHOLE United Queer Festival wants to prove that there can be a queer common ground where we put all differences aside and dance together – at Europe’s first queer electronic music festival.
Ferropolis is situated by the small town of Gräfenhainichen, about 140km southwest of Berlin. Its coal mining past, which ended in 1991, has recently been rectified by contemporary renovations that promote nature exploration.
Today, the flooded grounds encapsulate an expansive 560 hectare lake +20 hectare peninsula. The site displays five huge industrial excavators that create a museum, monument and modern event arena.
Ferropolis is easily accessed by chartered bus, train, or car.
Cruise the FAQ section for more details.
A THREE DAY ELECTRONIC MUSIC CAMPING FESTIVAL FEATURING A CROSS-SECTION OF BERLIN’S UNDERGROUND QUEER SCENE
Our aim is to create an inclusive environment that provides space for the acceptance of all gender expressions and sexual orientations, but in a relaxing, outdoor environment outside of the hectic confines of the city. A multi-day camping festival where self-expression and self-liberation are paramount.
Considering today’s tumultuous and polarizing political climate, we find it necessary to create a refuge for those that oftentimes find themselves marginalized by the rest of society. WHOLE is more than just an outdoor weekend-long party, but rather an exercise in community building.
2019 is the third edition of the festival, and we’ve invited more international crews hoping to enhance & strengthen our sense of community beyond national borders.
From Friday June 14th at 15:00 till Monday 17th at 10:00.
A safe space for queers who want to celebrate electronic music. A welcoming concept in a time where exclusion of queer people still is served on a daily agenda.
The festival is situated on sandy beaches and uneven meadows, therefore wheelchair accessibility is only partially given, but viable. Accessible toilets will be on-site. If you require an accompanying person, please write us to verify your disability card, and then your chosen person will be granted free entry.
Bassliner Bus from Berlin
Click here to book inexpensive roundtrip bus tickets via Bassliner,
which picks up and drops off at Ostbahnhof.
Busparking spaces at Berlin/Ostbahnhof
„Am Ostbahnhof“ corner with „Koppenstraße“
Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Bassliner busses will never wait for late passengers. Please plan with enough time to get to the meeting point in time even if there is unforeseeable problems, like if public transportation fails, etc. Bassliner will add more shuttles as the demand grows.
WHOLE is a three day camping festival.
Please pitch your tents within the designated area and keep roads clear, as they function as escape routes & fire lanes. You can camp near the beach, but not on it. We are going to be more strict about this than we were last year. Watch for delineated markers, and be respectful of the property.
You are allowed to bring your own food & drink, but we have a strict NO GLASS policy. Pack a stainless steel water bottle, so that you can refill it all weekend. Be aware that your bags may be searched at the entrance.
Toilets and showers are provided on-site. We kindly ask you to pay €2 per shower. All toilets are free.
If you would like to buy a tent and have it setup for you, please get ahold of our friends at VLK. This third party service is being offered as a convenience for those of you that are traveling from out of town.
Help keep the site’s sandy beaches & green grass clean. Confetti & glitter are not permitted!
Dogs & Children
No dogs (or other animals) or children will be admitted entrance to the festival. All guests need to be 18+ to enter the festival.
Dealing and using drugs is illegal. Anyone caught will be expelled from the festival and reported to the police. The festival is three days long, so be sure to pace yourself. Drink responsibly, rest and rehydrate. Don’t be that party monster that gets messy & collapses on the beach. If you’re feeling unwell, please tell someone. You can be assisted by someone at the info point or medical tent.
… means having fun and making friends with your campsite neighbours. Help keep an eye on each other’s stuff and buddy up to provide help, if needed. Take responsibility for the energy that you bring to the rave. Assault, discrimination & malicious intent will not be tolerated and offenders will be removed from the festival and handed over to the police. This is a festival that strives to represent the best of Berlin & the greater scene. Act accordingly. We are all friends. We do not tolerate any -isms: no sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia, or hatefulness. If you need help, please look out for our awareness team.
Because the festival grounds are surrounded by woodlands, camp fires, as romantic as they are, are not allowed. The same applies for Chinese lanterns. The last thing we want to do is have a bunch of queens start a forest fire.
That being said, we are allowing an area for grilling by the beach, only for charcoal grills or small gas stoves with less than 250g gas.
We will provide a comprehensive medical and first aid service which includes first aid posts, as well as paramedics who will be looking after festival goers. Don’t hesitate to address them if you, or a friend, needs help.
Food and Drinks
There will be an array of food, be it vegan, vegetarian or meat. More info on vendors coming soon. Cash payments only.
Similar to many other festivals, this year we will implement a new garbage deposit. Upon entering the gates, you will be asked to pay a €5 <CASH> deposit in exchange for a campground rubbish bag + chip. When you leave, please return the full trash bag + pfand chip to receive back the €5 deposit. Keeping the campground clean is a group effort and we appreciate your help. We hope to build a long-running festival, and our sustainability starts first with how environmentally responsible we are as a group.
Smokers, please butt your cigarettes out & put’em in the bin. Always put your waste in the correctly marked bins. Plan and prepare ahead – pack rubbish & recycling bags, and minimize the amount of packaging you bring.
Lost and Found
The lost-and-found office will be located at the info point at the front. After the festival, contact us at email@example.com.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Everyone must be off the property by noon on Monday!
No one under the age of 18 years will be granted entry to the festival. Please note that you may be checked at the entrance. We advise you to bring an official & valid ID or passport with you. Student cards are unacceptable.
If you drive, no problem, but first please purchase a parking pass. There are two price points: 1) car 2) caravan. Parking is available on-site for both, and we have a camping section specifically for caravans. Click here to purchase a parking permit.
Please be aware that the local authorities will most likely be watching the roads within close proximity of the festival. You should be prepared to have your car searched, and please designate a sober driver.
Photos and Videos
Taking photos with non-professional gear (analog & digital cameras without interchangeable lenses) is allowed. Filming however is not permitted.
By purchasing a ticket and attending the festival, you are consenting to potentially being photographed and videoed by our profesionally hired staff solely for the purpose of future promotional use.
Instead of buying plastic bottled water, you can refill your NON GLASS bottle for free at the water station near the bathroom area. The tap water on site is the same quality water that comes out of your tap at home. Leave your single-use plastic at home!
No glass containers or weapons of all kinds (even saws or axes) are permitted.
No animals, sofas, generators, electric refrigerators, any kind of bulky waste, drugs, gas containers >250 grams, car batteries, explosive substances, unauthorised fireworks, sound systems, vuvuzelas, compressor sirens, megaphones, PA-systems or firewood will be allowed on site. No unconstitutional or discriminatory flags, banners, stickers or patches are allowed to carry.
Contact security or a festival employee if you see any wrongdoing. Don’t use a gas container if it is damaged or in poor condition. Make sure it is safe to use and meets the requirements of the german DIN norm before using it. Intentional destruction of trees and groves shall be prosecuted.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Book inexpensive roundtrip bus tickets via Bassliner, which picks up and drops off at Berlin Ostbahnhof. This is the easiest option! Bassliner continues to add more shuttles with more demand.
This year we’re offering some shuttle services from Dessau Hauptbahnhof to Ferropolis. Click here to go to our Eventbrite page, and input the word “shuttle” where it says “enter promotional code.” This will unlock more info about available shuttles.
Please refer to the pickup times offered & arrange your travel accordingly. Festival goers are responsible for purchasing this €5 one way ticket. We suggest you book these ASAP in order to ensure yourself a seat, but as demand grows we will add more shuttles.
The Berlin Brandenburg ticket by Deutsche Bahn (29€) is valid for a maximum of 5 passengers on all regional transport (RE) trains between Berlin and Dessau (not ICE trains). Sorry, but as of right now we cannot offer a shuttle from Gräfenhainichen, only Dessau.
If you arrive by car or caravan, your destination is:
→ Highway A9 exit Dessau Ost
→ B 185 (L131) towards Oranienbaum
→ In Oranienbaum turn right B107 direction Gräfenhainichen
→ Between Jüdenberg and Gräfenhainichen turn left to Ferropolis (Ferropolis is signposted from the motorway exit)
You need to purchase a parking pass. There are two price points: 1) car 2) caravan. Parking is available on-site for both, and we have a camping section specifically for caravans. Click here to purchase a parking permit.
You are looking for a ride to Ferropolis or you still have free space in your car? Then take a look at fahrfahraway and offer your ride for free or find one.
Thank you to everyone that applied to our volunteer program. Our application program is closed.
There’s nothing like celebrating the last days of summer with your tribe in the wilderness. These moments are rare, especially for those existing beyond the gender binary, but WHOLE Festival afforded queer ravers that opportunity.