• Joey Amato

World’s first LGBTQ+ EDM festival takes place this September in Atlanta

Updated: Jul 12


Thousands of gay men, lesbians and their allies will flock to Atlanta on September 11 for the debut of the world’s first LGBTQ+ EDM festival. GAYDM “One Love” will take place at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood and feature 25 of the world’s top LGBTQ+ DJs including Danny Tenaglia, Pagano, Ralphi Rosario, Boris, Citizen Jane, Samantha Ronson, Dave Aude, Alex Lo, Marti Frieson, Alex Ramos, Oscar Velazquez, Hector Fonseca, Tommy Love, DJ Tatiana, Binomio, Enrico Meloni, and Marco da Silva, on three explosive stages.


"It will be an 11-hour festival with live performances, celebrities and non-stop music,” explains local nightlife producer Chris Coleman. He and co-producer Michael Morrison are partnering with GAGA (Gay Georgia) and Lost-n-Found Youth on GAYDM “One Love” and its “party with a purpose” initiative. “Pride parties have always been a catalyst to bring the LGBTQ+ community together and GAYDM ‘One Love’ will merge our tribes into one unified voice for one night to affect change,” Coleman says.


GAYDM “One Love” will take place Saturday, September 11 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood (2002 Lakewood Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30315). General admission lawn, regular admission seats and pit standing room only are on sale now and can be purchased online here through Live Nation.


“EDM speaks to every race, nationality, gender, and sexuality around the globe,” Chris Coleman asserts. “It heightens our senses, quickens our pulse, and drives us to the pinnacle of excitement with a myriad of sub-genres like techno, electro, dubstep, synthwave, lo-fi, and more.”


He argues that it was the LGBTQ+ community and its DJs that actually pioneered the genre when, at the height of disco, groundbreaking, gay artists like Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles began implementing heavy bass, breaks, and beats into the techno and house that we know today. “Much of the music that we enjoy today at dance clubs is the legacy of LGBTQ+ artists,” Coleman continues. “One of the goals of GAYDM “One Love” is to let the truth of the music pour out from the closet door and into the heart of the public. It’s a chance for everyone that loves dance music to celebrate its origins.”


The Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood will feature three stages at GAYDM “One Love”: a main “headliner” stage with two satellite stages on either side. All attendees will be free to venture in and out of all three staging areas.


The host hotel for GAYDM “One Love” is the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue in downtown Atlanta. Five miles from the Cellairis Amphitheatre, the 52-story hotel with amazing views of downtown Atlanta is offering GAYDM “One Love” event goers a special rate of $159 a night for all rooms booked before Friday, August 13, 2021 at https://book.passkey.com/go/egade.


General admission lawn, regular admission seats and pit standing room only are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. The festival is an all-ages event.


For additional information visit Facebook, Instagram, Twitter + www.gdmfest.com.