We’re very excited to sponsor another round of Warm Up with MoMA PS1 this summer — the line-up this year includes Light Asylum, Nguzunguzu, Secret Ciruit and Justin Strauss (who happens to be DJing Friday night with PS1 curatorial assistant Imogene Strauss at Ace Hotel New York). New York legend M. Wells will cater in the courtyard throughout the festival and HWKN is installing a giant specter called Wendy (illustrated above).
See the full line-up here and stay tuned for weekly contests where we’ll be giving away tickets to each weekend’s show.


Top image courtesy of PS1 and HWKN. Photo by ELK Studios for Warm Up 2011.

We’re very excited to sponsor another round of Warm Up with MoMA PS1 this summer — the line-up this year includes Light Asylum, Nguzunguzu, Secret Ciruit and Justin Strauss (who happens to be DJing Friday night with PS1 curatorial assistant Imogene Strauss at Ace Hotel New York). New York legend M. Wells will cater in the courtyard throughout the festival and HWKN is installing a giant specter called Wendy (illustrated above).

See the full line-up here and stay tuned for weekly contests where we’ll be giving away tickets to each weekend’s show.

Top image courtesy of PS1 and HWKN. Photo by ELK Studios for Warm Up 2011.


Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.








Photos by Maicol Chavez

Saturday night, Light Asylum took everyone to church and shook the walls of the Amigo Room with dark, hard, danceable freakout. Beyondadoubt laid out her bounce and house tracks with a mix of nu-wave, cold wave and dark wave perfection. CockFight opened up the night with an inexplicably pitch perfect mix of house and rock for our penultimate eve of HANDS ON.



Photos by Maicol Chavez


Light Asylum is an electric Rorschach print, an operatic force, and a queer power duo from New York swooping in to perform at HANDS ON this weekend, Saturday November 5 with Beyondadoubt and DJs from CockFight. We’re excited to hang out with them in the desert when they’re off duty, but we’re more than beside ourselves with anticipation at dancing til our heels break on Saturday.

What does “queer music” mean to both of you?

What is queer music? We are queers making music…. not the other way around.

What do you plan on doing in Palm Springs when you’re not playing at HANDS ON?

Being hands on poolside and maybe a trip to Joshua Tree if we find the time and aren’t too hungover. Also would love to check out the healing baths.

What artists have been inspiring you lately?

Clan of Xymox, Depeche Mode, always, and revolution music of all ages and periods.



Dark Allies video by Grant Worth


Summer doesn’t have to be over. Join us in the desert for five days of amazing bands, DJs and performers at HANDS ON, our queer music & arts festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Pride, November 2-7, brought to you by Heineken. Rooms are 15% off and we’ve got a handful of Feel Good Spa specials ranging from the mystical to the practical, using everything from crystals to sugar. It’s going to be about 85, so you can have a second summer vacation in November.
BUTT Magazine hosts a pop-up shop and Jeremy Kost previews new photographs in the Clubhouse and signs his book It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Light Asylum swoops in from New York with their soul-spinning, operatic drama, in collaboration with CockFight, an underground warehouse party hailing from Los Angeles and Beyondadoubt, just back from a European tour with Beth Ditto. Stay Gold brings their dance-cum-art party from San Francisco to duels on the decks with DJs from LA’s Mustache Mondays. Mr. Black plays another poolside afternoon party, and Blok and Myles Cooper play live sets in the Amigo Room. We’re also screening two films — The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Paris is Burning — at the Commune pool, on Thursday and Friday night, respectively.
See you there, with bells on. Stay tuned here for interviews, videos and more, and see the full schedule on our calendar.

Summer doesn’t have to be over. Join us in the desert for five days of amazing bands, DJs and performers at HANDS ON, our queer music & arts festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during Palm Springs Pride, November 2-7, brought to you by Heineken. Rooms are 15% off and we’ve got a handful of Feel Good Spa specials ranging from the mystical to the practical, using everything from crystals to sugar. It’s going to be about 85, so you can have a second summer vacation in November.

BUTT Magazine hosts a pop-up shop and Jeremy Kost previews new photographs in the Clubhouse and signs his book It’s Always Darkest Before Dawn, hosted by Mr. Black LA. Light Asylum swoops in from New York with their soul-spinning, operatic drama, in collaboration with CockFight, an underground warehouse party hailing from Los Angeles and Beyondadoubt, just back from a European tour with Beth Ditto. Stay Gold brings their dance-cum-art party from San Francisco to duels on the decks with DJs from LA’s Mustache Mondays. Mr. Black plays another poolside afternoon party, and Blok and Myles Cooper play live sets in the Amigo Room. We’re also screening two films — The Strange History of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Paris is Burning — at the Commune pool, on Thursday and Friday night, respectively.

See you there, with bells on. Stay tuned here for interviews, videos and more, and see the full schedule on our calendar.


Saturday afternoon at Desert GoldJenny O by the pool, Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum in the Docs gifting suite, make-your-own Havaianas cart, sun-gazing from the Stargazing Deck and one third of A Tribe Called Quest in the Converse suite. We had a super labor-intensive afternoon of drinking Kanon with homemade lavender syrup and cold Vita Coco, swimming and getting ready for tonight. Pity us.


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