By Jeremy Blacklow
Adding to a long tradition of featuring top-level talent, four big acts have been booked to headline this year’s White Party in Palm Springs, California.
Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters will be one of the two acts at Saturday night’s main event, taking place yet again at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Known for her amazing stage presence and biting lyrics, the multi-talented Matronic will be making a solo return of sorts at this event. Emerging from the same downtown arts scene as 2009 White Party headliner Lady Gaga, Matronic will no doubt bring quite the performance to the desert affair.
Also headlining on Saturday is Roc Nation/Columbia Records singer Alexis Jordan, who returns with her new single, “Acid Rain.” Jordan headlined the White Party’s Sunday tea dance in 2011.
Carmen Electra marks her return to the music industry by headlining this year’s tea dance, where she’ll be performing her new single, “I Like It Loud.” For those who don’t remember, Electra began her career as one of Prince's musical protégés.
Joining Electra on Sunday are Swedish breakout stars Icona Pop, whose single “I Love It!” (feat. Charlie XCX) is currently tearing up dance floors across the world and is the theme song on MTV’s “Snooki & JWoww.” Also, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Willam Belli and Detox will perform, along with their friend Vicky Vox.
This year’s festival takes place over Easter weekend, March 29–31. Other performers for the weekend include Kwanza Jones, Meital Dohan, Laura Michelle, and Albanian star Bleona. The weekend will be hosted by “Real Housewives Of Miami” star Adriana DeMoura.
The exciting DJ lineup for the weekend includes Peter Rauhofer, Rosabel, Tony Moran, Paulo & Jackinsky, Wayne G, Manny Lehman, Andy Almighty, Casey Alva, Danny Verde, Pornstar, Dave & Gerardo, Dani Toro, Grind, Ryan Kenney, and more.
Says White Party producer Jeffrey Sanker, “For each event I’ve tried to re-envision and re-imagine every element and detail, from the entertainment, to the music, to the most cutting-edge sound and lighting, advanced special effects, and full-surround LED video walls.”
Past headliners at the White Party in recent years have included Mary J. Blige, Ke$ha, Robyn, Jennifer Lopez, and Gaga. This year’s event is described as, “The biggest international lineup of DJs ever assembled for the largest gay dance music festival weekend in the world.”