Occupy the Disco (OXD) curates disco and house music events and nightlife for the gay community (and all people!) in New York City. The concept is similar to that of Guerilla Gay Bar - we organize groups of gay people to occupy part of the dance floor at "straight" events that feature music that appeals to a gay sensibility but isn't necessarily heard in gay clubs or parties. The events are an open invite to all who want to experience new and different music in a welcoming environment.
Occupy The Disco
Additionally, our Sunday party Paradisco, from 3-8 at THE OUT NYC, showcases some of the best house and disco DJS around the globe. Past DJs include Honey Dijon, Ryan Smith and Tim Sweeney.
It was through music and nightlife that gay people in New York City, for decades, changed concepts, gained supporters, and helped others be happy with who they are all over the world. Our music re-shaped the mainstream, pushed boundaries, united our community, and made room for the future. Today's mainstream music would not be what it is without the influence of the gay community of past.
Somewhere along the way in the past 10 years, something changed. Nightclub promoters and DJs are pushed to only give us that which is familiar, that which is safe. As such, many members of our community have lost the ability to question, to experience the unknown. We must uphold our legacy as cultural leaders in society and continue to evolve. Our goal is simple: to re-unite the gay community in NYC through music. To create rich and fun experiences. To dance. To feel free. To move beyond what’s familiar. To reclaim our role as tastemakers. We want to go further than what we already know and be surprised with new, exciting music.