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This queer music festival promises to be as amazing as Pride Island

Dreamland at SummerStage in Rumsey Playfield will feature a major headliner.

Ian Kumamoto
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Ian Kumamoto

If you, like many of us, were disappointed to hear that Heritage of Pride cancelled its flagship Pride Island event this summer, then we have some good news. 

Central Park's SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield is hosting Dreamland on June 30, a music festival that it promises will be just as gay as the beloved canceled event.

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Dreamland will be headlined by legendary DJ and TikTok meme John Summit and will also include sets by Disco Dom and DJ Suri. 

Officials explained that the choice to make Summit the headliner for this year's festival hinged on his widespread appeal in the electronic music scene and the potential for bigger artists to grace the festival's stage for future iterations. 

"Today’s LGBTQ+ community seeks events that blend fun with meaningful social impact," Jake Resnicow, the producer of Dreamland, said in an official statement. "Dreamland: Pride in Central Park will be more than a party; it will be a place for every color of the rainbow to shine bold and bright."

This is the second year Dreamland is taking over Central Park.

In 2023, the celebrations featured Paris Hilton and Purple Disco Machine, plus surprise performances by Kim Petras and Billy Porter. 

Resnicow, the festival's producer, has thrown Pride festivals all across the country, including in cities like Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A portion of all the proceeds from Dreamland: Pride in Central Park will benefit the City Parks Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving urban parks as essential spaces for community, sports and the arts. 

Rumsey Playfield is located on East 71st St and East Drive in Central Park and the festival will take place from 3pm to 10pm. You can get your tickets here

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