The 5th Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place in Five Points Park, located in historic downtown Sarasota, Florida from May 15-17th, 2014. The mission of the festival is to honor and celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination.
The 2014 HMF headliner is Ghost Beach. The New York tropical grit pop duo has gained critical and public praise following a national tour, including SXSW dates. Danceable singles like ?Been There Before? have led up to the band?s major label debut LP ?Blonde’ in March. The band?s 80?s beach-synth pop approach has stirred national media interest in Paste and Vibe Magazine.
Co-headliners include Slow Magic, the anonymous DJ/musician currently wowing festival crowds with high-energy beats, while remaining hidden behind his signature tribal mask. With 2014 Coachella and SXSW dates, Magic is quickly earning his stripes as a must-see performer.
Local favorite?MeteorEYES is also scheduled to co-headline in anticipation of the electro-pop quintet?s sophomore album.
Other musicians scheduled to appear include Sons of Hippies, Hymn for Her, Wolf-Face, Luxury Mane, Seven Years Past, Human Like Toys, Ari and the Alibis, Physical Plant, and more.
The official after party for the music portion of the festival will be held at Throb Nightclub. The five-dollar cover will be donated to the festival for any attendee wearing an official HMF bracelet.
On May 15th, HMF FILM will host a screening of the documentary The Dog, which chronicles the true-life story of the man (John Wojtowicz) who inspired the Al Pacino cult classic?Dog Day Afternoon. The documentary, which chronicles Wojtowicz?robbing a NYC bank to raise money for his lover?s sex change, will screen at Burns Court Cinema.
On May 16th, HMF ART?will host the ‘Love Without Limits’ exhibit at Concrete Countertops Etc. in the Rosemary District.?
The official HMF Kickstarter page is raising funds for the 2014 event.
Harvey Milk Festival official website.