NEVERLAND CELEBRATES MARKET DAYS DJ Alex Acosta
By: Project Publicity
Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer known for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating Market Days this year with its most extravagant event ever. Drawing inspiration from the costumes, the story, and the men of the blockbuster film, 300, IMPERAL HAREM will take place Friday, August 12th at Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago). Mexico City-based DJ Alex Acosta will headline the event; his first time headlining since spinning the very first Market Days Neverland three years ago. Chicago DJ Alex Cabot will open and Imp Queen, Nico and Sara Andrews will host. $40 early bird tickets to IMPERIAL HAREM are available now at www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.
“Market Days is even bigger than Pride in Chicago so we’re making this party more epic than anything we’ve done before," proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. DiFiore is drawing inspiration for the night from a recent trip to Jerusalem where he learned how years of Ottoman rule left its imprint on the city. “We’re going to experiment with a lot of cool ancient Persian and Ottoman elements that complement Metro’s massive steel stage,” he says.
At last year’s Market Days, DiFiore and his creative team celebrated Mayan Aztec culture with their “Origins” event, transforming Circuit Nightclub into a jungle complete with palm trees, a pyramid, and performers in colorful headdresses. This year’s party takes Neverland back to the opulent Metro, the former concert hall world-renowned for its large stage and high ceilings. Designers are building a structure of steel bars that will create an interactive platform loaded with lights and special effects devices. “There aren’t any gay parties in the U.S. that utilize truss the way we do,” adds DiFiore. Market Days is the popular Chicago festival with stages, live bands and DJs during the day, followed by late-night dance parties. Neverland’s IMPERIAL HAREM is the official Friday night main event.
The first Neverland took place July 2012. Billed as a costume party with circuit music, it was kind of like Halloween in the middle of the summer. “ The following year, producers introduced theme events such as “Walt Disney is Dead”, “Japanimation” and “Ratchet Ball”, along with luxuriant production. At “Walt Disney is Dead”, Brazilian DJ Ana Paula dressed up as Maleficent. For the “Ratchet Ball”, a Michigan graffiti artist painted graffiti on large canvases that hung from the walls of Hydrate Nightclub. During the peak hour performance, fake money poured down like confetti over the crowd. “Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore. “What sets our team apart is that our artists are true set and costume designers who are working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”
For tickets and additional information, visit www.NeverlandMarketDays.com. Ticket Prices: $41/$51 and $60 at door. Hard copy tickets available at Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) in Boystown