Welcome to Ladyfag’s Brave New World

By
Photography Richie Shazam

Published December 17, 2018

Allie X performing in the Sapphire Room at Holy Mountain.

As most of New York City prepared to call it a night on Friday, Ladyfag — the patron saint of New York City nightlife — and her army of queer iconoclasts were ready hit the town. With their event “Brave New World,” they took over the East Williamsburg warehouse Avant Gardner to ring in the rebirth of Holy Mountain, the famed monthly nightlife spectacular, and the long-lived legacy of Lady herself.

After being displaced from its former home, Slake, in midtown Manhattan, the 4-room maze of Holy Mountain crossed the bridge to find a new landing in Brooklyn. With its endless list of DJs and surprise performers — including Allie X and Abra, this time around — Holy Mountain has arisen back from the ashes to unite ghouls, drag queens, club kids, and countless shirtless men under the same roof. Ladyfag’s “Brave New World” was indeed a renaissance — a place for dancing, debauchery, and new beginnings.

Peek inside Holy Mountain’s rebirth, captured by Richie Shazam.

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Linux, downtown-it girl, dressed as a pink dinosaur.

 

Makeup artist and photographer, Ryan Burke, in a head-to-toe jade fantasy look.

NYC performer and artist, Pauli Cakes.