The LGBT-ATL turns it out all year, but Joining Hearts 25 puts the gay dancing queen agenda on steroids this weekend. Brace and pace yourself for a gay DJ invasion each night surrounding Atlanta’s biggest summer pool party.
That sound you hear getting louder is the buzz over the 25th annual Joining Hearts on Saturday. But that’s nothing compared to the personal buzz you could start feeding with cocktails as early as Friday that might not end until well after dark on Sunday.
You read that right. Joining Hearts is way more than you and a thousand of your closest shirtless friends (photo, view more) in Piedmont Park on Saturday. It’s kickoffs, afterparties and tea dances, too.
So be careful, girl. Sipping and twirling can turn to tripping and swirling out before you know it. Not cute. Trust: You’ll be tempted to keep up with countless, experienced sexy hunks in attendance.
• Drink lots of water
• Take disco naps.
• For god’s sake eat
• Designate a driver
• And you know, generally know when to say when, silly.
Emblazon that advice on your brain before you delve into the pre- and post-parties below. We want all of you back next week to see the photo evidence of debauchery set to the beat of some of the best of the world’s most wildly popular gay DJs. All of the events spell big cash — think six figures each year — for beneficiaries AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House.
Click below for the skinny on each Joining Hearts party. Then for a taste of the main event vibe DJ Roland Belmares will be serving, press play on his latest Sounds of Summer podcast at the bottom of this post or go download all of Belmares’ sessions.
Friday, July 20
Joining Hearts Kickoff
with DJ Joe Gauthreaux
Heretic, 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
Joining Hearts 25
with DJs Roland Belmares and Don Bishop
Piedmont Park Pool, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Joining Hearts Official Afterparty
with DJ Tony Moran
Jungle, 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
July 22 Joining Hearts Tea Dance
from GA Boy Productions
with DJs Alyson Calagna and Scott Anthony
Opera, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.