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London Overflo LGBTQ festival forced to postpone after Queen’s death

Overflo, a queer music festival due to take place in London next weekend, has been “forcibly postponed” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, organizers have confirmed.

The festival, described as an “international celebration of Queerness in music and underground nightlife innovators”, was due to take place in Burgess Park, in the south of the city, a day before the Queen’s funeral. Organizers Pxssy Palace and BBZ said on Tuesday Southwark Council had withdrawn permission for Overflo to go ahead as planned.

“We are working closely with the council to find a suitable date to hold this event and will be able to advise you in the coming weeks,” they said in a statement. “We are devastated that we cannot go ahead with the event. Southwark Council and ourselves have considered all possibilities to ensure the event can take place, however, for the reasons outlined below , Southwark Council will not allow them to do so at this time.”

The sold-out festival promised “the best in queer, trans, non-binary, black, Indigenous, and POC global and local talent” with a lineup featuring rappers Ms Banks, Bbymutha, and Nayana Iz as well as Alewya, Ojerime, and LSDXOXO .

Overflo’s postponement follows a similar fate for this year’s Mercury Prize ceremony, which was also due to be held in London, which was canceled at the last minute on the day of the Queen’s death on September 8.