Frank Ocean is making a rare public appearance.
The reclusive singer is set to host a club night called PrEP+ in New York City tonight. According to the magazine Gayletter, which made the announcement on Instagram, the Blonded-branded event is “an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk – had been invented in that era.”
PrEP+ is the first in a series of themed nights that aim to provide a safe space and bring people together, with “globally celebrated DJs” providing the entertainment. “PrEP+ welcomes everyone,” reads the announcement. “Zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form or discrimination.”
Tickets have already been distributed and the venue will be announced this evening. Photos and video are prohibited.
Ocean’s club appearance follows a recent interview with W Magazine, where he shared his interest in club music. “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs,” he said. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…”
He’s also been inspired by the New Orleans bounce scene. “I grew up in New Orleans, so the closest to the nightlife scene for me was New Orleans bounce, and that was a lot of trends,” he added. “But it’s so much a part of my childhood and my youth that I don’t really go back to it so much as a touch point. I’m really looking forward. It’s kind of a mix for me.”
See the PrEP+ flyer below.
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This Thursday night a new party from @blonded called PrEP+ in NYC. PrEP+ is the first in a series of nights; an ongoing safe space made to bring people together and dance. PrEP+ will welcome globally celebrated DJs. The night is named PrEP+ as an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) — which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected but are at high risk — had been invented in that era. Ticket links have been distributed and the venue will be announced to ticket-holders on the evening of the night. Club hours are 10pm-late. House rules: No photos or videos are allowed Consent is mandatory Zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or any form or discrimination The dance floor is for dancing www.blonded.co