Direct from London, Raven Mandella will be joining the Playground Manchester team as our Headline monthly DJ!!   Raven Mandella is the London Based but Yorkshire Born Drag SuperStar & Legendary Mother of the House of Mandella. Dubbed Disco’s Best-Loved Dancer in MIXMAG MAGAZINE. Raven Mandella is the Original Brand Ambassador and lead performer Of Glitterbox Ibiza.   He/They are a professional dancer club host and DJ who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry  He is a prominent member of the club Scene in Ibiza, but is well known across the globe for their infectious energy and commanding presence. He is always in demand to be involved at any event and is renowned for being the life a soul of the party. THERE IS NO RAVE WITHOUT RAVEN!!!


Piers James is a resident DJ of Aftershock (Cruz 101) – Manchester’s largest and longest running gay venue in Manchester!

A regular DJ for CrossFit competitions, his favourite vibe is funky house and 80’s remix but isn’t afraid to take things a little dirtier if the time is right 😉.

P.S – His drink is JD & Coke xo


Lewis Jenkins – A Manchester based DJ you can listen to every Sunday evening on Gaydio.

Starting as an R&B DJ at Liverpool’s Heaven nightclub, Lewis has dominated the LGBT+ club circuit and has since DJ’d all over the UK. You can now find him at his local residencies playing a blend of funky house to commercial and tech house at On Bar Manchester, The Brewers, Replay Preston and Playground at Cruz 101!


Thee House Of Blaque, formed initially from The house of flava and birthed inevitably by the House of Ghetto ! Huddersfield’s first QTIPOC vogue ballroom house! Have ties with glitterbox Ibiza and have worked balls all over the U.K.


Gisele is a creative chameleon of the nightlife scene. Known for her transformative makeup looks, she is a NYX Face Awards finalist and jet-setting Glitterbox performer.

This artist will blow you away and keep you guessing week after week with what she has in store for us here at Playground!


A staple of the village’s disco and dance scene for a hot minute, Dullage combines out and out dancefloor classics with the latest club cuts to ignite parties all across the city.


Jackie Potato (Jackie P if you’re nasty)  If you need a generous filling or a tasty topping, our lass Jackie Potato will fill you up good.

Mother of the House of Potato, she’s on the look out for new breeds (of potato) to add to her menu.  


 Known for starting the party, Bex brings the bangers to any dance floor and lights up every person along the way.

Her fire playlists and appearances to date have entertained the best of the Northern LGBT+ venues.

She is guaranteed to get you moving and grooving way past the sunrise!


Dave Cooper (he/him)  Regular listeners of Gaydio will already know him well. A listener favourite, his Friday night show is full of disco and house, old and new.

He’s played around the world, but Manchester is where he calls home right now.  Of DJing, Dave attributes his success and passion for playing music as being down to the fact that “all them years of drinking and knocking about nightclubs must have taught me summat”.

In his spare time he enjoys eating food and doing crosswords, sometimes with his cat children Patsy and Donatella.