8 LGBTQ Events to Make you Feel Proud
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s nearing that most magical time of year. The fairies are out, we’re planning to drink far too much and a big fat man is sure to be making his way into our bedrooms… It’s officially the month of GAY PRIDE!
We’re getting ready for the biggest party of the season; we’ve shaved our legs, bedazzled our eyes and had our hot pants dry cleaned – and that’s just the blokes. We’ve got 8 LGBTQ venues / events to do you proud in North London.
Queer – Stoke Newington
Mascara Bar, 72 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS
Proving that gay club nights aren’t just about Kylie’s greatest hits, Queer at Mascara Bar presents a monthly event with all sorts of edge. Expect to hear: The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian, Joan Jett and many more from your teenage grunge phase. Also featuring an impressive collection of DIY queercore, riot grrrl and northern soul.
Central Station – Kings X
37 Wharfdale Road, London N1 9SD
Having been open 23 years, in the hands of many different owners, Central Station bar has emerged from its slightly rough cocoon to a dazzling disco butterfly. With brand new hotel rooms, a restaurant and an underground club the place is bustling with all ages. It’s a popular pub for proper drinking and serious dancing with a weekly drag performer. But be warned, this is not one for the faint of heart, last time we had a boogie at Central Station the walls were plastered in such a vast collection of multicultural penises it rivaled your mother’s bedroom on a Tuesday – way ho!
Bloc Bar – Kentish Town
18 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1
Much like when Mufasa passed down his kingdom to Simba after his tragic death, The Bloc Bar has taken on the challenge to replace Camden’s mighty fallen Black Cap. An intimate venue, this pint-sized club may still be finding its feet, but is packed with partay potential, having hosted Drag knockout and a weekly naughty bingo night.
Egg Club – Kings X
200 York Way, London N7 9AX
Though not technically a gay club, this warehouse-style party venue has regular nights catering to the gay community. With a mix of heavy house, bounce and other ear drum destroying genres the multi-room venue is ideal for ‘got-so-messed-up-I-forgot-my-own-name’ kind of nights.
MissFit – Stoke Newington
176 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
The brains behind ‘Lesbian Prom’ present MissFit, a club night at The Stokey Stop that treats you lucky North London ladies to weekly DJs and drink deals (the only other double D that matters). Music ranges from week to week and spans the decades. Every Saturday 21:00 – 2:00.
Vogue Fabrics – Stoke Newington
66 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB
One of North London’s best kept secrets, Vogue Fabrics, are an originator of queer entertainment in Dalston. With a fantastic mix of fun + sweaty club nights and an equal mix of fun + sweaty performance pieces, the club has no shortage of varied events, from cheesy pop to spoken word. Check out ‘Straight Nasty’ and ‘Reduced to Queer’ in celebration of this year’s pride.
Club Kali Party – Kings X
Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9NL
Having been voguing since 1995, Club Kali is one of London’s oldest LGBTQ events and the largest celebration of Eastern and Western classics in the world. Pumping out a mix of club classics, Bollywood tunes and Punjabi covers of RnB and HipHop hits, Club Kali is all about uniting Western and Eastern gay communities and having a bloody good time of it! Check out their Pride party at Scala on the 25th of June for a rousing Punjabi mix of Rihanna’s Umbrella.
King’s Head Theatre – Islington
115 Upper St, London N1 1QN
The King’s Head Pub is home to some of London’s best and understated queer theatre. Showcasing new and old writing in a modest room at the back of the Islington based bar, this grass roots venue is the perfect setting for fringe productions. Although not exclusively catering to LGBTQ shows the pub has premiered plenty in the past and is committed to promoting queer theatre. Check out their latest Strangers In Between from the 21st of June.
Top photo: Ryan Dinham
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