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
Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.
We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.
Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
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Every last Thursday of the month a motley crew of performing acts shuffle off to the skinny little Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road for a night of microphone hogging. It’s Open Mic night and the stage isn’t just available to acoustic guitar yielding crooners. The floor is open for all you comedians, rappers, poets, hell even actors are welcome to come tread the boards at Moustache Bar this Thursday 27th July.
Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.
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