CLUBBING WITH CULTURE
UK BLACK PRIDE
“Since its inception in 2005, UK Black Pride has worked from inside the Black LGBT community to support Black and LGBT people who are grappling with the rampant racism and homophobia that continues to blight sections of Black and LGBT communities, while supporting individuals to come to terms with their sexuality and identity within their own communities.
It is the largest event of its kind in Europe and has won international support and recognition as well as enabling health and wellbeing promotional work. In recent years the event has been headlined by Jessie J, Ms Dynamite and Beverly Knight MBE.
UK Black Pride 2012 will be headlined by soul legend Omar, who has six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, and will also feature a main stage and dance areas with DJs, drag, dance, cabaret, alongside licensed bars, a VIP area, world food, education/welfare workshops, community stalls, prizes and more.” – Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride
UK Black Pride is at Ministry of Sound (103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DP) on Saturday 18th August. More information and tickets at www.ukblackpride.org.uk
“In 11 years of existence, Bootylicious has grown from relative obscurity as an urban underground club catering for a mainly black gay clientele into one of the biggest club nights in London.
Its monthly events are currently at the mighty Colosseum club, easily accessible from, but not part of, the notorious gay strip. Musically, it presents straight-up urban pop with eclectic dancehall, and all-time favourite classics from the vaults of hip-hop, soul and R ’n’ B, with a banging house room that somehow makes it sound right.” – Thomas Mutke, promoter
Bootylicious is at Club Colosseum (1 Nine Elms Lane Vauxhall SW8 5NQ) on Saturday 18th August.
Ritu has hosted Shakti Disco – the South Asian LGBT Network – for the previous 8-years, and was also resident DJ at the London Lesbian & Gay Centre, Asia (the first LGBT world music club), and a whole host of venues.
She went on to co-promote Hoppa between 2000 and 2006 – the much missed Greek/Turkish/Arabic music club.
Kali and it’s music policy was, and is, aimed at LGBT clubbers from all cultural backgrounds, on a mission to ‘share’ sounds and encourage ‘unity’ across diversity.
Bollywood, bhangra, arabic, R’n’B, and chart hits provide the basis of Kali’s soundtrack. In 1995 we were playing Abba/Madonna/Ultra Naté as well as tunes by Lata Mangeshkar. These days it’s J-Lo, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Rihanna, and Sonu Nigam. The ‘Jai Ho’ experience!” – DJ Ritu
Club Kali is at The Dome (1 Dartmouth Park Hill, London NW5) on Friday 17th August – an Indi-pen-dance event marking the anniversaries of Sub-Continent autonomy. A Bollywood special!
“Exilio has been introducing Latin music and culture to the LGBT community since 1996. Exilio is one of a kind; it’s your ‘Latin house party’. People come to Exilio to have fun, dance to Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Latin house and some commercial music, too.
It’s about the music, themes, pageants, ambience and the trouble-free atmosphere that has been created since it’s foundation. Although there is a strong emphasis on its LGBT background, as Exilio moved with time, so did its concept.
We now cater for a polysexual Latin crowd, but we have not forgotten our roots – an LGBT Latin club.”
– DJ/Promoter Gloria Lizcano (pictured)
Exilio is twice a month at Guy’s Bar (Boland House, St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RT). The next major events are Saturday 8th September – Back to School Party and the 16th Anniversary party on Saturday 29th September.
“The brainchild of DJ Nikki Lucas, renowned on the scene for the past 20 years, and hostess Asifa Lahore (pictured), Habibi brings you an impressive legacy of upfront beats and treats from the Middle East, the Mediterranean and home ground British soil.
This gorgeous, glamorous, magnetic and cosmopolitan club night attracts a crowd similar to its music. Diverse, inclusive, hot and with no borders! It fills a musical void and provides a welcoming space for Arabs, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, North Africans and their friends.”
– Asifa Lahore, promoter
Habibi is at Raduno (85 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 6HJ) on Friday 28th September.
GAY JEWISH GROUP
“Gay Jews in London started life a few years ago as a Facebook group by a guy called Ben Kaye. Over the years it has evolved into a large group of 350 gay Jews, mainly guys, and we do all sorts of events from drinks in Soho to communal Friday night dinners combined with a night on the tiles, it’s called ‘Kiddish and Clubbing’ and it often starts in my living room.
We also put on an annual trip to Tel Aviv Pride where about 20 of the members go and have a great time at the hottest pride around.” – Ben Cohen
Gay Jews in London meet regularly. The next event will be drinks in Soho – for further information and to protect the privacy of the group and to make people feel more comfortable, they ask people to join the email mailing list (www.gayjewsinlondon.com) or become a member of our private Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/gayjewsinlondon/)
“I started WORK! in 2008 as a night that breathed new life into London on Wednesdays (replacing Fruit Machine, which I opened in 1992).
It’s London’s busiest midweek party, and all readers are invited to come and discover the benefits of midweek clubbing; it’s a guilty pleasure! WORK! is hugely popular with a highly energized, multiracial LGBT “urban” rave crowd, and we play many different styles from pop and R’n’B to bashment, afro beat soca and vogue beats.
Think ‘commercial gay club meets Radio1Xtra’! There are two rooms and a garden terrace, one of the best in London! DJs include Big Jon, Biggy C, Marlon Goodazz and Maximus Crown.
My club nights are viewed by some people as “black”, which I find odd because they are all mixed. Yes, the music could be described as music of black origin, but all are welcome.” – Patrick Lilley, promoter
WORK! is every Wednesday at Hidden (100 Tinworth Street, Vauxhall, SE11 5EQ. 11pm-4am) and is FREE before midnight with a copy of QX.
• For information and support on coming out, or any of the issues in this feature, contact Stonewall on 08000 50 20 20.
• The London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard provides free & confidential support & information to the LGBT community. 0300 330 0630 and www.llgs.org.uk
• GALOP provide support and advice to the LGBT community for hate crime, harassment, domestic and sexual violence. 020 7704 2040 and www.galop.org.uk