AREA: Over But Not Quite Out

AREA: Over But Not Quite Out

Orange Group bought Area in 2007, overhauling the club and introducing a top dollar sound system and lighting rig. With Vauxhall about to undergo its long-anticipated facelift the venue sadly closes its doors this weekend. But while Area may be saying goodbye, it’s not over for some of its most popular elements as Fire picks up the gauntlet. Group General Manager Mark Williams talks to QX…

 
Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations

Beyond, aka London’s biggest afterhours experience, first ignited the gay scene with its funked-up early morning soundtrack when it was born in Club Colosseum in Vauxhall, before moving across to Area. With the Albert Embankment strip set for redevelopment, the weekly Sunday morning event has evolved once more by taking over the arches of the recently refurbished Fire, breathing new life into the club beast that doesn’t like to sleep. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend things get naughty as Beyond delivers a sexed-up session of sounds featuring DJ favourites and a hot new horny look for the gogo hunks on the podiums direct from NYC in the USA courtesy of Slick It Up. QX spoke to promoter Nadim Aoun

 
Future Sex: The End of Gay?

Future Sex: The End of Gay?

Does LGBTI Pride have a future? Is gay identity just a phase?

 
David Hoyle Marries Christeene!

David Hoyle Marries Christeene!

Gay marriage has been a hot topic of late, seen by many as the defining issue of the LGBT rights movement. Despite legalisation, some still resist this development – but we’re sure that, had they been present at a certain recent ceremony, they would have been reassured that mainstream society has nothing to fear from queers tying the knot.

 
Betty's Back

Betty’s Back

Songs of Praise DJs and promoters Neil Prince and David Oh shared a chinwag with none other than 90’s hip-pop legend Betty Boo ahead of her DJ set with them this weekend...

 
LoUis deCYfered

LoUis deCYfered

Cheeky chappy drag king LoUis CYfer has only been performing in his current form since February of this year, yet he stormed to success winning this year’s Drag Idol representing for West 5, picking up a legion of fans and supporters along the way. This week Jason Reid speaks to Lucy Jane Parkinson – the artist behind the pistol-wielding cowboy – about gender stereotyping and the issues surrounding it, issues that have shaped LoUis as an act...

 
Here’s LaGrace!

Here’s LaGrace!

Del LaGrace Volcano is a stereotype-busting pioneer of gender non-conformity. Identifying as intersex (a biological, chromosomal or anatomical variation from the expected) Del’s photography has celebrated the people that refuse to be forced to live by the simplistic ‘male’ or ‘female’ roles that society dictates we adopt at birth. This week he was the special guest at the Riverside Studios where he headed the post-show discussion following performances of current production Drag King Richard III, where an exhibition of his photography is also featured. Cliff Joannou talked to him… 
 
Willam.i.am

Willam.i.am

Meet Willam, the tasty middle filling/letter of former all-singing, all-dancing drag troupe sandwich DWV. He’s back in the UK this week and throwing shade on stage as guest judge at G-A-Y Porn Idol. Cliff Joannou chased him all over the digital world and finally nailed him/her down to ask a few questions…

 
When The Rainbow Breaks...

When The Rainbow Breaks…

Broken Rainbow are one of the foremost UK organisations dedicated to confronting and eliminating domestic violence within LGBT communities. We spoke to one of the gay men they’ve helped, Craig, to find out his story.

 
The Rite Stuff!

The Rite Stuff!

Promoter Wayne Shires’ twenty reasons to be at Summer Rites: Out on the Dock this Saturday…