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Bootylicious is London’s longest-running club night for QTPOC. Established in 2001, it has been a trailblazing force on London’s club scene. It was one of the earliest clubs in the capital to strive for diversity on the DJ lineup and the dance floor. During its existence, it has been hosted by several venues in South and Central London; now, it is based at one of the last remaining independent Underground venues in Zone 1, Club Union, within spitting distance of the Vauxhall Tube/Rail/Bus station.

Walking into the somewhat lived-in railway arch that is Club Union, you are immediately drawn to the chatty and lively vibe of Bootylicious

The dance floors are full, the bars are busy, and as the writer for British Vogue Magazine put it, This isn’t a club to disappear into with your mates. There’s no separation between groups. The dance floor pulses as one. People who’ve never been to Bootylicious immediately feel like they have arrived home.

Alacai Harley-performance

Once you get to know the club and its people, you will realise just how central Bootylicious has been to many lives. Uncounted love affairs and long-standing friendships started at Bootylicious. Everyone is there to have a good time, meet new people, and catch up with friends—no time for shade or pretence. But perhaps because of this attitude, you see sexy people everywhere you turn. Beauty is not just about looks; it is about an attitude and a way of being.

Booty is all about the vibes. The first room with the main bar sets the tone with popular tunes that ease you into the club with a bit of old school Dancehall, or Disco-House, and a lot of RnB-Hiphop classics. Once you get past the first bar and dancefloor a much larger floor opens up, this one is all about Dancehall, Amapiano, and Afroswing. Once you squeeze past the main dancefloor you get to the mezzanine bar with lots of space to sit down, or to stand up, to be seen and to make eyes and to chat.

The club is known around the UK, Europe and around the world, and for special events such as the bank holidays, there are plenty of people who make their way to London, with Bootylicious being one of the reasons they come to London.

Carter performance at Bootlylicious

For the Pride Afterparty, Bootylicious will be serving free Rum Punch for early arrivals at 11 pm and will be hosting a DJ Lineup like no other in London that night: they have confirmed special guest DJ Emz, who’s gone viral with 1.9 million likes on TikTok for her mixes, the famous dancer and resident DJ Randall Watson, the Legendary Ballroom DJ & Father @house_of_west Kartel Brown, and the original Bootylicious crew.

So that it is affordable for anyone, they are fixing ticket prices at £10 for everyone. After all, this party is for and about the community. There are no silly prices at the door, either. If you are into this style of music, then this is a top choice for the Pride in London afterparty on 29 June 2024. Doors open at 11. Last entry 4 am. Be there.

Bootylicious Pride London Afterparty is on 29 June, 11 pm – 6 pm (last entry 4 am) at Club Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London SE1 7TP, United Kingdom.

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