FROM top to bottom! EAST TO WEST! counting down what’s GOOD and what can’t be missed… pride 2016
The rainbow flag will soar over the skies of London this weekend. Flying higher than ever, prevailing over ignorance and violence, delivering an angel-headed hymn of love, hope, strength and compassion to the masses.
This Pride, more than any in recent years, MATTERS! Together, ferocious, fabulous, fierce and proud we’ll celebrate, party, and show the world that we won’t be silenced.
We’ll march victorious, spill out into the glittering streets of Soho, down cherry sours, watch Sinitta work a fig leaf and a handful of sequins in Trafalgar Square. Then dance our painted faces off til dawn. This Pride is Ours!
All that glitters this Pride is at The Glory! Join illustrious writer Pat Cash and the talented cast of his new play ‘Superficial’ for a riotous carnival through the pop music, masculinity and drag of the London gay scene. Set in a fictional gay club, the lives of new muscley barman Sam, hedonist drag queen Ibiza Chilltape, Kylie fanatic JJ and club owner Benjamin intertwine until an explosive climax at Pride night!! Ooooooohhh!!!
‘Superficial’ on Now -1 July at The Glory | Tickets are £15 (£12 for Concessions)
Sip Pimm’s in bumper cars and feast your eyes on the bearded, burly babes of the spectacularly raucous and sexy circus BARBU. Daring, daft and sexy as hell! Packed with astonishing acrobatics, breathtakingly sweaty performances, and perfectly-groomed beards. Performed by one of the world’s greatest circus companies – Canada’s Cirque Alfonse, all set against the twinkling fairylit backdrop of Southbank’s magnificent London Wonderground. This is one show this summer, you simply can’t miss!!!
On Now- 25th September | Tickets are £36.00 and up
BREWERS PRIDE BALL
Take it down south and kick the weekend off right at 2 Brewer’s annual Pride Ball! Grab yourself a handful of Jell-O shots at Kasbah then head up the road to Brewers and make that vodka a double…you’re gonna need it! Drag diva Miss M puts on a special show, paying lip service to everyone from Aretha to Tina, Kylie to Shirley and yes, the one and only Heather Small! RVT’s Ball debutant DJ Liam Chaplin hold’s it down in the back, while DJ Demon fill’s the front with pop, chart and cheese galore!
Open til late! Free before 10pm £7.00 after
Alt queer performance club DUCKIE presents Lady Malcolm’s Servants’ Ball. Paying homage to the notorious party from London’s queer scene in the 1920s & 1930s which had working class queens, dykes, inbetweeners & trans-gressives flocking to the ball…despite shitloads of stuffy disapprovers!
Starring the incomparable Le Gateau Chocolat, The Drakes, Christopher Green, Lasana Shabazz, Amy Lamé, Neil Bartlett, Acanthi Lang, George Chakravarthi, Lucille Power, Sue Frumin, Lavinya Co-Op and The Pink Dancers.
Tickets Available at www.duckie.co.uk
PUSH THE BUTTON
It’s a glamophonic, electronic, d-d-disco baby!!!! Get ready to dance til you drop PUSH THE BUTTON is back and their bringing you synths, guitars, keytars, drum-machines, girl bands, boy bands, impossible princesses – and ALL THE HITS!!! From Robyn & Gaga to Aqua & Schlager, all wrapped up in a mega pop drenched Pride celebration and the finest fromage!
Royal Vauxhall Tavern | Tickets £8 From 9pm-3am
PRIDE PARADE | TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Rise and shine baby it’s time to celebrate!!! Dig out that rainbow crop top, grab some glitter and head into town for what’s sure to be one of the biggest, most beautiful and bold Pride parades in London history. Strut your stuff all the way down Piccadilly Circus, Instagram Transport for London and Sadiq’s Khan’s LGBTQ traffic lights, then finish up at Trafalgar Square and party with the cast of Kinky Boots, The Beyonce Experience, Sinitta and Alesha Dixon among many many others!
Pride Parade Starts at 1pm | Trafalagar Square 12pm – 8pm
Parade Map and Stage Times: www.prideinlondon.org
PRIDE IN SOHO
Soho come’s alive this weekend like a shimmering Phoenix rising from it’s repressive, gentrified ashes. Start the day off with “bottomless breakfast” at Circa, head over to the cabaret stage on Wardour Street or the king stage on Dean Street and toast the finest drag queens, kings and talent in town. Then take it to the streets and dance your heart out at Freedom’s ‘Ab Fab’ Pride Party! Live DJs spin all afternoon and there’s cheap drinks aplenty!
Stage Times & Info: www.prideinlondon.org
VOGUE FABRICS NTS RADIO TAKEOVER
Listen up! The crew from sweaty, cult East London club Vogue Fabrics are taking over the airways at NTS this Saturday. Sending out a unique pride message featuring special guests, lively discussions, live bands and performances and, of course, a musical selection of Punk and Queer anthems from 2pm onwards!
R & SHE
Get it on in public with the hottest threesome in town!!! Handsome DJ’s Neil Prince, David Oh and QBOY are turning up the heat this Pride with a sizzling KELIS special and another TASTY night dedicated to the Queen’s of R&B & HIP HOP! This is R & She’s last one at Tipsy… Get there early, it’s gonna be poppin!!!
TIPSY Dalston | Open til Late | FREE before 10pm | £6 after
Hey Girrrl! Join mega-talented Drag Kings Adam All and Apple, Benjamin Butch and many more as the ever so smooth Virginia Wolf (aka Gusher) showcases London’s hottest female acts and hosts Pride’s girls-led party of the weekend taking over both floors of Jonny Woo’s Glory!
Doors Open at 5pm | Shows Start at 9pm
Sweat your ass off, werk the pole, and dance that floor to death at Savage’s Saturday Pride edition, as DJs Hifi Sean and Luke Solomon hit the decks til the early hours!
Dress to Impress | Metropolis E2 9NN
PROUD TO BE NAMMY
Get down and sassy with the mega gorge Emily Rose London and partner in musical crime Omar Romanini, as they spin the hits and keep the Pride party going in the basement of the infamous George and Dragon’s little step sister Queen Adelaide in Hackney. Expect lots of Madonna…lots!
Open til 3am | Free
VOGUE FOR ORLANDO BALL
Express yourself, strike a pose, free your mind and the rest will follow! When the clock strikes 12, vogue icon’s of Benjamin Milan, IMMA, Jay Jay Cameron and a fierce parade of vogue talent are taking to the 30 foot runway to strut, slay, battle, and display a show like you’ve never seen before! Kimatica Studio presents a unique series of mind-bending performances with interactive visuals throughout the night, transforming Egg LDN’s legendary garden for a vogue extravaganza, in support of those affected by the Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy.
Anyone wishing to walk should Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | £5 on the door
Collections will be made all night to raise money for the Orlando Pulse Victims Fund
CALYPSO DISCO BRUNCH
Treat yourself to a beach brunch at Dalston Superstore and a much needed Mimosa or 10…You’ve had a hard weekend!!! and what better way to unwind then with the tropical stylings and loved up sounds of Calypso sweeping you through your Sunday.
PRIDE IN THE PARK
Pack up a picnic and venture down to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens for a perfect Pride turn down! UK Black Pride soundtracks the day with a host of live musical acts, there’s a cake baking competition, a dog show, and R & She’s very own QBOY hitting the stage. WOOF!
Free | 1pm-10pm
Stage Times & Info www.prideinlondon.org | www.ukblackpride.org.uk
BEYOND THE BIG TOP – THE OFFICIAL PRIDE AFTER PARTY
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, bears and twinks the moment you have all been waiting for is here! Go out with a bang this Pride at “the biggest, most magnificent, marvellous and magical show Pride has ever seen”…or at the very least the Coronet! Expect acrobats, aerialists, a bustling carnival, and a tasty troupe of Go-Go Boys all powered by Scruff!
Coronet Theatre | Tickets are £16.25 #BeyondPride
Introduction by Rajesh Mistry
Words by Tracy Kawalik
Photos Courtesy of Pride in London, Savage, Dalston Superstore, R&She, Le Gateau Chocolate, Adam All, Pat Cash and London Wonderground, Benjamin Milan, and performance artist Kala Kala