Catch Marie at Outré Voyage Friday 21st September 9:00PM-3:00AM at Dalston Superstore!
Catch Marie at Outré Voyage Friday 21st September 9:00PM-3:00AM at Dalston Superstore!
Our East London queer-topia is diving head first into her tweens, and this Bank Holiday Sunday it’s our Ninth Birthday Bash! After nine years full of all-star special guests, heartwarming fundraisers, drag debauchery and all-nonsense brunch extravaganzas, we are cramming all the best of Dalston Superstore into TEN HOT HOURS OF MAD BIRTHDAY SHENANIGANS! This line-up of infamous faces including Wes Baggaley, Fannar, Rachael, Goldsnap, Chaka Khan’t, Super Drama, Michelle Manetti and A Man To Pet continue to be at the forefront of LGBTQ+ nightlife and have thrown some our most iconic BANGERS over the past nine years. But the real question is, what brings them back?
We asked them to spill the tea on what they really think of our homo-pleasure palace and what we can expect from them on Sunday!
My favourite experience or night in Superstore would have to be all the Meat nights, obvs! But when we did meat New Year’s Eve and my mother came down only to stay few hours but ended watching me for five hours while I pretending to be all cool and professional, and when she left that was the end of me, and I crashed out in the DJ booth! Very professional, innit! Til hamingju med afmælid Superstore!
I love Dalston Superstore and feel really honoured to have been asked to play at the birthday bash for the second year running. I love it so much because it’s so much more than just a club. You can go there during the day and work on your laptop or just hang out, get food, have drinks or even look at the gallery. It’s all things to everybody. There’s a real sense of inclusivity and a proper community feel. No matter what time you go in you, will always see somebody you know. Not to mention the banging soundsystem in the basement with some of the best, most forward thinking LGBTQ+ nights in the country. My favourite memory of Superstore was playing back to back with Dan Beaumont at the eighth birthday party last year alongside my DJ heroes Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon. I’m really happy to have been asked back to play with the badass Nadia Ksaiba. Here’s a picture of my alter ego Tina Turnip with some of her best friends at Superstore.
I’ve been part of the Superstore family since the third birthday! The first time I was invited to play the birthday party (AKA the best party of the year), I was so honoured that I knew I had to pull a very special set out the bag. So I composed a vinyl love letter to Dalston Superstore. My set included Womack & Womack’s Teardrops because the very first week I worked there, we went bowling and all ended up in the karaoke booth in Rowan’s singing it at the top of our lungs. I played Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It cos Dan Beaumont bought me that record for my 30th birthday. I played Pointer Sisters – Dare Me ’cause that was basically on repeat on the disco daytime playlist every day for about three years straight. EVERY.SINGLE.RECORD I played during that set meant something to me about my time there, and every time I’m invited back to play is a goddamn delight!
My first memory of superstore was Jonjo’s Hot Boy Dancing Spot‘s construction party, I’m not sure they had finished building but I just remember being jealous of my friend Rory as he went. My favourite experience would have to be one of the Optimo parties back in 2010 that may have started on a Friday and carried on ’til Monday! The Superstore basement is still one of the most underrated clubs in London, there’s always something good going on for £5! I keep coming back because it really is like like family. It’s always good to hear a Dan Beaumont set at a Superstore birthday!
Catch all these special guests and more at Dalston Superstore’s Ninth Birthday Bash this May Bank Holiday Sunday from 7pm-5am!
A few years ago, before I moved briefly back to the southwest; I started writing a column for QX Magazine titled Life Outside London. The column highlight amazing queer scenes and spaces that existed beyond the big smoke. I spoke to DJs and promoters in places like Belfast, Stockholm, Brooklyn and of course, Bristol. London’s LGBT scene is amazing, and one of the most diverse on the planet. But every now and then it needs a lil shake up. It needs some fresh blood. An injection from the outside world.
Think about what makes London so fab and gorgey. It’s the people right? And who of those are FROM LONDON? Which is why I decided to turn Life Outside London into Outside, a party where I ship over a whole bunch of DJs and hosts and drag kings and queens right to your doorstep so you can try a slice of that city without even leaving the capital.
So without further ado, please meet your entertainers for this bank holiday Sunday!
DON’T TELL YOUR MOTHER
The DTYM gang are some of the most beloved in Bristol’s extremely closeknit LGBT scene. Their monthly socials are every queer’s calendar highlight. A place to kick back, hang with friends and dance to pop and indie guilty pleasures. It helps immensely the ElectroNic and Mister Morgan are the nicest people ever and operate an LGBT+ friends door policy because, as they say “EVERYONE is welcome…as long as you like a good boogie and smile lots. Smiling is very important. Expect glitter, pop bangers, sequins, delicious disco, glitter, rude r’n’b and all round glamour!”
MOTHER & AUNTIE
These two matriarchs come as part and parcel of Don’t Tell Your Mother. They’re on hand to keep you in check (so make sure you’re behaving…fabulously!) Expect the type of Carry On In Drag that we all know and love.
In a really short year Bitch Please has figured out how to combine the straight dance music scene and the credible gay scene into one amazing inclusive party that never feels Not Queer Enough. In a city as small as Bristol, they manage to bring amazing bookings like Honey Dijon and The Black Madonna to parties populated by voguers, drag queens and all the city’s gays, making for mad, colourful nights that are full of nonsense!
These three absolute babes will be closing the basement. Their gay techno night has taken the southwest by storm with its uncompromising musical stance combined with that typically lovely Bristolian welcome. You can usually find Amour Ami happening at The Elite Retreat (a gay sauna with a rooftop that’s even played host to Ostgut Ton’s Boris) or The Queenshilling, one of the last remaining proper gay bars to regularly feature RuPaul Drag Race stars thanks to its regular night Eat Sleep Drag Repeat.
A familiar name to Superstore regulars no doubt and one may wonder their inclusion on this list. Okay, they might not be from Bristol. But this will be Rhythm Sister founder Jess Farley’s last gig as a Londoner before she decamps to our fave city. Liv Ayres joins Jess in the basement for a b2b session through the breadth of their record collections.
Another Londoner who has defected, Strawberry K cut her teeth playing at legendary gay nights Trade and DTPM (that’s the nights all the daddies you fancy went to when they were baby homos). She’s regularly in London though, and can be found playing at PLU Cult Culture, The Magic Roundabout and of course at Golddiggers at Egg London alongside DJs like Tafkanik.
Duo Liam John and Travis Derrick AKA ZENZERO are rave buddies turned house music collaborators and conspirators. They front Bitch Please alongside Amour Ami and the list of nights and festivals they’ve smashed it at is longer than my arm. Catch them opening the basement and start your night the way it’s meant to go on.
Hi that’s me. You may remember me from such nights as Les Poppeurs, or probably more accurately the girl who plays disco records that makes boys wanna kiss.
If you don’t know who Chaka Khan’t is, who even are you? Do you even go here? This Kween of Superstore became an honorary Bristolian when she brought her drag act Cissy down to mixed queer night Keep It Cute and managed about four outfit changes over the course of the night.
This drag performance artist (and I say performance artist because wait ’til you meet her and see her lewks) is no stranger to Superstore, having hosted the Amy Grimehouse pre-party for Peaches Christ‘s screening of ShowGirls. Just look at her. She’s amazing. That’s all I need to say!
Drag Kings don’t often get too much of a look in at gay bars, and Oliver Assets and Roddy Jodphurs are on a mission to change that. They, alongside their guest drag king Chiyo are ready to live out their teenage Coyote Ugly fantasy dreams dancing on the bar.
Catch Outside #1 Bringing A Slice Of Bristol To London on Sunday 28 May from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!
This month sees the beginning of an exciting new venture for Dalston Superstore: We know you have loved Naked Boys Reading, and other one-off brunch parties, so we’re stepping up our game to bring you a disco brunch every Sunday! Ahead of the lauch of the first party series, we bring you some of our DJs’ favourites as a sneaky taster of what’s in store!
Will Cozforg and friends bring you a selection of their favourite records while our famously medicinal Bloody Marys and signature Superstore big breakfasts solve all of your problems!
Favourite track to wake up to on a Sunday morning?
Will: Wally Bardou – Echoes. It’s the perfect album to slowly wake up to in the sunshine on a Sunday morning
Oddball disco favourite?
Will: Was Dog A Donut – Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens experiments with this kooky electronic disco – never to repeat the style again. It’s so different to anything else he ever did – love it!
Power Brunch – Sunday 6 March
Following the pop-up Erection Section brunch on Valentine’s Day, power balladeer pro Neil Prince and East London drag superstar Miss Craig take matters into their own hands with Power Brunch – the power ballad request-fest!
Favourite power ballad to sing/screech in the shower?
Neil: Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing. That intro is just clutch your chest and take a deep breath – a moment for Whitney. And that chorus. And that key change. Grade ‘A’ belter material.
Your go-to break up song?
Miss Craig: Mariah Carey – Without You. That girl has some serious emotion in those words… Gets me every time! She also looks fab in the video.
Back by popular demand, the Naked Boys Reading Brunch Takeover sees four (mostly) naked boys taking over the bar at Superstore for a homage to the humble breakfast staple: BAPS! Hosted by Dr Sharon Husbands and disc jockess The Duchess of Pork!
Favourite literary reference in pop?
Duchess: Has to be Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. It’s an obvious choice but you can’t go wrong with it.
Favourite song to get naked to?
Duchess: There’s a lot of songs I can see myself get naked too so I’ll have to choose two: Roisin Murphy’s Overpowered – it’s the first song of one of my go to records when I have a gentleman caller over. One of them once remarked that I must really like Roisin Murphy because the album was on repeat for hours.
The other song is Dannii Minogue – Disrememberance. Mostly because, once on a first date with an ex, the song came on and he asked if I’d dance naked to it (in his living room) and I immediately complied.
Sylvia’s Soul Food – Sunday 20 March
Sylvia’s Soul Food is here to bring you the holy trinity: breakfast cocktails, soul food specials and sweet, sweet, music to lull you out of that hangover stupor! DJs Dance Armstrong & Chaka Khan’t bring you soul, gospel and motown while you fabulous host Miss Craig takes you to church!
Most redeeming take-me-to-church belter?
Dance Armstrong: Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir – Like a Ship. The Pastor and his Youth for Christ Choir take you to church – for real! I close my eyes and imaging sitting at the back of Sunday service, fan in hand, praising the sweet lord. This song lifts you up. Whether you’re for Christ or not.
Catch the launch of the Dalston Superstore Disco Brunch Series on Sunday 28 February from 1-5pm with Sunday Wax!
The 2 Girls 1 Cub collective are here in the shape of Chaka Khan’t (Disco Spritz), Fannar (Meat) and Ann Rollerskates (Disco Spritz), with new monthly party Last Resort. They promise to transport to where you’d rather be – namely poolside at a Vegas motel, Piña Colada in hand and disco hits spinning. They command you to whack another coat of mascara on over last night’s lashes and hit the dancefloor! We caught up with them to listen to some of their favourite songs to end the weekend to.
Carly Simon – Why.
I usually tend to end with this one due to that fact that I’m still single and crying inside.
Joy Division – Transmission
If I’m like hyper then this classic is good as I would like to throw my pint on the floor and just dance, dance, dance!
Kool A. D. – Hickory
It’s full of love.
Paul McCartney & Wings – Goodnight Tonight
With it’s opening jangly guitar and signature “thumbs up Paul optimism”, this song is guaranteed to make your friends stop their babbling mid sentence to turn and say “Paul McCartney?! Really??”
Steely Dan – Do It Again
So smooth. So seventies. Everyone’s favourite Dad band deliver their masterpiece over slinky percussion and sitar. The intro with that wooden stick instrument that always used to be in the music box at school just makes your friends want to get back up and dance again. This time – sexy.
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
A classic and a classic for a reason. This funky sparse McVie penned number about the flushes of early love brings everyone together for that soaring chorus no matter what kinda night it’s played at.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
This is a fairly new one, and it’s always a surprise hit as a last song. Its jangly riffs and banging baseline are perfect to give your weekend a gentle , funky little send-off.
Drizabone – Real Love
That nineties sax. I needn’t say more.
Catch Two Girls One Cub with Nic Fisher at Last Resort this Sunday, 23 August at Dalston Superstore from 4pm!
The guys and gals of Disco Stew present to you their top seven bizarre disco video moments…
It was the perfect combination of unashamed and unabashed fun, glamour and sass, teamed with unforgettable dance hits and questionable substances that made this era in music and fashion what it was: PURE JOY AND SEQUINS. However, a party that big always attracts a few weirdos, and lord knows D-I-S-C-O had its fair share. Here are some of our fave freaks doing inexplicable things and wearing wonderfully weird get up on camera for your amusement. Enjoy.
Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further (ft. Siedah Garrett)
Cocaine, ladies and gentlemen.
Is this a music video or an anti-drug campaign? We’re just not sure. Dude spends the first 10 seconds of the video making intense eye-contact and gurning ferociously. He is then joined by the equally frightening Seidah Garrett in a disco-trainwreck of a dance-off that is impossible to look away from. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover
This video gets a special mention for literally every single element. No introduction necessary.
Tobacco – VHS Knife
If someone was to ask me to produce a parody of the ’80s, this would be my exact response. There are leotards. There is a wind machine. There are green-screen visuals. And those gloves at 0:15? Feathered, fluorescent perfection.
Carly Simon – Why
‘Why?’ you ask, Carly. Excellent question my dear – and I have a few for you. Why the bizarre two-stepping down the street? Why the very average-looking extras who are very clearly just people on the street who have been roped in? So many questions, and so very few answers. But this is raw ’80s production at its very finest. Enjoy.
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Prepare to bow down. Sylvester is an opulent-disco-androgyne-god/dess. There are so many looks in this video, each of them fiercer than the last. You try strolling into a club wearing an all-white tuxedo, fanning yourself effortlessly and somehow making it work. Alas, for us mere mortals such things are the stuff of dreams.
Glowing Palms – Ask Me After Midnite
This video is like an acid trip gone horribly awry. The dancers are terrifying, the visuals are terrifying and I would kind of like to forget that this even exists.
Will Powers – Adventures in Success
Will Powers, you are ridiculous. This song is basically someone reading a self-help guide over some funky synth. Why does it work? I DON’T KNOW. But it somehow does. Having said that, I genuinely feel both better and worse every time I watch this. That doesn’t sound possible until you try it for yourself.
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