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10 Superstore Memories

With our third birthday almost upon us we’ve been reminiscing about our favourite times. Here are 10 Superstore memories that will never leave us!

Hot Boy Dancing Spot Construction Party

We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for when we opened our doors for the very first time for a ‘secret’ construction party with the help of The Lovely Jonjo. Totally bonkers.


John Sizzle and A Man To Pet are the epitome of showbiz. Their bar-top interpretations of classic movies are legendary. Our favourite? Difficult to choose between The Birds and Human Centipede… Their mini epics are always utterly incredible.


Every time JD Twitch & JG Wilkes come down on the Megabus we have to have the handyman on standby the next day to repair the damage! Our basement has never seen such punishment.

Lovebox Sunday Afters

Firmly locked in the calendar as the must-do aftershow… Peaches dancing on the bar, Robyn on the decks and more synthetic hair than you could possibly imagine in one place. 

Body Talk Launch

Rokk launched our flagship Body Talk night with a massive Grace Jones tribute and covered the venue with blinking ‘80s TVs – Since then it’s gone from strength to strength with some serious DJ guests like Trevor Jackson, Digs & Woosh, Mickey Moonlight and others dropping beats for one of London’s best crowds.

Robert Owens’ Residency

We couldn’t quite believe it when the legendary vocalist and DJ Robert Owens asked to play here once a month. His residency along with the Society collective pairs him with house music veterans like Terry Farley, Trevor Fung and Rocky. The Christmas party was something else… “Happy Christmaaaaaasaaaaaas Dalston Superstooooooooooore!”


Always a pleasure when Mr Panzetta drops in for a spin! He rocks our basement like no one else and definitely scoops the prize for most enthusiastic DJ-dancer!!

Beautiful Freaks Opening

Gutterslut’s Ralf O launched his awesome photography exhibition with the help of artist Tony Hornecker …. A surreal happening involving a temporary shanty town in our basement, a hidden tranny in the toilet and Jonny Woo trapped in a box. 

Trailer Trash Christmas party

Who’s idea was it to install a snow machine in the upstairs bar??!! Somewhere between Santa’s grotto and a budget foam party – a night that we (and dry cleaners within a 5 mile radius) will remember for quite some time

A DJ or two… 

Andy Blake, Prosumer, The Two Bears, Erol Alkan, DJ Nature, Thomas Bullock, Hard Ton, The Magician, Danny Wang, Joakim, Kim Ann Foxman, Mickey Moonlight, Discodromo, Abe Duque, Tom Trago, Tiago, Boris, Mylo, Villa, Disco Bloodbath, Horse Meat Disco, Hannah Holland, Boy George, Smokin’ Jo, Honey Dijon, Nathan Gregory Wilkins, Hunee, Mark Seven, Trevor Jackson, Alex Smoke, Chloe, Neville Watson, Frank Tope, Maxxi Soundsystem, Toby Tobias, Andrew Weatherall, Blake Baxter, Deepgroove, Azari & III, Daniel Avery, Bicep, Jay Shepheard, Danny Rampling, Little Boots, Zombie Nation, Drop The Lime and loads more…. 

Let us know YOUR favourite Superstore memory in the comments section and the best will win a bottle of prosecco to drink here at your favourite disco pleasure palace.

Dalston Superstore 3rd Birthday Party is this Saturday 26th April with some of our favourite DJs ever playing including Severino, Tom Stephan Kris Di Angelis, Mikki Most, Rokk, Dan Beaumont, Squeaky, John Sizzle, A Man To Pet, Josh Caffe, Borja Peña, Mark-Ashley Dupé, JERK! and Will Viper.

Photo credit of Beautiful Freaks Opening: Darrell Berry


The second annual Fringe! gay and lesbian film festival is almost upon us! We asked organiser and local hero Mr Alexander Karotsch to give us the lowdown…

Please explain what Fringe! is for the uninitiated

Fringe! is a DIY and community film and arts festival that takes place across various venues in East London over one long weekend in April.

Who is involved?

There are six of us in the core team, an increase of three from the first year. Liz is our producer extraordinaire, Anna heads up the First Love Project and works with me on press, Konstantinos is one of our curators and programmers along with Josefeen and Muffin. I work on publicity, programming and general organising (which sometimes results in me bossing around everyone, in the nicest possible way).

And then there’s of course our myriad of collaborators without who the festival just wouldn’t be possible. There are too many to list here so check out the programme on our website to see who we’re working  with this year. 

Why did you start it

We set up the festival in 2011 in response to the LLGFF being cut down from two to only one week. To make up for the missing weekend the three founding members (Liz, Anna and me) we decided to put on some films over the ‘lost’ weekend. It quickly ballooned from showing a few films into a full blown festival with loads of stuff from interactive events to talks and from performance art to parties happening. We had something on offer for everyone, from the thought provoking to the playful. We organised the whole festival in just two months. Putting together a weekend of events in such a short time was pretty mental but it really paid off and the first festival was a huge success. This year the LLGFF is thankfully back to an almost full run but we’ve decided that there’s a space for us to do something that’s maybe a little bit different and also reaches a different audience. Showing films is still at our very core but we’ve expanded the programme to also include more events, performance and art including our first commission Super 8 Cam, which will be showing in the DSS basement over the Fringe! weekend.

What makes East London unique?

There is an amazing creative spirit and community in East London who we are incredibly thankful for and indebted to, from filmmakers, artists, graphic and fashion designers to DJs, musicians, trannies and performers.

It’s a bit like the village where I come from where everyone knows everyone just much better. No-one’s going to run to tell my mum if I’ve done something wrong but the whole village might still find out.

It’s also an incredibly international environment which makes it super easy to establish contact with likeminded people all over the world, whether in London itself or abroad.

What is the First Love Project?

The First Love Project is our community outreach programme which we are running for the first time this year. It is designed to get young gay people in East London, especially those from ethnic minority groups, involved in filmmaking. To start off the project we have set up a Vimeo site where anyone can upload a short video about their first love, whoever or whatever that might have been. A selection of the best videos will be screened at Rich Mix and after the screening there will be discussions and workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about TV, film and radio.

Who are the up-and-coming local film makers we should be on the lookout for?

Antonio da Silva is a friend of ours, originally from Portugal and now living in East London. We’ll be showing his short Mates, about online flirting, random internet hookups, social media and pornography, before our opening film I Want Your Love, and he is also one of the filmmakers who is contributing to Super 8 Cam.

Another of our favourites is Campbell X who produces experimental films and shorts which combine both fiction and documentary elements. Her first feature Stud Life about a lesbian and her best gay friend is having its premiere at the LLGFF.

Look out for the Fringe! meets Hot Boy Dancing Spot party at Superstore on April 13th (after the In Bed With Madonna late-night screening at the Rio!)

Have a look at the Fringe website for more information on what’s happening over the festival

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Drinks will be sponsored by Briska Cider.

Hello Mozart!

Saturday sees two of our favourite nights joining force for a fabulous time, as Hot Boy Dancing Spot takes over the basement with special guest pint-sized popstar Little Boots, whilst JERK’s girl-heat infiltrates the top bar with Queer Nation legend Jeffrey Hinton. We tracked down Hot Boy resident Hello Mozart! for a quick chat about all the upcoming fun… 

How did you get the name Hello Mozart? A nickname from others or did you name yourself kinda after the Motorola catchphrase?

I have to say I was always a Nokia boy. In all seriousness, I used to DJ with a really good friend Ben. He called himself Ben Goodbye and I took the Hello part. Mozart comes from Queer As Folk when the young kid Nathan shouts out “I’m Mozart! I’m fucking Mozart!”. I kind of liked the notion of doing everything when I was young. 

Can you tell us a bit about how you met The Lovely Jonjo and how you came to be part of Hot Boy Dancing Spot?

I met Jonjo when I was promoting a club night in Bournemouth called Big In Japan. We booked him and we got on really well so when I moved up to London it just made sense to work on something together. I really love throwing parties with him and we’ve got some pretty big plans for HB this year.

This Saturday sees you guys joining up with girl-heat extraordinaires JERK to create Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot! How did this magical team-up come together?

We love throwing parties with other nights. There’s something about two different crowds getting together that makes it a really interesting night. We also really like girls and don’t really like it if there aren’t any at our nights. So this seemed perfect. JERK is also my favourite weekday night. Their parties are always amazing. 

Please do tell us all about the extra special guest you have brightening the basement this weekend!

We’ve always been fans of Little Boots. I’ve seen her live a few times and her sets are always really interesting. It’s definitely going to one of the biggest nights we’ve had in a while. Expect some pretty big things!

Who’s been your favourite guest you’ve had so far?

We’ve had so many amazing guests, but I do love it when We Have Band and Dan ‘Stopmakingme’ Avery play for us. Also TEETH! always put on an amazing show. We have a lot of rotating residents as well so it’s always fun when we play with them. 

Can you tell us your top three Hot Boy tunes?

Little Boots –  Shake (Azari & III Remix) 

This track had to be in here as standard. Expect to hear it this weekend. I don’t think Azari & III have ever done a bad remix, but this one’s especially great!

Cassius –  The Sound Of Violence (Aeroplane Remix)

This has been a favourite of mine for a while, but especially so at the moment after having a near out of body experience in a cab across Berlin after leaving Berghain to check out of my apartment. Too much.

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Anyone who’s been to a few Hot Boys knows this is a favourite end track of Jonjo’s and mine. It’s great to play a night where you feel you can play anything, which is what Hot Boy’s about, and this has been a favourite track of mine since I was a teenager. What ever you do don’t make me cut the track short…

Hello Mozart! plays in the basement this Saturday 25th February at Hot Boy Jerkin’ Spot alongside The Lovely Jonjo and Little Boots, whilst Jeffrey Hinton and JERK residents Zoe and Keziah play upstairs from 10pm – 4am.