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Favourite Superstore moments from our special guest DJs!

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! 



Wes Baggaley 

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!




Our favourite memory of Superstore is a hard one to pin down. One of them was at the beginning of Goldsnap. There was a lot of hype around it, and everyone was excited to have a new weekly night. People were so hyped they were falling off chairs, balconies… it was chaos, but so much fun! Also, I (Gin) distinctly remember playing Beyonce’s Blow and everyone going wild.
We keep coming back because of gigs and of the friends. It’s definitely a safe central spot to meet people, and we know the family. One of the most important things about having a queer space, is keeping it queer. I appreciate that Superstore has a safer spaces policies and actively tries to make sure the customers feel safe. We’ve also met a lot of new friends through Superstore, some of whom have really helped me throughout our respective careers and been there as support. I appreciate the family that keep Superstore going, and I hope they are able to celebrate with us on Sunday!
Chaka Khan’t 

Trying to isolate one memory at Dalston Superstore is near impossible, so I think I’ll have to settle on a few! I was stalking the Superstore website and dreaming about partying here long before I even arrived in London. When I started the job – first as a bartender – I knew that I had found an amazing queer family that was going to change the course of my time in London. In the last five years here, nearly all of my greatest memories are of parties in Superstore. Whether it’s setting up my own Tuesday night party Disco Spritz and DJing for the very first time, thrashing around on the bar countless times, discovering the genius that is Grizzle, establishing an incredible extended family of beautiful characters, or spending many hours well into the next day at my very first Superstore Birthday Bash, it has been a wild ride so far. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds in store!
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Super Drama 
After a chance meeting with Chaka Khan’t and Dance Armstrong in a tent in Wales, we soon began playing at Last Resort and Disco Spritz. Our favee memory of Superstore is the party last year when Jerome ripped the back of my (Jon’s) shirt in a perfect square and got multiple compliments off people thinking it was a really strong and fashion-forward look. We keep on returning to play Mints with our amazing dance troupe of K’wality, Kety Perry, Lexy and Pinky Bits who are all hosting the birthday party on Sunday.
Nadia Ksaiba

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! 

Michelle Manetti 
Superstore is by far the most fabulous queer space in London. Fèmmme Fraîche has made a very comfortable home there and the DSS team have always been super supportive of what we do. It’s such an important venue for the London queer scene and i’ve made so many friends, danced wayyy too hard on far too many occasions, and had one-too-many sambucas countless times, but she’ll keep coming back for more. I’ve been partying hard at Superstore since its doors first opened nine years ago, and it’s always a pleasure to DJ and even more of an honour to play at the birthday party, so I’ll be spinning my finest tunes for such an auspicious occasion (just keep pouring me those sambucas!)
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A Man To Pet
My first memory of Superstore was the first night that it opened! I remember every single person who was there, and now the most of them are way too old to go out I am so thankful that drinking the coconut water from the bar there keeps me youthful!  My favourite memory is the salmon breakfast and the Basic Boys riming each other on the bar and synchronised swimming with John Sizzle! I won’t say anymore.  Gurl is nine years old and I’ve spent more than 1000 nights either working or dancing there. LOVE SUPERSTORE, more than the glory. Thanx and bye.

Catch all these special guests and more at Dalston Superstore’s Ninth Birthday Bash this May Bank Holiday Sunday from 7pm-5am! 



Black Fly Zine

By Goldsnap

Ella and Nana are the co-founders of Black Fly Zine, a new zine on sexual health, positivity and well-being for people of colour. Ahead of their fundraiser on the 25th of Febuary, regular Thursday party Goldsnap are helping them raise money and awareness about the project, and are hoping to get more people of colour involved in the conversation. The Goldsnap crew sat down with Ella and Nana to find out more about Black Fly Zine!

What inspired you to create Black Fly Zine?

We were fed up with the lack of decolonised information on sexual health which failed to consider the multiplicity of people of colour (POC) narratives – and how this impacts us. This wasn’t just about health but also sexual wellbeing – black and brown love, sex positivity and diverse reflections on queer identities and sexualities, to name a few. So we created Black Fly as a platform to share and learn through each other’s experiences, keeping POC centered and our intersections better considered.

Did you take inspiration fromany other zines?

Ella has been working with zines for a few years and has submitted to at least 15 zines in the last few year. Roadfemme was definitely an inspiration, but through submitting to zines you learn about what makes a zine work and also when you have hated a zine you’ve submitted to, what they have done wrong.

What has been the best part of putting the zine together?

Whenever we receive an email notification we both get excited – we definitely feel privileged by people’s willingness to be open and honest with us and the creative manifestations that have come out of this. The zine is just a magical mix of poems, essays, collages, a short story, illustrations and photography…

The call-out for submissions reached pretty wide and the contributors span over three continents, so some of the pieces are in French and Spanish (for these we’ve kept the original but included an English translation.) We’ve even had a submission from a black man who spent seven years incarcerated in the States and sent us an excerpt from the book he wrote during this time. We really couldn’t have anticipated any of this…

Basically, the zine is lit. Lol!

Do you feel that putting together the zine is particularly important now? Why?

Conversations on sexual wellbeing will always be important but what is exciting about the times we are in, is that the zine centres our experiences as people of colour without having to explain why this is necessary. Generally, advice on sexual health/ wellbeing is overwhelmingly heteronormative and is written from the perspective that one size fits all – we are hoping that Black Fly can be a meaningful resource for those who have found a lot of that information to be useless to them.

Do you have future plans for Black Fly? What are they?

The response to this first edition of the zine has been super positive and so there will definitely be a second. In addition to this, we are planning to produce an issue for a much younger demographic through recorded conversations with teenagers as well as their individual submissions. We have also been thinking about workshops but that seems a long way for now…

You have a fundraiser coming up, can you tell us a bit about that?

We are organising fundraisers in three cities: London, New York and Mexico City. The first of these is a party in London and will be held at an artists’ co-working warehouse space in Hackney on Saturday 25th February. It’s £7 to get in but it’s also bring your booze… please come!

Is Black Fly looking for any contributions? How can POC get involved?

Black Fly is for every POC and so we are always wanting people to share their ideas. As mentioned earlier, we will be producing a second edition so people can keep sending us submissions. Currently, it has just been the two of us putting it together, and one of us lives in London and the other Mexico city (the joys of the Internet!!) but as we grow we will definitely need more support, irrespective of where people are based.

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How can we donate Black Fly?

You can donate to the JustGiving page. All of the proceeds are going to the printing of the zine. We are giving every contributor a copy of the publication and that is exactly where the money is going, to cover printing and shipping costs.

Join in the Black Fly fundraiser at the Goldsnap Valentine’s Special this Thursday 8 Feb from 9pm-2:30am!



Goldsnap support Sisters Uncut

All-girl QTIBL (queer, trans, intersex, black, latino) DJ collective Goldsnap have been throwing their weekly RnB, house and garage night at Superstore for near on a year now, and they are celebrating the end of 2016 with a fundraiser to support crucial feminist action group Sisters Uncut!

Sisters Uncut is a group of non-binary, gender variant people and women who are fighting cuts to domestic violence services via direct action. 


This summer the East London chapter, East End Sisters reclaimed an empty council flat in Hackney. They did this in protest of the shocking fact that 1,000 council properties lie empty while 2/3 survivors are turned away from refuges.

Through taking this space and negotiations with Hackney mayor Phil Glanville, Sisters won a number of key demands. However Phil Glanville has failed to keep his promises. 

Some of the councils failings include forcing survivors into private hostels, and women at risk still being placed in dangerous accommodation on Marion Court while empty units have not been filled despite Glanville’s promises to fill them by Christmas. This fundraiser is to help East End Sisters Uncut continue their work and keep pressure on Glanville. 

They need donations to help them win! 



Safer spaces: Goldsnap has affiliated itself with Sisters Uncut for this event and will therefore be operating under Sisters Safer Spaces policy to make sure every one enjoys their night. Allies and supporters of all genders are welcome for this event. Read the safer spaces policy here:

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Join the Goldsnap Sisters Uncut Fundraiser this Thursday 15 December from 9pm-2:30am at Dalston Superstore!




Coco Cole

Dalston Superstore and the Goldsnap girls are absolutely thrilled to welcome a very special guest to this week’s edition of Goldnsnap! Coco Cole has had one hell of a year – from hosting her regular residencies on Capital XTRA & Capital FM with a 9 million-strong audience, to being selected by the widely revered Martin Solveig for a summer residency at his My House night in Ibiza. We can’t wait to see what this “vital cog in the machinery of UK Dance” (Mixmag) has in store for the ladies of Goldsnap! They caught up to find our how she got to where she is today!

When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and two most influential albums?

I started properly when I was 19. Saved for ages to buy this Numark DJ controller and Traktor. Not as romantic as the previous generations who had turntables, but hey I’m a child of the digital age and it helped me learn what I needed to know. Early passions? I’ve always been a big music head. Learnt classical guitar in primary school and was always the singer in school plays. Pontius Pilate hello! It was when I was 15 that I started diversifying my tastes and really learning about music. The internet saved me. I’d spend hours on Limewire (not realising it was piracy to be honest) and I found I was into music labelled under “electronica.” From there, I discovered Massive Attack, Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra, Telepopmusik, CocoRosie, Metaform, Nightmares on Wax and they all blew my mind. Listening to them just sent me to another place. I totally jacked the soundtracks from The L Word too… so I was really into Tegan & Sara…!

What equipment do you prefer to use for your sets and why?

I use SD cards at the moment. Using a computer with Traktor would really stress me out. I’d be retching before my gigs because I was so nervous my computer would fail. So one gig I just thought, “Fuck it,” and I gave USBs a go. Never ever looked back. My USBs have been giving me grief recently though with the export time from rekordbox so I switched to SD cards as they’re quicker & cheaper for the capacity too!

Where does the name Coco Cole come from?

Facebook. Back when it was a bit of joke. I told my mate who I called RiRi (because her last name was Riley) to change her FB name to RiRi Riley… she did on the premise I did too and vóila. Basically Year 9 bants!

Goldsnap is a gurlzz night, what genre/subgenre do you think these queers want to hear?

I’m hoping to go kinda jackin’ house to take it back to the Chicago scene but it all depends how the night goes. I love DSS & run a night there myself where we play proper house party shit so who knows, I might end up pulling out Destiny’s Child & the Biebs.

What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

Oh jeez. Luckily loads. But my all time favourite track ever is Prince – Controversy. I could listen to that over and over and over and over ….

Can you tell us a bit about Coco Cole and your DJ lifestyle – what is a typical month for you?

Haaa there’s no such thing as typical in my life which is how I like it. I’d wilt with boredom if I ever followed a schedule again. There are, however, always running themes of sleeplessness, radio shows, dancing, gigging, hours downloading music, meetings, emails, swearing at my computer and spending all my money on Ubers!

If you were to be stranded on an island and you only had 3 albums you can take with you, which would they be?

Fuck, how are you doing this to me?! Okay okay I can do this…

  1. Lauryn Hill “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” for singing along and never getting bored of those classroom discussions about Love.

2. CocoRosie – Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn for daydreaming & being sad.

3. And a mixtape of all my all time favourite tracks for jamming. Loophole!

Music and DJing sometimes can be difficult with the lifestyle & scheduling, what keeps you going / what keeps you motivated?

I literally have no idea sometimes. I’m just fueled by this innate desire to share music with other people. It’s at the root of everything I do. The feeling of blasting out tracks to a packed out sweaty dancing room is also pretty addictive. I’m always chasing that too.

Catch Coco Cole at Goldsnap this Thursday 17 November from 9pm-2:30am!




Dalston Superstore is absolutely thrilled to announce new weekly gurlzzz party Goldsnap will be debuting on Thursday 31 March! The three-way lovechild of local female DJ collective Goldsnap, this is a party space for all with an emphasis on showcasing amazing local female talent. You can expect R&B, Hip Hop, House, Trap, Afrobeats, Garage, Dance, House and more from Mwen, DJ Dibs, VDubs & very special guests! We caught up with them to see what they’re planning to unleash!

Hi guys! We are super excited about your new new Thursday night girls night at Dalton Superstore! Can you tell us a little bit about your vision for Goldsnap?

We feel it’s time for something new to happen on the scene. A place where girls can go every Thursday to dance till they sweat, with other girls. It’s pretty simple. That’s all I’ve ever wanted from a girl’s night – good music, good vibes and dancing.

Where did the inspiration for the name come from?

Goldsnap means a sudden climatic change that is golden. 
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You guys have a bit of a history together as DJs. How did the three of you come together?

We all met through VDubz back in 2014. VDubz was bartending in a basement joint in Dalston and DJ Dibs played a set that basically blew her away. So VDubz fed her rum and coke until DJ Dibs was convinced to come over and do a jam session. VDubz brought Mwen along and it was so electric that VDubz’s house burned down a couple weeks later. True story.

If you could change anything about queer nightlife in London, what would it be?

If anything, it would be more QTIBPOC (Queer, Trans*, Inter*, Black and People of Colour) spaces. We want a night which plays something for everyone, we’re setting out to create a space where everything comes together, the music, the queer, the funk & the fun.

If you had a time machine and could do dancing anywhere/ anywhen, where would you go?

Dj Dibs: Definitely back to the 70s when no one gave a shit. Music was at its peak, everyone had to dance and hairy guys were in – lol.

Mwen: Any time a new scene emerged like hip-hop or jungle/drum ‘n’ bass. I remember when dubstep was emerging. Those early moments in a scene when a few artists are doing something really interesting and exciting I think are golden. Working outside the paradigm of popular music is such a hard thing to do and I think there is something magical when you witness it happening.

VDubz: Back to the Golden Age of hip hop: the nineties. The style was everything, the lyrics were on point – Fresh Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, VH1, MTV… I find it all terribly romantic.

What is your favourite track of the year so far?

Dibs: Am I Wrong by Anderson Paak. It’s a party track but also soothing at the same time.

Mwen: Missy Elliot’s WTF. I’ll be playing that tune a lot I think…

VDubz: Beyonce’s Formation. We slay!

And one track you can’t wait to drop at Goldsnap?

Dibs: Afrikan Lady by Aina More

Mwen: I can’t wait to drop a few garage classics…you’ll have to wait and find out which ones though…

VDubz: Rewind by Kelela

Catch the Dibs, VDubz & Mwen at the premiere of Goldsnap on Thursday 31 March at Dalston Superstore from 9pm-2:30am!