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GGL Run down of 2013

28 Dec

It’s been a busy year on the scene in lesbian London! There’s been a lot of changes, highs and lows. Here’s our run down of 2013.

Theatre and Film

LGBT Theatre and in particular female leading casts and lesbian themed films were centre stage this year. Halbwelt Kultur was a hugely popular show based on the women of the Weimar Republic and dealing with some famous lesbian relationships, this show went from strength to strength this year. Then there was the Canne’s Palme, d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour, a coming of age tale realistically depicting a lesbian relationship warts and all which wowed audiences everywhere. Other theatre mentions include Sappho and Spring Tide.

Candy Bar announces it’s closing

The iconic Candy Bar announced this year that it will be closing it’s doors in Jan 2014 after an increase in rent and the economic downturn meant that it could not feasibly stay open in future. Candy Bar has been open since the 1990’s and became the most popular lesbian bar in London. It has a variety of nights on appealing to a range of tastes and a few years ago featured in a documentary about lesbians in London, ‘Candy Bar Girls’. It was recently taken over by the Ku bar group and refurbished but despite all of this tough economic times still got the better of it.  Never fear however! Candy Bar will be moving to the Ku Bar on Frith Street! So no need to panic ladies, Candy Bar’s new incarnation will be with us soon with a host of parties in Soho for women!

New bars and nights

A host of exciting and innovative new nights appeared this year including the fun and fancy free TLC, the concept night, Create, and new east London night Culture Clash. Plus of course new bar Labels on Frith Street – another great space for lesbians in the heart of Soho.

Special mentions

Lot’s of exciting parties have been on for lesbians this year making 2013 a more eclectic one for lesbians looking for great nights out. Chica Bonita appeared at Candy Bar with it’s special brand of female party, celebrating women with some very talented dancers and performers. Unskinny Bop moved back to it’s spiritual home at the Star of Bethnal Green pub and is still going strong as one of the best queer nights on the scene. Live music night Chick Habit at Candy Bar managed to bag Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry for a DJ set, and band HAIM. Cabaret and queer nights took hold at Candy Bar with Adam All Drag’s (@AdamAll_Drag) special brand of party – Boi Box. Other nights still drawing in the London lesbian crowd in droves include our faves Southbank Surfing, Bijou Cocktail Social and Bar Wotever.

Looking forward

Next year should see some fantastic nights lined up including the Lesbian Prom in March – a huge event at Scala; plus the first ever Winter Pride from the L-Wired ladies. With Candy Bar moving to Frith street we can’t wait to see what nights they’ll have on for us there, plus who knows what’s in store all over London?? We’ll be sure to let you know!

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Chica Bonita – Review!

1 Nov

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This week saw the return of monthly night Chica Bonita, landing itself once again at Candy Bar with a bang for a Halloween special – and we were there to party with the CB girls!

Chica Bonita is a new take on the average girl night out. It has a definite identity and ethos, which is to celebrate femininity – and have fun while doing it! Modelled on a gentlemen’s club, Chica Bonita has tailored it’s night for women, whether they are gay, bisexual or curious.

The stand out feature that makes the Chica Bonita experience are the array of dancers who perform throughout the night. Wearing amazing costumes (which don’t stay on for long), the dancers salsa, twirl and acrobat their way through some top tunes, as well as doing things with a pole you wouldn’t think possible within the laws of gravity.

The performers are specially picked for the Chica Bonita night to appeal to an all female clientele, their acts being more than just a striptease. Dancer Domino is one example, her sexy androgynous style coupled with her ‘wow’ inducing dance moves is not something you’d see in Spearmint Rhino… The ladies were definitely falling for her, bit like a stack of – well – dominoes. (Sorry…)

Chica Bonita also employs some great live music acts, including singers, bands and this month, rap artist Elektric (Twitter- @E1ektric). At one point Elektric’s act was mingled with a dance performance to create an erotic rap act, something I’ve never come across before don’t think I’m likely to again!

The atmosphere on the night was relaxed and fun as well as pretty sensual with the dancers floating around the dance floor after each of their performances. A refreshingly varied mix of women made up the night ranging from all ages. The music – this week provided by the fab Izzy Trixx – also varied from top 40 pop and RnB to some dark gothic rock that blended with the performances on stage.

I had a great night, meeting new people, watching some fantastic acts and even getting to chat up not one, but two gorgeous dancers! Mind you, this is a usual night out for me, I’m always beset with beautiful performers to chat up. Ok maybe not – but this was made possible at Chica Bonita! So get down there next time it’s on and enjoy the experience!

Review – Chvrches DJ set @ Chick Habit

28 Sep

Thursday was a fab night at Chick Habit as they managed to secure a DJ set from Chvrches, or more accurately Lauren Mayberry the lead singer of the band. Chick Habit is a great night out every Thursday at Candy Bar, hosting live acts and DJs spinning some top indie and pop tunes – so I was really excited when they announced this DJ set only a week before.

Chvrches have been going from strength to strength this year, performing at festivals, TV appearances on Jools Holland and nominees for BBC’s Sound of 2013. Their infectious, electro-pop sound has a wide appeal. Lauren’s simple yet soaring vocals perfectly compliment samples and synths, creating brilliant and uplifting songs that you just can’t help but dance to. Their new album The Bones of What you Believe is out now with fantastic reviews!

There was a great atmosphere at Candy Bar as DJs AmyB, Phoebe & Chloe warmed up the crowd. Just after 11 pm and armed with a can of Strongbow the Scottish beauty – or Lauren – arrived taking over the decks. The set was a mixture of fun and dancey tunes, perfect for a night out. There was some crowd pleasers and some songs that took us all by surprise; everyone got dancing to Azealia Banks’ 212, there was a bit of Katy Perry, Hole, as well as some 80’s classics. To be honest I was supposed to be making notes of what she played for this review but I instantly forgot about that once the songs started up – sorry guys. My note taking went out the window as I danced happily to pop and indie tunes – the rest of the crowd dancing too – us all soaking up the laid-back and friendly atmosphere.

Hunched over the laptop, cute and pixie-like Lauren seemed nervous at first but soon got into the set. She was very sociable, having no problems saying hello to fans, taking pictures with people and having mini conversations in between lining up tunes. I nervously went up to her to shake her hand and she was all smiles and conversation. After telling her how great Chvrches were at Field Day festival this summer she thanked me graciously and said she preferred small gigs and meeting people, which I thought was charming.

The set ended too soon with a blast of Madonna – again taking the crowd by surprise but not stopping the dancing. There wasn’t much in the way of the synthy electro I was expecting but everyone was happy and buzzing during the set and I couldn’t hear any complaints.

Well done Chick Habit! Fantastic night with one fantastic DJ. Maybe she could get a permanent slot at Candy..? Now there’s a thought!

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