In this issue:
Saturday 26th. July: Pride in the Park (Hyde Park,
London) for those of us who are gay, and Global Gathering (long
Marston Airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon) for those of us who
are just happy and smiley, (or is that pretty and witty?). The problem
for those who are "pretty and witty and gay" is that you'll
have to choose! Personally I'll be at Global Gathering. Steve (DJ
from Manchester), who went previously advises getting there early
(i.e. before 4pm) if you travel by car, as he experienced a long
delay due to traffic close to the event last year.
If you'd like to meet up with me at GG, just send me an e-mail before
noon on Saturday.
Sunday 27th If you'd like to chill after GG and stay in the Midlands
area then SHAFT is running a FREE ENTRY event at Radius, (Horsefair,
central Birmingham) with:
Mark H (SHAFT/DROPZONE/INUKSHUK)
Col The Medik (SHAFT/AFTERSSENTIAL/INUKSHUK)
Paul E (DROPZONE)
LIL Angel (TWISTED)
DJ Dion (SUCTION)
Riggsy & Bazza B(TENSION RECORDS/FIDGET)
Fitzie (THE JAM)
Radius is a nice venue for this sort of thing, has a good sound
system and a beer garden
Alternatively, if you are in London for Pride or want to pop down
there after GG, Trade's Tropicana party is on at Turnmills from
4am, "'til super late", with: Andy Farley, BK, EJ Doubell,
Fat Tony, Gonzalo, Kelly Marie, Pete Wardman, Peter Ward, Rachel
Auburn, Tom Mcmillan, Tyrone & Wayne G. followed by Fresco,
at Egg, in King's Cross (200 York Way) from 2pm which is billed
as "An afternoon of soulful house, Balearic beats and latin
vibes", provided by Ariel, Fat Tony, Wayne G + Guest, and where
Egg are providing a swimming (dipping/splashing?) pool on their
outdoor patio. (Rumours that Laurence Malice has contracted with
BA staff to fly low overhead at regular intervals to complete the
Space effect are groundless).
OR, if you want something a tad (!) harder, from 3pm, Riot is holding
a special summer event, Hard as Hell, at The End, in London with
BK and Andy Farley b2b, EJ Doubell, Ed Real and Danny Gilligan b2b
and Northern boys making good DJ GRHG (Leeds), and Alex Kidd, (Manchester),
plus The Ignition Crew Vs Trophy Twins and Tommy Showtime in the
second room. The Riot event is helping to promote the release of
Accelerate, a new hard dance track, so apart from all this there
might be some freebies too.
Preliminary Notes for August:
2nd August: BLUE @ Subway City, Birmingham; Twisted @ The Fridge,
8th. August, Suction @ Exclusive, Birmingham.
10th. August: Ricochet @ Egg, London.
2Klub's efforts to make clubbers more aware of their rights to free
drinking water seem to have borne fruit, and have led to a healthy
discussion of the issue on a number of notice boards, including
Sundissential's. Thanks to all those who took part in our recent
water survey, where so far the indications are that most venues
provide free drinking water without a quibble, (as required by their
entertainment licenses). Subway City was also reported to be doing
this last Sunday. The only venue where there was an issue was The
Nightingale, in Birmingham, which was reported to be charging people
a £1 "service charge" for a glass of water, (i.e.
they maintain that the water is free but they impose a charge for
providing it). Devotees of the 'gale should make note of the fact
that there is a cold tap in the ladies loo on the ground floor,
as well as in one of the loos on the third floor.
Free drinking water is also to be provided at events such as Global
Gathering. The relevant licensing authority requires that a drinking
trough, (each of which has a large number of taps... I think they
said ten), be provided per three thousand people. As GG is licensed
for 35,000 people that means there should be a minimum of twelve
drinking troughs at various locations throughout the site, (i.e.
about 120 taps) and in addition the promoters are required to provide
drinking water "in the pits"... (those were the words
of the people at Stratford licensing)... so I'll take that to mean
in each location where people are dancing. So bear in mind, that
according to the government, the licensing authorities and most
sensible promoters and venue owners, if you or a friend need free
water it is to be there for you, without question. You do not have
to justify asking for it or provide any explanation; it is your
Disco Damaged is a newsletter and soon a website providing info
for clubbers focussed on the London gay scene, though also of interest
to clubbers of all persuasions, as it covers a variety of issues,
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That's all for now f-f-folks. See you at GG and Riot if u r there,
but wherever you are, stay safe and well.