May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Recommendations on London’s Gay Scene

Another Bank Holiday weekend is approaching in London and this time at least it looks like the weather will put on a better show than at Easter. Here a few recommendations for the weekend, with plenty of choice for Saturday and Sunday night in particular.

Thursday 2 May

For the benefit of those starting their May Day Bank Holiday weekend early, The Shadow Lounge’s mid-week party, Gigolo, has now moved from a Wednesday to a Thursday. DJs this Thursday night are Paul Heron, Samy Jo and Aamyko. More details on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday 3 May

In Soho, it’s Discipline at Circa with Munroe Bergdorf. South of the river in Vauxhall, there’s the now hopefully fledgling Foundation at Covert. Eastbound, the Dalston Superstore celebrates its fourth birthday.

Saturday 4 May

At G-A-Y at Heaven, it’s a special ABBA night. G-A-Y has pulled off something of a coup to secure a personal appearance by Agnetha Fältskog at 12:30 (note this is not a live set).

In Vauxhall, Carpet Burn at The Eagle is hosting “Five Star Wars” with a live PA from Five Star lead singer Denise Pearson. In East London, the Dalston Superstore’s Birthday celebrations continue with SOS.

Back in the West End, in Soho BakeBox returns for another outing at The Green Carnation with guest DJs Lee Dagger from Bimbo Jones and DJ Neroli. Other Saturday stalwarts include XXL, DJ Zach Burns at The Edge and Adam Turner at Circa in Soho.

Sunday 5 May

By all accounts, Charlie Hides has settled comfortably into his Sunday afternoon residency at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Also in Vauxhall, Horse Meat Disco at The Eagle is hosting a “Amazonia party” with guest DJ Daniel Wang and residents Jim Stanton and James Hillard. As always for a Bank Holiday weekend, arrival well before the 8pm start is recommended.

In a welcome move for the West End, Heaven is hosting Summer Rites presents One Night In Heaven as a taster of Pride In The Park on Sunday 29 June.

A contrite and apologetic We Party London returns to The Coronet Theatre. The theme is We Airlines. In spite of the upset caused by operational problems at the Easter event, I suspect the We Party London brand is strong enough not to suffer any long term damage. However, it is salutary reminder for all venues and promoters to never take the operational basics for granted and your guests are not merely people to be processed. The DJs at We Party are Manuel de Diego, Paul Heron, D’Johnny and Steve Pitron with Popstarz vs Madame JoJo vs Sink The Pink hosting the 2nd room.

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