And so we turn to the last of our trio of spring/summer bank holiday weekends, so here’s our first cut of recommended events and nights over the weekend from Friday to Monday. We also have details of Eurovision screenings in London.
As always, we’ll update with last minute ticket information as the weekend approaches.
Friday 22 May 2015
Pop!, formerly of The Black Cap (R.I.P), makes its debut at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY) with a pre-Eurovision party. More on Facebook.
One of the newer Friday nights in London is the fledgling Le Coq every Friday night at East Bloc (217 City Road) promising a mix of disco, pop, R’n’B, italo, house and 80s & 90s tracks.
Saturday 23 May 2015
Saturday is of course Eurovision finals night. The Two Brewers (114 Clapham High Street) will be screening the final from Vienna live. Early arrival is recommended as no advance tickets are available. Entry is also free before 10pm. £8 after. More on Facebook.
Eurovison will also be screened at G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street and Edge Bar Soho (11 Soho Sqaure, W1D 3QE).
G-A-Y at Heaven holds its own Eurovision party with live performances from 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz (though not the original line-up!) and former UK representatives Blue.
XXL at Pulse (Invicta Plaza, Southwark) plays host to its annual Bear Pride. XXL will be raising funds for the Ben Cohen foundation and Mr Cohen himself (stay away from that darkroom Ben!) will be making an appearance on the night. Advance tickets are on sale now. More on Facebook.
Porn stars Bruno Bernal and JP Richards present an XXX-rated show at R18 Restricted at The Eagle (Kennington Lane, Vauxhall). Doors open at 9pm. Showtime at midnight.
Meanwhile, The Men Who Fell to Earth land at East Bloc.
Sunday 24 May 2015
To Sunday, Matinee continues its summer series of outdoor terrace parties with Matinee Easy Riders Motor Club at the Ministry of Sound (103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle) from midday to 9pm. £10 advance tickets are on sale now.
Staying east, “Bender” is on at East Bloc (217 City Road, EC1V 1JN) promising classic house, sleazy disco, 80s synth, homo anthems and shameless guilty pleasures. There’s more on Facebook.
Our perennial favourite for any Sunday on a bank holiday weekend is of course Horse Meat Disco at The Eagle (Kennington Lane, Vauxhall). Arrival before doors open at 8pm is recommended.
Rupert Street Bar hosts a fund-raiser for Pride from 5pm with the chance to win tickets to see Alan Carr and flight attendant Pam Ann live. More from Pride London.
Comptons Of Soho is also raising funds on Sunday for GMFA.
Bank Holiday weekend festivities will also be under way throughout the weekend at West End bars New Bloomsbury Set (76 Marchmont Street, WCN1 1AG), Circa (62 Frith Street), The Yard (57 Rupert Street), Ku Bar (30 Lisle Street), Ku Soho (25 Frith Street) Rupert Street Bar (50 Rupert Street), Edge Bar (11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE) and Freedom Bar (66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA).
Monday 25 May
Old school party Anthem! returns to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for a special bank holiday party from 2pm with Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs.
And for viewers in the North…
Finally, we should mention that We Party and Room Service both make their debut in Manchester this weekend.