DJ Pagano at XXL Wrestle
Italian stallion DJ Pagano is back at Pulse this Saturday (26 Aug) for XXL’s 12-hour extravaganza from 9pm. He’ll be spinning huge dancefloor hits alongside residents Paul Morrell and Alex Logan in the main room, while David Robson and Joe Egg turn out the choons in the pop and R&B-fuelled Fur Lounge. And this week’s Wrestle theme gives you the perfect excuse to rock your tush in a sexy singlet on the podiums too. Book tickets at xxl-london.com.
Bette’s Blankety Blank
Scene legend and cabaret [blank] Bette Rinse takes to the stage at the RVT on Wednesday (23 Aug) with a hilarious round of Blankety Blank. Panelists include Drag Idol 2017 winner Tracy Barlow, Lenard Pink, Miss Hope Springs, Son of a Tutu, Miss Jason and Fagulous, and best of all 100% of proceeds from the night will go directly to Mildmay HIV Hospital. Doors open 5pm, the show starts at 8pm and entry is £5.
Ku Bar’s bank holiday weekend
Ku Bar always delivers a kick-ass weekend and this August bank holiday is no different. Friday sees XXXtra hawt beats from DJs Flaviano, Thanos and Pablo Eseeme from 10pm down in the Klub. On Saturday evenings it’s your chance to meet the cast and crew of Outlaws To In-Laws, which runs at the King’s Head Theatre next month, plus there’s a chance to win tickets to the show. And on Sunday (27 Aug), take advantage of the following day’s holiday by starting your night with Ku Kabaret from Jacquii Swallows and Sum Ting Wong from 8pm and continuing with dirty pop beats from DJ Lady Lloyd from 10pm until 3am.
Bank holiday weekend at the White Swan
The White Swan in Limehouse kicks off the bank holiday weekend with a new night for people of colour and their friends this Friday (25 Aug) with music from DJ FKA001. On Saturday (26 Aug) Masala club takes over the Lounge Bar celebrating freedom and independence with a fusion of Bollywood and pop music, while next door in the Club Bar the fantastic Sandra hits the stage. And on Sunday (27 Aug), the guys open at 7pm with Miss Terry Tour on stage and disco hits playing until 2am.
The Brewer’s bank holiday
Clapham hotspot the Two Brewers has a jam-packed bank holiday line up this weekend and we cannot wait to get stuck in. Highlights include A Divided Queendom: A Brexit Fairytale starring Rose Garden and Ripley on Thursday (24 Aug), Drag Idol 2017 winner Tracy Barlow entertain the masses at Snatch Ball on Friday (25 Aug), and on Bank Holiday Monday (28 Aug) the team from Power of Three are back for their second bite of the weekend with a fundraiser for the London Fire Brigade starring cabaret’s finest including Mary Mac, Miss Jason, Sandra and more.
The George and Dragon
The Duchess kicks off the bank holiday weekend in style on Thursday (24 Aug) with Mrs Moore in the Piano Bar and continues the fun with Mary Mac on Friday (25 Aug). Saturday (26 Aug) sees Titti La Camp “feed the birds” and on Sunday (27 Aug) a trio of drag is yours for the taking with Dave Lynn, Mary Mac and Miss Jason all on stage.
Homosocial mega club Trough is back in London this Saturday (26 Aug) with a third helping of its popular man-tastic dance party. Get yo’ ass down to the Coronet from 10pm for music from DJs Omer, Massio Paramour, James Baillie, Andrew Moore and Zola St, a crowd of uber-hot studs and darkrooms to blow your mind. Book advance tickets via troughlondon.com.
The Old Ship
Limehouse fun den the Old Ship has a huge bank holiday weekend planned. On Saturday (26 Aug) classy bird Baga Chipz hits the stage for more elegant shenanigans, on Sunday ( 27 Aug) the wonderful Miss Jason is back with her unique brand of humour, and on Bank Holiday Monday (28 Aug) from 8pm Maisie Trollette is back in East London with a bunch of her nearest and dearest.
The Duke of Welly
We love a good pint and we love a good beat, and this weekend you can enjoy both when the Duke of Welly enjoys extended hours. The pub closes at 1am on Friday and Saturday, and 12.30am on Sunday. What’s more, DJs hit the decks on Friday and Saturday. Cheers to that!
Pageant: The Musical
Have your tiaras at the ready because Pageant: The Musical runs at the London Irish Centre in Camden until Saturday (26 Aug). This glitzy and funny show comes with lyrics by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and music by Albert Evans. Tickets start from £14 and curtain up is at 9pm. Book tickets via pageantthemusical.co.uk.
Bank holiday at the Admiral
Tart with a heart Sandra kicks off the bank holiday weekend early when she hits the stage at the Admiral Duncan in Soho on Thursday (24 Aug). Friday has double trouble with Marsha Mallow and Miss Jason, on Saturday it’s Vanity Nightmare plus Sum Ting Wong and on Sunday Baga Chipz with Son of a Tutu. Bank Holiday Monday is a special occasion when Nancy Clench hosts her last Karaoke Showdown.
Happy: A Chemsex Musical
Quite Nice Theatre presents Happy: A Chemsex Musical at the Kings Head Theatre until Saturday (26 Aug). It’s a play exploring hope when hope is hard to find and what it really means to try to be happy when it just doesn’t come naturally to you. Book tickets at kingsheadtheatre.com.
2-4-1 cocktails at Balans
Soho stalwart Balans has reintroduced its 2-4-1 cocktail menu exclusively at its restaurant (the one opposite Comptons pub). From 4pm until 6pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) you and a mate can enjoy a range of expertly mixed tipples and pay for just one! Ours is a cosmo, thx.
Beer and bloke boozer Comptons offers a line up of sexy music from a trio of sexy DJs this weekend. On Friday (25 Aug) Lee Harris hits the decks, on Saturday (26 Aug) Matt Bogard serves his brand of beats and on Sunday (27 Aug) Joe Public keeps the crowds grooving until late.
Prepare to burn up a quarter mile on the dancefloor this Saturday (26 Aug) when Holestar Gets Greasey at Her Upstairs from 8pm. Expect all the music from the hit film but turns from guests Cheryl Cole, Joseph Lycett-Barnes and Tete Bang. Entry is £5 and it’s followed by Pop in Them Downstairs. Plus the small but perfect venue is open all bank holiday weekend packed with queer japes and hoots.
Your last chance to Score
This week is you last chance to see He Shoots He Scores at Above the Stag in Vauxhall as it closes on Saturday (26 Aug). It’s a hilarious and sexy musical so grab those last few tickets at abovethestag.com.