What’s On: London Pride 2018
It’s officially Pride month! Arguably one of the best seasons of the year, London Pride is devoted to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, loud and proud. The hundreds of events, exhibitions, parties and pop-ups make it impossible to know where to start. Here’s our top picks for what’s on – GRINDR the opera anyone?
This year’s Pride Parade begins at Baker Street on Saturday 7th July at 1pm and finishes in Trafalgar Square. Get there early, this is the capital’s biggest street party and the weather is looking ah-mazing! After the parade, expect a huge variety of live performances from the Women’s, Cabaret and Golden Square Family stages, so check out the schedules and plan ahead. Big performers Alyssa Edwards, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and House of Rainbow will be on the Trafalgar Square stage – head straight there after the parade to claim your spot. The theme of this year’s Pride is ‘Pride Matters’, providing us all with the ample opportunity to reflect on why Pride is so important in 2018 – whether as a protest, celebration or platform for diversity. Love is love.
The iconic drag collective Sink The Pink will be celebrating Pride the only way they know how – with an outrageous, glamorous and cosmical extravaganza at London’s iconic Brixton Academy. Moving south of the river for the very first time, the queens will host The Colour Ball, a night of gag-worthy outfits, drag, lip-sync battles and pop-fuelled DJ sets. This event has a dedicated following, so if you’re a Drag Race fan or looking for the ultimate Pride party, buy tickets asap and start your engines…check out @sinkthepinkldn and thank us later.
Photo: Queer Tours of London
Pride is not only about celebration, but a time to reflect and learn about LGBTQ+ history. Queer Tours of Hackney is a truly captivating insight into the real life stories and battles of drag king Nelly Power, the pioneers of London’s gay cabaret during the Blitz and the Drag Queen Nuns who ran riot on the 55 bus! As part of Hackney’s Pride 365 celebrations, Queer Tours of London will take you on an entertaining journey of performance, rebellion and resistance, telling the fascinating stories of the East London borough’s queer history. Taking place on Saturday 23 June and Saturday 30th June, from 4-6pm at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Queer Tours of London aims to shed light on the events, spaces and identities that form the backdrop of LGBTQ lives today.
Darren Evans is a well-esteemed Freelance Hair and Make-Up Artist, with over twenty-five years worth of experience in the fashion, film and television industries. ‘Everyone is Divine’ is a photography exhibition curated by Evans himself, featuring fifty different people from London’s vibrant LGBTQ cabaret scene and beyond, all made up in the style of Divine, notorious drag queen and muse to John Waters. The show runs from Sunday 1st to Saturday 14th July, with an opening night on Saturday 30th June at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD. It’s open Monday to Saturday, from 12pm to 6pm. Plus, it’s FREE entry (so there’s no excuses not to check it out).
The Science Museum is collaborating with Pride in London to bring you an LGBTQ-inspired addition of Lates – the adults-only, after-hours theme night that takes place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month. This time, you can expect a Drag Kings and Queens musical spectacular, as well as make-up masterclasses, genital drawing competitions and the drag race to end all drag races. Best museum trip, ever.
Grindr: The Opera. Need we say more? The notorious gay dating app is reimagined and spun into a highly entertaining yet poignant tale told through the platform of opera. A smart, daring, witty and of-the-moment musical which examines the ever-evolving landscape of gay relationships, told through operatic baroque to contemporary pop. A great reason to check out the award-winning LGBT+ Above The Stag Theatre in Embankment, get your tickets now.