The merry month of May: bringing beer garden weather (hopefully), two bank holiday weekends and everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure, Eurovision, for us all to enjoy! Party season is officially upon us, people, and kicking off the first bank holiday weekend on Saturday 5th May Sheffield disco punks Nachthexen’s play their last ever gig. Aiming to go out on a high, they have invited a host of guests to join them for their final party including absolute dream babes Snob, synthy vibes from Current Affairs, hardcore punk band Savage Realm and noise rock legends Skylark. DJ Shona will be on the decks for the afterparty, which also features special guest Lady Stephen. Tasty food will be on offer from Just Falafs.
On Friday 11th May it’s prom season as Qween of Swords return for their quarterly alternative queer community mixer, ‘Spring Fling – Your Typical Queer Prom’, at The Audacious Art Experiment. Come dressed how you feel best: everyone can be a reigning monarch at this prom. Two fresh DJs will be making their Typical Queers debut – Babycham Girl and Strutter – bringing you plenty of dancing tunes. Plus, they have the incredible Nightowls and Anna Kissed also making special appearances. On that same night Proud are back at Sheffield Students Union for their Eurovision special, celebrating diversity in an inclusive party space. Expect some Eurovision-themed giveaways in amongst all the usual Proud perks! With two rooms of music playing disco, chart hits, pop, R&B and dance – plus candyfloss, popcorn and rainbow drops. Sorted.
Eurovision weekend continues for the main event on Saturday 12th May with a multitude of bashes to choose from. Dempseys will be throwing their usual party playing contest in the bar downstairs from 8pm, then boogieing through the decades of Eurovision hits until 6am. Showroom’s screening will include a Eurovision sweepstake, prizes for the best fancy dress, lyric sheets, score cards, face painting and a special Eurovision cocktail. Last year was fully booked so secure a table in advance. Over at Sheffield University, Film Unit will be playing Eurovision on the big screen, complete with hosts, Twitter wall, in-house voting, face paint and themed pizzas delivered to your seats. Burton Street Foundation are also hosting a big screen edition accompanied by an immersive culinary tour of Europe featuring a 10-course tasting menu with each dish inspired by the delicacies of the nationalities that came in the top ten last year.
If Eurovision isn’t your cup of tea, then on the Saturday Andro and Eve return to Broomhall Community Centre for their Reyt Queer Do – their big, queer second birthday. Everyone is invited, so go wild with your outfit and be fabulous. The queer cabaret is hosted by Zayn Phallic with performances by Drag King Oliver Assets, Mo Terboat, Mr Wesley Dykes, King Confusa, Fey Geller, Crispin Creame and Sam Antics. They will be transforming Broomhall Community Centre into one seriously sparkly haven of joy. They have also teamed up with Theatre Deli to offer a drag king rehearsal session – all levels of experience welcome – on Saturday 5th May.
On Saturday 19th May SAYiT will be hosting a Trans Clothes Swap, open to all trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people at Scotia Works to support young trans people in the city. As well as free clothes and footwear suitable for all expressions, there will be access to makeup tutorials, help with hair styling and a nail bar.
Last but not least, head to Leadmill on Tuesday 29th May for their RuPaul’s Drag Race Quiz. Yes, mam! Celebrate the finale of Season 10 with a sickening Quiz Night Extravaganza Eleganza. Expect themed drinks and amazing prices including Leadmill VIP Cards, Drink Vouchers, event tickets and more. Proceedings will be hosted by UK’s finest Drag Comedian Scarlet Sohandsome – because if you can’t quiz yourself, how in the hell you gonna quiz somebody else. Can I get an amen?!
That’s your lot for this month! Until next time, love and disco kisses…
Sat 5TH May:
Drag King Free Rehearsal Session // Theatre Deli // androandeve.com
Sat 5TH May:
Nachthexen LAST GIG/Snob/Es/Current Affairs/Savage Realm/Skylark // Abbeydale Picture House // nachthexenpunx.bandcamp.com
FRI 11TH MAY
Spring Fling – Your Typical Queer Prom // The Audacious Art Experiment // facebook.com/qweenofswordssheffield
Fri 11th May:
Proud Eurovision Party // Foundry, Sheffield SU // facebook.com/proudsheffield
Sat 12th May:
Eurovision Parties // Eurovision Party
Dempseys // dempseys-sheffield.com
In the Bar: Eurovision Party 2018! // Showroom Cinema // showroomworkstation.org.uk
Film Unit: Eurovision // The Auditorium, Sheffield SU // filmunit.org.uk
Eurovision Party 2018 // Burton Street Foundation // burtonstreet.co.uk
Sat 12th May:
A Reyt Queer Do // Broomhall Community Centre // androandeve.com
Sat 19th May:
SAYiT Trans Clothes Swap // Scotia Works, Leadmill Road // sayit.org.uk
Tue 29th May:
RuPaul’s Drag Race Quiz // Leadmill // leadmill.co.uk