Fraught at the thought of picking a night out this weekend? Tristan Parker suggests a hexagon of hedonism.
Starting today, the London Burlesque Festival will be bubbling over with kinky performances from a global cast. Events include networking with fellow cabaret cats at the Schmoozer on Friday May 16, up-and-coming burlesque performers doing their thing at Crown Jewels on Saturday May 17 and the self-explanatory Twisted Cabaret on Sunday May 18. Various venues. Events priced individually. Thu May 15-May 25.
Cabaret not risqué enough for you? Cock Tropicana will be. This loud ’n’ lewd club night (run by party crew Little Gay Brother) is teeming with top-shelf filthy fun. DJs include Fritz Helder – a vocalist with former disco-house troupe Azari & III – and underground house selector Chris Camplin. Drinks may not be free, but there are likely to be more double entendres in play tonight than in a ‘Carry On’ box set. Dalston Superstore. 9pm-4am. £7. Sat May 17.
Get grizzly at London Bearfest – a celebration of the bear scene within gay communities, usually frequented by men of a hairier persuasion. Highlights include Horse Meat Disco’s residency at Vauxhall pub the Eagle (Sunday May 18) and Bearoke – a furry version of the karaoke nights at Oxford Circus boozer the King’s Arms (Sunday May 18). Practise those low notes in Elvis’s ‘Teddy Bear’ beforehand. Various venues. Events priced individually. Sun May 18-May 26.
Those seeking a wild sonic ride should check inspiring live techno act Factory Floor, who’ll be blasting out their jagged, lo-fi and leftfield soundtracks at Bethnal Green hangar Oval Space on Thursday May 15. They’re also bringing with them a mighty cast of dancefloor destroyers, including rising techno warrior Perc and dark beats duo Lakker. Oval Space. 7pm-midnight. £15. Thu May 15.
Clubbing and brunch don’t usually go together. Except, perhaps, when it’s a psychedelic brunch themed around the big-screen version of a Hunter S Thompson narcotic literary rampage. Soundtrack Saturdays take attendees on an immersive culinary trip through a film and its soundtrack, and this week’s choice is hallucinatory narrative ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, so bring your attorney and a suitcase full of… Actually, maybe just bring your attorney. Roxx at the Code. 1-8pm. £35. Sat May 17.
If you’re in for the long haul, the Krankbrother Day and Night Party will put you through your paces. Taking place at huge Greenwich venue Studio 338, this 13-hour session features a highbrow cast of DJs, including Chicago house ace Derrick Carter and cosmic funk king Space Dimension Controller. As a summery bonus, there’s also a terrace for alfresco raving. Studio 338. 4pm-5am. £18. Sat May 17.
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