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Following his storming session at XXL on the night that it relocacted to Pulse, Gaydar DJ Phil Marriot has confirmed that he will be taking up a monthly residency at the club. You can catch Phil (pictured left with XXL promoter Mark Ames)

when he hits the decks on Saturday 19 May. He will be on the team every third Saturday of the month, joining the weekly residents Christian M and Alex Logan (on the main floor) and Joe Egg (spinning the retro sounds in the second room). XXL relocated from Arcadia to the considerably larger Pulse nightclub in March, making it London’s biggest weekly gay club (the venue can hold up to 5,000!). You’ll find it open every Saturday from 10pm till 6am, and on Wednesdays for a smaller midweek outing from 10pm till 3am. Check out Pulse at 1 Invicta Plaza, London SE1.



The early May Bank Holiday provides the folk at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern with another perfect excuse to throw an extra session of their mega-popular S.L.A.G.S/Chill-Out session. As well as enjoying the uplifting dancefloor anthems and D.E. Experience cabaret every Sunday afternoon/evening in May, you’ll find an extra helping between 2pm and midnight on Monday 7 May (with cabaret at 5.30pm). Simon Le Vans, Andy Almight and Sean Sirrs spin the tunes on both Sunday and Monday (with Rob C joining them for a special guest slot on Sunday 6 May). Bank Holiday aside, May’s other big news at the RVT is the return of David Hoyle (pictured above). The avant garde cabaret superstar will be returning with another run of shows. ‘David Hoyle’s Pandregina’ will kick off on Thursday 24 May and continue each week through till 21 June. Expect more observational monologues and wit from Mr Hoyle, plus special guests, including The Frantastics and Natalie Geographic (24 May), Ryan Styles and Eve Ferrett (31 May). The show starts at 8.30pm, with tickets £10 ( Other highlights in May include a special live show from dance diva Lonnie Gordon on Friday 4 May. ‘Lonnie Gordon’s One Woman – Two Set Show’ will take you on a nostalgic trip through some classic dance tracks of the 70s and 80s, with an exclusive DJ appearance from Motiv8 (a.k.a Steve Rodway) and Marc Andrews. Doors open at 9pm, with limited advance tickets £10, then £12. There are more highlights such as the Love and Lust Cabaret on Wednesday 23 May (starring soprano diva Sara Cluderay and Donovan Chapman), and the return of Myra Dubois and her ‘Sing Out Louise!’ celebration of show tunes on Wednesday 30 May. The ‘British and World Male Burlesque Crown 2012’ contest hits the stage on Thursday 10 May (7-11pm -, while fabulous drag troupe Lipsinkers bring their inimitable East End pop cultural cabaret to the venue on Thursday 17 May. Regular events include Gay Bingo on Mondays and Bar Wotever on Tuesdays, with Duckie on Saturdays and a rotating line-up of club nights each Friday evening. These include the aforementioned Lonnie Gordon on 4 May, Wotever World on 11 May, another Anthem – Old Skool Reunion with Andy Almighty on 18 May and Voyage Voyage on 25 May.

Royal Vauxhall Tavern at 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY. and advance tickets at


Horse Meat Disco at Eagle London have announced a new development. “Although it appears as if it was driven purely by music, films have played a distinct part in the story of Horse Meat Disco,” says a spokesperson for the night. “Without the likes and influences of Paris Is Burning, the late, great Divine and the movies of John Waters, Horse Meat Disco wouldn’t exist.” To celebrate the bond between the club and world of cinema, the team are presenting Horse Meat Screen, a season of films that enjoy the same kind of influences, feeling and vibe as the club itself. Entry is free before 8pm and upcoming screenings (films start at 8pm prompt!) are as follows: 13 May - Mommie Dearest (Faye Dunaway classic), 20 May – Weekend (Most successful gay-themed flick of 2011), and 27 May – A John Waters Evening. Each screening will be followed by the regular Horse Meat Disco club session. Eagle London: 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London, SE11.


You’ll get another chance to worship at the altar of pop again when the recently launched Songs Of Praise returns to East Bloc in Old Street on Saturday 5 May. From some of the same team behind the much-loved Kimono Krush, Songs Of Praise showcases classic pop and rock hits from yesteryear. This month’s outing will feature opening earlier at10.30pm, with a pre-midnight DJ set dedicated to new pop and the names of tomorrow. In The Altar Room, the DJs The Sugalow Boys (pictured), David Oh and Neil Prince will be tearing up the dance floor with their pure pop mix of yesterday’s classics and tomorrow’s hits, and a special dose of Europop in a nod towards Eurovision. The Chapel will host Mr Pinks, curator of the legendary Disco Discharge series of retro dance compilations. Doors stay open until 5am. Admission is £7 or £5 before midnight East Bloc, 214-217 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1V 1JN.

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