Have you ever felt like one Pride a year simply isn’t enough? Well your prayers have been answered. Smirnoff Winter Pride UK is an event in London that provides a platform to celebrate LGBT+ culture and diversity during the colder months. Imagine summer Pride, but a slightly colder and a whole lot louder.
The event, which sees the return of the iconic Popstarz at Scala in North London, promises to be bigger and better than ever with four rooms of entertainment and special pyrotechnics. Winter Pride ‘prides’ itself on catering for the entire LGBT+ community, with gender neutral toilets throughout the venue, and specific women’s and trans spaces alongside mixed rooms.
Where London Summer Pride is about showing as much skin as possible and picking glitter out of your hair 5 days later, it’s winter cousin is more dance music focussed. DJ’s performing at the event include Guy Williams, Jamie Bull, Tommy Turntables, Michelle Manetti and Yvette Lindquist.
We caught up with the DJ at the top of the bill, Guy Williams, who said of the event: “This year’s Winter Pride has the hashtag #wearefamily, which feels very relevant in the current climate, where across the world the rise of the right threatens to turn the clock back when it comes to LGBT rights. Standing together and being there for each other is more important than ever.”
So how do you get your hands on tickets? Although online tickets have just sold out, there are some held back for the door for the less organised amongst us. Doors open at 9pm on Saturday the 25th of February.
Still, if you can’t make it to Winter Pride, never fear, because Williams has plenty of other exciting projects in the pipeline having just set up Paradise Productions, a new DJ & Music consultancy agency.
If you can’t wait for Saturday to get your dance on, listen to DJ Guy Williams’s Winter Pride Playlist below:
1. MSFB – Love Is The Message
2. BaDi – Seduction
3. Coyu The Cat feat. Cari – Golden
4. Detlef feat. Ossey James – Swagon
5. Roland Clarke and Sante Sanson – House Nation (Riva Star Edit)
6. Doorly & Cajmere feat. DaJae – The Way
7. &ME Cape Coast
To learn more about Smirnoff Winter Pride please visit their website