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Pride 2019: Best Pride After Parties

14 June 2019 | Billie Manning

Aphrodyki at Ace Hotel
Aphrodyki has been ruling the roost with their Ancient Greek-themed parties when it comes to nights out for queer womxn for the past couple of years, and they’re putting on a hell of a Pride celebration. Set up in Aphrodyki’s usual haunt of the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch, this is one for gals and trans and non-binary people to shake their stuff to a soundtrack of the best pop divas. Boy mates are allowed as long as they’re accompanied - and not a dickhead. Some tickets will be reserved on the door for ditherers.
 
Little Gay Brother Queer Carnival
Guys, gals, non-binary pals: this is the big one. This Stonewall-supporting party is run by Little Gay Brother, well-known for their glitterful, explosive queer raves. The madness starts as soon as the Pride parade ends at 4pm, and doesn’t stop for a whopping thirteen hours. It’s a rave in two halves: a huge festival-like party in Flat Iron Square with live performers and DJs until midnight, then a Cinderella-like transformation to the afterparty at OMEARA, which will run until 5am.  
 
Planes and Perverts: Pride and Protest Edition at The Garage
For the socially conscious amongst you, activist-led Planes and Perverts is a night out run by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants – a modern incarnation of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and riffing off their Pits and Perverts party thrown in the 80s. The fun starts at 8 with a cornucopia of cultural happenings: poetry, workshops, drag, live music and more. Then you can get your boogie on to the sound of the DJs. Pay-it-forward tickets and drinks will also be available on the night, so you can live your principles.
 
Gay Shame at RVT
Duckie are veteran party-throwers and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a veteran venue, so you should expect everyone to know what they’re doing here in order to put on a proper bash. This impertinent, cheeky party will extend to the railway arches to fit more revellers in. It’ll be star-studded as well as shame-filled: London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé and stage star Travis Alabanza will both be part of the celebrations.
 
Homodrop x Traicion at Dalston Superstore
East London institution Dalston Superstore is the place to be at any time of the year, so you don’t want to miss their Pride celebration. Homodrop is a queer dance music party with a stellar list of past DJs and Traicion is a queer Latin night with a dedication to performance art, so it should be nothing less than a sparkling marriage, and an excellent night out. 

Pride is, at its very heart, a celebration of inclusivity and acceptance. We do, however, request that allies of the community who don’t identify as LGBTQ+ recognise that this festival is a celebration of queer identity. It’s not just a music festival, or a reason to get drunk, and to be an ally you must be one 365 days a year, not just on Pride weekend. 
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