No Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Riots will stop the crew putting on a brilliant night
London Riots- Wotever Sex gets together to celebrate those who did it our way!
Brilliant atmosphere- defiant, proud and ever so supportive…
With the rumours and rumblings of riots in town, at Wotever Sex we gathered together to celebrate all that is queer unity, pride and sexiness. Understandably quieter than recent weeks, there was still a palpable sense of love in the air, hotness on stage and joy amongst the crowd at the RVT. This “nice, sweet, slightly not planned” (Ingo) night still managed to put on a varied, powerful, entertaining evening of acts for all the punters who were able to attend. And at least, this time, the lack of a second working toilet didn’t cause too many long queues!
Nick Field, Susan Cook and Joey Hateley provided us all with a veritable feast of music, spoken word and politics. The beautiful, poignant songs and poetry of Nick Field had a dark underbelly laced with cutting wit. A charmingly sweet presence on stage, he encapsulated the audience mood perfectly, taking us along on his ride of heartache, humour and amazing harp playing. Susan Cook than heated the night up with her erotic poetry, which had a large contingent of the audience feeling the love (and lust!). Identity and erotica mixed in wonderful spoken word.
As we all got our drinks, gathered outside amongst the sirens for a cigarette and chatted away to our fellow punters, the stage was set for the last act of the night. Joey Hateley has been a welcome guest at Wotever nights since 2004. An act that encompasses politics, song, dance and humour, we were treated to new material from his time in Ecuador that made us think, feel impassioned, as well as having us join in with much laughter and sense of community. A commanding presence on stage, the mix of energy, bite, fantastic performance and audience participation kept us all in raptures of delight (with at least one punter getting as much pleasure from the costume changes!).
Apart from the great line-up of entertainment, one of the main things we all took with us from this night was a sense of belonging, strength through adversity and the knowledge that, even if the streets are on fire, the police out in numbers, and the atmosphere of London is filled with disquiet, our queer family will not be stopped from gathering together to share love, joy and a good party! Thank you to the Wotever crew, the staff of the RVT, the performers and all the audience members able to attend for making Wotever Sex a night of celebration. We certainly did all do it our way!
Words: Lysander Dove
Pictures from Event: AbsolutQueer Photographer