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The Dykeness, We Love You!!

Here are a few reviews that have come in over the last days. Since you played at Bar Wotever, we have walked around with various Led Zepplin classics in our head, screaming ‘Down with Matriarchy’ and checking if TFL started to get the transport to out of space sorted soon… The Dykeness, this is for you and all others that made last Tuesday’s Bar Wotever such an amazing evening.

The Dykeness Bar Wotever

We’ve often laughed at a Bar Wotever performance, but not usually so a bit of a wee comes out. We blame the Dykeness, possibly the funniest (and smartest) act to have ever strutted their 15 inch cocks on the Bar Wotever stage. Having made the commute from Zone 3,100002  to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the Dykeness were here to Smash The Matriarchy by proving that cock-rocking masculinity was the supreme power in the universe…apart from when they were crying over ex-girlfriends…or having unrequited crushes on other members of the band…or worrying what their mums would say… Playing hits like Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and Electric Six’s ‘Fire In The Disco’, the Dykeness provided a cheeky, irreverent parody of the concepts of masculinity behind those great rock anthems, and got the whole room either dancing or chucking their knickers at the stage.

That’s not to say the whole night was balloon cocks and spray on silver trousers. Katy Daisy Grant’s oh-so-beautiful, alt-folk was quirky, accomplished and ridiculously catchy while Ebony Rose Dark kicked off the evening with soul food tales and cabaret. Chuck in the longest Community News section Bar Wotever’s ever had, host Maria Kinsella’s admonishment to one audience member that ‘Rock and roll is never meaningless’, and you had one of our favourite Bar Wotever’s EVER.  by theresa heath

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The Dykeness Bar WoteverI can’t explain how incredible Tuesday night at Bar Wotever was, but I’ll try. It may have been the best night I’ve ever had there, and that’s saying A LOT!

First up was Ebony Rose Dark, who got us in the mood with some smooth soul food and sultry dance moves. A member of the audience was invited to join her up on stage – it was just that kind of moment.

The MC told us to take a 15 minute break and “chat to someone you don’t know, hug someone you don’t know, grab a drink and even fuck in the toilets if you want – because Bar Wotever is that kind of place!” That basically sums up the atmosphere for me.

Kate Daisy Grant graced the stage next, with a tiny toy piano and a quirky pop tune. Songs like “Balls of Steel” and “Ding Dong the Bitch is Dead” were catchy and loads of fun to bop around to. Her lyrics were witty and she also had great banter with the audience. But her set was also balanced with haunting and emotive songs that showed of just how stunning her voice is. The purity of her tone is exquisite. She is such a talent and I felt so lucky to see her live – and in an intimate venue surrounded by queers of all stripes and colours.

If the night ended there I would’ve been happy enough. But it only got better.

Community News is usually just an interlude, but with more than 10 people lined up to share the latest I was struck by just how much there is to get involved with in London. There’s the Queer Fayre and the 40 Days for Life counter-protest this Saturday, circus artists performing at the Roundhouse on 22-27th April, plus Dyke March and Pride coming up. There are even gender-queer wrestling classes!! How else would you find out about those except at Bar Wotever? The directors of ‘Big Joy’ took the opportunity to share a very phallic James Broughton poem, “The Wonder”.  It was all pretty fucking special.

The Dykeness Bar WoteverThen something happened which I never could have expected in my wildest wet dreams. It was a glittering glam-rock explosion of spandex, penis balloons and whole lot of hip thrusting! Feminist comedy drag group The Dykeness were utterly out of this world.

Their slogan? “Fuck the Matriarchy”, naturally. The entire RVT rocked out hard to classics like “Poision”, “Whole Lotta Love” and “You Give Love a Bad Name”.

The frontman, Thrustin’ Hawkins, has more charisma than if Bon Jovi and Freddy Mercury had a love child. Within minutes there were panties thrown on stage. The other members included Dyke van Dick, Johnny B Wood and Billy Bob Big Johnson Johnson. I was crying with laughter at the homo-erotic repartee between them all.
Thrustin’: “Don’t get us wrong. This show isn’t a just thinly veiled attempt to make dick jokes. It’s about LOVE!!!”
The others: “Yeah it’s about love! …And dick jokes”

I can say without shame that I am a weak-kneed screaming fan of The Dykeness. They were incredible. If they ever play again ANYWHERE, I will be there, front and centre, panties ready to fly. by nicola jones

The Dykeness Bar Wotever

 

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BLOWN AWAY!

Totally blown away from the energy, sound and stuffed lycra last night. Bar Wotever was once again the birthplace of magic wonders and last night they came in gold, animal print and ROCKED THE HOUSE DOWN!! The Dykeness was born, they did their first gig ever and they were a hoot, a fantasy and utterly FAB!!

Ebony Rose Dark Bar WoteverThe whole night was a mega fucking beautiful mix! Ebony Rose Dark charmed us all with her food tales and movements, Kate Daisy Grant was wonderful as always. Community News was varied with Calls for Wrestlers, Pro Choice Demo, Dyke March, Pride Volunteers, Fundraisers, one is 17 May at Resistance Gallery, and much much more.. Big Joy, Radical Faery shared an amazing poem on stage with his friend and the crew worked hard, very hard …. Our DJ payed a tribute to Frankie Knuckles, and then, The Dykeness!! We laughed and loved the clever talk inbetween songs, and we loved the ROCK they provided, but most of all we totally loved their humour, skills and POWER!
RVT is still standing, but oooh how it got glitter bombed last night. by ingo

The Dykeness Photos by Hannah Lane

Video with clips from the gig HERE

The Dykeness Bar Wotever

With love from Berlin

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This landed in my inbox yesterday. It’s so lovely I had to share it.

‘Dear Wotver-Crew,

I just wanted to thank you. To thank you a lot, in fact. I’m from Germany and i just came back from a week in London with some friends, a week that included tuesday’s Bar Wotever. It was my second time at RVT (last was in 2011, when a friend, who had lived in London for some time, recommended it…well, “recommended”…I think she said something like “if you’re there tuesday, you have have have have have to go to Bar Wotever, I will judge you if you don’t and you’ll be sorry if you don’t!!!!!” so of course we came) and the first time, I was so stoked that I insisted that we had to book our vacation this time to be around a tuesday. And so we were there this tuesday and I realized, again, that I love Bar Wotever really really much. Aside from the spectacular stage programm I feel like you’ve created a room where everybody can feel welcome, no matter who they are, what they are, how they are (as long as they’re cool). A place where everybody can truly be themselves. I love how many really different people there are at a wotever-evening and everybody is cool with that. For me, that’s what I wished the world was always like. A little utopia. I am part of a little queer-feminist group in Germany, we organized a ladyfest and some concerts and partys around the year and Bar Wotever is something like…the ideal we wish to accomplish. Sadly, queer partys in Germany are not nearly like that, even if we try. Better than “normal” parties, of course, but still. Why I tell you this? Because your little utopia gives me something to dream about, a goal maybe. Just to know that a place like this is possible gives me strength for keeping the work up. 

So, basically, I just wanted to show my enthusiasm and to thank you very, very, very much for creating this amazing night. I love it so much and I can’t wait to be back in London, on a tuesday, of course!
All the best from Germany and again: thank you very much!’ T

Thank You T, and specially Thank You for sharing your thoughts with us. Having people like you coming to our events makes it all worth it! And that you do your own parties is brilliant! Please stay in touch and see you again soon. At Bar Wotever! x

Hyper Femme

1975153_10150365702409990_1213678530_n Bar Wotever, now in our Tenth year, giving space and place for us all to be who we are. Here is what our friend and regular Hollie posted on her facebook today,

‘The thing I love most about queer spaces is that I can express my hyper femme side without feeling like there are expectations of how I should act.

That, and urinals. I like urinals.’ Hollie Howitt

I asked Hollie to tell me a bit more what it actually means to her, that feeling she described, so she replied with  this;

1010557_10150365702389990_1450657403_nWotever World feels like going home. It is a space where you can go, and know that whatever you’re wearing, whoever you are there with, however you express yourself, you will be welcomed. Entertained. Accepted. The thing I love most about queer spaces like Bar Wotever is that I can express my hyper femme side, or my butch side, or my slutty side, without feeling like there are expectations of how I should act, or who I ‘am’. It feels as though the usual presumptions about gender, orientation and our bodies are left at the door. This type of queer community is so important. Many of my friends and lovers don’t fit the constraints of the binaries we mostly get squeezed into outside of queer space; so having things like genderless toilets is pretty handy. Plus, you know, I like urinals.’

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Bar Wotever
Royal Queer Variety Show

We work with some of the best LGBT & Queer Performers in London, UK and the World, plus encourage newcomers and beginners with great attitude and things to say. We also champion a big group of Residential Performers who are invited to our stage time after time, just because we totally adore them and their craft. Every event also host Community News for and with our London LGBT & Queer Community.
Live Music, Cabaret, Talks, Films and Spoken Word, we do it all!
This is a night for friendly and open minded people who know how to pay attention.

Bar Wotever – Queer Tuesdays at RVT

Bar Wotever is changing…

Our Weekly Queer meet up space, with show, community news and plenty of music, BAR WOTEVER is standing in front one of the BIGGEST and Scariest changes since we started this weekly event in 2005…

Tonight we celebrate our Ninth Year Birthday!

AND, we start Charging a Door Fee!

Come and celebrate with us! We invite you to a packed event, filled with SHOW with and by People we like and admire.

Yes, we need to move with the times and charge on the door for our events. Bar Wotever was proud and free for nine whole years, but after a lot of hazzle, and thinking how we could keep it going without paying Performance and Crew properly for all their hard work and professionalism, we decided we have to charge a small fee. Fair Pay for Fair Work we say! And I know we are many who understand that this was the only way forward, to survive and keep Bar Wotever running. It was the ONLY way. So, I trust you are all with us on this!

Various Tuesdays will have various door charge as we try to be as fair as possible, some Open Mic and Fundraising nights will still have a Free Entry! There will always be space to ask and collaborate with us for cheaper entry if one is without much cash – we know this way to well… So, join in, help us out with this. We never ever want Bar Wotever to be a money making mega thang, but we want to survive and thrive with more and better shows to offer our Queer & LGBT fans here in London and all over the world.

Thank YOU for understanding!

“Wotever World seems also to be a state of mind, a very friendly and welcoming state of mind indeed.” Remotegoat

“Erasing all boundaries and stereotypes from the blackboard this innovative night featured a wealth of the smartest, sexiest and most unique performers who encourage different ways of gender expressions.” QX Magazine

“Everyone on my first visit just before Christmas 2013 were so open, accepting and so, so friendly. What an amazing energy.” Bobby G

Great Readings by S. Bear Bergman at Bar Wotever

Author and activist S. Bear Bergman came and shared his wisdom and knowledge at Bar Wotever Tuesday 18 Feb 2014

From my FaceBook ramblings:

‘How great it is to sit back, knowing and trusting the person on stage will say and express motions and ideas you and your mind want to hear, understand and have experienced. Sometimes, life is tough as you have to fight, always feel ‘wrong’ having to explain to others why you look like you do, love and have sex with the people you do, then this bliss by NOT having to ‘fight’ and explain or even to feel wrong… is such a bliss. The packed room of RVT last night was breathing in synch, lapping up S. Bear Bergmans every word, every motion. It is rare we have this, but when we do – it is oh so delightful.
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We need more of our own kind of recognition, understanding and shared knowledge, and yes I know there were people who this might not have been their life/experience – but oh how lovely that at least you got to hear this too! As we all get richer the more stories and varieties we hear and share…

Widen the nets and we will have a better understanding!

Thank you all who gave support to this event! Maria, Liam, Dr J, Neil, Jo Bunny and RVT and above all S. Bear Bergman! We keep on sharing, and next Tuesday we do even MORE! X’

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Bear wore a T-shirt like this on stage… I want one!

Royal Variety Show

IMG_5419-meFor me there’s never any doubt, Tuesdays have a special flavour, a glow of expectation and excitement. Over the years we have done Bar Wotever – week after week, each night unique and never repeated. High energy, low energy, giggles, tears and meetings. There have been high octane headbanging to Rage Against the Machine after protests and amazement after shared stories. Plenty of dancing and many quiet talks in the corner.
Bar Wotever have been my Saturday Night for a long time and tonight, this Tuesday I want to celebrate it all with you. Everyone attending leave a mark and are special, no matter why turning up… for some this is just a pub with open doors for others it is like church, a must-do in an otherwise hectic and chaotic world and week. For some it is comfy as coming home, getting your feet up and relax as if in your own living room, and instead of turning the TV on, you get a Royal Variety Show. Every Tuesday. Enjoy!

Doors 7pm,

P1150554-meThe Royal Variety Show start 8.30, Tonights Programme (11th February 2014) is an in depth study in Dance, Same Sex Ballroom dancing, and the experts Rachel and Darya will share their knowledge and passion. The Info Channel Join in with Community News, a 3D Live Interactive Noticeboard for and with our LGBT and Queer Community. Tonights Entertainment brought by the Charming Drag King Adam All, an artist we have been lucky to have worked with over many years , and now seen blossom in to an even more versatile King and Entertainer. Music Producer for tonights broadcast is the charming pop connoisseur DJ Malteazer who will play only Happy Music he like.
No Drama No Fuss. This is made by Us! On a Tuesday!

Bar Wotever, Queer Tuesdays at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Ingo x

Sunny Drake at Bar Wotever

Critically acclaimed Australian theatre maker, performer & educator- Sunny Drake at Bar Wotever with a full length show of ‘Transgender seeking…..’
Sunny Drake photo by Tania Anderson (735) Big File

This is what he say about his show…

‘I’m a romance-a-holic. I am quitting though – cold turkey. That’s why I’ve come to this meeting, for support”. An exposing, absurd, funny and tender look at queer relationships including run-ins with the polyamory police, online dating mishaps, not quite living up to our ideals and how relationship scripts and bigger political systems like policing and prisons affect our relationships. ‘

“Beautiful, articulate, well considered and very sophisticated…Complex and difficult subjects are delivered in the most accessible and authentic way. It’s light hearted, fresh and wank free…. Sunny Drake is a progressive queer visionary.” (Samesame.com, Melbourne, Australia)

Bar Wotever, where Queer Arts & Culture meet
This evening 29 October: Doors 7pm, Show start 8pm sharp!

+ we charge on the door to help covering Sunny’s travel costs, It’s only £5 / £3 conc, and no one turned away due to lack of funds. As we are so many looking forward to see Sunny’s Show, you can now book your seat! Get tickets in advance HERE!

So, doorcharge between 7pm-9.30 for all who are coming to see Sunny Drakes show

Free entry from 9.30pm til Midnigh

Meth AnyAn evening that already looked good, now looks even better!! Our absolute Favve Drag queen Meth Any (formerly Mr Mistress) will turn up around 10pm.

“Meth is taking the UK Drag scene by its jugular in a relentless display of weird and wonderful, lip-syncing extravaganza!
She is rapidly gaining notoriety as the freakiest drag queen this side of Sharon Needles and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Join Meth this Halloween as she shares her love of All Hallows Eve and every tacky, spooktastic cliché in the Book of Shadows (available now at all good fancy dress retailers)
Risk a trick, indulge in a lot of treats and revel in the spine tingling, bone chilling, blood curdling antics of Londons top, Gothic ghoulfriend.
It’s gunna be a scream!”

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY London

Tuesday 29 october

Doors 7-Midnight
8pm: ‘Transgender seeking…’ start 8pm prompt!
10pm: Meth Any
DJ: Bumlord

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