‘I’ve been fairly stagnant, bored and boring recently. My sense of celebration was hibernating. But it all resurrected at Bar Wotever last night. Tuesday night saved my life.’
This message landed in our inbox the other week….
‘Hello Sweeities! How’s y?
Im a brazilian drag queen, and i’m in London till 4 of June, realaizing a artistic residence at Hornimam Museum and Garden about the queer scene in Brazil.
My friend J, from Hornimam told me about y and i will love if i have the opportunity to do something in the bar, specially cuz the Drag scene from London inspire A LOT the queens in Brazil!
So, if y think that is good, let me know and we talk about! Sadickisses’
We said YES! of course we said YES.
Tuesday nights have been dedicated to Bar Wotever in many of our lives over the years. At the moment we are having a massive upswing with great shows and high numbers of LGBTQ people from near and afar coming to us, making sure they are there in time to sit down and see the show, prepare their Community News and Meet old friends and make new ones… In between the acts Bar Wotever is a hot spot for Social Interactions…
Recently someone pointed the Bar Wotever listing in Time Out London out for me. and it looks like we are many who’ve seen and appreciated the changes but also keep on doing what we do, provide a space and a stage for a variety of acts and performances as well as an audience week after week.
What people said about Bar Wotever lately…
‘Fabulous venue that is welcoming to all LGBTQIA and has the most exciting and varied shows. No other place like it in London!’
‘There’s always something for everyone. Great music too. Welcoming and at times questioning. Last night singing,rapping, spoken word, drag and burlesque! What more do you want for a fiver.,’
‘Super-nice and friendly, always mindblowing performances in this great venue.’ Time Out
Every Week is different, so Expect the Unexpected!
See you Next Tuesday!
Yesterday Planet London hosted their 2nd Annual Community Awards ceremony.
It was GALA!
They hashtagged it #LesbianOscars, in general terms it was an LBQ event. For all the Cis* and Trans* LBQ community – to highlight and shine on to all of us who are part, create things and make shit happen, on stage, behind the scene, as a volunteer, via radio or writings….It was in short the sort of community event, London (UK) should have had every year for a long time! I know there are Stonewall awards and Pink Lists and such… BUT this one was filled with grassroots awards, Social meetup organisers won, as well did struggling comedy artists, writers and small charities. Plus club nights, Events and Performers who do stuff, many times with no more in their pockets after the event than a glowing applaud and a pat on the back from the punters saying Thank You.
So, FIRST OF ALL. THANK YOU Naomi and Katie to make this happen!! You have created and done a great thing for our Community! Let’s hope the Social Networking, exchange of details and camaraderie of last night will lead to better and bigger more collaborative events in and around London. It was Great to be part!
I was Nominated in the category Role Model of the Year, and even tho I know many of you voted for me, I did not win, but came in proud second with a honourable mention after blogger Megan Evans.
So, even if I did not really Win – I truly felt like a Winner! Seeing so many of my ‘babies’, events, performers and People I care about getting Nominated and Awarded, plus just the feeling of being part of this community, still standing and still doing all this…. It sure made me feel special and very very PROUD.
So, here is my Thank You Speech;
Thank You for Nominating me, a Fat Dyslexic None Englishspeaker as a Role Model. I pick my nose when no one watch, I’m a daredevil when it comes to take risks with absolutely no money outcome, I’m homeless, and I like Creative Chaos. I stand before you as a Gender Bending, Sex Positive , Curious for life and FunLoving Role Model. I’m over 50 and I like my Life. So, thank You for Nominating me and thank you all who voted.
What I’ve learnt and would like to give to you as a Role Model are;
Make sure you work with NICE people! In the long run, they are the ones who stand by you no matter what!
What Goes around Comes around! Treat others as you want to be treated and met.
Don’t assume anything! Get it in writing!
Say YES! Say yes to collaborations, and new ideas. If you have time and energy to do it, DO IT! You never know who is in the audience that night and where it lead..
Stay True to Your Roots! Once a Punk, Always a Punk! Break norms and think outside the box. Don’t copy others, Do Your Own Thing! You are the one who have to live with your decisions.
Look after Yourself! Being on the scene all the time is tough, so days off to watch crap telly and do nothing is essential!
Do It! No matter how much you talk about the event you are gonna create, or the act you want to perform… If you do not DO IT – It is just words!
Actions speaks more than words! What and How you do it is actually what people will see and remember!
Create a Crew! You can do a lot by yourself, but nothing nicer than sharing with others!
and on that note, I would like to thank each and everyone I’ve worked with over the years, all who have been part of the crew, and all of you who have been to any of the events; Bar Wotever, Queer Experiments, Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, klub fukk, Wotever DIY Film Festival, Queer Fayre, GenderSwap Workshops, Wotever Xtravaganza, Drag King Workshops, Wotever Winter Ball, Club Wotever, Wotever Sex, One Offs and many many more.
Thank You to all of you in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Brighton, Leicester, Middlesex, Stockholm, Warsaw, San Francisco, Iceland, Berlin and any other location and city we have visited and where we have created a bit of queer punk magic!
Here is where You Find out what we do Next: Wotever World Page packed with info and events in the future and from the past.
Follow us on Twitter @woteverworld
Or just join our email list: woteverworld [at] gmail [dot] com for irregular (1-3 times/month) info.
Thank You for making me your Role Model!!!
Ok I know I did not get it!
BUT, I had things to say and I did
This is MY blog after all…. 😉
Lots a Love, and see you soon! As you know, Wotever is rocking and we are looking forward to a mega end of 2014 and a very vibrant 2015, where we are going to celebrate Bar Wotever’s Tenth year anniversary!! and much much more….
// Ingo x
Plus, if you were there and saw me presenting and would like to book me for your events, I am open and available for outside work as a Producer, Host, Presenter and general HardWorking Theatre Bitch!
Get me on woteverworld [at] gmail [dot] com
A few months ago I was asked if I could help the Planet London women to present at their Awards Gala in November, and as they have always been very supportive and charming towards us and what we do – I of course said YES.
Great people in this community need support, help and knowing they are loved.
‘Ingo runs an inclusive space where you can go no matter how you ID. They just ask for respect and treat others how you want to be treated yourself. Cabaret, eclectic DJ’s, fayres, fashion shows, film festivals and much more. Treat others as you wish to be treated – equally!’
As I’m part of the most deserving and hardworking people in the biz category, this is amazing, and I am so looking forward to meet the others. As some of you who know me, I find it slightly embarrassing to be in this situation, but none less, I am Very Proud and Very Happy about it, and I will try to not make a fool out of me, winning or losing….. It is just nice to be asked and nominated. THANK YOU!
Plus, there are so many Categories where Wotever World, our events, Artists, DJs and Favourites are nominated. So, if you have time, I urge you to go in to the site and vote on the ones you like and want to give a little cyber recognition too..
Here is where you can place your Vote if you so wish: http://www.planet-london.com/ultimateawards/vote2014.html
Also Nominated are;
Author of the year (established): Both Stella Duffy and V G Lee, both have been on our stage and collaborated with us, plus they are brilliant writers we truly enjoy to read!
LBQ Comedian of the year: Here you see no less than three amazing women who have had us laughing and laughing somewhere at an Wotever event this year, Hannah Brackenbury, Lara A King and V G Lee.
LBQ Comedy Event of the year: Short and Girlie Show came and took over a whole night at Bar Wotever whilst on their Spreading the Love Tour! Packed House and Many New Fans Won!
Musician of the Year: Our own and Only Resident Band Battle of You is nominated in a very strong group. Also nominated are Miri, who we adore and love to work with too.
Volunteer of the year: Setting up and doing stuff helping yourself whilst helping others is great, and Kerry Positive Change is doing this. Whilst spreading information and raising awareness. They are the one I know most, but this is def a category you wish you could vote for each and every one! You are All Winners!
LBQ Business of the year: Our beloved friends and Mega Favourite bookstore Gay’s the Word is well deserved Nominated! Year after year they are there and support, smile and sell books we like to read! They should have a LIFETIME WINNER OF EVERYTHING nailed above their door! And the perks and sparkle that the film Pride gave to this bookstore as an important LGBT Institution is making me soo sooo happy!
Photographer of the Year: They are not in this category – but if we could we should def vote for AbsolutQueer Photography! They have taken millions of photos of us and our community over the years, and should def have an Award!
Cabaret & MC of the Year: The lovely Stephanie Goldberg, hostess with the mostess of FMAS, and Queer Femme Peculiar is up for this in a jungle of Drag Kings 😉
It’s a category we really like, but also where we miss a lot of the amazing performers we have worked with over this last year… We also would have loved to see Bar Wotever’s Queen of Everything Maria Kinsella here, plus force of nature Rubyyy Jones, Lolo Brow, Miss Cairo Mascara, Crimson Skye, or her drag king persona, Duncan DoNut, and many many more… but this also shows that we have to create some sort of Wotever Award maybe…
London DJ of the Year: Floorfiller and Popular Dance Tunes Guru DJ Jo Bunny is well deserved up for this. If you have been to any event this Bunny have played at, you also know you have danced! Proud Mary all the way! They are also one of our regular DJs at Bar Wotever and FMAS, plus many other events we create at Wotever World. ‘They give good Dance for the Money!’ Missing on this list is a lot of other mega Fab DJs we like and work with, plus our second regular DJ at Bar Wotever and FMAS, Hug the DJ!
London LBQ friendly venue of the year: Our HOME venue Royal Vauxhall Tavern is up for this! And yes, it is totally LBQ friendly, welcoming and do shows, have events and play parts in films (latest Pride included a very moving scene, filmed at RVT!). We are Here and We are Queer!
London most Creative Clubnight/Event of the year: This is a very fun and sparkly category with a lot of great nominees, including our own Female Masculinity Appreciation Society! Our ‘Gentlmans Club Ethos’ and sparkle seem to go a long way. People are encouraged to dress up and socialise as in the olden days here. Plus, we are now a short film too… premiered and screed at Wotever DIY Film Festival earlier this year… And if you want to experience this, our next one is this Friday 10th Oct! It is all about Glam!
There are many more categories where you can vote and share your love. When listed like this you also see the variety and how much really DOES happen here in London! And you know that there is much much more than what’s listed or not… So, keep going out and do stuff, help people, meet people and Dance! Staying in, is def not the way to meet new people who will be friends, lovers, camrade and collaborators.
London Rock! And, so do we apparently 😉
THANK YOU Planet London!
plus, IF you like to Nominate and do these things, Independent is Calling for Suggestions to their Rainbow list. IF, you would like to place my name there, Ingo Andersson, Wotever World. This would be great work wise! As you know Wotever have been going on for a long time now, and we are providing a great space and places where Queers meet here in London and elsewhere in the world. Being on THIS list would actually help me, and Wotever to reach further in 2015. That is also the year when our Bar Wotever will celebrate TEN YEARS of weekly events, packed with LGBT and Queer Art & Culture!
And my name is, Ingo Andersson. But good thing is that you can cast votes many times of a big variety of people!! So, support your community and name some who deserve to be recognise and feel a little bit of love…
Thank 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.
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
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.
Then 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
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!!
The 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
This landed in my inbox yesterday. It’s so lovely I had to share it.
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
‘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;
‘Wotever 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.’
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.
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
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.
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’