We’ve just donated some money in the Bar Wotever Crew ‘s name, but feel free to donate more if you can/want.
Plus – Super important, linked in this article/piece is a survey we ALL need to fill in and make our beautiful selves heard and counted!
AND MOST IMPORTANT NOW – Share this link Widely on all your social media, spread the word as at this point – This is the info we have at the moment. What’s really happening?! Who Knows?! Let’s stay alert and ready for whatever next, and Let’s Make sure Bar Wotever still have a space to go to and create Queer Shows at every Tuesday!
With Love and mega Fighting Spirit!
And if you do help us keep RVT – here’s a video from our Valentine Show this week…. More to come in the Future – We Promise you that!
Twice last night I said to acts, keep on being political, do more shows THAT HAS A MESSAGE! Say something with your art otherwise it’s just fluff and fairy dust… Nothing wrong with fluff, but I LOVE ACTS with a message, a political point, an experience, a Eureka Moment involved! Get Inspired and Do Acts THat MEAN SOMETHING…
We live in times where we have freedom to raise our voices! Still we can gather and we can create change… Change in others opinions, our own behaviours and how we see the world.
Use your platforms for what you believe in!
Sometimes these tests and trials on stage and off, might go slightly wrong… BUT as an artist – your drive should be to expand minds! Not just make everything as it always have been….. there is NO progress in standing still and ‘safe’. Bar Wotever welcomes you and we are ready to forgive if you learnt from it. So get up again!
For this I loved johnsmith’s piece last night, and I was enthralled by Pi the Mime. I thought Auburn was a great band and by doing what they’ve done for all these years based on a wish to create music I adored them! And our hostess Aletia, who tested and stepped out there last night I applaud for bravery and risk taking. NOt all how I would have chosen how to do it, but by doing it made people wake up and react, and THAT is important! Our stage is a Platform for Change, and expanding minds! And Bar Wotever would NOT like it any other way!
If Open mic spots at an event like Bar Wotever last night is anything to go by we Definitely have AMAZINGLY talented AND Political Artists amongst us!
A welcome return by Holly and her MAGIC Guitar technique! Thank Fuck there were ppl in the music biz there last night to hear and see her skills!! ANd Travis with their Amazing Spoken Word piece about a Blow Job that had so many layers of race, privilege and work ethics in it – it literally blew me..
BAR WOTEVER at RVT is not just a SHOW night. It is not just a MUSIC night. It is Not just a COMMUNITY Gathering… It is…. All the above and more.
Hence the Listing for RVT is important, to keep on doing events in, but have a place to call home, a playground to test things, a space to learn and meet up in. We heart RVT and we wish this old building many more Happy Queer Years!
Last Night Community struck big time! Big surprise when Samuel, a regular Wotever goer for many many years came with £250 he collected via fundraising for Bar Wotever and what we do.. He raised the money by cycling from London to Bristol. It took him two days and he brought the money and the signatures with him last night! AMAZING Community.. Bar Wotever is not just a show…. IT is MORE, don’t you agree?
The money will be split between Out and Proud Diamond Group (fundraiser for them next week at BW) and the Uganda Sanctuary House, we pay rent for.
Fairy Lights on stage… who would have thought?!
Last night was also a Night packed with Older White Dudes, some were absolutely AMAZING, one Pete who did the Lighting for Auburn , actually was at RVT already 40 years ago and did the lighting for the venue back then too. By the end of the night he came and hugged me and said he had the most amazing time… not queer or LGBT, he just felt so at home he said. And he will be back. AND we will nick his Fairy Lights on stage idea! It made it look totally magic!
The other Older White Dude to mention was Justin, Auburns tech and sound guy, An absolute MARVEL in the tech booth, but also an amazing teacher of Tech in Brixton and his experience working with people who learn shone through 100% and he was the most amazing person to meet… We’ve got his number and he will be back with us and we might start collaborate so more LGBT and Queers get a chance to learn sound tech…..https://www.soulsound.co.uk/
These two, Pete and Justin was a privilege too meet.. Then we could live without the two grumpy White Men who just took space and did not get us at all…
But not all do…. we know… some just DO not get us… and that’s fine too. Plenty of spaces and places in London!
As always Bar Wotever felt like a micro cosmos in our womb of RVT. A place where we meet, fall in love, argue, learn how to get along because deep deep down, we are all humans and for a moment in a big city like London we meet each other and we are HERE and NOW!
How amazing was last night? How much did we learn, feel, laugh & cry? Sunny Drakes show was a pleasure to behold, a sparkly moment in a life, city & time that is tough, hard and sometimes unforgiving… But, here for a brief moment we had things explained to us….
Honesty IS the answer…
and getting out, sharing it with a room filled of strangers, friends and fellow quirky queer, gender & poly mashed up bodies. That was Awesome!
Thank You all who came and paid, understanding these things cost, and our stories might not be free all the time. Thank You all who Took Part. and Mega Thank YOU to Sunny Drake for your moving performance and Multi Media show. And a mega mega THANK YOU to the tech team, who worked the whole day to set up, sort out and then with a mega hour of concentration produced a seamless flowing show! Thank YOU Jo & Liam! You did brilliant last night! Also mega thank you to our Fab Ragina Lumpitwat for such powerful dancing, Flying in green light at a spooky and Halloween filled RVT. Brilliant!
Thank You to Maria who lead and encouraged the community news plus was the sunshine at the door, and thank you to Miss Cairo Mascara for your thank you to us. Bar Wotever and Wotever World. We are touched and moved that you enjoy what we do and create, so your thanks goes a long way sweetie.
And thank you AbsolutQueer Photography for a mega quick turn around of fab pics from last night.
And my last thank you is to all of you who came up and shared your music last night. The dancefloor rocked with a mega creative mix, made by all of you! So, Thank You!
Critically acclaimed Australian theatre maker, performer & educator- Sunny Drake at Bar Wotever with a full length show of ‘Transgender seeking…..’
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
An 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
We sounded and looked so hot last night at Bar Wotever! Great evening with our all new sparkly house band, Battle of You, a group of talented and super sweet musicians. If it feels good. Do it!
They brought with them a great set up of music and words, the evening Rocked and we got the party feeling by all the balloons in the room. Around 3 000 balloons in blue, yellow and hot pink was hanging about…
Seth Corbin band played some of our favourite tunes and The Cut Outs Rocked the house down being super tight with great voices. Spoken word by Jake Hawkey gave us time for reflection to his words softly spoken. Having a room filled with rock lovers all quiet and listening to words about hard times and suffering is a skill, and Jake def had it. Plus the love stories…
The main attraction Battle of You came on and delivered a brilliant set, heavy on bass and super strong vocals. I’ve loved Mel’s voice ever since the first soundbite was sent to me as a ‘can we come and play’ request a few years back. I am so proud and happy that these talented musicians, great people have have chosen Bar Wotever as their new ‘home’ we will make this house Rock for sure!
Bar Wotever continue to be an exciting exploration of Community, Performance and Shared Longings and ideas.
One could classify it as any other regular pub night with some stuff happening on stage, and ‘I just popped in after work for a pint’ if one so wish, but the strength within Bar Wotever is so much more than that if one care to look. The collaboration and care taken of performers who come and start out, get a space to be themselves and grow is also happening on the floor, not only on stage, but as you could see last night if you were lucky enough to be there and witness it, it was a true schoolbook example of how we need to take care of each other, support one and other and our talent and skills.. The band, Battle of You, contacted me, Ingo curator and director of Bar Wotever back in 2011. They were still at Uni, looking for gigs of their new band, two female friends, with strong vocals and a sound cloud link. I booked them, and they came and played their third ever live gig at Bar Wotever. Since then I have followed them, and they have been back and played with us many more times, plus all around UK and London… they have established themselves, found back up musicians they seem to gel with, they are tight, smart and with great tunes. Last night they entered the stage, with a night they had put together, they entered the stage at Bar Wotevers home, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, as our first ever Residential band. We have seen them grow and we have been there… Bar Wotever look after the LGBT & Queer artists we work with and who want/need it..
Living in this fast flowing world, it is easy to think, just as ‘coming out’ is the end of one drama, you are now ready and free to be and live as you want, one forget that you keep on growing, and we who have gone beforehand, found our spaces need to give back, share our knowledge and skills with others. So, Bar Wotever keep the community spirit going and are open, not only for new fresh ones, but also encourage all of us who have been around for a bit, to join in, share, learn and keep on growing…
So, see you a Tuesday down at Bar Wotever, a true unique event in the London Queer Calendar.