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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

Bar Wotever: Kate Daisy Grant + The Dykeness + Ebony Rose Dark

Kate Daisy Grant is back!

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Kate Daisy Grant performs a solo set of her emotive, quirky songs on an array of instruments.

Kate and Bar Wotever goes way back, before she became a well known Artists she played our events and we are both proud and very happy to have her back with us this evening!

Kate has been featured on BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, 6 and World Service and has music featured on films including ‘Mr Right’. She has guested with artists such as comedian Rich Hall, soul diva Sarah Jane Morris and Incredible String Band legend Mike Heron and regularly performs a live-looped multi-instrumental set with Stewart Lee favourite Nick Pynn.

‘One of our favourite artists’ Tom Robinson, R6
‘Some of the most electrifying music to be found at this festival’ ***** Three Weeks (Edinburgh)
‘Mesmerising’ Clash
“Kate Daisy Grant has a mesmerising voice and songs that seem like exotic birds. Go see her. She is very, very good.” Rich Hall

http://www.facebook.com/katedaisygrantmusic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzpnjYaqxgE

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THE DYKENESS
THE DYKENESS HAS LANDED

and PARKING THE SPACESHIP in Vauxhall was a total shagpile, not to mention finding parking for the goddamn shagpile suite as well but

WE ARE HERE NOW

AND IT IS TIME YOU MET THE BIGGEST SWINGING DICKS OF GLAMROCK ‘N’ ROLL

For one night only! Feminist comedy cock rock band take THE (WOTEVER) WORLD on a spandex journey through power rock, glitter rock, gender-frock and a howling electrific punk racket. Sending the likes of Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, and Bon Jovi into new galactic drag dimensions. The Dykeness are VERY SERIOUS about music. YES Earth-people it is ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. Especially the crotch-pumping thrusty bits.

THE DYKENESS ARE:

Thrustin’ Hawkins: Siân Docksey
Johnny B. Wood: Ray Filar
Billy Bob Big Johnson Johnson: Sophelita Lawton
Dick Van Dyck: Emma Lewis

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EBONY ROSE DARK
Ebony Rose Dark takes her audience on a soulful, jazzy journey of Caribbean food, song and dance.

BAR WOTEVER
Our Weekly Queer meet up space, with show, community news and plenty of music.

Bar Wotever presents a weekly every Tuesday at The RVT open stage for up and coming queer talents and established names to show off. It’s Show and Cabaret as you never seen it before.

Bar Wotever has been in existence since 2003 and the people at Bar Wotever are friendly, mixed across ages, ethnicities, genders and sexualities. There are open decks where everyone can play their own music, plus dancing into the night, secret gigs, film screening nights and much more.

“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

Entry £5

Bar Wotever, with respect and welcome to one and all. No matter what identity, or multiple identities a person may have or choose.

Doors 7pm, Show 8.30
After Show DJs til Midnight