Last Friday we did FMAS again, and as always we. started the evening with some flexing of muscles. The contestants were all so very good and the finale was one of the longest, most even one we’ve had so far!
Thank you all who took part, here are some images from the event.
Our regular referee is out on a mission Friday 13th, and we had to call in a replacement, Someone equally Fair and Square.
Come and meet our Arm Wrestling Referee for the night HANS EUFF!!
Hans Euff is a Brighton based drag king producing weird and wonderful performance art and queer spaces throughout the world. His main aim in life is to challenge the gender binary whilst creating a unique and memorable experience for all.
ArmWrestling start at 9pm!!
Wanna Join in? Be there and sign up from 8pm.
On Friday 23rd June Female Masculinity Appreciation Society will be returning to The Royal Vauxhall Tavern with very special guest… Del LaGrace Volcano!
There will be the annual Arm Wrestling Competition, performances from Don One, Benjamin Butch, and Jess McKerlie, a social AND a dance! Music will be played by our resident DJ’s who have been with us since the beginning of FMAS, PLUS a talk/discussion with Del LaGrace Volcano and visuals!
Birmingham’s newest baddest biggest Drag King! Entertaining you in a style that only Don One can with that extra special Brummie twang! Last seen on stage at Hackney Empire in Johnny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety!
Jess McKerlie is a performance artist based in Melbourne, part of the 2015 PACT Collective.
Jessica’s first solo show, GENDER SPANNER has been touring Fringe Festivals across the world for the past two years and has recently done a stint at Brighton Fringe AND was Nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award!
Welcome to next Female Masculinity Appreciation Society Gathering! A packed event and evening with dreamy Cocktails, Fabulous surroundings a great show, plus two floors of entertainment including Dance Floor, downstairs and Chilled Chats on ground level floor!
This evening is in aid of Female Masculinity, for all of us who are, all of us who want, all of us who live, breathe and play with it.
The Glory is a pub/performance space in East London
and from 8pm we start charging entry on the door £10, advance tix available for £8.
TWO FLOORS Ground Floor
with Bar, Smokig Area and Toilets, also some tables and seating.
Show at 21.00
then after show, low volume music by Wotzit and relaxed conversations, Special Coctails served and we close at 2am.
with Coatcheck, Bar and a SpeakEasy Feel, Dance Show at 22.00 and then DISCO with our Fabulous DJ Jo Bunny and Hug The DJ!
Dance Show with Lysander & Rae – Queer Cruising Tango, and Iron & Sparks with SpeakEasy! Plus Disco Instuctions by Benjamin Butch! Our resident DJs will make the Dancefloor heave and the Party Atmosphere Up til 02:00!
Please Note; Due to set up of this venue we will NOT host Arm Wrestling at this event! Sorry for any disapointment caused by all you Arm Wrestling Fans!
Instead we challenge you to DANCE OFFS on the Dance Floor!
If you want to join, please follow the rules: ~Dress to Impress~ ~Enjoy the Light Entertainment~ ~Sweep them off their feet with your dance moves~ ~Interact in Classic Conversations~
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!
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.
Now, the thing is, someone went and Nominated ME, Ingo for an award! As a Role Model of the Year, no less… That is amazing, and thank you who ever did – and sent this amazing motivation ;
‘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..
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!
Film Festival of the Year:Wotever DIY Film Festival!! This is amazing and Theresa’s & Tara’s hard work with this years successful festival should def be recognised!
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…
Interview with The Dykeness, before they go on stage at Female Masculinity Appreciation Society,10th October. They played Bar Wotever earlier this year and was an instant hit. This is what we said, wrote about them then, here are their answers to some of our questions……
How and when did you all meet and decide to become a band?
Thrustin’ Hawkins: My gift to the universe is music. And we’re just a band of really nice guys, making music about what it’s like to be a guy, with other guys. But not in a gay way.
Johnny B. Wood: I needed a strong male role model so I don’t grow up into an independent breadwinner like my mom. So I started following Thrustin’ around.
Thrustin’ Hawkins: I couldn’t get him to leave.
Billy Bob Big Johnson Johnson: My folks came up from the South of Space during the great Uranium Rush of 3025, and while I was passed out at a drive-by on Mars these guys picked me up in their spaceship and got me to play this here bass machine.
Dyck Van Dick: I think it’s important that music has a social cause. As your Earth Lord Kanye West bravely said, ‘Pop a wheelie on the Zeitgeist, I’m gonna start a new movement.’
Thrustin’ Hawkins : We don’t know what a Zeitgeist is, but it sounds like some bullshit a woman would say, so we are here to obstruct it. With a wheel.
Why do you play the music you play?
Thrustin Hawkins : We know how hard it is to be a dude here on planet earth, so we’re making it real clear that we also have Very Deep Feelings, About Stuff, and that’s why we make the music we do.
Johnny B. Wood: We wear our fedoras so the Hot Earth Chicks know we’re nice guys.
Dyck Van Dyck: Our new album is an autumnal, mellow meditation on love, life, and getting laid.
Billy Bob Big Johnson: High five !
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Yes ! So, to answer your question – we met, all wearing these fedoras here that are the intergalactic driving symbol for ‘Approaching Nice Guy!’, and we are here to give you Hot Earth Chicks some hot, pumping, glam rock ‘n roll!
What do you do in your spare time, ie when not on stage?
Johnny B Wood : Let’s just say it involves Hot Earth Babes.
Thrustin Hawkins: Johnny, you haven’t met any Hot Earth Babes.
Johnny : Let’s just say it involves Hot Earth Babes, that I haven’t met yet.
Billy Bob: Loving the ladies.
Dyck Van Dick: Mostly I read Kierkegaard.
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Well life is a stage. When I’m not stage, I pretend I’m on stage. That’s why I’ve converted my bathroom into a live-streamed television channel.
Do you have a message to your fans planning on coming to see you at FMAS 10 oct?
Dyck Van Dick: Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.
Billy Bob Big Johnsson Johnsson: The North of Space is too gentrified. Don’t park on an asteroid if you see a Space Waitrose.
Johhny: Mom, will you pick me up at half past nine?
Thrustin’ Hawkins: Look, we’re just regular guys, and what see is what you get. And what you get is what you see, and what you’re gonna see, is what you’re gonna get, with a coating of spandex and glitter, and we have a special discount for Hot Earth Chicks: You get a free lascivious stare with every entrance. Rock and rooooooooll!
Dyck Van Dick: Thrustin’, put the microphone down.
See them, believe them and Welcome to FMAS #09 which also include a Live PA from Stelar Rey and DJ Jo Bunny & Hug the DJ. 10th Oct, 8pm-1am, RVT, £8, in adv tickets £6 Here
And for us, Friday Night was Party Night, Everything and Everyone was ready.
Female Masculinity Appreciation Society meet up no 5 was ready to open the doors and welcome the audience, the people that lift us, move us and make this a magic night. This was also a celebration of Club Wotever and all the years that has passed by since that started… The Rain did not stop the hard core fans and new explorers and party goers from coming out… This is London after all. Rain does happen. Fact. And yes, this was London, with many beautiful and funny, sexy and smart queers out and about. Plus so many Top Hats! The theme was a hit as many had taken the chance to dress up, top hat or other stuff… ‘Top Hat’ represented an era, a style and feeling.. It was specially heartwarming to see some of the people there who have been coming to our events from day one, over the years they have followed, been part, supported and shared energy with us. Not always smooth and harmonious, but always strongly and passionate, so, special thank you to all of YOU. Caroline, Stav, Lenna and Louise, we are all ten years older and hopefully wiser too… One thing is for sure, we are all Fierce!
And as always, mega thanks to current crew, Jo, Serena, Dr J, Maria, Neil, Jo G, Theresa, Puja and Sarah
And the show, what a show! Thank you as always, Duncan D’Nut and Mzz Kimberly. DJs, Hug the DJ & Westlake
Stav Bee snapped a lot of lovely pictures of the night and here you can see some. We also have a PhotoAlbum from All our FMAS events HERE with plenty of fab pics from all our happy snappers!
Days after the event, people wrote lovely stuff and this is what Stav Bee wrote on FaceBook, I asked if I could share and she said yes, so here it is:
‘so, 10 years ago, the news spread about some club night, where anything would go and with anyone; it came with the name Wotever and despite my anal loathing on bad spelling, i have come to understand it, accept it and respect it. it started in a basement off marchmont street, around the corner from gay’s the word, where ingo was managing at that time. it was dark and suggestive and as i walked down its stairs with two of my friends, ingo immediately told me off: ‘what time do you call this? you are late…”! ha! and the journey begun to continue after all the trials and tribulations and spaces and places and festivals and ups and downs and travels and losses and attacks and loves to what we know Wotever World is to be to this day… and last night, we celebrated exactly that his/her story, along with the ever fun FMAS (female masculinity appreciation society) part five. we wore our papillons and ties and top hats and we danced and cheered and mingled and remembered and chatted and witnessed great shows, despite the pouring rain and the change of weather to golden and promising autumn…
it was great to see my family looking beautiful and happy. so, we continue, yes? weekly and bi monthly in one of the most beautiful and oldest building, carrying a great gay his/ herstory, down in the area of vauxhall. the royal tavern. peace and love and a lot of cabaret, my friends. x’
And my reply: ‘Awh, it’s sooo amazing, that A, we are still here to meet up & share the love and idea of Wotever, and B, London let us! So MUCH LOVE!!! And cheers for all these years, ALL of you who came out last night! You Are Wotever! X’