Two of Blackpool’s leading gay venues are teaming up again to stage the Queen Street Party on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.
Kaos Bar and The Flying Handbag first got together in a rare show of unity in the summer of 2010, having looked at he practicalities closing the short section of Upper Queen street directly outside the two bars and hosting a party weekend aimed primarily, though not exclusively, at the lesbian, gay, bi and transexual (lgbt) community.
Blackpool Council were supportive of the venture and the first Queen Street event starred legendary Soft Cell member Marc Almond over the summer Bank Holiday.
“Attendance was reasonable although Manchester Pride coincided with us which would, had it not, have seen even bigger numbers,” said event spokesman Mark Seargent. “Quite a time elapsed before the exercise was eventually repeated and along came the Blackpool Pride weekend in June of this year and the two venues once again joined forces and set to work on what became simply a superb and memorable three days that saw fantastic attendance and an amazing atmosphere.”
Among the entertainers were X Factor acts Johnny Robinson and Sami Brookes plus DJs Carmen and Zoe and a rare outdoor performance from the Funny Girls cast.
The event’s success prompted calls for another Queen Street Party Weekend in support of local sexual health charity Renaissance@drugline.
Entertainment will be from former S Club 7 member Tina Barrett and Andy Scott plus a line-up of local talent and special guests with DJs Carmen and Zoe plus drag artiste Chris D’Bray.
The Funny Girls will be performing a montage of their works.
“It’s is a free event although we ask for donations to our charity and everyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join us for a fun and prejudice free lgbt party weekend,” said Mark.