Vibe, Ego, Edinburgh, every Tue/Abnormals Anonymous, CCA, Glasgow, Fri 24 May

‘I'd waited for other gay clubs to open offering something different but they didn't.‘ says Alan Miller. promoter of the new Abnormals Anonymous club night at the CCA. ‘So I thought I may as well do it myself.‘

In recent months we have seen several new nights start. but as many disappear in a puff of dry ice. What became of 28:ad at Victoria's in Glasgow and Fairy Liquid in Edinburgh?

Yet for every failure there is a success story. One Such club night is Vibe which started last month at Ego. Each Tuesday night event takes a different theme. ranging from Moulin Rouge to Star Wars. ‘It started as a plaything on my days off and also to compete against Fairy Liquid.‘ says promoter and DJ James Longworth.

His night with a 'party charty feel' paid off and Fairy Liguid's bubble burst. It has dancers. a bubble machine. pyrotechnics and Longworth himself on the decks. playing everything from R&B and chart to Dolly Rarton. But as they say in Vibeland: ‘It ain't over till the hairy bloke sings.‘ and that is exactly how this evening of craziness ends.

Another welcome alternative comes in the form of the monthly Abnormals Anonymous. billed as ‘a place for those in the homosexual world who find themselves disenfranchised by mainstream gay culture.‘ 'There is nothing different in gay clubs.‘ says promoter Alan

Miller. ‘If you go to straight clubs there is a whole spectrum of music and choices. but gay clubs are just

one dimensional.‘

For Miller. AA offers a second chOice in the gay clubbing world. comprising performance art. live contemporary music. sounds from DJ Hushpuppy. short film screenings and installations. The next event features the band


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