A new regular LGBT+ club night is set for launch in Fife this month, described by its organiser as a ‘celebration of life, love and true happiness’!
‘Fierce Fridays’ are coming to the popular Lourenzo’s nightclub in Dunfermline from 9th November and will be hosted by fierce local queen, April (Ross Kirkham). April stole the show at the first Fife Pride in 2017, with her stunning Gaga performance and returned to slay the Kirkcaldy stage again earlier this summer.
The first club night will feature performances from Scottish drag talent such as Bearberry McQueen, Marla Sinner, Annita and Ivy. Edinburgh’s DJ Styles will also be providing the soundtrack to get your weekend off to the best start!
We catch up with organiser and host, April, who spills all the tea on her exciting new show.
So April, what can people expect at Fierce Fridays in Lourenzo’s?
Primarily it’s going to be an LGBT club night, with the added extra of a full drag show. We want to create a safe environment for the LGBT community to come and celebrate life and love while listening to some amazing music, ranging from camp classics to modern day bops!
I hope it becomes a full blown regular night, where people of all genders and sexualities can unite and have a celebration of life, love and true happiness. We’ve already reached an international audience before our first show, with queens from around Europe getting in touch to perform (keep an eye out for our special February show – it’s going to be fantastisk).
What inspired you to organise a new night for the community in Fife?
As a young gay person, for me social life is essential and nightclubs tend to be a ‘hotspot’. I felt like Fife needed an LGBT night as the community is really lacking social spaces. There is another drag show, Kattitude, which happens monthly at the Wellesley Inn over in Kirkcaldy, but nothing else. I wanted to create a proper LGBT club night that would allow socialising within the LGBT and straight communities, without us having to travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow for the nearest gay bars or clubs. Not everyone has the means to travel that far, so I took it upon myself to get something organised!
What’s the reaction been from locals?
Well first of all, I couldn’t be happier with how the venue have cooperated and helped launch this night. Not only have they been supportive and totally behind the night from day one, but they have hopes and goals for the night too, and we both hope Fierce Fridays becomes one of Scotland’s top LGBT nights, not just a drag show.
The general public have been amazing too and I would like to thank all of the small businesses and shop owners that have been advertising our night in their premises. The LGBT community support has been overwhelming too – so many people have liked, shared and messaged our Facebook page expressing how grateful they are for putting a night like this together – we just need them all to come along and support it now!
Why was it important to launch this type of club night in Fife now?
With drag being thrown into mainstream television through the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, more and more people are becoming aware of the issues the community are facing and are stepping up to show their support.
Even though our nights are aimed at the LGBT community, a lot of our clientele are straight allies which is fantastic. I felt that with all this happening, it would be a good idea to create a space where people can come and see in person what it’s like to be a part of such a humble and gracious community, not just how we are portrayed in the media.
Fierce Fridays launches on Friday 9th November, 11pm at Lourenzo’s Nightclub in Dunfermline, £5 door entry.
Future dates are confirmed for 7th December 2018, then on 11th January and 8th February 2019.
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