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By The Gay UK, Sep 30 2014 12:00PM

Trans and Gender Non­Conforming Swimming Group (TAGS), after meeting with Lewisham council, have confirmed they have full private use of the training pool at the Glassmill Leisure Centre, Lewisham for a transgender safe swimming group.

by Newsdesk | 30th September 2014

By The Gay UK, Sep 30 2014 10:30AM

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT today announced they are to play an extensive tour of the UK and Europe early in the New Year.

by Newsdesk | 30th September 2014

Glamberts get ready - a new single is on the way and Adam Lambert announces his UK and European tour in 2015.

In what is certain to be among next year’s most sought out music events, Queen + Adam Lambert will reign over a six-week long set of dates across Europe beginning mid January.

Having only earlier this month wound down a sold out world tour taking in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and outdoor festival stops in Korea and Japan, Queen + Adam Lambert are sparing no time in taking their critically-hailed partnership back on the road.

Coming two years after May, Taylor and Lambert last performed a short tour together of the UK and Europe, this lengthier outing will see Queen + Adam Lambert perform 21 shows in 10 countries. The band’s tour opens in the UK at Newcastle Arena on January 13 and will see the band play a total of seven shows across the UK including London’s O2 Arena. The tour then takes in France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, and Czech Republic and ends February 19 in Switzerland at Zurich’s Hallenstadion.

Tickets for the UK shows will go on sale from 9.00am this coming Friday, 3rd October. All other concerts across Europe are on sale same time excepting Germany where sales begin the following day, Saturday October 4. Tickets available from venues and usual outlets.

Reaction to the dates is expected to equal that seen at the announcement of their US shows where an on-sale rush for tickets saw the band sell out 24 dates in record time. Queen and Lambert matched the expectations, winning glowing reviews from fans and critics alike.


Tue 13 January NEWCASTLE Arena

Wed 14 January GLASGOW Hydro

Sat 17 January LONDON O2 Arena

Tue 20 January LEEDS Arena

Wed 21 January MANCHESTER Arena

Friday 23 January BIRMINGHAM NIA

Sat 24 January NOTTINGHAM Arena

Mon 26 January PARIS Zenith

Thu 29 January COLOGNE Lanxess Arena

Fri 30 January AMSTERDAM, Ziggo Dome

Sun 1 February VIENNA Stadhalle

Mon 2 February MUNICH Olympiahalle

Wed 4 February BERLIN O2

Thu 5 February HAMBURG O2

Sat 7 February FRANKFURT Festhalle

Sun 8 February BRUSSELS Palais 12

Tue 10 February MILAN Forum

Fri 13 February STUTTGART Schleyerhalle

Sun 15 February HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen

Tue 17 February PRAGUE O2

Thu 19February ZURICH Hallenstadion

By The Gay UK, Sep 30 2014 10:00AM

This woman is amazing! You’ve been warned! Part Adele, part K T Tunstall - soulful voice, thoughtful lyrics = one musician you really need to watch out for.

by Chris Jones | 30th September 2014


Her current EP combines 3 tracks that showcase her talents - and these are multitudinous! Always wanted to use that word in a review! And it ain’t hyperbole - she's one to watch.

Her current offering of “Who’s Lovin' Me Now” has 3 delicious tracks on it:

Who’s Lovin’ Me Now?

Pirate Man

So Crazy

Lets start with Who's Lovin' Me Now? Starts slow and low and builds terrifically, capturing you as it rolls - love it, the lyrics are perfect and her voice soars - the beat drags you along and you cant help tapping your foot to this one! Listen to those lyrics - they tug your heart strings but sing to everyone of us who’ve loved and lost.

Pirate Man changes tempo, and showcases the lyrics and her voice to perfection. This is a soulful number, with lyrics that paint wonderful pictures in your head - this is a taste of the blues, great guitar riffs and a voice that cuts through to your heart!

The final track on this EP is So Crazy and the one that most reminds me of Adele and her style. This song belies her tender years - the sign of a great talent!

She cites her influences as Sheryl Crow and Katy Perry, and Freddie Mercury to the Stone - and after hearing this EP, I see what she means! Theres pop, theres anthems, theres soul searching lyrics and soaring themes!

Kerri is truly one to watch, please, if you can, download and listen - she's so worth it! Cant wait to see what she's like live! Keep an eye out for live dates!

Out on 29th September

By The Gay UK, Sep 30 2014 08:55AM

Set in Paris circa 1700, Alfredo Germont, a demure young man falls in love with Violetta, a courtesan, who is the toast of society because of her lavish, debauchery filled parties. But Violetta is dying and despite initially dismissing him, she falls for Alfredo and gives up her lifestyle to be with him. As they move to the country and with her fortune dwindling, Violetta is visited by Alfredo’s father, who is worried about the impact upon his daughter’s marriage prospects as a result of Violetta’s former profession, and he talks her into leaving Alfredo to secure the family’s future. But with Alfredo confused at why his love has abandoned him and with Violetta’s health failing quickly, can love bring the two back together before it is too late?

By Paul Szabo | 30th September 2014


Opera North has produced a simply sumptuous production of Verdi’s beautiful and heart-breaking opera, both in terms of performance and presentation. During the opening scene where Violetta appears, silhouetted by a full moon, the combination of modern theatricality and traditional opera makes it clear that you are about to watch something special. From the sexually charged ensemble piece of Violetta’s party during the opening, to the ghostly visitations voyeuristically poised over Violetta’s death bed, the director, Alessandro Talevi, provides a refreshing take in terms of the opera’s presentation.

Hye-Youn Lee, as Violette and Ji-Min Parkas Alfredo were well matched in terms of their performances, with Lee providing a sweet and sensitive performance, whilst Roland Wood stood out from the remainder of the cast as Alfredo’s desperate and scheming father. It is only when you hear opera sung live you are hit with the sheer power of their voices, especially as the soaring sounds echoed around the opulence of the Leeds Grand Theatre. The live orchestra sent a shiver down the spine, from the opening notes played by the piercing strings to the swelling crescendos of the closing moments, and sounded exquisite.

Opera is often overlooked by theatre goers because of the perception of it being impenetrable and highbrow, but Opera North have produced a theatrical piece which is beautifully put together, but accessible to all. La Traviata is embedded in popular culture and you will recognise it from the silver-clad roof top bus ride in Priscilla, Vivien’s first opera in Pretty Woman or the story of Satine and Christian in “Moulin Rouge!” Whether you are an opera novice or aficionado, this production oozes quality and has much to recommend it.

Despite being sung in Italian, the show has surtitles; two screens which provide the audience with details of what is being said. These surtitles are detailed enough to enhance and drive forward the narrative, but do not translate every single word, thereby allowing you to easily understand the interactions of the characters without it ever preventing you from being able to watch the stage and to appreciate the music, staging or performances.

La Travita is currently being performed alongside a two other productions, The Bartered Bride and The Coronation Of Poppea (the latter two being sung in English) which comprise Opera North’s Autumn season and are being performed at different venues around the country, including Leeds, Nottingham, Belfast, Manchester and Newcastle.

For full details, visit their website at

By The Gay UK, Sep 29 2014 02:35PM

The BFI’s LONDON FILM FESTIVAL is the UK’s leading film event and now in its 58th year is one of the world’s oldest film festivals.

by Roger Walker-Dack | 29th September 2014

It is also one of the very best with a programme of some 245 feature and documentary films from some of the industry’s best established filmmakers and cutting edge new talent getting their first big showcase. The 12 day Festival scattered all over London literally covers every film genre and has something for everyone from the avid cinephile to the most casual cinemagoer.

Its programme of LGBT films is, as always, particularly exciting and we have chosen just 8 of our favourites that we are happy to recommend to you.

1) LOVE IS STRANGE. This is your chance to preview IRA SACH’S wonderful new romance that US Critics have unanimously claimed is ‘the love story of the year’. With remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a devoted mature gay couple, the film serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity

Look out for our full 5 Star review when it opens in UK Cinemas in December.

2) THE WAY HE LOOKS: Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro’s touching coming-of-age story about a blind gay teenager is a sheer joy. It has already won the coveted Teddy Award for Best LGBT Film at the Berlinale, and only this week it has been announced that its been selected as Brazil’s Official Entry for a Best Foreign Picture Oscar Nomination.

Due for release in Cinemas in October when we will publish our 5 Star Review and an exclusive interview with the Director.

3) FREE FALL One of the very sexiest coming-out stories from Germany which features a couple of hot trainee policemen is already out on DVD but we think this is another 5 Star movie that would look even better seen on the big screen.

4) MOMMY has made our list of must-see-movies because it’s the work of multi-award winning gay wunderkind XAVIER DOLAN. At the ripe old age of 25, this 5th film of his is the second time he explores a mother-son relationship. Like all his previous work, this one is unmissable, an opinion shared by the Canadian Film Academy who have made it their Official submission for a Best Foreign Picture Nomination.

5) JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD is the sweet indie sophomore film from young American filmmaker Carter Smith. This supernatural thriller is by no means perfect but we added to our recommendations, as there is something totally beguiling about it that has kept it in our minds since it premiered at Sundance in January.

6) APPROPIATE BEHAVIOUR: Written, directed and starred in by the multi-talented Iranian/American powerhouse DESIREE AKHAVEN is a very sharp comedy about a Iranian/American bi-sexual woman struggling to rebuild her life after breaking up with her girlfriend Maxine whilst trying to conform to the wishes of her traditonal parents who she is not out too. Based on Ms Akhaven’s own life.

7) HOCKNEY : The celebrated gay British artist DAVID HOCKNEY OM CH RA gave filmmaker Randall Wright un-paralleled access to his personal archives for this new stunning new documentary for the BBC.

8) MY OLD LADY: We couldn’t help ourselves and slip in this new film written and directed by ISRAEL HOROVITZ simply because it stars gay icon and acting super-great DAME MAGGIE SMITH. Her co-stars in this charming new wee film set in Paris are Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas but we only have eyes for Dame Maggie

The BFI London Film Festival runs from 8-19 October 2014.

Full details and tickets

By The Gay UK, Sep 28 2014 03:57PM

The incomparable and hysterically funny Dina Martina has described herself as a tragic singer, horrible dancer and surreal raconteur. Trust me she is all of those and more, but ever since she first exposed her bizarre performances to a startled world back in Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1989 she has accumulated legions of devoted fans who have dubbed her “magically warped”, “hilariously unfortunate” and “utter genius”. She is in her own words totally ‘off the charts’.

by Roger Walker-Dack | 28th September 2014

Absolutely packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. On her first trip to London ‘Time Out’ hailed her as ‘divinely funny’ and audiences have demanded she come back to the UK every year since. This unique and unpredictable performer is very much an acquired taste, but it’s one that we at The Gay UK love to indulge in, so we were thrilled (and a tad apprehensive) when the great lady agreed to take tea with us as the summer drew to a close.

Thank you for taking Tea with me this afternoon Miss Martina, could you describe exactly where we are and what you are wearing for our readers?

Thank you. We're in my suite at the Hampton Inn La Guardia and because this is a print interview, I am wearing jeans and a camisole. The camisole is from Victoria's Big & Tall Secret.

How did you spend your summer this year?

I spent my summer performing in Ptown (Provincetown, Massachusetts), which is so full of tradition and heritages. It's the first place the Pilgrims stopped in the U.S., but they moved on to Plymouth 'cause nobody goes there so parking's real easy. Ptown is also the nest egg of American Theatre, so it's crawling with celebrities. On any given day, you could be eating sandwiches with Joan Collins or disco dancing with Fatty Arbuckle and the Pointer Sisters.

You are back in Provincetown for your 10th season, what keeps bringing you back?

First off, two words: saltwater taffy and award-winning fudge! Second off, it's such a charming little finger of land, it'll steal your heart and your soul. A lot of the locals say Ptown's best kept secret is the great white sharks, but I think it's the ticks. Oh, and the biting flies are always a perineum favorite.

You are quite unlike any other entertainer we have ever seen, how would you describe your own performances?

My mother told me if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all – so I don't. But what I will say is that if you come to my show, you may or may not see the following: white carriages under the stars, live violin dubstep routines, shivering girls in short skirts and high heels, one of those old, beat-up school buses with chickens on it, and an elevator that only goes down.

Many poor scribes (like me) fail to do you justice, what is your favorite review?

I can't pinpoint a specific review, but there are press quotes that stand out: "As graceful as a Coke machine moving about on a hand truck", "She looks like Liza Minnelli and Liz Taylor hit with a brick" and "Dina comes from an alternate reality where female superstars resemble walrus prostitutes".

After the Show the other night many of the ladies and young men were talking about your unique fashion sense, do you have any tips that you could pass on?

For myself, I enjoy a snug fit to better showcase my ballpark figure. I find that if it fits like sausage casing, you feel more alive. Vive la tourniquet!

When you go home at night is there anyone else there to keep you company besides Phoebe your daughter?

One night, a few years back, there was a woman who was standing in the corner of my bedroom, but she left through the window when I turned my lamp on. Other than that, I'm just in love with Show Business. Of course, there was a time when I enjoyed gentlemen callers, but that time is done and we all die alone.

Why is it that of all the awards you have won, your movies that are part of your show have never ever been nominated for an Oscar?

I'm guessing it's just a clerical error, but I can't say for sure. Thank you for mentioning it, though.

As you write all your own songs (or ‘alter’ others) do you have a new album out?

Yes, I have a new just-released, soon-to-be-finished album titled Dina Martina: Haunted by Maritime Tragedies. I'm so proud of "Maritime Trads" because it's got a real pan-Asian vibe; more so than my 3 previous albums (Dina Martina: Street of Dreams/Blunt Force Trauma, Dina Martina: Anthem of a Fur Trader's Wife, and the Christian rock album, Dina Martina Deuterockin' Me).

You’ve appeared at Soho Theatre in London 3 times now, if your British fans nominated you to be the next Queen, would you stay and accept?

Those are some mighty sensible shoes to fill. I think I'd rather start small, like Court Jester, and work my way up. There's less dissention in the ranks when you're promoted from within.

Will you come back across the Pond and see us again soon?

Nothing would pleasure me more.

N.B. those Press Quotes are 100% real…..

By The Gay UK, Sep 27 2014 04:00PM

It's hard to decide exactly what period this new cinematic masterpiece from Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski is set in with its austere dramatic settings that look like they have remained unchanged for centuries. This unforgiving bleak countryside that seems to have escaped any attempt at modernisation is in fact 1962 but you have this sinking feeling that this part of rural post-war Poland is probably still exactly the same today.

by Roger Walker-Dack | 27th September 2014


By The Gay UK, Sep 26 2014 07:57AM

In Shakespeare’s gentle comedy about unrequited love, tomfoolery and cross dressing; twins, Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and believing each other to have drowned, Viola to disguises herself as a young man called Cesario who falls into the service of Orsino, a benevolent Duke. The Duke holds an unrequited love for grieving widow, Olivia, a wealthy countess, but Olivia falls for Cesario, not realising that “he” is Viola in disguise, whilst Viola’s affections are firmly set on the Duke. Meanwhile, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia’s drunken uncle, plots a cruel trick upon Malvolio, the head butler, to make him think that his mistress, Olivia, has fallen in love with him. As the confusion reigns, love begins to blossom and bloom.

By Paul Szabo

Shakespeare can be considered a little heavy by many, but this production felt light and accessible, with a number of genuinely funny moments. Focussing more on the comedy of the play, the show feels surprisingly contemporary whilst remaining faithful to the original use of language. Shakespeare aficionados will no doubt appreciate the text, dialogue and rich characterisations which are ably provided by the cast, whilst those who are not so familiar with the Bards work will find much to entertain them in this fresh take on the classic play and easily lose themselves in the story.

Director, Jonathan Mumby neatly nestles charm and romance in amongst the comedy; using a flurry of rose petals quite literally bursting out from the characters, a scattering of musical interludes and a delightful, grin inducing opening to the second act. The static, shabby chic set provided an unobtrusive backdrop for the piece, allowing for the performances to take centre stage. As an ensemble, the cast worked remarkably well together. In the straighter roles, Jake Fairbrother stood out with his perfect diction and charismatic persona as Orsinio being matched only by Rebecca Johnson, who provided a commanding performance as the headstrong and determined Olivia. David Fielder garnered the most laughs out of the comedy roles, as he delightfully swayed and staggered his way through his turn as the drunken Sir Toby Belch and Hugh Ross easily demonstrated his mastery of the text with his portrayal as Malvolio.

The play’s most often quoted line; “If music be the food of love …. play on” is taken quite literally with the score, coupled with the well thought out lighting, adding depth and atmosphere to the theatre and enhancing the feel of the piece. Despite a couple of the scenes feeling a little overlong, the blend of drama, physical comedy and music all combined together to make for an enjoyable evening, and a surprisingly short feel to the 3 hour running time.

Twelfth Night is currently playing at Sheffield Crucible Theatre until the 18th October 2014. For further information and to book tickets, visit . The production then heads out on national tour, details of the venues and how to book tickets can be found at

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