The middle of the year is a great time to dust off the first cobwebs of winter and head for a night out on the town, and there’s plenty on offer around the city this weekend.

Promoters of this weekend’s Big Queer Nation party have announced this will definitely be the last BQN -“ and there’s a question mark hanging over the head of the regular Home Nightclub Queer Nation parties as well.

Whatever the future may bring, Saturday night’s Big Queer Nation has been planned down to the smallest detail ensuring punters will get more bang for their buck.

Such details include a gigantic mirror ball, two big international acts and a stellar line-up of local DJ talent, as well as performances from two of Sydney’s favourite drag performers: Vanity Faire and this week’s SSO covergirl Dallas Dellaforce.
Big Queer Nation is the official launch party of the 2005 Pride Week and is a major fundraiser for the AIDS Council of NSW, so it’s worth hanging the rest of the weekend on.

Tickets are available for $99 from any Ticketek outlet, online at or, or by telephone on 9266 4800. Concession tickets are available from ACON for $50. Call 9206 2000 for details.

One person who’s sure to have a good night is Peter Kafka, the winner of the Sydney Star Observer Big Queer Nation competition. Peter picked up a hotel room in the W Hotel and tickets to the party.

If you’re having an even bigger and possibly even queerer weekend there’s plenty of other stuff happening. Aside from the usual Friday and Saturday night offerings, at least four special events are planned.

Feel like kicking on after Saturday night? The Midnight Shift is hosting the official Big Queer Nation recovery from 8am (tickets are $15 on the door), following its strictly leather-and-denim Indulgence Party.

The kids at Fag Tag are putting on another DTPM at Tank Nightclub from noon on Sunday until 8pm ($40).

Later on at Arq Nightclub, check out the single launch of Australian Idol favourite Ricki-Lee Coulter from 9pm (tickets $35 on the door).

For a full run-down of this weekend’s events, check out the SSO‘s guide starting page 36.

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