Summer is now with us and one event worth seizing on if you score a hot summer’s Saturday arvo is Bondi Boys, which has been turning a little patch of Bondi Beach a couple of shades pinker lately.
The afternoon soiree is run by promoters Alex Greenwich and Victor Hoeld who got the idea while travelling in America. They were inspired by the T-dances they came across, especially at New York’s Fire Island.
Alex explained, We would go out to Bondi every weekend and we thought, wouldn’t it be great to have somewhere to go and have a drink after being on the beach? We contacted a few venues around Bondi and The Bondi Social got back to us and said, -˜We have a lull on Saturday afternoons – we can offer you happy hour drinks’. So we thought -˜OK!’
Bondi Boys was launched in October and the venue didn’t know what hit them, laughed Alex. Everybody was ordering drinks like crazy, like a Fag Tag situation! We’ve since discovered there are a lot of gay people living in Bondi who previously had nowhere else [gay] to go.
Bondi Boys’ first two parties were fundraisers; first for the Lifesavers with Pride and then for Movember -” and the entry was a donation to the cause. But the last event two weeks ago saw the first sponsored event with a film distributor covering costs, and now entry is free. The management has been sending out free food and free champagne to their new friends and suddenly it’s looks like a very and affordable way to spend half a day.
The thing I like about Bondi Boys is it’s a very, very social event, said Alex. He pointed out that despite its distinctly masculine name and its youthful inclinations, Bondi Boys attracts and welcomes a diverse mix of genders, ages and sexualities. And quite often everybody heads back to someone’s house for a barbecue afterwards.
Bondi Boys is on again this Saturday, 20 December from 3.30pm – 7pm with guest DJ Alex Taylor. There is a break until mid-January, but then Alex and Victor are going weekly right up until Mardi Gras, at which point they are upgrading -” in spectacular fashion.
It was brought about by the global credit crunch, said Alex, half-jokingly, referring to their Bondi Boys party on March 1 at the Bondi Pavilion which will compete with Harbour Party. It’s going to be much cheaper -” by about half, he said. Listen for the formal announcement at their mid-January party at the Bondi Social. It’s at 38 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach.
Club Kooky returns to Hermann’s Bar in City Rd, Newtown this Saturday night for lovers of alternative electro, performance and good old-fashioned dressing up. The theme is Kissmars and DJs Seymour and Gemma will be joined by a very special (but surprise) live band and a show by The Amazing Adonis. Kooky Kissmarse happens from 9pm – 3am and entry is $12.
On Sunday night at Loose Ends at Phoenix on Oxford St you can get your photo taken with Hot Santa and guzzle eggnog like there’s no work to go to on Monday. DJs Stephen Allkins and Matt Vaughan will keep you dancing from 10pm and entry is just $5.
Observation Deck is on siesta for three weeks. I’m shufflin’ on down to Melbourne for a party I’m doing called Carnivore, a Midsumma Carnival after-party on Sunday, 18 January. The Sydney DJ contingent includes Sveta, Lovertits (Handle Bar), Josh Kirby (Shark Island) and the Different Drummer DJs, and we’ll be joined at the Kitten Club in the CBD by Melbourne’s DJ Pete Kung.
Carnival is the most exciting day on Melbourne’s queer calendar and the locals are very friendly. For more information on either Carnival or Carnivore contact me at [email protected], and till then, slip, slop and slap.