Andy Bell's Spring Awakening
One of the most glittering events in the London gay calendar is the Spring Awakening party thrown by NAT (National AIDS Trust). This year’s event will take place at the historic Haberdasher’s Hall, Smithfield, on Thursday 30 May. It will be hosted by Christopher Biggins and Su Pollard (so you know it’s going to be a lively and camp affair!), while there will be an exclusive live acoustic set from Erasure’s Andy Bell (pictured) – his first live UK appearance since 2011.
Readers' winners announced
The inaugural Out In The City/g3 Readers Awards (www.outg3awards.co.uk) ceremony took place in London on Friday night (26 April), with a star-studded array of guests that included Stephen Fry (pictured), Dr Christian Jessen, Clare Balding and Craig Revel-Horwood. Politicians and campaigners were also represented, with the likes of Michael Cashman (MEP) and Lord Alli, alongside Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill and Peter Tatchell, among many others.
As One In The Park
The summer’s calendar of gay festivals will be kicking off with something completely new this year. From the folk at Orange Nation, As One In The Park will be a festival-sized development on their successful As One formula.
Until now, As One parties have seen a collection of club and bar promoters gathering in one, large, multi-roomed venue – with a different promoter and team of DJs taking care of a specific room. Now, the team will be extending the concept to a one-day festival in east London’s Victoria Park. The event will take place from noon onwards on Sunday 26 May.
Amy's Unhappy return
Performer and club hostess Amy Lamé is bringing her much-acclaimed show, Unhappy Birthday, to the Camden People’s Theatre in London for a two-week run from 14 May-1 June. A tribute to Amy’s long-standing adulation of The Smiths and Morrissey, the show is based around a fictional birthday party, to which Amy has invited the enigmatic musical icon to attend.
New Zealand legalises gay marriage
New Zealand has become the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage, following the passing of a bill in the New Zealand House of Representatives on Wednesday 17 April 2013.
The bill was passed by a majority vote of 77 to 44 in its third reading stage. This makes New Zealand the thirteenth country in the world to introduce marriage equality, and the first in the Asia-Pacific region.
Pause skin ageing
With summer just round the corner, many of us thinking about the showing ourselves off to our best advantage – whether it be on the beach or local park. However, Dr Vincent Wong, the Advanced Medical Aesthetics Practitioner at La Maison de l’Esthetique on Harley Street, London, says that it’s always wise to practice caution.