- Restaurant review: St Leger Bistro-by-the-Bar at Ye Olde Bell, Retford - 6 January, 2024
- Restaurant review: Herb Garden Brasserie at Ye Olde Bell, Retford - 6 January, 2024
- Hotel review: Ye Olde Bell, Retford - 6 January, 2024
The alternative scene explosion is well underway in queer Manchester at the moment. DIY nights and indie happenings are popping up across the social calendar. Not only did Queer We Are and Queerchester emerge as free alternatives to Manchester Pride this year, but nights like Bollox, Cha Cha Boudoir, Pop Curious? and Black Angel offer something different to the cheap drinks-and-gawkers crowd that has become (if you read Mancunian Matters) the entire LGBT scene experience.
But that isn’t the entirety of the scene at all, and there are great, surprising things going on in even the most typical venues in the Village – while many more are emerging in venues across the city. While the Village has become a haven for hen parties and students on some nights, there’s plenty for the more discerning queer partygoer who knows the city well.
Enter Faux Q. Hosted by queer collective Alt Femme – set up to champion the kind of ‘angry woman’ that was so popular in the 90s and seemed to vanish only a decade later – the new night will feature live music, DJ Rach Haggis Mackie and an alt femme punk attitude. All this and just within skipping distance of the official ‘Gay Village’? What do you have to lose by heading down, queerlings?
Faux Q has a veritable smorgasbord of live performers, including:
1. Claire Mooney is a ‘radical chanteuse’ whose music has been defined by her passion and her politics. She writes of protest, peace, justice, love and life. Her performances contain a enthralling blend of passionate, playful and political songs. Her performances have been described as ‘funny, ironic and touching’ by Gutter Girls and ‘A presence worth noting and, in such apathetic times, a force the music world clearly needs’ by The Big Issue in the North.
2. ILL is an experimental band, creating music until something tingles and performing dance noise until something bleeds.
3. LIINES is the band formerly formerly known as (Hooker). When you hear LIINES you’re hit with a unique blend of post-punk sounds. Powerhouse bass and drums create a path for bittersweet guitars and powerful, emotive vocals. This three-piece manage to make a sound with so much raw energy and intensity it’s hard to look away. Comparisons range from Joy Division and PJ Harvey, QOTSA to Sleater Kinney – it’s a combination of sounds not to be missed!
4. Jez Sings Things will provide the perfect dose of humorous and catchy songs!
5. Rachele Whatever will put a bunch of rants to music.
6. Sophie Wozencraft, coming deep from the heart of Montgomeryshire, will be armed with musical tales of friendship, youth and general shinanigans.
Riot grrrl DJ
Faux Q will also be attempting to modernise the riot grrl genre with the help of Rach Haggis Mackie, taking riffs from old tracks and adding new beats.
The DJ will be playing an eclectic mix of girl punk, riot grrl, ska, sleazy electro, alternative, jungle, metal and dub, including Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Courtney Love, Peaches, Breeders, L7, Santigold, Lauryn Hill, Amanda Lepore, Ladytron, No Doubt, Destiny’s Child, Princess Superstar, The Sex Pistols, Madonna, Ace of Base, N.E.R.D, Deftones, Lil Kim, Ms Dynamite, The Cranberries and Missy Elliott.
15 November, 8pm ’til late
Bangkok Bar & Restaurant
40-44 Princess Street, M1 6DE Manchester, United Kingdom