For Immediate Release – London’s first BANG BUS to launch September 30th
The BANG BUS is a bus journey back in time to the sites and spirit of London’s most iconic LGBTQIA+ clubs and bars.
The special-themed queer history tour of London will visit the haunts that have kept LGBTQIA+ tribes cruising, dancing and loving from the 1960s to the present day. DJ’s, performers and rabble-rousers will show what made each place so special.
Nell James Grace from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ said “ALL ABOARD THE BANG BUS! This is the newest addition to our programme of queer tours and marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 ‘Sexual Offences Act’ which led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. EVERYONE is welcome on the BANG BUS and we aim to make it as accessible as possible! The BANG BUS will happen on the last Saturday of every month. A the first being a tour of the best and brightest legendary queer club nights north of the river!’
Dan Glass from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ said “Climb aboard the BANG BUS! On the 50th anniversary of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ send a message from London telling the world we exist to build strength, unity and passion within our LGBTQIA+ community, that we honour our history and won’t let our futures – or our spaces – be written over by anybody. THE BANG BUS. HOMO HISTORY. HOMO HEDONISM. HOMO HOPE.”
“A second home to lesbians and gay men in need of refuge from Margaret Thatcher, Hi-NRG and drag shows and keen to find themselves amongst its assortment of queer punks, goths, skins, rockabillies and anyone else who didn’t quite fit in anywhere else. An oasis for pop stars (Jimmy Somerville, Sinead O’ Connor etc) and actors and directors (Derek Jarman, Margi Clarke etc) inspiration for fashion industry A-listers (Jean Paul Gaultier) and first port of call for people clutching buckets for donations to anti-establishment causes, (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, CND, trades unions, Lesbian and Gay Switchboard).” Rob Pateman ‘I Remember the Bell in Kings Cross’
“We are so proud to be a part of this incredible project celebrating our queer history and campaigning to protect LGBTQ+ nightlife and culture. With the force of gentrification continuing to threaten queer spaces, it is more important now than ever to rally together as a community and ensure that we protect queer venues as vital places to love freely, celebrate diversity and forge community.” Emma Kroeger, Dalston Superstore
“The first stop on BANG BUS tour is the Black Cap. This highlights its importance as an iconic LGBTQ+ venue since the early 1960s but also, as we approach the third anniversary since its closure, it draws attention to the ongoing fight to save and reinstated this much loved and iconic queer pub to its rightful place as North London’s cabaret venue and ‘Palladium of Drag’”. Alex Green #WeAreTheBlackcap #IAMTHEBLACKCAP #savetheblackcap #lessflatsmoreheels
Phone: Dan Glass on 07717811747, Nell James Grace on 07472771068
Notes to Editors
All info here
All requests for involvement, press and questions to email@example.com
Bus Stops for September 30th – BANG BUS 1
- 6pm – PICK UP POINT – 1960’s @ The Black Cap – pick up @ the Black Cap in Camden – 171 Camden High St, London NW1 7JY
- 6.30pm – 1970’s @ Gay Liberation Front Disco! Housmans at 5 Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9DY
- 7.45pm – 1980’s @ The Bell – at the Bell, 257 & 259 Pentonville Road N1 9NL – More info at ‘A Queer History of Kings Cross’
- 7.15pm – 1990’s @ Trade at Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, Islington, London EC1M – more here ‘Last Dance: How London’s after-hours clubbing scene finally faded out’
- 9pm – LAST STOP – 2010’s @ The Joiners Arms Fundraiser at Dalston Superstore – 117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB with the hosts of the Dalston Superstore’s amazing ’50 years of London’s Queer Nightlife’ exhibition!
Board the bus at 6pm sharp in front of the Black Cap in Camden – 171 Camden High St, London NW1 7JY
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Please get in touch if we can make the night any more accessible for you.
*SAFER SPACES POLICY* – The Bang Bus is a utopia away from homophobia, transphobia, harassment, racism, xenophobia, ableism and all forms of oppression. Anyone who threatens this will be kicked off by our queer security team.
For this years 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ are being set up to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) cultural spaces and support services, ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON’ are being developed to support London’s current queer activism, culture and performance in all its glory. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com
“London’s LGBTQ+ heritage is rich, diverse and important: but is often hidden and in danger of being forgotten. Our collaborations with Queer Tours are energetic, hopeful and vital explorations of this history.” Tom Furber and Jan Pimblett – London Metropolitan Archives