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Issue 48 23rd Aptil 2009


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OUT & ABOUT HOT VILLAGE - EVENTS - ISSUE IN THE48VILLAGE

Is it me or was that one hell of an Easter weekend?? Talk about party party party, the festivities got off to a flying start on maundy Thursday with practically all the venues in the village hosting an evening of fun and frivolity with lots of cheap drinks offers and cheap shots to help get the party started. My particular favourite was the Amy Winehouse tribute on at View she really was brilliant and the up for it crowd at View really did make her feel welcome, the village was really busy with a mad party atmosphere, obviously the prospect of not being back at work again until tuesday proved too much of a temptation to the gay partyfaithful. By 10:30pm Cruz had a queue literally around the block, we decided to check out the new pop party night at Essential before heading over to Cruz once the queue had died down. This new Thursday night really has taken off well it was nice to have a choice of club nights on a Thursday especially as its a different crowd in Essential one that doesn’t seem to have affected the atmosphere at the still very popular back2back night held jointly by Poptastic and Cruz in bed together with both floors banging out the tunes until the early hours of friday morning.

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OUCH, MY HEAD HURTS...

After the carnage of a full on Thursday night blow out Good Friday seemed a little on the tame side it really did feel like everyone was saving themselves for either a huge night on Saturday or Sunday or in most cases BOTH!! It has to be said that the rest of the weekend is something of a blur but i am reliably informed by my sources that the whole village rocked with a pride like vibe for the next 48 hours! With the clubbing highlights undoubtedly being wild fruit at essential on Saturday with the boys from Brighton putting on a fabulously decadent display meanwhile across the village at Cruz Miss Cara was again hosting yet another capacity crowd at Drama Queen, with the club once again bursting at the seams everyone was really up for a massive night of fun and as usual the old tart didnt fail to deliver. It was a very similar story just around the corner at cub alter ego where both rooms at Poptastic were packed to the rafters with Mr

Poptastic himself presiding over the usual frivolity into the wee small hours. For those who didn’t venture out on Saturday night and it has to be said for quite a few who did, then Sunday night was perhaps THE night of the weekend. With the sun shining down on us gay boys and girls it was always gonna be a bit of a mad one. As expected the good weather brought everyone out to play early, and all the venues on Canal street and indeed across the village were particularly busy pretty much from lunch time onwards. I took a walk down Canal street mid afternoon on Sunday myself and it really did feel like a mini pride weekend. It was particularly nice to see the village decorated in Easter Bunting and everyone enjoying the good weather with a smie on their face, it really did feel like we had emerged unharmed after a long winter of hibernation. As the daytime drinkers slowly dwindled, what can only be


described as an army of up for it clubbers descended on the village with the intention of partying well on into the morning and boy did they party. All of the venues were rammed to capacity pretty much all night despite the usual exodus of the Federation faithful who could bee seen heading off along Whitworth street towards the Ritz from 11pm onwards. The first Federation of the year is always a hugely anticipated event and as usual the team from Federation did us proud, with many clubbers

claiming to have had the night of their lives God only knows what they have lined up for us at their 6th birthday coming up soon at the next bank holiday weekend. Anyway I’m sure I’m in danger of boring you all to death now if i don’t shut up soon, so i wish you all a speedy recovery and remind you all there is another bank holiday weekend to look forward to on the 3rd of May. God help our Livers and our bank balances!!


WHAT’S ON MONDAY...

For those of you still wanting to party on after the weekend here’s the best of what’s on offer in the village on Monday Nights. Thompsons Arms – The irresistible Miss Thunderpussy hosts play your cards right Via – Smiley Steve hosts karaoke and plays party pop classics from 8pm onwards Churchills – Suzie Sparkles hosts “open your handbag” followed by Karoke till late Manto – Industry night. The place for village staff to have “Their Weekend” with a host of £1 drinks and 50p shots! Baa Bar – Another night for village staff with lots of cheap drink offers and a free shot with every drink bought! Crunch 2 – Happy Hour 4pm – 7pm selected bottles £1 / House wine £6 / Sourz and House Schnapps £1 /VK/ VHF 3 for £5! Cruz – The only club open on Mondays with Miss Cara Hosting the legendary Disco Inferno now in it’s 16th Year playing all your favourites from the 70’s and 80’s and a few more cheeky numbers too!


WHAT’S ON TUESDAY...

The Infamous Tuesday Student Night, with such a great selection of cheap drinks, fantastic tracks and reduced entry to all the venues, why go anywhere else apart from Manchester’s Gay Student Village: Home of the Hot Totty and the Hottest Nights about, the only question left is - where to go? Get down to your village as Tuesdays have never been so good! HOT STUDENT RECCOMENDS: Queer and Glam - Head out to Queer for a cheeky line up of “Trannyoke” and a host of cheap drinks, Carlsberg and VHF at £1.50 / Cheeky Vimto £2 / Double house Vodka & Redbull £2.95 / House spirit & a Mixer £2! Baa Bar – Perfect little chill out bar with some really funky chilled out staff, the friendly nature and bubbly atmosphere really takes over as the dance floor downstairs begins to liven up with a great set of tunes from the live DJ. Shots at a £1 each and Drinks that match it, you just cant resist! Thompsons – A little gem in the village, this cute deceptively large venue is actually one of the

liveliest on a Tuesday night with a great turn out of FIT lads all ready for a good night out. The mood is high and the night is young with drinks at £2.50 for a double house spirit and splash! Manto Bar – Pre Pop – Just when you think it couldn’t get any better and the drinks couldn’t get any cheaper, Poptastic has paired up with the fabulous Manto bar, delivering on cheap drinks, fit lads and banging pop tunes! You have to check out the venue before arriving at your final destination! Poptastic – The legendary Poptastic at Alter Ego is a Brilliant night out! Lavished with guests like Flangela Lashes and Mr Poptastic Himself, the music is catchy, commercial and the place itself is a bubble and a half! With free glow stick give aways and songs by request you just cant go wrong – As the music beats on the boys get hotter and the drinks taste sweeter... why stop here.. AXM – The place to continue the party at their “studentville” night with some banging tunes and hot totty! With FREE entry until 5am!


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WHAT’S ON WEDNESDAY...

Definitely a quieter night in the village perfect for a catch up with friends over a bottle of wine or 2 and maybe a nice bite to eat, here’s a few ideas for you to choose from. View – Check out the new house Rose its lush trust me! Look out for the new “View Express” Menu with lots of cracking pizza/ Pasta deals! Velvet – Check out the early bird specials with choice of two courses for £12.95 it really is great value and the food is as scrummy as ever. Via – The perfect venue to hide away on a first date or with someone else’s boyfriend or girlfriend! Check out the soup and a sandwich deal for £4.50 or the special offer on any past dish and a selected drink for £5.50. Eden – Check out the early bird special Monday to Friday 5 till 7pm. 2 Courses £12.95 the food is really good, so give it a go if you haven’t been in a while. Or maybe you would prefer 2 pizzas and a bottle of wine for £17.95.

Crunch2 – Check out their Wednesday £1 Menu - Double spirit and a splash / Selected Alcopops and bottled Beers all at £1. Napoleons – Definitely something a little bit different by far the busiest and longest running Tranny night in the village open on all 3 floors open until Very Very late, Treat Yourself Girls! Bar Below – A Haven of tranquillity on a crazy street, the perfect place for a romantic date or a wind down after a hard day at work. Buy 1 get 1 free on all cocktails / House Wine £6.95 before 8pm! You have to try a June bug they are awesome. New Union – Live Cabaret just what we have come to expect from the team at the union always a busy and a fun night.. Kinda does what it says on the tin! You’ll love it, but be warned they can be real Bitches, so be warned!


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WHAT’S ON THURSDAY...

Thursday is the fabulous new mid week party! With a host of events and cheeky offers the village is the place to be! With new nights lined up and a host of entertainment your guaranteed to have a laugh and judging by the talent.. You may even pull.. If you’re lucky! Baa Bar – A Classic Funky night hosted by a Live DJ and a sexy young crowd, this mixed and mashed venue plays host to both a stream of guys and girls! The music is commercial Indie with a real mixture as the night progresses, guess it depends what kind of a mood Monica might be in! The Thompson Arms – This venue is a cracker on a Thursday and a personal favourite! With the most fabulous and sexy Miss Thunderpussy playing and performing a wealth of tunes she is also joined by the sexy ass stripper that rotate each week! The drinks are cheap and so are my thrills but there you go! Treat Yourselves! Queer & Glam hosting crunch busting drinks offers – A range of drinks including a Lethal

Weapon Pitcher for £9.95 and all House Spirits and Mixers for £2.00! Essential – The Fresh Pop Party, with DJ Nicksey (Key 103) and a host of House Anthems in the Essential lounge Thursdays will never be the same again! With admission prices starting from FREE with a student card or membership and others £2 before midnight, why the hell would you not go! Cruz – With the Poptastic crew rocking up and hosting the legendary Back2Back night, this night out is truly a treat for its stern regulars and all new faces! It never ceases to amaze and not yet have even I returned home without a cheeky grin! AXM – “U-POP” the biggest Pop night that AXM has is hosted on a Thursday with some of the funkiest tunes the village has heard!


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WHAT’S ON FRIDAY...

FRIDAY Don’t you just love this friday feeling! why not stop off in the village on your way home from work, head to your favourite bar and unwind with some friends, most bars are offering a bottle of house wine for between £5 and £7 so its not going to break the bank there are also some great happy hour deals, usually running from 4 - 7 to get your weekend off to a nice start SPIRIT - 2 floors of weekend mayhem, with resident DJ Rodger Da Silva spinning the best in old skool dance and funky vibes in the lounge bar and a different guest club night every week upstairs in the Audio room. this bar really does take on a truly club feel for the weekend. VELVET - by far the most opulent venue on the street the guys at velvet turn up the heat some what on a friday with the resident DJ line up playing some seriously cool funky tunes to get you to forget all your troubles. CHURCHILLS - Funtime fridays! with resident DJ misty chance,

playing all you favourites and the odd request or two! its Party Party Party all the way throught till 2am! VIEW - its camp as tits on fridays, for the weekend view shakes off its slippers and straps on the Jiimy Choos for a full on non-stop party with their resident DJ’s playing some of the best sounds around. Listen out throughout the night as the DJ announces sepecial offers at the bar, at regular intervals, but you have got to be quick off the mark QUEER - definatly the place to be seen at the weekend wall to wall with beautiful boys and girls. this is where the A - Gays come and play! get you photo taken outside with Chrissy Darling, will you be hot enough to see yourself on the Essential website???


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WHAT’S ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY...

BAA BAR - definitely something fishy going on in here on fridays, what going on girls? is this the new place for all the sexy girls on a friday?!? look out for the first heat of Boobilicious the search for THE best boobs in the village, other confirmed heats at Coyotes and Eden with more to follow! Manto - as Manto bar comes of age we have kinda learned to expect a great night of sexy people, kicking tunes and some great drinks offers a definate “must visit” on your friday bar crawl folks! NEW YORK NEW YORK - dont forget boys and girls there is more to the village than Canal street Tracey and the team are always ready to welcome you with open arms! if your keen to explore the village! youre guaranteed a night to remember on bloom street THE number one party venue. recently refurbished from top to toe the place is looking great! even Zoe has had new boobs! now thats what i call a total refurb ;) AXM Playboiz - open till 8AM after a bit of a slow start AXM are now firmly settled in their new home

on bloom street, slightly later getting busy than some of the other bars but definately worth considering as your destination venue if your looking for a late one. Free entry until midnight and buy one get one free on all drinks everyday for 2 hours 11am - 1pm your guaranteed a great night and you should have enough cash left for a kebab and a taxi home! CRUZ - Miss Cara hosts “Big Gay Fridays!”Expect the usual outrageous behaviour from the old bird as she gets into the weekend party mood. Open till 5pm!

Saturday Party on boys and girls the village really does know how to put on a good party on saturday nights! With lots of venues open well beyond 3am clubs open till 6am and beyond and some really good after parties well on into the daylight hours. You really will be spoiled for choice as to where to party till u drop! There really is way to much going on for us to pick out any for a particular mention. Why not check out:


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WHAT’S ON SUNDAY...

Realmanchester.com for up to the minute listings of whats happening, have a fantastic night girls and boys remember to play safe and drink responsibly, and when you finally decide its time to go home make sure you choose a taxi from a reputable company, Manchester cars on bloom street just by all the takeaways, and next to the Village Off License offer a safe and reliable service and are extremely gay friendly!

SUNDAY “The day of rest” – Yeah Right! With spring in the air it’s only a matter of time before the village cranks up its game and Sundays get their soul back again. Here are some of our “Must Do’s” for those who don’t mind starting Monday with the hangover from hell! Taurus – Famed for its Sunday lunches Taurus enjoys an enviable reputation for serving some of the best food in the Village. Perfect venue to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon if your lucky the imimitlable Polly will be presiding over the Sunday service. If he is

just make sure you behave yourself and prey you don’t fall foul of his acid tounged wit. Eden Bar and Grill – “Cross the Bridge and sample the delights” Why not try Eden’s famous Sunday lunch served all day from 12 noon. Choose 1 course for £6.95, 2 for £12.95, choice of 3 roasts and a veggie option. Look out for the Open Mic Nights on the first Sunday of the months and the upcoming quiz night on the last sunday of the month . Velvet – Perfect for a chilled drink on a Sunday, gorgeous decadent bar and a fabulous restaurant too,


Sunday, starting mid afternoon till very late, always packed to capacity and lots of fun. With Peggy still in Rehab in Gran Canaria we believe Tracey is putting together something new and exciting but it’s all a big secret at the moment. I’m sure if you bob down to see her and check out the completely refurbished venue with a brand spanking new look she might let you in on the little secret especially if she has the sambucca out! Company Bar – Popular basement bar on Richmond Street the villages only men only space. Need I say more!! it’s always busy and full of real men! Check it out you won’t be disappointed. Full of horny guys and very cruisy at the weekends! AXM Late - The new home of Sugar Pops a nite of outrageous cabaret from the one and only Viva La Diva herself and some great pop tunes from the rest of the Poptastic team. Free entry and open till 5am with BOGOF on all drinks before 1am it has to be the way to end your weekend..

WHAT’S ON SUNDAY...

its almost too easy to spend the whole afternoon in there. Its a fabulous day off especially if you manage to get a table outside and simply watch the boys go by in the summer heat! perfect!! The Rembrandt – Traditionally, slightly older crowd but always busy on Sundays, especially busy on sunny days with Camp Bingo and lots of line dancing and lots of new ideas coming soon from the new owners look out in next month’s Hot Village for more news. Brilliantly now serving all day cooked breakfast throughout the week for just £3.95 – Bargain!! Sabbath @ Queer – Free admission 9pm – 4am Essentials legendary night now at Queer for Spring 09 playing funky house and dance anthems in Queer with Pop and party tunes downstairs in Glam. With some cheeky drinks offers for those of you who spent a bit too much on Friday/ Saturdays with selected bottles of beer / Alcopops at £1.50 and House Spirit and Mixer only £2!! New York New York – Traditionally one of the busiest venues on a


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SPOTLIGHT ON BAR BELOW...

Initially opened as a private members bar 8 years ago, its fair to say Bar below has had a bumpy ride. Once home to Poptastic bar and subsequnetly the subject of a ferocios fire it’s something of a minor miracle that the bar has survived this far however like the mystical phoenix rising from the ashes under its current ownership for almost 4 years now this cosy little intimte subterrainean venue has finally found it’s feet. During the week the bar is cosy, relaxed and intimate perfect for a romantic 1st date, they also boast the best range of spirits across the village with many rare little numbers, hand imported by the owner himself. If cocktails are your baby then you simply have to check out what is undoubtedly the most comprehensive cocktail menu in the village. All freshly prepared in front of your very own eyes. On a hot sunny day Bar Below exlodes out onto canal street with a large number of tables which all enjoy

the sun throughout the afternoon and with table service from some very sexy boys and girls it really would be rather rude not to pay them a visit. Why not check out the new house rose it really is rather lovely and at only £6.95 really something of a bargain! Just take care when you eventually stand up to leave its pretty potent stuff and we wouldnt want to fish you out of the canal now!! At the weekends its a totally different story with a 4am license on fridays and 5am on saturdays and a live DJ playing some seriously funky tunes, the bar takes on a totally different vibe and quickly fills to capacity with a queue outside the door so we would suggest you get there early to avoid dissapointment, if your lucky enough the pretty ones amongst you may be handed a free shot voucher on your way in to enjoy with your 1st drink! Our top tip - Treat yourself to a Jug of JuneBug for £10 it really is rather nice.!!!


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DRINKS DEALS DIRECTORY...

In response to lots of requests we have spoken to all the venue owners across the village and compiled a list of all the current deals and special offers right now. Take a look and see just how much you can get for your hard earned cash! Spirit: Cocktail Pitchers £9.95 All day Everyday, Layered shots £2/ Corkys £1.50. Cocktails are 2.4.1 sun to thurs @ £2.95!!! VK,S are 2.4.1 also AXM: BOGOF 11pm – 1am Every Day!

Sunday – Thursday 10pm until Midnight All pints £2.50 / House spirit and Mixer £2.75 Taurus: Cocktail happy hour 4-7pm £3.50 for a freshly made cocktail. Happy Hour wine 4-7pm £6 a bottle

Thompsons: Daytime specials – Carling/Fosters/ Strongbow & John Smiths £2 a Pint! All House doubles £2 with a Velvet: splash and a great 4 shots for £6 Cocktail happy hour 4-7pm £3.50 on sourz/ sambucca & tequila a cocktail. Cocktail pitchers £10.95 Champagne cocktails £5.50 Napoleons: Beer Buckets £9.95 Bucket deal of 5 bottles for £11 Double Spirit and Mixer £3.50 House double vodka & Postmix £3 Queer: House spirit and mixer £2 Rembrandt: Carlsberg Bottle £1.50, VHF £1.50 Cocktails £3.50, Happy Hour House Red and White wine £5.95


Churchills: Fosters £2.50, House Doubles £3.00, House Wine £5.95, 2 cocktails for £6.00, Rampant Shots £1.50.

Crunch2: Happy Hour Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 7pm Loads of drinks on special offer: Fosters £2 Pint, Strongbow £2 Pint, VHF/VK £2 a Bottle, Budweiser £2 a bottle, Sunday £5 for a bottle of red white or rose wine all day. check out the £1drinks menu on weds!!

Eden: £6 Wine Red/ White or Rose, Double House Vodka and XL £3 Fosters/John Smiths £2, Magners Bottles £2 (330ml). Bar Below: Premium House Wine £6.95 before 8pm. 2.4.1 on cocktails before 9pm Sunday – Thursday. Cocktail Jugs £10 excluding Fri & Sat. BaaBar: VS & Carling £1 bottle until 8pm. 2 pint pitchers (shootails) £5 7 days a week Grolsh bottle £1.50 Coors Bottle £1.50 Kronenbourg, Red Square & Sirrus £2.50 A shot with any of the above offers is 50p, shots at all other times are 1.50 & a double shot is £1.50

Via: Monday – Friday 4pm – 8pm Tea time specials WKD/Corona/ Bud/Becks £1.50 a bottle Fosters/ Amstel/ Strongbow/ John Smiths £2 a pint Quality house wine £6 a New York New York: bottle. 2.4.1 cocktails £5, 10 shots for £5 Monday/thurs Sidekicks £1.20. Manto Bar: Double House Spirit and Splash Selected Bottles £1.50, Shooters £2.70

DRINKS DEAL DIRECTORY...

View: Fosters (pint) £2.00 Strongbow (Pint) £2.00, VK £1.75,Double Vodka & Kick £3.50

£1, Bottle and a Shooter £2, 2 for 1 on cocktails £3.95, Bottle House Wine Red/White/Rose £5.95


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SPOTLIGHT ON POPTASTIC...

The age of adolescense has dawned, as Poptastic achieves its 13th birthday the excitement is too much to handle, even Mr Poptastic himself has grown some pubes and his hermaphrodite counter part Flangela Lashes seemes to have changed her weave to match her alter ego on a tuesday night! For many years now Poptastic has been the fundamental Popalicious, Divarific place to go with the most alternate crowd known to manchester’s Gay scene. Year on year the crowd gets hotter, the music gets better and the drinks just keep getting cheaper! Credit Crunch... My Flange! Hehe The students love it, the die hard pop fans love it, everybody loves it! Who could resist the fabulous Mr poptastic blaring out he hottest tunes in Pop from Lady Gaga to Hairspray, what can I say, when you have the fabulous MR Hamilton, DJ Steve Strange and the rest of the poptastic team they are sure to entertain you until you.. POP! When you find the weekend has been a little bit too much and a Monday night keeps you in,

never fear for Poptastic is here! The legendary fun filled night never ceases to bring a hangover to an end and it always manages to ruin my detox! But I like to think Vimto is surely one of my 5 a day! lol! The anticipation of coming down the stairs and hearing the great tunes sends you wild, the further you get to the pop lounge you hear two different songs and start bopping to both beats! The two rooms are perfect to suit your alter ego! But always by the time you get to the bottom and treat yourself to some free sweets - I can guarantee your mind is made up on where to go! The room with the emptiest bar! With drinks as cheap as £1 there is nothing to stop you having a rave! The night is always in full swing from start to finish with a host of competitions, games and a fabulous Flangela Lashes keeping all the boys.. oh and the girls entertained! Be careful though she’s a cheeky one, my 1st hand (cupped) experience reveals all. Flangela Lashes being a relatively new edition has not failed to make an explosive


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impression and contribution to the Poptastic Team! Poptastic is renowned for its brilliant set of music catering for all you indie lovers out there with a second room banging out all the best indie tunes ever, with Jeff Smith and Si Parker! Poptastic has reached its 13th Birthday and it can’t go unoticed, without a doubt the fun must begin and the boys and girls must come out to play! You can’t miss their birthday at the Birdcage with an amazing night in store! Oh and did I forget to mention that they have SAME DIFFERENCE perfoming LIVE on stage!! It’s going to be an amazing night and I for one cannot wait to go! But boys and girls don’t forget to start your night at mantos - the official pop party with fab cocktails and shooters. I hope to see all the die hard pop fans out and about and im sure all the fitties will share in the fun of the Poptastic Birthday, REALManchester will be out in force with the camera so say cheese and join all of us at the Hot Village team in saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPTASTIC!!


VILLAGE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS...

Hot Village gives you the rundown of the top 12 events coming up. 1). Poptastic’s 13th Brirthday, Tuesday 28th April at the Birdcage. Join the Poptastic crew as the celebrate with a live PA from “Same Difference”. 2). Wild Fruit returns to Essential on Saturday the 2nd of May. Don’t miss this night as the boys from Brighton return to dazzle us. 3). Weekend Against Homophobia, Saturday 2nd May The LGF host their annual walk against homophobia. More details online at www.lgf.org.uk 4). For “one night only” Peggy returns to New York, New York on Sunday the 3rd of May from 5pm onwards. 5). Genesis Womens Night at Eden on Saturday the 2nd of May. Rapdily gaining a reputation as the hottest new girls night in the Village. Check it out girls... 6). Federation returns for it’s 6th Birthday its gonna be amazing what else can I say.... 7). Open Mic night at Eden on Sunday the 3rd May is a night with

a real difference, this very popular night gives you the option to either take part of just sit back and enjoy the entertainment. 8). Boobilicious 1st Heat @ Baa Bar. Thursday 21st May head on down to Baa Bar and get them out for the girls. The final of this contest will be held over Pride with some wicked prizes up for grabs. 9). Head to View on Thursday the 21st of May as they pay Tribute to Pink and celebrate their 4th Birthday. They are also promising loads of free giveaways. 10). “Munch” The new American diner opens on the upper floor at Crunch 2 on Saturday the 23rd of May. A totally new dining experience for the Village. 11). Cruz celebrates its 17th Birthday (Miss Cara’s Favourite age!! sat23rd May This event will surely sell out so make sure you get your tickets early. Plus with your chance to win a brand new Citroen C1 can you afford not to pop along. 12). Alton Towers day out Tuesday the 2nd of June, a fun filled day out tickets and details from: www.thegayvillageonline.com


Hot Village 50th issue Golden Jubilee Weekend 3rd - 5th July Hot Village will celebrate its 50th issue in June, we are planning the biggest Village wide Golden Jubilee street party every.

Queer Up North 12th - 25th May Queer Up North International Festival will open on May 12th. There’ll be two weeks of new theatre, cabaret, music, film and debate, some of it from festival favourites, and some from sparkling new talents making their Manchester debuts. QueerUpNorth.com

Sparkle 10th - 12th July A weekend festival of all things transgender, with live entertainment on the Sparkle stage, meals, clubs, information/ support and so much more. Come and join the world’s biggest public celebration of Transgender! Sparkle.org.uk

Blackpool Pride 16th - 17th May This year the festival moves to the streets and is no longer out on the pier. We will have more details in the coming issues. PrideBlackpool.com

24/7 Theatre Festival 20th - 26th July One of our favourite events in the City that takes place outside of the Village. Basically lots of one hour shows in unusual places all over the city all over the week. 247theatrefestival.co.uk

Pride Games Manchester Pride 31st May - 7th June 21st - 31st August Manchesters famous Pride Sports This event requires no introduction, event returns. Hot Village is an official media Pridegames.org partner so keep an eye out each month as we bring you the latest Manchester Skins Weekend Pride news. 26th - 28th June Manchesterpride.com This event continues to grow year on year and this year promises to Freshers Week be bigger and bettr than ever. 21st - 25th September Oi-skinhead.com Hot Village has lots planned for this week. More details next month.

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Breat British Bear Bash 30th April - 4th May The Great British Bear Bash happens every year and runs from Thursday to Monday over the early May bank holiday weekend. Manbears.com


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VILLAGE STAFF - PROFILE

Quick Fire Answers: Spit or swallow? Swallow Top or bottom? Top (Haha.. yeh right says the Hot Village Team) Twink or hunk? Twinks Cuddle or fuck? Fuck Does your mother know your out? Yes, can’t really play the straight card anymore - oh how hard I tried! Most Embarassing Drunken moment? Being Carried out of AXM by my legs and arms Describe your ideal night out in the Village? Quicky in Crunch, mince in Manto and retire to fabulous Cruzy Woozy! Describe your ideal night out of the Village? There’s a place outside the Village??

Where would you take a guy on a first date? Show him the bedroom, First! Your favourite underwear? CK white and Blue Your biggest claim to fame? Probably doing this! Best Sex ever? My Ex, Shower Sex YUMM!! Worst Sex ever? He’s a village Queen but I’m not saying :S Tell us a secret? Once had a wank on the village shop sunbeds!.. LOL Only Joking.. Or am I? Lol When did you last have sex? In my bed.. A week ago!! Come on boys!


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With only weeks to go until Blackpool pride 2009, this year really is shaping up to be an x-tra special event. Until now, the names of the finale acts have been kept strictly under wraps by the organisers and now they are proud to announce that this year will feature two of the biggest stars from last years x factor – Laura White and Austin Drage. Joining top billing with Laura will be Austin Drage, another tipped to win the competition last year and described by simon cowell as “just what the competition needed”. Austin had already become a fan favourite when he appeared in e4’s “boys will be girls”, when he and two other male singers posed as a new girl band the honeytraps. Also appearing on stage, as previously announced, will be eurovision entrants Scooch, 80’s legends Toyah Wilcox and Hazell Dean and opening the show, Jo O’meara from s club 7, plus many more artists. Mark Hurtse, vice chair and


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organiser of the main stage entertainment said “with an allstar celebrity line up this year, i am sure it is going to be our best show ever running throughout the day. With stars from x factor, britain’s got talent, some of our favourite club/dance artists, and of course eurovision, I am sure there will be something for everyone in this years show!” Blackpool pride will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2009. Having previously been held on north pier, this year sees the festival move to Dickson road, right in the heart of what is fast becoming known as “Blackpool’s Gay Village”. A special enclosure will be created between Wilkinsons and Funny Girls for the day on saturday 16th may, to include a huge main stage, market stalls, information stands and mini-funfair. Organisers have been working diligently with Blackpool borough council, Lancashire police and business owners in the area to ensure that Blackpool Pride 2009 is a success and promises to be an event not to


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be missed. Entry to the enclosed area will be strictly by purchase of a wristband and these can be bought at Prideblackpool.Com. The colourful parade will take place this year on Sunday 17th May, along the promenade, working its way from the St Chads headland to North Pier. This promises to be a fun spectacle for everyone to come and enjoy and with this years parade theme being “carnival”, it seems only fitting that the parade be led by a fantastic samba band, followed by floats and displays. Sunday evening sees a spectacular closing ceremony featuring the vocal talents of Daniel Fox and the Manchester lesbian & gay chorus. This will be a time to reflect and remember those who have been lost in the community, and will feature a spectacular fireworks display from the rooftop of the Flamingos nightclub. Mark Seargent, chair and founder of Blackpool pride added “it is an immensely exciting prospect that our event, in celebration of our rich and diverse lgbt community, will take centre stage in Blackpool

on May 16th and 17th. I could only have dreamt that an event like this would be possible. This is a new chapter for one of the most prominent features of Blackpool’s programme of regeneration.” With an anticipated 10,000 people attending, Blackpool pride 2009 will be the biggest and best to date and promises to be an event not to be missed, and will not only be an event that the whole town can be proud of but an event to put Blackpool back on the map! For more details and to purchase wristbands for this years event, visit www.Prideblackpool.Com


Open Mic Sunday is back again at Eden and just keeps getting better. Free entry and drinks offers all night. Don’t miss the fantastic FRIDAY 1st talent on show and why not give Manto Bar will be the first to it a go yourself! Remember it’s a start the party on Friday 1st with bank holiday so it’s going to be a their new night “Save a tree, eat good one! 8pm start, arrive early a beaver” with three live bands to get a seat. and DJs all night. SUNDAY 10th SATURDAY 2nd It’s Derby day again and Vanilla Save some energy for Saturday will be showing the match with as there are two great nights to free pool thrown in too! £2 drinks choose from, or why not treat offers all day and selected shooters yourself to both! The amazingly £1. successful Genesis is back for Coyotes on Chorlton Street will another month at Eden from also be showing the match. 10.30 with follies retro classics and big floor filling tunes. WEDNESDAY 13th Vanilla bring you the Pop Bitch Sugar returns at Vanilla with DJ Hazard UV Party on the same Riv playing the best indie rock night with DJ Murray playing the n roll until late with live female best in pop and indie all night. musicians too!

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It’s going to be a busy month in May with The Village bursting with events for us ladies.

SUNDAY 3rd A very happy birthday to Steph Kay at Vanilla! If you want to join in the celebrations DJ Furey will be playing into the early hours. RSVP to mel@vanillagirls.co.uk.

THURSDAY 21st The first heat of the Village Boobilicious Competition begins at Baa Bar on Sackville Street at 10pm. You can enter on the night and there are prizes to be won, the


winner will represent Baa Bar at the Grand Final. The second heat will be held at Eden in June. SUNDAY 24th Another busy bank holiday Sunday brings you The Big Gay Quiz at Eden. It was a massive success last month and a great night was had by all. Drinks offers all night and prizes for the top three teams. One not to miss! The Miss Gay UK Grand Final takes places at Alter Ago on Princess Street later that evening! A huge list of amazing prizes up for grabs for the winner and two arenas to party in all night. Tickets are £6 and are available from Vanilla, Taurus and Clone Zone. For details go to www.vanillagirls. co.uk. SUNDAY 31st Open Mic Sunday at Eden will finish the month off in style with an evening packed full of entertainment. Free entry, drinks offers, 8pm start, Don’t miss it! Tania Tits Out


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COALITION - THE REVIEW...

Hard House returns to Manchester May Bank Holiday Sun Coalition present Toolbox Trilogy (Pt 1) Hard House returns to Manchester May Bank Holiday Sunday, with Coalition moving into Alter Ego for the first Part of Toolbox Trilogy. Headlining the event is one of the worlds greatest DJS, Andy Farley, who throughout his career has played in almost every country and on almost every sound system. Joining Andy Farley on the decks is Nik Denton (Who takes a break from Federation for the night), Lucy Fur, Adam M, Tim Stokes, Ross Homson, Little Miss Natalie and many many more. The after party is being held at Manto from 2.30am and is hosted by Toolbox and the very fierce Vicious Circle label. The main floor will feature

the harder sounds and the lounge will host the bounce arena with Daz G and Danny Phillips. 12 hours of pumping hard house, NRG and bounce for those that like it that way. An event that you wont want to miss.


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Open Athletics

OUT & ACTIVE - SPORTS GROUPS

Open athletics is an organisation for the promotion and development of LGBT athletics in the broadest sense including track and field, fell and trail running, and race walking. openathletics.org

Front Runners A running group for people of all abilities. The group offer traning and advice and meet on a weekly basis. manchesterfrontrunners.org

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Are you interested in getting more involved in sports, community groups? maybe in your younger years you loved doing an activity or sport and have wanted to know if there was a local group you could join. Well Out & Acitve from Hot Village and Pride Sports is the definitive guide to LGBT sports and community groups in the Greater Manchester Area. For group listings and contact details pick up your copy from gay venues across Manchester or download it direct from the Hot Village site: www.hotvillage.co.uk Alternately email: editor@hotvillage.co.uk and we can post you a copy.

If you prefer to play for fun and fitness in a friendly and supportive environment then this is the group for you. They play every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm till 8pm. ghapbadminton.org.uk

Northern Flight Badminton

Looking for competitive badminton? Northern Flight is a competitive Badminton club for experienced players. northernflight.org.uk

Scottish Country Dance Group

Classes are held weekly with an emphasis on teaching the dances and formations as well as having a great social aspect to the group. geocities.com/gay_gordons_mcr

LGBT Latin & Ballroom Dancing

The emphasis is on fun and the group is open to all. They run two sesisons on a Wednesday, beginners at 8pm and then improvers at 9pm. Just turn up to the sessions at Trinity High Dance Studio.

Prairie Dogs Line Dancing

They provide line dancing sessions


Manchester Stingers

Womens Football Club. Players of all levels welcome. Training every Wednesday. For full details check out: manchesterstingers.net

Manchester Sharks

This mixed group are currently looking to recruit anyone interested in playing water polo. The team train once a week on a Thursday at Manchester Vixens Ladies FC Miles Platting Pool frm 7pm till 8pm. This is the newest LGBT football club Open to both men and women of all with the emphasis put on fun. abilities however it is important to be manchestervixens.co.uk a confident swimmer. manchestersharks.co.uk Wheelies FC This mixed womens football team are Northernwave Swimming Club mainly non league and there for those The swimming club have regular of you that want to have fun with your training sessions which are open to football. Meeting every Sunday from all. 11am to 1pm at Manchester Leisure northernwave.org Sports Centre on Denmark Road. Village Manchester Football Club One for the lads, VMFC runs weekly training sessions at Trinity High School and plays regular matches in both the local and the GFSN league. vmfc.co.uk

OutdoorLads

If you want to get into the great outdoors why not join this great outdoor pursuits group. With activities ranging from climbing and hiking to kayaking and mountain biking, plus regular weekends away and foreign expeditions. OutdoorLads.com

Northern Aces Tennis Group

If you want to play tennis in a social yet competitive environment and benefit from professional coaching then contact Northern Aces. northernacestennis.com

Northern Jump Vollyball Club

Northern Jump is a new LGBT volleyball club that meets once a week on a Wednesday and is open to all. northernjump.org.uk To get your group listed here please send details to us by email: editor@hotvillage.co.uk

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for people of all levels and run two OutdoorLads Climbing Club sessions a week. This group meets weekly in manchesterprairiedogs.co.uk Manchester and is open to climbers of all abilities. For more details and to Boot Scoot Line Dance sign up log on to: Come and learn to dance to many OutdoorLads.com types of music from Mika to Sugababes. Very friendly atmosphere. Village Spartans Rugby Club Classes every Monday and Wednesday The club competes on a weekly basis evening. Just £2.00 per class. Classes in the local league as well as against held upstairs at Manto’s. other UK gay teams. The hold weekly bootscoot.co.uk training sessions open to all: villagespartans.co.uk


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19. Company 28 Richomnd St, M1 3NB 0161 237 9329 20. Vanilla 39 Richmond St, M1 3B 0161 288 2727 21. Napoleans 33 Bloom St, M1 3LY 0161 236 8800 22. Thompsons Arms 21 Sackville St, M1 3LZ 0161 228 3012 23. New York, New York 94 Bloom St, M1 3LY 0161 236 6556 24. AXM Late 105 Princess St, M1 6DD 0161 228 1666 25. Cruz 101 101 Princess St, M1 6DD 0161 950 0101 26. Club Alter Ego 105 Princess St, M1 6DD 0161 236 9266 27. Tropeiro 46 Sackville St, M1 3WF 0161 228 1002 28. Tribeca 50 Sackville St, M1 3WF 0161 236 8300 29. The Outpost 4-6 Whitworth St, M1 3QW 0161 236 5400 30. Legends 4-6 Whitworth St, M1 3QW 0161 236 5400 31. Monroes 38 London Rd, M1 2PF 0161 236 0564 32. Queens Hotel 34 London Rd, M1 2PF 0161 236 1010 33. Drip Coffee 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ 0161 235 5100 34. Basement Sauna 18 Tariff St 0161 236 8131 35. Fifty 7 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ 0161 228 7813 36. Lemars 27 Hilton St, M1 2EJ 0161 237 9058

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