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Village Round Up

Wayne Clews plays hide and seek at Club Bollox

Published on July 11th 2008.


Village Round Up

With Manchester Pride looming on the horizon with a veritable smorgasbord of gayness on offer, perhaps now is just the right time to dip your dainty little toes into the welcoming but alternative waters of Club Bollox this weekend. Bollox has been running for just over a year in its spiritual home of Legends at the tail-end of Whitworth Street within spitting distance of Piccadilly Station. The ethos of the club is simple: to offer a cheap-priced night out for a crowd of attitude-free people who don’t feel the compulsion to spend a fortune on diabolical outfits from Selfridges. The emphasis is on a spot of innocent drunken fun and the drinks are priced accordingly. Musically, Bollox is very much geared towards alternative sounds and encompasses indie, electro, rock and retro hits but the DJs are no sneering purists: they will quite happily play the latest electro noodlings from Ladytron but are not so far up their own arses that they won’t be averse to a sprinkling of pop genius from the likes of Girls Aloud and Bananarama.

The club sprawls over three rooms, each with a different character. The main arena is home to the dancefloor where the whole idea is to let go and have a laugh: no pouting or sneering, please. Through to the second room and Bollox have really hit upon a novelty for a gay club with a room where the volume is turned down low so you can actually talk to your mates or latest potential sleeping partner, so there’s no need to take up charades and mime your latest acerbic witticism. The final room is the peep show cinema where you can crash on sofas, nibble some popcorn and watch cult films until the early hours. And, with three rooms to explore, should that potential sleeping partner prove to be a mistake, there are plenty of places to hide.

Club Bollox, which takes place on the third Friday of the month, already has a loyal following, so get down early to explore this hidden gem of the Manchester scene. Oh yes, and has anyone seen their bucket of shame?

Legends, July 18, 11pm-3am, £3

Recommended
Essential 8th Birthday
Essential, July 19, 11pm-6am

If alternative isn’t your thing then try visiting what is being billed as the biggest club night ever held at Essential in honour of their birthday. Marcella Woods is live on stage and guest DJs include the Hoxton Whores.

Jonathan Mayor
Taurus, July 18, 8pm
The sparkling comedian will be previewing his all new show in the intimate surroundings of Taurus. The tickets are free but strictly limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Pride Games Registration
Various venues, September 7-14
Get your kit on and show off your sporting prowess at the forthcoming Pride Games. Registration is now open for events ranging from athletics to water polo, visit www.pridegames.org for full details of how to sign up.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 11th 2008.

Greg - I think what Bob's referring to is that when Bollox started, it WAS a men only event. There was a Bollox forum discussion about letting in women at one point in the distant past, which resulted in it remaining men only until the people than ran it changed.

GregJuly 11th 2008.

Bob, when was it "supposed to a gay club for blokes"? Genuine question. Could it be more a case that anything that happens in Legends automatically belongs to bears? Which is maybe why you think Homoelectric is up its own arse becasue it's polygendered/sexual/musical? If you ask the relevant people, age was certainly never a part of the remit of Bollox when it started out, so if you're feeling out of it maybe you should think about staying home or sticking to bars or maybe starting your own night where age IS a deliberate part of the remit. Genuine suggestion. But I'd be interested to see how many people turn up once you start putting pointless rules on who comes in. You want the music to be different but the clientele to all be the same as each other? Just what IS the point of that?

JhoJuly 11th 2008.

Bob: I've been an irregular attendee of Bollox from the start too. Not just the crowd, but the nature of the club has changed since it began. The last time I went, I thought it was like Poptastic's indie room used to be some 7 or 8 years ago. I've never thought a great deal of it to be honest, since there's a plethora of better quality alternative clubs in Manchester where someone's sexuality isn't really an issue. Just because I'm also gay doesn't mean I should only go to allegedly alternative gay nights.

Chris JJuly 11th 2008.

Just a quick note to say that Jonathan Mayor is actually on the 17th which is crap as I had already sorted my weekend out and thursday is a no go :(And to the other rants, everything changes esp. in music and clubbing its the nature of the beast, I would love to wind back the clock and go back to the days of PF, Mantos then Hollywood Cafe (not the club/bar but the small cafe that was in the shopping centre) but alas !!!

BobJuly 11th 2008.

All well and good, and BOLLOX is indeed a great night out, particularly for those gayers amongst us who can't stick crappy eurodisco and the rubbish usually played in clubs.But now the nature of BOLLOX has changed with its popularity, and as someone who has been with it from the start (when it was supposed to be a gay club for blokes) it does dis-hearten me somewhat that the likes of me and my regular mates are now the oldest in the room and have to take our turn at he bar with bunches of 17 year old straight or curious girls and boys. There's a reason why BOLLOX started, that being the need for some of the homos out there to have somewhere to go to other than Poptastic (no longer a gay club and full of very very young people who could be my kids) and Homoelectric (gays in the minority and way too up it's own arse). So what was special for the audience it was made for is now in danger of being diluted... Shame.

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