I’m really excited to be DJing at this year’s massive Homobloc event at Mayfield Depot on November 6th 2021. It’s great news that the event will also take over the nearby Star and Garter pub in an attempt to recreate the original Homo Electric at Follies vibe.
Follies was a little lezzer club on Whitworth Street. The bar was run by women who you would not fuck with for one moment. There was a picture of Martina Navratilova on the wall overlooking proceedings like some Slavic Our Lady.
Follies was divided into two halves. The smaller room, by the entrance, featured two strange hanging lit-up torsos. These torsos tended to frighten me when I was on drugs.
The DJs in the main room were Philippa Jarman and Kath McDermott who also worked in Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange respectively. Their sets were always great, pervy, celebratory affairs, although I used to hide in the toilets when Phil did her ragga bit.
In the toilets there was a blackboard for people to write stuff on. Every month the same mysterious message would get scribbled down: Say No To Pubic Triangles (with an accompanying diagram).
You can find out more the history of queer clubbing in Manchester here.