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LGBT Scene in Blackpool

Whether you prefer to watch a play and have some cocktails at a gay bar or simply have an amazing night out at a drag cabaret show, the LGBT scene in Blackpool has something for everyone.

Grand Theatre

Julian Clary brings his new tour, ‘Born to Mince’, to Blackpool Grand Theatre 10h May 2020. This outrageously camp show will have Clary baring his soul in the interests of light entertainment. You can expect withering remarks about those foolish enough to sit in the front row, well-known songs he’ll likely murder, and a sneak preview of his next memoir book ‘A Night at the Lubricant’.

On at the Grand on 28th June 2020, Craig Revel Horwood – the star of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing – will be on his debut solo tour. You can expect to hear about his life, from his home country of Australia to West End and Strictly, alongside a very special performance if some of the music that has been the soundtrack of his career. 

Believe – The Cher Songbook is on at the Grand 6th March 2020, with a celebration of the Goddess of Pop and Gay Icon. In the 1980s, Cher became famous in the gay community for her music, her leather outfits, and her drag. 

Funny Girls

Founded in 1994, Funny Girls have been delighting audiences with colourful and witty drag shows. A Blackpool icon, Funny Girls turned 25 years old this past July, continuing to delight audiences night after night. You can enjoy an unforgettable cabaret show with DJ Zoe and Betty Legs Diamond.

The Flying Handbag

Located in the heart of the gay village at the upper end of Queen Street, Blackpool’s only purpose-built gay venue provides entertainment throughout the entire week. The Flying Handbag has been open since 1995, collecting multiple awards since at the Blackpool Pride Awards.

You can expect drag DJs like Pudsletta Horrormoan, Carmen, and Kitty Litter to provide excellent entertainment. The venue also boasts duos, vocalists, bands, and comedy, with a purpose-built cabaret, dancefloor, large horseshoe bar, roof terrace, raised seating area, and a conservatory.

Blackpool Pride

Blackpool Pride promotes the awareness of diversity and equality. The festival is a celebration of cultural identity and the LGBT lifestyle, welcoming everyone with open arms. You can always expect plenty of events, LGBT venues, floats, colourful costumes, and enthusiastic participants promoting equality and a message of reduced homophobia in the wider communities.

Sapphires

The new gay cabaret party bar and Nightclub, Sapphires, won the Best Late Night Venue 2019 at Blackpool Pride Awards. The stunning resident hostess, Miss Ivy Rose, can typically be found on the dancefloor every day alongside Sapphire Starlets. DJ Jamie C plays the biggest hits for the perfect night.

Kaos

An exciting and new gay bar, KAOS Bar refurbished the former Trades Bar to provide a safe environment and an amazing atmosphere. The nightclub features celebrity DJs, a metal dancefloor, and an industrial décor.

Enjoy a mix of music from the 1980s to now, with sound and light systems creating the right ambience for a fantastic night out.

Flamingo

Located in what used to be one of the largest cinemas in the country, Flamingo spans across five levels with four bars. You can expect three DJs and two dancefloors as a clubber’s paradise. The biggest gay nightclub in Blackpool also has two big projection screens alongside a variety of video screens – creating an excellent dancing atmosphere.