Dirty, big-hearted, intelligent adventures, recommended by our team:

The Queermas Dischoe by Queer The Room, 28 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JQ, 19th December, 8pm until late:

Drag, Catwalks & immersive play as Anti-Suzanne & her hoe hoe hoes from Party Mom Society (Leeds) teams up with Manchester’s monthly Queer the Room to raise money for Period Poverty and Every Month Manchester.

Anti-Suzanne & a Party Mom.

Expect a barmy winter warmer with Abba, ugly Christmas decos, oodles of inappropriate Mom Dancing. Performers: Kai Stone, Ellis Potato, Banksie, Anti Suzanne & Gary Swayze. DJs: Rebecca Never Becky, DJ BabyGod, Aaron Whitaker from Cosmic Slop.

Slave To The Rave, with Altern-8, Bas Mooy, Stanislav Tolkachev and Lost Control and Black Eyes, Griessmuehle, Sonnenallee 221, Neuk├Âlln; 12059 Berlin, 28-29 Dec.

So many deep house & techno parties to choose from in Berlin. But frankly, if you’re going to attempt a 24 hour bender, you need Manchester-in-Berlin. We fell in love with Lost Control & Black Eyes quite a few months back at a party wrapped in abbatoir plastic panels, neon nylons and old TVs above a bagel shop. We have been lauding their commitment to feelgood dirty, communal raving since then. Messy and pure.


Homoelectric New Year’s Eve Party, 31 December, Yes, Manchester.

The unstoppable agents of queer inclusive disco, filthy house and dark beats unite with Leeds’ best communal party, Love Muscle, at our favourite nightclub. Yes is a rare success story of a new enterprise launched by and for music lovers. Non-boozy and boozy cocktails, food, several floors and a smoking/chatting terrace to make new friends. Top quality banging. Went last year & will be there again.

High Hoops, Love Muscle, Kiss Me Again, Jamie Bull, Will Trump, Gina Breeze & Homoelectric DJs.