Wildblood & Queenie’s Brighton Pride Wonders

08_Gscene_Aug2015 (dragged) 1So many Brighton Prides. So many tunes. So many magnificent memories. This month we celebrate them with our BrightonPride25 chart. A small token of our appreciation for every single DJ, promoter, Pride worker, volunteer, business, clubber, marcher, campaigner, overworked bar tender and wiggler. Without you Brighton Pride would not be the wonder it is today. Without you these tunes would not come with the grinned-filled proud memories they do today. Happy 25th anniversary Brighton Pride.

Lionel Richie All Night Long Bootleg White Label    We may not know all the words but we know we feel Pride.

Donna Summer I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mega Mix) Casablanca The greatest record ever made deserves her place in our proud history

Soulsearcher feat. Donna Allen Feelin’ Love Soulfuric Deep As long as Donna sings we feel alive at Pride

Blaze Presents U.D.A. Feat. Barbara Tucker Most Precious Love Defected The smiles don’t get any bigger when this beauty kicks in

Simpson Tune Bring It Down (Da BMR’s Club Rework) Time Records A Sundae thumper that insists we come together

C-Mos 2 Million Ways (Axwell Remix) Zeitgeist This tune + Wild Fruit Big Top + Brighton Pride = goosebumps

Mantronix 77 Strings (Hifi Sean Vocal Dub) Southern Fried Feeling the bear love for this classic Pride anthem

Axwell Feel The Vibe Axtone Records Overexcited? You will be once you hear this corker

Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Fantasy Gay. Gay. Gay. Is that gay enough for ya?

Diana Ross The Boss (Dimitri from Paris Remix) Defected When Pride does disco it does Diana

ATFC Feat. Inaya Day Reach Out To Me Net Works International Repeat after me. Queeeeeen Josephine.

Alison Limerick Where Love Lives (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales Remix) Arista A Pride classic still rocking us all these years later

Todd Terry and Prok & Fitch Something’s Going On Stealth Records Maker of one of our most memorable Pride Terrace moment’s ever

Original I Love U Baby WT Records Back in the day Wild Fruit tent brilliance courtesy of DJ Pete Hayward

Whitney Houston Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles Directors Club Mix) Arista     One for the ladies that keeps the proud boys dancing till dawn

Gay Marvine Lost In Music (Original Mix) Solardisco        Audio love for Green and the boys

Milk & Sugar Vs John Paul Young Love is in the Air Zeitgeist A Wild Fruit classic that keeps Mr Kemp happy all night long

Solu Music feat Kimblee Fade Hed Kandi There is no truth to the fact that Wildblood cried when she played this Pride Sunday Sundae. None whatsoever.

Derrick May Strings Of Life R&S Records Hands in the air. Guaranteed.

Freemasons feat. Amanda Wilson Love On My Mind Loaded Records  Withouth this Mr Jones classic Pride wouldn’t be Pride.

Catch Wildblood and Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb and DJing at Brighton Pride Wild Fruit Big Top, Patterns Pride Terrace Party and Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion Party. perfectdistractions.com

Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion at Patterns 02.08.15

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Sunday Sundae is a club with history. Sunday Sundae is a club with heart. The very best of Brighton Pride official clubbing, nothing comes close to that moment on Pride Sunday when we all come together as one, arms in the air, anthem in our hearts and love all around. Yeah I’m being a bit loved up but seriously though no Pride celebration is quite like a Sunday Sundae Pride celebration.

And with a line-up of DJs that include the regal Queen Josephine, Kidology’s wonder boy Mikalis, the bear I can’t get enough of Paul Coals, Brighton house legend Pete Hayward, and Sundae saucepot Fredi Dimanche and more on the decks you just know its gonna be one hot mother of a party. Add the fact we all get to play in the stunning new venue Patterns with its glorious sunshine terrace, amazing state of the art soundsystem and perfect downstairs club space and well I’ve already got my Sundae Pride grin on.

Sunday Sundae. It’s earned its legendary status after years of saucy service. And it is a service I can’t wait to dive into. See you at the (sea) front.

Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion
Sunday 2nd August
3pm-late
Patterns, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton. BN2 1TL

For tickets and more info click here. Advance tickets highly recommended. They invented the word roadblock for parties such as this. The Sundae Sundae Reunion Party is a Brighton Pride event, with all profits going to The Rainbow Fund enabling them to support local LGBT+ charities and organisations.

Queen Josephine’s Brighton Pride Weather Forecast

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So here she is. The Pride weather Queen. Forecasting sunshine and fabulousness for the entirety of Brighton & Hove Pride 2015. Queen Josephine. Keeping us grinning since 1806.

Catch Wildblood & Queenie doing their DJ thing throughout Pride including the Pride Festival in Preston Park, Pride Terrace Party at Patterns and Sunday Sundae at Patterns.

Brighton & Hove Pride 2015
Saturday & Sunday 1st-2nd August
Fundraising for the Rainbow Fund to support local LGBT+ charities and organisations. For more info and tickets check out www.brighton-pride.org

Track Shaun J Wright & Alinka ‘Nowhere To Hide’

BrightonPride25: A pleasure from first scan to last

collage-3-800BrightonPride25 the exhibition has been part of my life for the past six months. An endless hunt for images and memories that has taken over my head and my hard drive. Thanks to Paul Kemp, Chris Jepson, Dulcie Weaver and everyone at Brighton Pride we have been able to collate and produce a truly unique celebration and recognition of everyone who has made Brighton Pride possible. The brave activists, the protesters, the supporters, the businesses, the charities, the crews, the staff, the volunteers, the workers, the paraders and the glitter covered. From protest to party and back again as we fundraise for local LGBT+ charities and organisations and campaign for the rights of our global LGBT+ community, for the freedom to live.

Alongside fellow curators Alf Le Flohic and Josephine Bourne and video maker Alan Cross I have had the best of times reliving, well, the best of times. Thank you to everyone who made it so, especially our incredibly generous contributors. Here’s to the next 25 years and the many more archives of proud memories.

Catch the BrightonPride25 exhibition at Jubilee Library, Brighton until 5pm on Sunday 2nd August and keep a look out at the Brighton Pride Festival grande finale on the main stage for a very special BrightonPride25 contribution.

Check out BBC Sussex’s report here

BrightonPride25: Curated by Josephine Bourne, Alf Le Flohic and Kate Wildblood. Video created by Alan Cross. Collage artwork designed by Kate Wildblood. Thanks to our many contributors and many volunteers, workers and campaigners who have made Brighton & Hove Pride possible: Dani Ahrens, Michele Allardyce, Neil Ball, Jaq Bayles, Calabash, Alan Collin, Andrew Collin, Rose Collis, Colourfast, Wayne Connell, Chrissy Darling, Melita Dennett, Evening Argus, Fausto, Fox Fisher, Denise Felkin, Iain Gowers, Paul Grace, Gscene Magazine, Mike Halsey, Anthony Heritage, Amy Hope, Michael Hootman, Frances Hubbard, Chris Jepson, The Keep, Paul Kemp, Sharon Kilgannon, Claudine Lacroix, Latest TV, Vince Laws, James Ledward, Gregory Marchant, Neil Masey, Peter McEachern, Christian McGinty, Sam Milford, Mikalis, Nicky Mitchell, Helene Natasha Moore, Quentin North, Osaro, Ourstory, Eric Page, Matt Page, Deborah Price, Real Brighton, Alan Robinson, Andrew Rogers, Jim Rogers, Dario Stevens, Glenn Stevens, Shak-T, Tailored Photography, Matt Taylor, Althea Thomas, Liam Thompson, Kyabayinze Vincent, Affy Wajid, Dulcie Weaver and Rachel Viena Woodgate.

The Wild Fruit Dance Tent at Brighton Pride

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Wild Fruit Tent 1997 Photo by Kate Wildblood

Ever since I can remember I’ve got goosebumps about the Wild Fruit Dance Tent at Brighton Pride. As a punter, as an admiring mate of the lucky DJ on the stage or later as a DJ in the tent myself, I’ve loved it. It has thrilled me. It has provided memories that will stay with me forever and it has always delivered. And this year I’m absolutely thrilled to be back playing in the Wild Fruit Dance Tent alongside my missus, the glorious Queen Josephine for Brighton Pride 2015. After the year she’s had it seems only right and proper that she should be up there, beside me, doing what she does best. (Being the shy and retiring one of the pair of us. Not.)

So we couldn’t be more excited or honoured or excited or thrilled to be part of an amazing line-up that includes Fatboy Slim (wow!), The Freemasons (gosh!), Seamus Haji (blimey!), Maze & Masters (ding dong!), Wayne G (hoorah!), Mikalis (hooray!), Prok & Fitch (cor!), Kid Massive and Elliotte Williams N’Dure (fabulous!), Chris Pullin (lovely!) and Sink The Pink (how bloody marvellous!) Did we mention we were excited? Anyway we are and can’t wait to celebrate Brighton Pride’s 25th anniversary. For us Brighton Pride is a community that has been there for us through out the years. Come rain or shine, come bad outfit decision or good. Fundraising. Campaigning. Entertaining. Connecting. Surrounded by loved ones. Jumping up and down with Pride.

So expect two very excited DJs, a set stuffed full of our favourite Pride anthems as we celebrate those amazing Pride gigs we’ve been honoured to play over the years and grins bigger than our bosoms. Honest. See you at the front. You won’t be able to miss us. We’ll be the excited ones jumping about. In two very firm sports bras. See you at the front.

Brighton Pride Pride Festival 2015: Carnival of Diversity. Preston Park. Saturday 1st August 12noon-10pm. Tickets available here £1 from each ticket goes directly to the Rainbow Fund. Brighton Pride 2015. Pride with purpose.

Reason 86979272972 why I love Queen Josephine: Ouch House 200

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When my missus does something she does it right. The right way. And for the right reasons. So even when life knocks her down she gets back up the right way. The Ouch House Diaries were my missus way of getting back up right again. One day at a time. With pen and ink. And that’s why I’m so proud of her latest achievement. The Ouch House 200. 200 pen and ink drawings of some of the souls who accompanied her on her journey as she recovered from an accident that changed our lives.

I learnt loads because of that accident. How I rely on her way way too much. How important she is to me. How important the NHS are to both of us and how lucky we all are to have it. And how to get back up on your feet no matter how far you’ve fallen. The Ouch House 200 doesn’t just demonstrate her amazing eye for detail and her desire to get things done just right. It demonstrates that without it her the world would be a darker place. A not quite so camp place. And a place drawn without style and passion.

And of course as Jo is doing this just right she’s donating all proceeds from the sale of the original Ouch House 200 and 20% of all Limited Edition Print sales to Brighton Pride and their continuing support of local LGBT+ charities through the Rainbow Fund and the wonders that fixed her at the Royal Sussex via the Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospital.

My Queen Josephine. Doing it right since 1963. And keeping me right since 1993.

Queen Josephine’s Ouch House 200

Duke Of Norfolk’s Community Art Show Pride Expo 113-114 Western Road Brighton BN1 2AB July 25th – August 21st 2015

150+ reasons and counting: Why we need to save the BBC

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I could go on about securing a universal unbiased worldwide service. I could go on about a Murdoch favouring Tory government determined to dismantle one of this country’s finest institutions. But instead when it comes to saving the BBC there are only these reasons for me. Reasons I grew up with. Reasons that inspire me, humour me, educate me, amaze me. These many, many reasons.

Play School. The Good Life. The Honourable Woman. Grange Hill. Question Time. Swap Shop. In Our Name. Nuremberg: Nazi’s On Trial. Camberwick Green. Borgen. Pride. The Joy Of Disco. Twenty Twelve. Dr Who. Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe. Desert Island Discs. The Thick Of It.  Match Of The Day. Dad’s Army. BBC World Service. The Magic Roundabout. Our Friends in the North. The Story of Women and Art. The Blue Room. Notes On A Scandal. Gimme Gimme Gimme. Newsnight. State Of Play. Have I Got News For You. Gardeners World. The Royle Family. The Road to Coronation Street. John Peel. Meet The Romans with Mary Beard. The Killing. Outnumbered. Essential Mix. Happy Valley.  Life on Mars. Reggie Yates Gay & Under Attack. The Street. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Spike Island. Think Of A Number. Not the Nine O’Clock News. Timewatch. The Wombles. iLL Manors. Call The Midwife. We’ll Take Manhattan. Gardeners Question Time. The Outcast. Torchwood. The Archers. Truly, Madly, Deeply. Sherlock. Eastenders. Alan Partridge. QI. Regeneration. FA Cup. Fantabulosa. Last Tango in Halifax. Annie Nightingale. Test Match Special. The History Boys. Oranges Are Not the Only FruitHorizon. Line of Duty. Talking Heads. Victoria Wood… As Seen On TV. Absolutely Fabulous. Threads. Pride and Prejudice. Ivor The Engine. The Power of Nightmares. The Damned United. Any Questions. Civilisation. Annie Mac. Boys From The Blackstuff. This Life. Arena. Round the Horne. Dinner Ladies. The Monocled Mutineer. Ashes to Ashes. Steptoe & Son. Wimbledon. Omagh. Yes Minister. Iris. The Nazis – A Warning From History. Stephen Nolan. To The Manor Born. The entire output of BBC4. The Lady in the Van. Alistar Cookes’ America. Clocking Off. We Need To Talk About Kevin. House Of Cards. Mrs Brown. Are You Being Served? Louis Theroux. 6Music. The Men Who Stare At Goats. The World At One. Made In Dagenham. Blackadder. Hectors House. My Week With Marilyn. Wallander. The Fast Show. Yes Prime Minister. A Room For Romeo Brass. Deadringers. Vietnam: The Camera At War. Morecambe & Wise. Shooting Stars. Crackerjack. In The Loop. Porridge. Galapagos -The Islands That Changed the World. Fawlty Towers. Billy Elliot. Blue Peter. Nighty Night. The Young Ones. The Olympics. Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain, The Vicar Of Dibly. Trumpton. Hancock’s Half Hour. The Death of Yugoslavia. Butterflies. Anything with David Attenborough in it. Putin, Russia and the West. Glastonbury. Andy Pandy. Jackanory. Bagpuss. The Supersizers. Great British Bake Off. PM. Pete Tong. Gaytime TV. The Flumps. Peoples Century. John Cravens Newsround. Fingerbobs. The News Quiz. Playaway. W1A. Vision On. The Clangers. 5Live. Essential Mix. Happy Valley.  Life on Mars. Reggie Yates Gay & Under Attack. The Street. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Spike Island. Think Of A Number. Not the Nine O’Clock News. Timewatch. The Wombles. iLL Manors. Call The Midwife. We’ll Take Manhattan. Gardeners Question Time. The Outcast. Torchwood. The Archers. Truly, Madly, Deeply. Sherlock. Eastenders. Alan Partridge. QI. Regeneration. FA Cup. Fantabulosa. Last Tango in Halifax. Annie Nightingale. Test Match Special. The History Boys. Oranges Are Not the Only FruitHorizon. Line of Duty. Talking Heads. Victoria Wood… As Seen On TV. Absolutely Fabulous. Threads. Pride and Prejudice. Ivor The Engine. The Power of Nightmares. The Damned United. Any Questions. Civilisation. Annie Mac. Boys From The Blackstuff. This Life. Arena. Round the Horne. Dinner Ladies. The Monocled Mutineer. Ashes to Ashes. Steptoe & Son. Wimbledon. Omagh. Yes Minister. Iris. The Nazis – A Warning From History. Stephen Nolan. To The Manor Born. The entire output of BBC4. The Lady in the Van. Alistar Cookes’ America. Clocking Off. We Need To Talk About Kevin. House Of Cards. Brighton Out The Closet. Mrs Brown. Are You Being Served? Louis Theroux. 6Music. The Men Who Stare At Goats. The World At One. Made In Dagenham. Blackadder. Hectors House. My Week With Marilyn. Wallander. The Fast Show. Yes Prime Minister. A Room For Romeo Brass. Deadringers. Vietnam: The Camera At War. Morecambe & Wise. Shooting Stars. Crackerjack. In The Loop. Porridge. Galapagos -The Islands That Changed the World. Fawlty Towers. Billy Elliot. Blue Peter. Nighty Night. The Young Ones. The Olympics. Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain, The Vicar Of Dibly. Trumpton. Hancock’s Half Hour. The Death of Yugoslavia. Butterflies. Anything with David Attenborough in it. Putin, Russia and the West. Glastonbury. Andy Pandy. Jackanory. Bagpuss. The Supersizers. Great British Bake Off. PM. Pete Tong. Gaytime TV. The Flumps. Peoples Century. John Cravens Newsround. Fingerbobs. The News Quiz. Playaway. W1A. Vision On. The Clangers. 5Live.

The list could go on…and on…and on. BBC Films, Television and Radio*. The soundtrack, the backdrop, the education, the laughter, the connections, the breadth of choice that contributed to making me who I am, who we are. Sure its just a box in the corner broadcasting images and sounds. But thanks to the BBC its a box that makes a difference. Don’t tell me there is nothing on this list you don’t cherish. Nothing that’s inspired you, that’s changed the way you see the world, the way you see others. Don’t let the Tories take that away. Don’t let them dismantle yet another universal service, replacing it with subscription fees, news coverage that never challenges, satire with no teeth, entertainment with no heart, and broadcasting that daren’t reach out beyond our borders. Save our BBC.

* All for the cost of £145.50 a year – the equivalent of £12.13 per month or just under 40p per day.

Sign the Save The BBC Petition here