The Wild Fruit Dance Tent at Brighton Pride

Wild Fruit Tent 1997 Photo by Kate Wildblood

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

Perfect Distraction: Tom Of Finland Edits on Razor-N-Tape

Tom-of-FInland-600x600-bTom Of Finland Edits on Razor-N-Tape. A blissful reminder of days gone by and the summer nights ahead. Disco nights filled with gay wonders on the dancefloor (I’m sure I’m a gay man trapped in a lesbian’s body when it comes to this stuff!) and tutorials with Dr Jobling discussing the possibilities of using such images in my dissertation exhibition (oh the merits of academic filth!)  I can’t wait to find a sizzling gay terrace, grab some camp cow bells and get a wiggle on to this all summer long. Go on, do yourself a favour and grab Tom while he’s hot. Because as we all know it can be very hot in Finland. Honest.

Grab the vinyl at Juno today

Queen Josephine’s Brighton Pride 2015 Shipping Forecast

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When it comes to predicting the weather for Brighton Pride no one does it quite as regally as Queen Josephine. So if you were fretting about that perfect weather suited outfit or wondering just how camp those showers would be fret no more. Queen Josephine is here with the first of this years Pride Public Information Films. And she’s deadly serious. Almost.

Enjoy this regal taster and then tune in to RadioReverb 97.2FM, online at radioreverb.com this Sunday 12th July at 17:00GMT or catch up with QJ & WB’s podcasts on Mixcloud

For Brighton & Hove Pride 2015 info and tickets check out brighton-pride.org

Find Wildblood & Queenie on Facebook and tweet us @homeservicefm

Queenie gets sweet with Sami Kubu

BP15 Sami Kubu Womens Tent DJ 2015With Brighton Pride looming large and beautiful on the horizon, this month Queenie catches up with the gorgeous Sami Kubu to hear about her plans, discover where to find her busy dancefloors or to hear her on the radio, and to find out about her secret guitar wielding past…….

Where can we see you playing these days, and what are your plans for Brighton Pride? I’m down at BeAvantgarde at The Hub some Fridays, Saturdays I do Nightshift at The Duke of Norfolk as well as a few dates in London to be confirmed so stay tuned for that! And you’ll be able to catch me at DPM during the summer. On Wednesday’s for all your airwave junkies, you can catch me on Codesouth from 10pm – 12am playing all sorts of house & techno.  And for Brighton Pride I’ll be in the Girls Dance Tent at the Pride Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 1st August and on Pride Sunday you can catch me at the Secret Garden Party at Neighbourhood and The Official Brighton Pride Girls Weekender Closing Party Ohso Social Beach Terrace Party.

How would you describe your djing style? I’d say my style has got a lot of groove, and strong basslines. I like to remix tracks live, so you’ll always hear a classic vocal line over a bouncy tech house beat.

What’s your favourite song of all time? A bit of a random one but it’d have to be Bruce Springsteen Blood Brothers

Which tune always fills up your dancefloor? Recently it’s been Format:B Chunky. It’s a great tune and goes down well no matter where I’m playing.

What would be your ultimate dream gig? DEFINITELY DC10 or Vista Club in Ibiza and Watergate in Berlin!

Is there one standout tune you’ll definitely be playing this Pride? I Can’t Stop – Sandy Rivera.

Name a tune you wish you’d never played? Honestly, Beyonce Drunk In Love (Full Crate Remix)

Guilty pleasure? Where Are Ü Now by Skrillex & Diplo. I honestly hate myself for liking this track but when it drops in, it’s just so damn catchy!!

What’s been your best ever gig? Last year’s Pride Sunday at Neighbourhood! It was incredible, things just went off!! Such a good vibe!

Tell us a secret! I used to play guitar in a punk band haha!

Sami Kubu’s July Top 5

Kevin Knapp Do Work (Original Mix) OFF Recordings

Butler & Bontan featuring Vula Live My Life (Original Mix) Ultra Records

Disclosure Bang That (Original Mix) PMR

Marc Romboy Ghetto What Systematic

Enzo Siffredi Sometimes (Original Mix) [Defected]

Check out Sami’s new track Think Outside The Box on LLR here and follow her on Facebook

Wildblood + Queenie’s July Gscene Wonders

07_Gscene_Jul2015 coverIt’s been months in the making but we can finally say summer is here. Summer in Brighton. Nothing gets more glorious. So here are a few essential tunes to keep you wiggling in the sunshine.

First up is the low-key electronica of Seb Wildblood’s Foreign Parts on SW Records. Fabulous surname aside, Wildblood’s thoughtful and enchanting beats had us hooked from first listen. As has the brooding melodies of Happyghost’s Cache on The Pool House, and the brilliance of Woolfy vs Projections’ Stations on Permanent Vacation. Sunsets are about to get very special with Woolfy and co in your ears!

Also worth a sashay in your Birkenstocks this summer is 5 Years of Gruuv (EP 1 & 2) on Gruuv. A truly fabulous celebration of this on point label as Gorge, Waifs & Strays, Luna City Express, Julien Chaptal gather for some right proper house action. Also check out the glory that is Good Voodoo Society’s Universal Love. House of the sunshine kind it is destined to be a summer staple.

And finally our two wonders of July. If you’ve not acquainted yourself with Hot Chip’s latest long player Why Make Sense? on Domino Records now is the time. One listen to Need You Now and everything makes sense as these genius of electronica deliver yet another masterpiece. And then there’s Jamie XX’s In Colour on Young Turks. A quite remarkable piece of work of it has it all, reflective moody melodies, summer top down cruising anthems, and sunset love-in soundtracks. Jamie XX and gang, oh my gosh you’ve got us. We’re smitten.

Wildblood and Queenie’s July Gems

Maxxi Soundsystem In The Woods Futureboogie Not a Meryl in sight – just cracking good house music.

Fabio Tosti Keep It Down Salted Music  Bouncy bass lines, cute vocals and funky heart. Just how we like it.

Jon Pleased Wimmin Don’t Be Scared (Of Yourself) (Hifi Sean Remix) Kidology 2 legends come together to create a, well, legendary tune.

Alexis Raphael More Than A French Kiss Lower East Get seduce by Alexis with this deep delight and you’ll not regret it.

JammHot See Me Right Lost My Dog Piano heaven on this hot house hit.

Ashworth Cork (12 Mix)  Needwant Understated genius from the label we all love to love.

Waifs & Strays Work On You Of Unsound Mind We defy you to stay still to this wiggle

Nicola Baldacci In The Mood (Daniele Petronelli Remix) Decide Don’t just stand there, lets get to it.

System2 Everybody’s Freakin’ Viva Music The White Isle beckons

The Mekanism Acid Love Play It Say It Back in the days acid grooves for the 21st century.

Catch Wildblood & Queenie on RadioReverb’s Home Service, at Brighton Pride’s Wild Fruit Big Top, Wild Fruit @ Patterns, Secret Garden Party @ Neighbourhood and Sunday Sundae @ Patterns.