The Rise in Female Promoters: LUYD
Lock Up Your Daughters
I first heard of LUYD as a film collective, how did the club night originate?
The magazine was the first strand of LUYD. We needed a way to fund the print run so we hosted a one off club night to launch the pilot magazine and recuperate some costs. That was in April 2008 at The Flying Duck, it was really well attended so we did a few more and then in September 2009 we got a monthly slot, every 3rd Friday of the month, still at The Flying Duck. Then it kind of took on a life of its own. About six months after going monthly we opened up the kitchen with Students for Scarves and Charm manning the decks. They stepped down last year with SPILL filling the slot.
What can you expect from a LUYD night?
LUYD is hella friendly queer drunken fun. Music is core but we’re definitely not muso snobs. Folk come down, drink cheap beer, sometimes dress up as sailors and get naaaasty on the dance floor.
I’ve found the London scene to be heavily male dominated, is it the same for Glasgow?
Yeah I think it’s probably the same for most mainstream gay scenes. LUYD was set up primarily as a lesbian night although one of the things that we’re most proud of is how mixed the crowd is. Girls, boys, gay, straight, queer, trans, undecided, whatever it’s not important. LUYD is definitely a queer night and I think that they’re still necessary and valuable despite what a lot of people say. Not just as a place for gays to party but as an outlet for queer culture so that it can develop. It also means queers can get jiggy…
When you’re not DJing yourself, where do you like to party?
Hot Mess in Edinburgh is fantastic and has some of the best pr I’ve ever seen. iBop on the southside is a really lovely night. Our kid sister night, Blitz, also at The Flying Duck, is awesome fun and the Menergy boys never fail to bring it.
What do you have in store for 2012?
The film group has just held an open call for short film scripts, which got some fantastic submissions. So we’ll be busy getting those produced. We’re also planning on forging more links with queer nights from around the UK. In the past we’ve had Burn the Bra Crew from Birmingham, CHEW DISCO from Liverpool, Salty Lips from Manchester. We’re hoping to get Dyke Bar up from London as well as a few more treats in the pipeline…
Lock up your Daughters is held every third Friday at The Flying Duck, 11 – 3am, £5/4
Text: Lucy Molloy
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