Offering a stage for live performers and raising money for worldwide charities at the same time, the event has moved around various venues outside the gay quarter, including Magnet, Korova and the Shipping Forecast. The tenth instalment of Chew Disco hits the Kazimier in Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, on Saturday, 7 May with a line-up that includes fuzzed-up garage-punk duo Dirtblonde, disco-noise diva beast supergroup Cover Girl, and the Queercore version of Destiny’s Child, Georgia Asphalt. The night also features resident and guest DJs, plus video art, a media swap and a free Chew Disco compilation to the first 100 guests.
It’s about creativity and being politically motivated in an environment that’s open to all identities
“It’s not just about playing the Pixies for queer kids but it’s about creativity and being politically motivated in an environment that’s open to all identities, being exposed to new music and raising awareness of causes that don’t get publicity. It’s about being a ‘queer’ thinker regardless of sexuality,” says Khalil.
Emma adds: “People can come down to Chew Disco and have a good time, see great bands and feel part of a collective. When we started the night, Ste McCabe (Manchester’s political pop-punkster) helped us with suggestions for bands and now we are fortunate to have acts offering to play for free. We get a lot of new faces and regulars at the night, friends and friends of friends. I was quite cynical until a couple of years ago and didn’t think a collective could come together but there is a good DIY community developing and it feels like we’re a family.”
All proceeds from this weekend’s bash will go to Icebreakers Uganda, an LGBT rights organisation supporting queers in Uganda, where homosexuality is currently punishable by incarceration for up to 14 years. Khalil and Emma are also collaborating with FACT to show a series of films called ‘Bent Frames’, as well as working on a programme of events for the Homotopia Festival.
“Life’s too short to wish you’d gone out and done stuff,” says Khalil.
— by Vicky Andrews
Chew Disco Volume 10, 7th May
The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Sq, Liverpool
£5 (£4 adv/NUS)