The 7th annual Clapham Street Party cometh. If you aint been it's held down the side of the Kazbar on Edgley Street off Clapham High Street. The whole thing opens at 2pm, stage (hosted by the Two Brewers) runs from 3-9pm. You need to get there early to avoid q'g for ages - it's a gated entry and can prove very popular.
The event's supporting GMFA who have emailed us the full line-up - "continue reading" to see what you can expect and how you can donate.
Clapham, for the uninitiated, is in south London on the Northern Line and a £10 cab from Vauxhall. It's not that scary and the local club is the Two Brewers which is affectionately known by the locals as the Two Sewers - commercial, no pressure.
Ben Cohen and Loose Women support gay charity at Clapham Street Party
The 7th Annual Clapham Street Party supports GMFA’s Count Me In campaign
LONDON, 14 June – You don’t need a royal wedding for a big gay street party! On Saturday 25 June, the Kazbar and the Two Brewers host the 7thannual Clapham Street Party. The popular event is sponsored by Manhunt and will once again take place on Edgeley Road, off Clapham High Street. Admission is free but a minimum donation of £1, which will go to the gay men’s health charity, GMFA, is suggested. A donation will also be given to the Albert Kennedy Trust and the Eddie Surman Trust, on behalf of the event.
Sherrie Hewson and Carol McGiffin of Loose Women fame are the celebrity hosts for the charity auction at 6pm. Prizes include an autographedSale Sharks training top from rugby hunk and anti-homophobic bullying campaigner Ben Cohen, VIP lunch with the Loose Women and backstage tour, and VIP tickets to the very exclusive Make A Difference Trust Garden Party (http://www.madtrust.org.uk/page/143/The+Make+A+Difference+Trust+Garden+Party/64).
Other prizes which will be raffled off throughout the day include vouchers from local restaurants Bodean’s, Eco, the Fish Club, Belgo, Metro Garden Restaurant and Bar, Nando’s, and the Pepper Tree, cinema tickets from Clapham Picture House, as well as prizes from Esca delicatessen, La Rueda, Willie Smarts Hairdressing Emporium, Pics by Gaz and Apex Cycles.
The Two Brewers Cabaret Stage is hosted by Sandra and runs from 3pm – 9pm. It will feature the cream of London’s cabaret circuit, including Lola Lasagne, Lady Imelda and Ima, Rose Garden, Pop Tarts, Drag With No Name, Kandy Kane and the newly crowned Drag Idol winner.
“The support we get from events like the street party are invaluable to us,” said Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA. “These are particularly difficult times for all charities, as the cuts are hitting us hard. Our Count Me In campaign, which promotes a community response to stop HIV transmission, has been made possible by the generosity of our community supporters. We hugely appreciate the support of the bars and clubs that help us raise money to promote gay men’s health, and the people who turn out, give generously and make these occasions bigger and better every year.”
The Clapham Street party kicks off at 2pm on Edgeley Road, which runs along the side of the Kazbar. Street festivities continue until 10pm and then things move indoors where revelers will be able to dance the night away.
About the Street Party
Transport: Edgeley Road is off Clapham High Street, and is equally accessible from either Clapham North or Clapham Common tube stops on the Northern Line in Zone 2 or Clapham Road BR station. Clapham High Street is also served by the following buses: 35, 37, 137, 345, 155 and 88.