London’s LGBTQ+ nightlife has a new kid on the block: The Divine. Opened by the co-owners of the East London mecca, The Glory, The Divine is here to usher in a new age of queer parties.
On Friday (2 February), just days after The Glory’s final closure (31 January), The Divine opened with a raucous party full of alt-drag and queer joy. Billed as The Glory’s “naughty little sister,” the new space in Dalston shared with Attitude some images from its opening night.
Presiding over proceedings were Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, and Colin Rothbart. Among those attending was UK drag royalty, Jodie Harsh, as well as Attitude’s Editor-in-Chief, Cliff Joannou, and many more.
Picking up right where The Glory left off, The Divine, on Kingsland Road in Dalston, will be hosting discos every Friday and Saturday evening. The venue becomes a two-floor party from 9pm onwards, but the street-level bar will also be a nice buzzy place to mingle and chat.
Ticket shows will happen downstairs with an already busy schedule in the books. Of course, there’ll be plenty of drag shows with cabaret performers and more stopping by week to week. LIPSYNC1000! and Glory Lates will also continue at The Divine, as well as Man Up, the world’s biggest and most exciting drag king battle.
Werk In Progess will be an opportunity for up-and-coming queer artists to showcase their talents in an open mic event. A new performance space will also offer creatives the opportunity to find a home for their work.
All in all, a lot is going on at The Divine already, and the party’s only just getting started!
Images Colin Rothbart