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Sink The Pink is taking over the world – and you can watch the action on mobile app Blued

London’s hottest club night has teamed up with the gay social networking app for a unique collaboration

Sink The Pink is taking over the world – and you can watch the action on mobile app Blued
Sink The Pink
London's Sink The Pink team

SPONSORED: Sink The Pink (STP) is one of London’s biggest clubbing success stories of recent years.

The 3,000 tickets for this Saturday’s polysexual, queer party at the Troxy sold out in 24 hours.

If you’re one of the many unable to attend, for the first time you can enjoy a true flavor of the event through STP’s new collaboration with innovative gay social app, Blued.

Core members of the Sink The Pink team are on the app and streaming live footage of preparations for this week’s event. There will also be multi cameras catching the backstage and main stage action on Saturday night. And to top it all, a spice girl will be there; doesn’t get any better than this!

Co-founder Glynfamous (Glynfamous on Blued) is super excited about the collaboration.

‘I’m even going to have a camera in my wig!’ he says. ‘Those watching on Blued really will have full access to everything that’s going on.’

Glynfamous

Sink The Pink co-founder Glynfamous

‘I came out in spectacular fashion’

Glyn grew up in a ‘rough area’ of Bristol. Desperate to escape, he fled to Australia aged 18 to stay with a half sister for a couple of years. ‘I came out in spectacular fashion and became a go-go boy, obviously,’ he says with a chuckle.

When he returned to the UK, he headed straight for London and became best friends with another London newcomer, Amy Zing. The kindred spirits both wanted to explore everything the capital had to offer.

‘We were a little scared but gave each other confidence. That said, after around four years, we both still felt that we hadn’t really found our crowd.’

The idea for Sink The Pink was born. The night started as a fun party for Glyn, Amy and their friends, but really began to pick up attention when it moved to the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.

‘It hadn’t really done any club promotions before, just cabaret, and that’s when it really took off. It felt a bit naughty, and showed that we didn’t take ourselves too seriously, hosting this party at a traditional working men’s club, complete with barmaids that had been working there for years.’

Attendance figures shot up each month, to the point where it became ‘stressful’, says Glyn: ‘We literally had people trying to break in, it was so popular. That’s when we had to think about what to do. I didn’t want to take it weekly, which is when we made the decision to try the Troxy three years ago.’

‘Cirque Du Soleil for drag queens’

STP offers an irresistible blend of anthemic pop, tongue-in-cheek humor and the opportunity for anyone to drag up and party. Elaborate stage shows are a hallmark of the night, with up to 40 drag performers hoofing around the stage at any one time.

‘It’s Cirque Du Soleil for drag queens,’ quips Glyn.

This Saturday’s show will also feature a PA from Mel C, along with drag queens ‘coming down on giant flags and bursting out of giant Kinder Eggs.’

Sink The Pink is more about attitude than make-up skills: self-expression and inclusivity is valued over aloofness or who can do the best contouring.

‘You meet people, you talk to people, there’s an incredible sense of community,’ says Glyn.

He’s particularly happy about teaming up with Blued.

‘About six months ago, we’d got to this point where we were selling out a venue so quickly, we’d end up with a lot of disappointed people. I hate that.

‘I’ve been saying for a long time that I wanted to stream what we do, so that young queer kids who are feeling alienated or not part of anything, they can at least feel like they’re part of something or that there are other people out there that are like them.

‘There’s going to be lots of different cameras, so the person watching on the night can follow the party all over the place. There will be backstage interviews, because we get a lot of celebrities who attend.

‘But we’ve also got certain key members, such as the choreographer, or the guy who builds the set, myself, etc.. We’re doing live streams throughout the week of what goes into making Sink The Pink.

‘We’ve never really allowed outside cameras in, and I think that’s the next step for us. Blued came along just at the right time. It was sort of meant to be. I love their ethos, I love what they’re about. It’s the perfect partnership.

Eli Grimson, PR and Event manager for Blued, commented: ‘We are so excited about partnering with the Sink the Pink team! We’re the only gay app in the market offering Live streaming, and we hope it will become the biggest gay stage in the world!

‘Sink the Pink’s initiative to create a stronger and more inclusive sense of community through creativity, comedy and drag aesthetic is a perfect match for our desire to give LGBTQ people a platform where they can safely express themselves and showcase their talents.’

Check out some of the Sink The Pink team below who will be performing and video streaming to Blued this week…

ShayShay

ShayShay

ShayShay (TheShayShayShow on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘Me and my drag persona are one in the same. Whether I’m Shane, ShayShay or just Shay, I’m always the same androgenius queerdo! The only difference is the clothes, and inches of makeups.’

Why did you join the STP family?

‘When I first attended Sink The Pink, I had so much fun! The only people having more fun than me were the Sink The Pink family on stage. I was totally in awe and wanted to be dancing around like a fool with them. I started helping out with props for the balls. And went on to win Miss Sink The Pink in 2015.’

Chester Hayes

Chester Hayes

Chester Hayes (ChesterHayes on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘My drag persona is dead shy, to be honest!’

Why did you join the STP family?

‘I never consciously decided to join Sink the Pink. Joan Oh got me involved one Halloween and the rest was Chestery!’

Finn Love

Finn Love

Finn Love (Finn_Love on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘My drag persona is me! I don’t have a “drag name” either, because no matter what I’m wearing or doing, be it eight-inch heels and a full face of make up, or jeans and just some lipstick, I’m still Finn Love … being in drag just lets me get away with more.

Why did you join the STP family?

‘I don’t really think I “joined” Sink the Pink, I think I was just lucky enough to find a group of wonderful weirdos who took me in! Moving to London as a baby queer was daunting but Sink The Pink gave me a space to experiment, do ridiculous stuff and show off!’

Jacqui Potato

Jacqui Potato

Jacqui Potato (Julian_Smith on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘I’m like the VHS version of a drag queen: a bit messy nowadays; analogue rather than digital.’

Why did you join the STP family?

‘I joined Sink The Pink because it seemed like “positive punk’. A bit anarchic but total joy .

Just May

Just May

Just May (Just_May_STP on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘A modern take on British campery.’

Why did you join the STP family?

‘I joined STP because it is a place of freedom, where you’re supported for your differences, and where you can have the time of your life with the best bunch of show-offs in town!’

Alex Clow

Alex Clow

Alex Clow (AlexClow on Blued)

How would you describe your drag persona?

‘Alexus De Luxe is everything. She crosses all genders and has no boundaries.’

Why did you join the STP family?

‘I wasn’t really aware I was joining STP, I was just hanging out and having an amazing time and an incredible group of people.’

Blued is available on iOS and Android


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