There are few things more freeing than losing yourself in the body-rippling rhythms and feet-vibrating bass of infectious music on a crowded dance floor. A fact of which French party La Purple are all too aware. Specialising in young queer pop rendezvous, where the LGBTQ+ community can completely let loose in a safe space, the party purveyors know how to put on an unforgettable night filled with live DJ sets, dazzling performances from drag stars and singers, and all-around good vibes. Lucky for us, they are coming to London to take over Heaven for four unique nights over the upcoming months, one of which includes a performance from Eurovision star Bilal Hassani.
That’s right, no two nights are alike with La Purple. First up, on April 16, is a celebration of the mighty Eurovision. It’s no secret that the song contest has strong ties to the LGBTQ+ community, with its history of queer winners – transgender Israeli participant Dana International won in 1998 and opened the doors for many more queer performers to follow in her footsteps – and powerful queer anthems that frequently spill from the speakers at Pride events around the world. An ode to the divinely diverse music event seems like a fitting way to kick off La Purple’s soirees in the city.
You’ll be in Heaven (literally) at the electrifying night. Talented DJ 1NSONGE revisits all the greatest moments of Eurovision mixed with plenty of pop tracks – a core element of any La Purple party – taking you on a non-stop musical journey with six hours of dance-inducing hits. Then, the impeccably-eyebrowed, blunt-bobbed cherry on top comes in the fabulous form of 2019 Eurovision contestant Bilal Hassani, who will be performing live on the night, treating the crowd to several tracks from his new album as well as his Eurovision hit ‘Roi’, which translates to ‘King’.
If you can’t make it to the first event, three more queer pop shindigs are on the cards. You can expect glitter-soaked duels between French and English drag queens – giving sashay and slay a whole new meaning – an appearance from drag queen royalty Nicky Doll, the ice-blonde host of Drag Race France and the first French competitor in RuPaul’s Drag Race 2020, and an unmissable Pride event at the end of June.
La Purple was born in 2019 in the heart of Paris, an antidote to the lack of spaces for young queers in the city. Now, it thrives as a safe space for queer revellers, putting on fun, atmospheric and inclusive events where everyone can unapologetically be themselves. Soon, it will come to the mythical Heaven, the former roller disco rink turned infamous, boundary-pushing club venue, that serves as the perfect spot to introduce London to the joys of La Purple. You won’t want to miss out on this, grab your tickets now to give yourself something epic to look forward to in the coming months.