London’s queer population rises up aside the nightlife scene, with much more of a demand for gender equality, freedom and LGBT appreciation, events like Inferno are high on many young people’s agenda.
April 26 2019 The Yard, Hackney Wick hosted another popular Inferno party, gearing up the most creative techno ravers from all over London, tickets were available for purchase on resident advisor for £8 early bird and £12 final release.
Having hosted their first event in 2006 Inferno was founded by DJ and musicians Lewis Burton and Sebastian Bartz (pictured below). Burton states “I was just getting bored of listening to house music repeatedly at good queer venues, so myself and Sebastian started inferno as an alternative to what was going on in the scene, as I was getting bored of it and it just happened”.
With such a demand for the Inferno party the promoters had to increase the every third month event to a monthly occurrence, highlighting the change in interest in the queer London nightlife scene. “There was such a demand for it, now they all can pick and choose when they come” says Burton (pictured below).
Both being techno DJ’s and with Sebastian’s producing skills the pair have reached a high point within the underground queer rave scene, blasting out some of the best underground techno the DJs allocated for the night fit perfectly with the vibe off the ravers.
The Yard, being described as “our home” by Burton the venue is defiantly is accommodating for everyone by having gender neutral toilets and being tucked away out of clear sight, everyone had the enjoyment of freedom of expression and creativity. “We’re going to stay here for the remainder of the year, security are amazing, drinks are cheap, what more could you want”.
With costumes and outfits lighting up the room, every new body of art that walked through the door sparked a new story or fantasy. The room felt like a family of painted party-seekers with the priority of the night being everyone had feel totally lost and included into the music.
One keen raver (pictured below right) commented “inferno is a really great night in order to express yourself, I’m a goth myself so it really draws me in on that aspect as it’s a kind of goth / queer space were everyone can be free, its’ one of the only places in London currently running that I feel like I can wear what I want and not be judged and be appreciated, find other people who resonate with me.”
Although Inferno may get extremely popular within the queer scene Burton says “we’re happy just doing our thing in east London for now, we’ve had a lot of attention and we are just going to play it by ear and see if the right opportunities come for us”.
Inferno are also making it possible for more alternative DJs especially female DJs to get behind the decks and spread their music “we are using it as a platform to put on female DJs trans DJs non-binary DJs, there’s a need for that” says Burton.
With the LGBT community getting fed up with the repetitive music in classic clubs, Inferno might strike a new beginning in the nightclub scene for queer people and could spark a change in the overall scene itself, bringing together art, music and queer acceptance.