DJs and club promoters get bad press. They're often perceived as flighty, drug-addled, shallow people, just one step up from dealers. And, well, some of them are! But there are some damned nice people too.
Take Patrick Lilley, the promoter of Queer Nation, for example. A canny sort with an eye for new avenues of promotion, he has offered to put all gay bloggers on the guest list for a month. Now, I have always been a fan of Queer Nation, and don't need much of an incentive to rave about the place. The music is slightly funkier than elsewhere, the crowd slightly more racially mixed, the atmosphere noticeably more "up". Marcus, Ian, Jonathan and I had a fantastic night there this Saturday dancing till the early hours. Thank you, Patrick.
We saw another example of clubland generosity yesterday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Last week Andy from Almighty played their delightfully tacky cover of Will Young's Evergreen. Marcus chatted to Andy afterwards, and Andy promised him he'd give him a copy of it the following week. I, frankly, didn't expect him to remember, but he did. Thank you, Andy. You'll be glad to hear that you had me and Marcus dancing on the bed in our socks and undies. Twice.