That Poke isn’t funny anymore
People would have laughed – laughed! – if you had of told them that an idiosyncratic queer indie night, which launched back in 2009, would still be going today. Well it is, and it’s thriving. Get ready for POKE’s 10th birthday party.
POKE came about because the movers and groovers behind it reasoned that there must be loads of good queer folk in the region who wanted to shake a tail feather to something other than the poppers-o-clock playlists that dominated the scene. They built slowly, but word soon got round that their winning mix of indie, punk and electro-pop was all shades of magnificent, and their parties really took off. Over the years they have let choice cuts drawn from hip-hop, R&B, soul, 90s house and dance, as well as straight up pop bangers, seep into their sets, reasoning: “Radiohead are brilliant, but getting people to dance to their music is virtually impossible” (which is half right. Radiohead remain terrible). What hasn’t changed is the crowd they attract which is still bereft of dickheads. And, as well as their 10thbirthday, they’re also holding a POKE quiz at Prohibition bar the night before. Our advice: attend both.POKE, Saturday 27 April, Star & Shadow, Warwick Street, Newcastle, 9pm, £6 adv (£10 door/£4 NUS), starandshadow.org.uk. POKE quiz, Friday 26 April, Prohibition, Pink Lane, Newcastle (more info: @pokenewcastle on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).