Women-only invitation to Velvet Liverpool’s LBQT+ Halloween Ball
11 months ago
Velvet Liverpool’s asking women to leave their male friends at home for a brand-new party night – because this one is just for the girls.
The Black Cat Halloween Ball is being held at Scale this Friday and will hopefully be the first of a regular club night aimed only at LBQT+ women.
Organiser Sam Wallace says: “I’m not trying to throw shade on anyone or anywhere else, but I just feel like Liverpool is missing a night that’s women-centric and where women can be together and have fun together and feel safe; where people can just come and have a great time.”
DJ EM Johnston will be on the decks with a mix of devilishly good music from the 80s and 90s, and a ton of ‘feel good’ tunes which will even include requests from partygoers.
And there’ll be a stilt performer dressed as Pennywise and Maleficent to add a spooky spell over the haunting Halloween night.
Guests are also encouraged to get fancy with their dress, with a prize for the best costume on the night.
Sam says the idea was sparked by a community group she set up for lesbian and bi-sexual women on the Meetup platform, that’s now got 300 members.
“We’ve got women from as far as Manchester and Chester,” says Sam. “A lot of women who joined up were in their 20s, and there are women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, some who were either just coming out late in life or who were looking for community following the pandemic and lockdown.
“There’s been lots of events including walks, day trips and nights out, but this is the biggest event so far.
“For me as a gay woman, I feel there’s nowhere for women to go for a women’s only space.
“Velvet Liverpool came about because of going into town and feeling overrun by people who were there who often don’t identify as LGBTQ+, but also from the positive reaction from the community group and the amount of women signing up for LBQT+ women-only activities. Unfortunately, once a space becomes overrun it doesn’t become as safe as it should be.”
Sam adds: “I just really want to create a safe, fun night for women who identify as LBQT+, and basically no men. It’s about really wanting to come together for our own night, and I don’t know whether it’s going to take off, but I just want to try it.
“If it goes well, then fantastic, and if it doesn’t, it was worth giving it a go. There are other people doing stuff like this in other cities and it’s really popular.”
The Black Cat Halloween Ball will run from 7.30pm to midnight this Friday, October 28, and tickets are £11.50 (plus a booking fee) from Skiddle.
“Scale’s an incredible venue and they’ve been so good in letting us use the space. I want women to have a really great time, and be themselves; that it’s like-minded women coming together and it’s our night.
“I’m really not trying to throw any shade on the gay area, but the offering for women in Liverpool is quite niche or quite small. There are other small groups doing great things, but I wanted a launch a club night, on a Friday or a Saturday night. So if women want it, it’s there, I’ll do it.”