Glynn Fussell and Amy Redmond’s mutual love of camp, kitsch, festival-inspired, home-friendly party debauchery complete with drag, décor and decadence saw them form one of London’s most alternative and reputable party promoters: Sink The Pink. Six years later it’s still going strong, and what’s more, they’re bringing their particular brand of hedonism to The Union. Fridge got behind the party.
What’s Sink The Pink’s back-story, how did it all start?
Glynn: “We’ve been doing the night for six years. In the past we’d been going out and every night we attended was either too dark, or too expensive, or there were brawls, and there were these awful nights that were stereotyped as gay or straight. So we literally just sat there and wrote a list of things we did and didn’t like about parties. House parties were a really big inspiration, where there are no rules, no one on the door, everyone is welcome and there’s stuff happening that shouldn’t happen because it’s behind a wall. We wanted to harness that feeling.”
Amy: “We’d go out in Soho and Vauxhall and be like ‘really, are these the options?’ We were in a bar in Soho recently and we thought to ourselves ‘this is why we started Sink The Pink, guys.’ People posing slouched against the wall on their phone. It was totally cliché. We wanted to create our own experience that had that feeling when you’re on the third day of a festival and it’s all very celebratory. We wanted that fancy dress, crazy feeling in a club.”
What kind of venues were you using to start with?
Glynn: “We’ve made a conscious decision not to use a gay club. The spaces have always been off the beaten track so it feels hidden. We also wanted somewhere that, if you are a gay guy you can bring your sister or your friend from work.”
Amy: “We’ve always done weird spaces, like a railway arch in Bethnal Green, an art gallery … now we’re in a working men’s club in Bethnal Green. The downstairs is like the old boys’ club and they are always still drinking when we’re in there, so there’s a nice community feel to it. There’s depth to it, rather than just putting on a party.”
Are you inspired by things like the NYC Downlow at Glastonbury?
Amy: “They’re like our drag mothers. But now there are a number of young drag queens in our scene that think of us as the mothers, so it just recycles itself. It’s a really nice scene where everyone looks out for each other.”
Do you want people to attend Sink The Pink for the spectacle just as much as the music?
Glynn: “We always think ours is more like an event than a club night. We’ve got a number of shows and we’re always thinking what we can do at the next one. By the end of the night everyone is in some shit outfit.”
Amy: “In London there are enough themed novelty nights, but we’re not about hen party-esque ‘let’s all be happy cowboys and Indians’ style nonsense. But there will be colour and the odd bollock hanging out.”
Glynn: “Usually mine!”
Wednesday, Sept 10th, 10pm–2:30am