Reports – “Gay Golden Globes” – Boyz Annual Awards – Thursday 23rd January

With the Golden Globes already done & dusted, but with the BAFTA’s & the OSCAR’s still to come, the eyes of the capitals clubbing circuit are rather focussing on the Boyz awards, the voting opening for business today (Thurs 23rd Jan) and running for no less than here weeks, we giving our own take on this annual achievements accolade & hinting towards some of our category kings & queens.

 

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Boyz Awards  2While for us (and probably many of you) 2013 is already a distant memory, not least that it proved a bit on an anus horribilis in our world, January into February each year seems to mark a moment in time we reflect of the year passed, amazing accolades celebrating the achievements of those individuals within the entertainment industry, whether it be film T.V, or music, a whole collection of ceremony’s rolling out from the Golden Globes through to The Brits & several in between, not least the BAFTA’s & the OSCAR’s. However, for us clubbers & scene socialites in the capital, it’s all about the Boyz awards, the time when we can cast our votes for those clubs, bars, businesses, events & music makers that floated our boats the best, the category’s covering virtually all the bases, not just in London but down & Brighton & beyond too, in fact wherever you can grab a Boyz magazine, the issue of which stretches out to the home counties including Essex & Kent. And with this yearly pat on the back to the best (and some of the rest) across the scene now into its twenty second year, there is no doubt that it remains a leader of the publication pack in this respect, admirers Attittude & Gay Time looking on with envy, while Q.X. have recently resorted to spinning an alternative awards yarn, leaving Boyz to bask in the limelight for the whole length of its four weeks of sway over the scene.

 

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Zach Burns - BoyzSo how does it all work? Well, pretty simply as it goes, a visit to http://boyz.co.uk leading you straight to the link where the voting pages open, you then presented with a sequence of categories, commencing with bars & pubs, then leading to sections covering drag, club nights, festivals, events, club D.J’s and then to a small section that picks up restaurants, retailers & the like, a system that has streamlined a little over the years, allowing you to vote in as many or little categories as you like. Indeed, the team also make life easy by giving drop down & other suggestions to the various awards, for example, when choosing your favourite bar or pub in central London, you have plenty of options a mere click away, other sections allowing you to make your own nomination, whether in the list or not. Plus, for 2014, there is a new (what looks like being a hotly contested) award for the best podcast or album from a club bar or event, the list of nominees surely as long or not longer than our arm, while other fiercely fought prizes include best weekend club, best drag act & best Soho bar. And, as the voting progresses, a whole host of nominees will go public, craving for your support, the pages of social networking sites lighting up with posts & events marking the occasion, while the final results are, without doubt, the most eagerly anticipated then celebrated news of the year so far.

 

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Steve Pitron - Matinee Boom Part 1 Podcast CoverWell, that’s how it all works, but where will your voting lie?, a tricky one potentially given just how much choice there is, although we reckon you will have your favourites in mind already, clubs such as WE, Beyond, Popcorn & Matinee sure to score highly, while events like Brighton Pride, As One In the Park & Summer Rites will be fighting hard to raise their respective category crown. As For D.J.’s, well the list is endless, although front runners have to include 2013 movers & shakers, Adam Turner, last year’s winner Zach Burns, or GSP & Fabio Luigi, while we know where our vote will be landing, you never being able to count out big hitters such as Pagano, Tom Stephan &, naturally, Steve Pitron. Others that we are tipping to achieve an award this year include Room Service, East Bloc, Circa & SEPM, while in terms of club promoters the spoils could be split, although we reckon both Steven Sharp & Jodie Harsh are right up there. Podcast wise and it’s here where the voting window is the widest, although we reckon the one that is freshest in the mind’s eye will be the one to win and so by the looks of things a certain Matinee mix has every chance of capturing this most sort after crown of this year’s awards, not least that whenever it’s composer releases a compilation it is the most talked about & downloaded of any we know.

 

All that said, the choices are yours and the voting is open from now (Thurs 23rd Jan) until the end February, something you can do online now by clicking on direct link http://boyz.co.uk/index.php?p=boyzawards or by waiting for the voting pages to be published in forthcoming copies of the magazine over the next two weeks and the, like us, cross fingers that your favourites achieve the award they deserve. (DISCO MATT)

 

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About discomatt

The History........................................................Created in 2008 after a short period of blogging under his real name, the pseudonym, “Disco Matt”, was born on the back of a reputation for being London’s original party boy having partied and clubbed across the London gay scene since in mid 1990’s.........................................................Through his series of blogs via individual blogging pages which soon morphed into a full blown website (http://discomatt.com), Disco Matt established himself as an independent journalist come columnist who quickly gained a reputation for supporting & promoting one of the world’s most prolific clubbing scenes. He previewed, reviewed & recommended London gay clubs, as well as the diverse gay/metrosexual London club/bar culture, linking to & reviewing the scene top D.J.’s and generally covering the gay scene including international gay events....................................................Regularly reporting on the top events across the scene, Disco Matt’s reviews, over the years, developed a strong following, not just by clubbers, D.J’s, promoters, music producers & scene faces, but people far and wide that were looking for an insight to the incredible scene that was London. He also previewed upcoming events that signalled, either a major change or update of existing clubs, new ventures on the gAylist/metrosexual scene, or where he considered events that deserved more comprehensive coverage to that provided in other posts.............................................However, having pretty much reached the top of his game in his chosen specific field, due to a number of personal predicaments, challenges & changes in his life priorities, Disco Matt parked his writing and operation in February 2014. While the burning desire to continue remained, what this much needed period of inactivity did provide was the time & space to re-think & re-focus his activities on a broader spectrum of media and entertainment............................................................So, following this long two year lay-off, he built up the foundations for this diversification into the areas of film, theatre, radio & television where his reviewing, recommending & reporting was to be replicated & resurrected, also pointing his promotions through more visuals & video's linked to all these areas along with his core activities and passions ................................................................................The Present....................................After another (shorter) period of lay-off from mid 2016, a life changing event reignited his passion and early into 2017, Disco Matt has delivered on his promise for a new, more modern look to his website, shedding the old & tired skin in favour of something far more in keeping with the times and with his blogging roots. And he has waived a fond farewell to his clubbing days, this having also been ditched from his site & activity, rather now just focussing on the genres of film, theatre, radio, television, video and of course, music, in so doing, aiming to broaden his appeal to a much wider audience interested in the latest most cutting edge areas of media & entertainment.............................................................................His aim is to be highly regarded across the industry for his writing in these fields and ultimately become a full time critic in film &/or theatre.

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