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.
While 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.
So 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.
Well, 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)