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Out & About: Happy Faces, and Party-Goers Enjoying A Good Night Out

by Jurandy Lucas in Nightlife & Reports , 08 april 2018

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Jurandy Lucas (Creative Producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report monthly on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, Backdoor’s third Anniversary Fest and ten years Bear Necessity.

On January 27th, Backdoor celebrated its third anniversary in the Melkweg, Amsterdam. We pulled out all the stops to make this edition a success, with new styling, a new venue and world-famous DJs. And very successfully so. The response afterwards was heart-warming.

We had decided to move Backdoor to the Melkweg. A move to such an internationally known pop temple means that, from now on, you can only work with internationally known DJs. We soon decided for the talented Phil Romano, together with our resident DJ Diego Summers.

But it did not stop there. In collaboration with IT’s Party from Cologne, we were very happy to have DJ Thomas Solvert join. Inspired, we decided on a second hall. Maxime Duvall and Lupe came on-board, completing our party. It was early December, and we could now start the preparations.

With our Facebook and Instagram promotions, flyers on bicycles in the city, putting up posters, placing ads in different gay magazines: everyone knew about our party! Then the day came: Saturday, January 27, 2018.

We had a good feeling about it, but we did not expect it to be that busy and fun. DJ Diego Summers had an opening set to die for. Early on, the dance floor was full of happy faces and party-goers who clearly felt like having a good night out.

The crowd went into raptures when DJ Phil Romano started his set, accompanied by the Backdoor dancers. He was assisted on stage by none other than androgynous Belle Dommage who did a live “tucking” act.

If you did not know yet how a drag queen “tugs” her penis between her legs, now you do!

After Phil Romano it was DJ Thomas Solvert’s turn. Such energy! He got the audience dancing all night. They appropriated the entire stage, and surrounded Thomas’ DJ booth. With a crowded dance floor, the party continued up to seven a.m. in the morning.

In the upstairs hall, it was disco for the twenty-first century. With DJ performances by Maxime Duvall, Lupe and live acts, the people in need of a time-out from the high-energy beats from the circuit party downstairs were pampered.

Backdoor is more than just a party. It is a colorful fantasy evening of non-stop entertainment, where everyone can be themselves. We especially succeeded showing club scene types, queers, daddies, twinks, shirts-on and shirts-off, the slender and chubby, tattooed, hairy and boldies a good time.

Mission accomplished. We would like to thank everyone for their support and hope to see you again at our next edition. More details on

Bear Necessity

On Saturday, February 3rd, Bear Necessity celebrated its tenth anniversary. This popular party for hairy men was at Club Panama. The music was provided by DJs Mike Jayy and Sergio Cardoso.

(foto’s BN: Melanie Lemahieu / Cloud Mine Photography)



In the New Issue of Gay News, 327, November 2018

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