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Skin in the Game

Into bleached denim and ska music? The BGS community brings together the UK’s gay skinheads for some meet-ups and more!

One of the best things about London is that you can find some real niche corners if you look hard enough. Whether you’re a tracksuited scally, garage head or blue-haired psytrance obsessive, you’re sure to find a small group of others who share your likes and loves.

The BGS community is one such collective. Close to fifteen years’ old, it’s a group of five thousand gay skins that come together for club nights and big weekends. What unites them all is a love of the subculture, from the boots, braces and bleached denim to the punk and ska music.

Currently, they meet up once a month at Central Station, the King’s Cross boozer with an infamous basement area in which you can get a little intimate with other guys if you so wish. The same thing happens up at Fountain Bar in Birmingham every so often. As much as these fellas would have you believe that they’re a bunch of right-hard bastards, they’re actually dead friendly and welcoming, even if you’re a relative newcomer to the scene.

One of the biggest dates in the BGS diary is Oifest, which is making its long-awaited return to the capital between Friday 28th and Sunday 30th October. This takes place at Central Station and throughout the course of the three days, you can expect live DJs and 2tone bands, a bondage demo, a head-shaving station and lots of mixing with other like-minded fellas. The only requirement is that you make a bit of an effort with your threads – skinhead is the main aesthetic, but leather, rubber, pup and scally wear is all OK, too.

BGS Underground Skinz, Friday 9th September, 7.30pm-midnight, Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, N1 9SD, £10 cash OTD

Oifest, Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, N1 9SD, Friday 28th-Sunday 30th October, tickets from bgscommunity.com

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