A new LGBTIQ-friendly club night has launched on the Gold Coast after the closure of the Surfers Paradise party precinct’s two other gay hotspots.
Gold Coast man Patrik Holmkvist is holding his gay-friendly party event tonight, called Rainbow Allsorts, at the Underground Nightclub on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise tonight from 9pm.
He said he started up his business Rainbow Lounge to move the inclusive parties around different established venues after the abrupt closure of MP’s nightclub on January 11 over licensing issues.
“The Gold Coast needs more LGBTIQ nights and events,” Holmkvist told QN Magazine.
“I have been getting asked what’s on and where to go constantly since the other LGBTI venues shut down, so I thought why not launch my own event?
“I’ve been talking to a few different venues about holding gay and lesbian events. When you have the same venue all the time, people often get bored.
“I used to manage [Cavill Mall gay venues] Rise and Escape over the years and since they shut down there’s been a hole in the scene.
“I want Rainbow Allsorts to be an event the community feels welcome at, an event that is fresh and constantly changing week to week.”
Holmkvist has been in talks with a number of Gold Coast venues about holding the parties, and he said the Underground Nightclub is the perfect venue to hold Rainbow Allsorts.
The venue boasts two bars, booths, pool tables, smoking area and state of the art sound and lighting.
“The management, security and staff have all been very welcoming and a breath of fresh air to deal with,” he said.
“We are working with as many local talents and as many people from the LGBTI community as possible.
“Rainbow Allsorts is an event for the community and by the community.”
MP’s Nightclub abruptly closed down on January 11 after the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) axed its venue licence.
The closure came after rival gay venue Rise Bar on Cavill Mall also shut down last year.
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