Date: 4th-11th August 2008
a 2 hour flight south of
There are lots of musiums and attractions to visit during the day; to start we’d recommend an open top bus ride on your first day to get yourself orientated. The most popular thing to do during the day is to hang out on the beach. There are a lot of beaches to choose from, the two main gay ones are: Mar Bella & San Sebastian
Large circuit parties are usually associated with
The most unique event, and our personal favourite party, was the first
ever gay day at Illa
The main event was on the Saturday with a massive Matinee party at the Olympic Basketball Stadium (Pabellon Olimpico de Badalona). DJ’s Peter Rauhofer, David Penn and Toni Bass; Live Acts by Ultra Nate, Coco Star and Luca G. All this along with gogo boys dressed in American Football gear made the event totally unforgettable.
Although this was the first ever Circuit Festival, all the parties were full, the boys were hot and music was magical. It’s an event we’ll be putting in my diary for next year and would recommend you do too. Circuit Festival is the new Mega European event that overshadows everything else; it’s an event not to be missed! Log onto the web site for further info and details on next year: www.CircuitFestival.net
A circuit party is a mega dance event, extending through a night and
into the following day, almost always with a number of affiliated events in the
days leading up to and following the main event. Circuit parties were first
developed in connection with the early tea dances attended by a subset of gay
men, and theme parties held on
While open to anyone, the
parties generally are viewed as social events for gay men. Circuit parties
charge admission, with some being run for-profit and others benefiting
charities. Circuit parties are typically lavish affairs with elaborate
lighting, music, and decor and are held in venues that can accommodate large
crowds. Some of the larger circuit parties are the White Party in
Attending more than one party per year, due to a variety of factors such as differing locations, can be rather expensive. Even the most dedicated party-goers don't attempt to run the whole "circuit" - there are simply too many parties to make this possible. Gay men who are regular attendees at multiple circuit parties are sometimes referred to as “circuit boys”.
Circuit parties are known to attract a broad range of demographics, from young gay men in their early 20's to those in their 40s, 50s and even 60s, and both single gay men and couples in long-term relationships. The parties are described by attendees as very important social events, analogous to a major holiday for the gay community. They can be described as a "celebration" of gay life and gay sexuality, an expression of freedom, and as a statement of the power and strength of the gay community. Circuit parties frequently host celebrity performers or headliners, usually gay icons.
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