Words: Ciarán Howley
HONEYPOT is a club night aimed at gay women and their friends. Co-founder Kerry Mahony chatted about their upcoming party, the Honeypot ethos and taking over Dublin’s queer scene one club night a time.
HONEYPOT have announced their aptly named club night ‘Slay or be Slain’ coming to the Sound House on October 1.
After successively selling out two shows, founders Emma Murphy and Kerry Mahony have been committed to offering LGBTQ+ friendly club spaces, specifically for queer women. Honeypot’s ethos is inclusivity over exclusivity but asks ravers to be respectful to the community the event facilitates.
HONEYPOT have consistently put queer female musicians to the forefront. Headlining ‘Slay or be Slain’ is Club Comfort founder Roo Honeychild with Dublin Digital Radio DJ ALI opening on the night. Honeypot contributes to the community at every level, not just to party-goers. Their part of a new wave of Club Kids aiming to make clubbing safe for minority clubs like the Girls Room, Tender, NSFW and Thrust.
They also post excellent sapphic memes on their Instagram.
Today we caught up Kerry for a quick chat about the new event.
How did HONEYPOT come about?
We have been living in Dublin for 6 years and have been going to different club nights over those years. One thing we always noticed was a lack of spaces predominately for women, especially lesbians. Being a woman on a dancefloor – even at a gay night – can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience.
We always talked about starting our own night, but it wasn’t until Emma started DJing this year and becoming more acquainted with the scene that it really felt possible. We decided to put our heads together and brainstorm about a potential night, and started asking questions like: What would it be called? What would the experience be like? How do we want people to feel? After lots of that, HONEYPOT was born!
Remind people of what HONEYPOT is about?
We describe HONEYPOT is a night for gay girls and friends. What that means is that it’s primarily for lesbians, queer women and non-binary people to dance, be free, and have fun. We say we’re inclusive, not exclusive, because we don’t want to question people’s identities at the door or determine who is ‘allowed’ to come in.
HONEYPOT is definitely inclusive of trans people, the wider LGBTQ+ community, and allies too. We just ask that everyone who comes is aware that they’re entering a space primarily for women and to be respectful of that.
What can we expect from HONEYPOT #3
After two sold-out nights, we’re so excited to be hosting our third party! We have an amazing lineup for this one – DDR resident ALI will be opening and playing bangers from the start. Headlining is Roo Honeychild, one of the founders of the iconic Club Comfort, a night that we’ve respected and admired for years.
Whether you’ve come to the first two HONEYPOT nights or are partying with us for the first time, you can expect great vibes, incredible music and a VERY gay crowd. It’s gonna be great.
Honeypot #003: Slay or be Slain arrives October 1. Click here for tickets.
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