Iconic queer club night Sink The Pink coming to an end after 13 years: ‘No party can last forever’

Sink The Pink perform at Mighty Hoopla at Brockwell Park

Sink The Pink, one of Britain’s biggest and most raucous, sticky and inclusive LGBT+ club nights, is coming to an end after 13 years.

In a social media statement posted Tuesday morning (25 January), organisers soberly said that “no party can last forever” as they announced that they will no longer host nightclub events.

Bringing the Sink The Pink saga to an end will be “The Farewell Ball“, held at east London’s iconic Printworks on 15 April.

“To everyone who has ever supported, loved and been part of Sink The Pink, we deliver this piece of news with very heavy hearts, but full of pride at what has been achieved,” organisers wrote.

“After 13 incredible years, and a huge amount of, wonderful memories, we’ve decided that this next party will be our final Sink The Pink event.

“We’ve shown. that our community can be seen and celebrated in mainstream spaces while staying true to what we believe in. We’ve proved that queerness holds enormous power and should be celebrated wherever possible.

“We’ve given space to the most progressive and beautiful humans that have been an integral part of the queer landscape of London. We’ve helped form friendships, relationships and lifelong memories.

“However, no party can last forever. Sink The Pink has achieved more than we could ever have hoped for.”

Sink The Pink added that the time to end just felt “right” and after more than a decade being the messy, beating heart of the capital’s queer nightlife, it was time to let a “new generation of queer London to shine”.

While the group’s club nights will be no more, organisers added that Sink The Pink will live on through the aggressively camp and sequinned music festival Mighty Hoopla.

Sink The Pink perform at Mighty Hoopla at Brockwell Park on June 3, 2018. (Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

“Sink The Pink is and always will be a family,” they added.

“We will continue to work with artists and brands to help make the world a little brighter and will always be part of our festival Mighty Hoopla, but as for club nights, this will be our final show.”

Sink The Pink first started as a fledgling nightclub event that was the brainchild of Amy Zing and Glyn Russell.

Bored of the watery drinks and sticky stairwells in London’s nightclub scene, the pair sought to make their dream club night – of gender-screwing drag and luscious cabaret – into a reality.

Starting off in the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, the performers eventually relocated to Troxy in Limehouse and have ever since hosted a glittery kaleidoscope of touring club nights, pageants, street parties, arena performances and drag queen brunches.