Words: Will Stroude; Image: Sink the Pink
Sink The Pink organisers have announced that the beloved LGBTQ event is set to end for good.
The UK's largest queer club night, which was founded by best friends Amy Zing and Glyn Fussell in 2008 as a response to "too many bland and non-inclusive nights out", will be discontinued following one final show in April.
A statement from Fussell published to Sink The Pink's social media channels on Tuesday morning (25 January) confirmed the news, saying "no party can last forever."
"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", said Fussell.
"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.
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"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 life long memories.
"However, no party can last forever."
The statement continued: "Sink The Pink has achieved more than we could ever have hoped for, so we feel it’s the right time to hang up our heels and make way for a new generation of queer London to shine through. Sink The Pink is and always will be a family.
"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."
In recent years, Sink The Pink club nights seen headline performances from musical supserstars such as Little Mix, Pink, Melanie C and Years & Years, while the collective has helped bring east London queer culture to the mainstream with performances Graham Norton and a BBC Radio 1 podcast.
Sink The Pink has also helped give a platform to drag queens including Drag Race UK stars Asttina Mandella, who is a member of the collective, and Bimini Bon Boulash, who won the Miss Sink The Pink competition before finding global fame on the show.
The last Sink The Pink will be at Printworks London on Friday 15 April. Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday 2 February.