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Out & About: Scandal, Deadly Fake Nails, and a Mister Honey Bear

by Jurandy Lucas in Nightlife & Reports , 08 May 2018

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Each month, Jurandy Lucas (Creative Producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, we visited Scandal Ibiza at Club Yolo, TraffaMafia at Club NYX, and the Mr. Bear Netherlands 2018 election at Club Panama. We will also inform you of our next Backdoor party in the Melkweg.


The 24th of February saw the première of “Scandal Ibiza” in Club YOLO. “Scandal” came to The Netherlands from the famous Club Pacha on the party island of Ibiza. There, it’s a hugely popular party on the gay scene. This night, Lady Deep, DJ Benjamin and the talented DJ act Malefunktion were behind the turntable. Unfortunately, we do not have any party pictures (due to a faulty camera).

It was a well-attended party in Amsterdam’s newest party location on the Amstel. Especially the handsome and sexy duo act Malefunktion by Bobby Snijder and Mark Jong-A-Pin was very popular. Bobby and Mark are from the entertainment industry and have an extensive resume as a dancer and model. In the summer of 2017 they emerged as upcoming DJ duo Malefunktion.

After several try-outs in the Amsterdam club scene at Backdoor and NYX, Malefunktion became the opening act of Pride Amsterdam 2017. They bring the feel good factor back to the dance floor. And that feel good was noticeable at “Scandal.” Funky vocals with recognizable old songs in a contemporary style. That disco feeling of the past, but contemporary. Sitting down quietly was not an option, which held true the entire night at “Scandal Ibiza.” This party will be organized every last Saturday of the month in Club YOLO.


One club in one night only? That does not suit the true hipsters in the clubbing scene. Excited and boosted, and with a borrowed camera in our pocket, we decided to defy the cold on our bicycle and go to Club NYX, where deadly fake nails were sharpened at the “TraffaMaffia” event. The devil child of Tranny 4/7 and Nancy Goreng, “TraffaMaffia” is born out of a love for hard beats in the underground club scene.

This time, no pop-house on the menu at NYX, but dark techno house and entertainment of the sharp-and-sexy type. It took some getting used to for the regulars at NYX, but the divas were hellish fireworks, with a frenzied and crowded dance floor as a result. If that was not enough, there was a merchandise corner with T-shirts and life-size posters of Tranny & Nancy. You get the picture - there’s no such thing as modest drag queens.

“TraffaMaffia” is for those who want to switch from the house scene to a fresh mix of underground pop and techno electro. On the WC floor - yes, that is dancing next to a fresh urinal - DJ act The Heartbeats were spinning. Very appropriately, with their non-stop gay anthems on a busy toilet. Lovely! This alternation between floors was refreshing and energizing. We cannot wait for the next edition of TraffaMaffia!

Mr. Bear Netherlands 2018

Here he is! The latest Mister Bear Netherlands is Kenan Sakilli from Amsterdam. On March 3, as part of Amsterdam Bear Weekend, Panama’s second hall was packed, with three bear candidates and an abundance of bear lovers.

It was a thrilling election for the best possible Mr. Bear Netherlands. Good looks were not the only criterion. They were looking for the bear who represents this scene with an emphasis on openness and acceptance.

The worthy winner was Kenan, who is the sweetest of bears, very cheerful, and - as that night showed - king of the disco dance floor. An true asset to the niche Bear scene in the Netherlands.

Backdoor presents Angels in Paradise

Backdoor is back on Saturday, June 9. It may sound far away when you consider that we were skating on the Amsterdam canals not too long ago. But before you know it, it will be hot both outside and on the dance floor of the Melkweg. Jolt the date down in your planner.

A tip of the veil: we will organize a magical night together with the famous Angels party concept from Zurich. With a wonderful and international DJ line-up. If you thought you enjoyed our last party on January 27, wait until June 9. More details including the complete DJ line-up will follow.

Photos by Dave Koster, Dario and Misja, and Ellen van Ellende





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