Paula Yates and Paul Cons | Guardian | 14305
Paul Cons, (pictured right with Paula Yates), the founder of Manchester’s legendary gay night Flesh at the Hacienda, remembers the vibrant and confident gay scene of the 1990s for The Guardian, in a bijou featurette for the UK’s Gay and Lesbian History Month.
“I had done the Gay Monday night at the Hacienda but it had always been a small affair, with just 80 or so alternative-minded people in a venue of 1,200. Then a friend of mine put on an event called the ‘Lesbian Summer of Love’, which attracted 800 women, and I thought: there should be a market out there for a gay club night too,” he writes.
“1,200 people turned up on the launch night and I think everyone realised that something revolutionary had happened. Every month Flesh attracted a sellout crowd, despite the fact it was on a Wednesday – people just used to take the next day off work.”