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Gay Times September 09 - Issue 372

Hell’s Bent

Club review for Cardiff's indie alternative at Clwb Ifor Bach

Facebook has a lot to answer for. After a campaign in February 2008 for Cardiff to get its own alternative gay night, Hell’s Bent was born and has been steadily building up its reputation as the only place to go for a monthly indie knees-up. Not that you’ll just get bad guitar-bore boybands, you’re just as likely to hear HB anthem Wuthering Heights as you are the latest Holy Fuck single. Held at Clwb Ifor Bach (to our deep shame we can’t pronounce it. Apparently it ends in some kind of rasping sound) it was founded in the 70s, used to be a “Welsh speakers only” members club and means Little Ivor's Club. Cute. The Hell’s Bent crew have been known to hold dressing up themes, silent discos and guest djs from relative neighbours Wonky in Bristol. The crowd is a mixed bag of the scene-jaded, straight friendly, dodgy dancers (watch out for those hogging the dancefloor doing the running man) so it’s friendly and relaxed. Since the smell of the Brains brewery dominates Cardiff, if you can’t beat it, join them in the pint of choice, Brains SA Damnation never sounded so good.

The next Hell’s Bent is on 11 September at Clwb Ifor Bach, 11 Womanby Street, Cardiff.

Photo: Shadowchild,, Words: Bob Henderson

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