Safe spaces are what we’re all about over here at Babyface, so when we first read about Dj duo, BBZ we got a little bit overexcited. BBZ, made up of Tia Simon-Campbell and Nadine Davis and is a monthly exhibition and club night. The DJ duo have curated one of the capital’s most vibrant club nights; fuelled by the desire to have a good time while also eradicating any misogyny and offering a safe haven for queer and femme women, trans people and gender-neutral people of colour in particular. BBZ is an antidote to the Grey Goose swilling, table-dwelling machismo nightclubs that most of us might associate with the mainstream culture that dominates the uk’s night life.
From a young age, both South Londoners were avid-rave goers, but Nadine who came out at a relatively young age and quickly felt ostracised by the binary atmosphere clubs sustain. Both Tia and Nadine came to feel marginalised by the playing out of heteronormative interactions, of ultra feminine dressing or encouraged misogynistic behaviour that we all recognise and accept as “normal” night-shift behaviour. From the flyers, to the attendees via the music, neither Nadine or Tia could find themselves being catered for in the nights on offer in London. Needless to say when the pair finally met on the set of a photoshoot- they got on pretty well. In fact, that’s an absolute understatement- London’s most purposeful and refreshing party throwers are in fact, an item.
The two established BBZ (Bold Brazen Zamis or, Babes) last year. With them, Tia and Nadine bring their chemistry and vivaciousness to every aspect of a BBZ night. Any sort of nonsense that closely resembles, homophobia, negativity, sexism or hate- is left firmly outside the door. Keen for the night to feel more like a community gathering than hunting grounds, the two have managed to magic up a event that’s the perfect blend of live performance, dance, poetry, art, discussion tunes, friends and, hopefully, romance. Now, one of London’s most shining bastions of queer culture and nightlife, BBZ is fast becoming an glittering example of inclusivity and positivity to London’s less diverse club nights. Forget what you thought you knew about clubbing, welcome to the future of Friday nights.