Memories from the Dance Floor

Memories from the Dance Floor

By Damian Kerlin

Memories from the Dance Floor is a docu-series celebrating LGBTQ+ venues and unravelling the forgotten history behind queer nightlife across the UK, as host, Damian Kerlin, dives into 20th century queer culture and the opening of iconic super clubs.

Damian is joined by founders, artists, promoters and patrons to unpack the expressions of queer identity after dark, colourfully told by the community that lived it.

Interviewees include Jeremy Norman, founder of Heaven, Ian Levine, Hi-NRG music producer and DJ, Amy Lame, London Night Czar and BBC 6 broadcaster and Jeremy Atherton Lin, author of Gay Bar: Why We Went Out as well as many more.

You can find Memories from the Dance Floor from wherever you listen to your podcasts. So, what are you waiting for? See you on the dance floor.

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The Black Cap

Back in London Damian turns his attention to The Black Cap. A Camden landmark for over 250 years and one of London’s biggest and most famous LGBTQ+ spaces for more than 50, which closed abruptly in April 2015, due to the ambitions of the owners to redevelop the building into luxury flats. But what they didn't account for was our community’s resistance.#WeAreTheBlackCap has been campaigning since to save the Black Cap given its place as one of the few remaining landmarks of historical, cultural, and artistic importance for the LGBTQ+ community, and ensure it is reopened as a safe, vibrant place of queer entertainment once again.Speaking to Alex Green, the founder of the #WeAreTheBlackCap campaign and the gorgeous drag legend herself, Mrs Moore, Damian unpicks the history of The Black Cap and what was it about this local boozer that left the community wanting more. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
15/02/23·19m 57s

The Nightingale Club

Leaving the bright lights of London, Damian travels to Birmingham to The Nightingale Club. From humble beginnings the Nightingale has grown into one of the UK's most successful queer superclubs - well known in the city and nationally.Not only has the club far outlived the typical lifespan of a nightclub, but it has transformed itself from a members only club, to a club which can hold 1,500+ people.With Birmingham one of the first 'super diverse' cities in the UK where citizens from ethnic minorities make up more than half the population Damian caught up with DJ Dolly and current owner Lawrence Barton to find out how the Nightingale has stayed relevant and catered to the family and community they create, nurture and serve, remaining a lifeline for some, a home for all. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
08/02/23·18m 51s


When London's Heaven opened in the winter of 1979, it changed what we knew to be gay clubbing forever. Europe's first super-club, Heaven has played a central role and had a major influence in the development of London's LGBTQ+ scene for the last 44 years.Damian speaks to founder Jeremy Norman on the inspiration behind Heaven as well as Amy Lame, London's Night Czar, to understand the problem facing our venues today and that Urban Laboratory report.All this and more as Damian uncovers the stories of epic nights, from the real lives of the community behind closed doors and memories that will last a lifetime. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
01/02/23·21m 18s

Memories from the Dance Floor

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