I’ve been editor of this rag for five years now – exactly a third of the age of InOut – to the day in fact. As it is no coincidence that Distortion is taking place this coming week. The very first Distortion was organised by Thomas Fleurquin, the French founder of InOut, to celebrate our second anniversary back in 2000. That’s quite a claim to fame, which nobody ever seems to know. A bit like how this country’s most famous street festival is actually the brainchild of a Frenchman.
So there I was with a dilemma. Either I could organise a party to celebrate my five years and revel in the embarrassment of the insincere congratulations (“Wow, five, that is a long time, I’ve got older verucas”) and bribe somebody illustrious to gush all over my achievement on the podium, or I could bite the bullet and put the publication first.
And so it came to pass that contributors past and present were given their first opportunity since a summer gathering in 2009 to meet and network, as long as they didn’t hatch an idea to set up a rival publication that respects its freelancers.
Last Thursday, 40 of my mob congregated for a barbecue, knees-up and a raffle, which in the end funded the whole thing, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors: Distortion, The Irish Rover, The Red Lion, Charlie Scott’s, That Theatre Company, Why Not Theatre Company, the Copenhagen Theatre Circle, Rear View Theatre, Kennedys Bar and their comedy night, and the Hard Rock Café.
After the excitement and heat of the bank holiday weekend – or at least the 40 minutes I spent watching the carnival’s dancing queens in action – you’d think this city would want to take it easy. Or it would if it didn’t live every day of sunshine like it’s the last of the year.
Make that day Saturday by getting your best racing clobber on (hats for the ladies of course) and joining the Irish for an afternoon trackside at Klampenborg Galopbane (free entry if you enter the Irish Rover quiz on 23 May). And then head off to Frederiksberg for w00t, an urban and board games festival that is mostly in English, and round it off at the Beer Festival (or see our special Beer Festival section).
That’s quite a day, and for a change its success rating will probably depend on how lucky you are at the beginning, not the end.