DNA cover model, Frank Carter is also a jet-setting circuit party go-go dancer. Who better, then, to ask which parties will be the most fun and where to find the hottest boys in 2018.
Winter Party, Miami
The Winter Party encourages gay men to escape the freezing temperatures elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. They can take in the sun, breathe the fresh Atlantic Ocean air and dance to loud beats. This year’s dates were 28 February to 6 March, so you might need to pencil it in for 2019!
Lots of muscle guys work out all year to get ready for the Sunday T-dance on SoBe. The dress code is strictly no shirt and the smallest of shorts. Afterwards, people tend to go crazy on the last Sunday night party, getting dirty on the dancefloor. I had the best time with one of my buddies (and the hottest equipped guys we could find) at that party last year.
Miami itself smells like the rich and famous.Stay at one of the many accommodation options on Collins Avenue to really experience SoBe. When you aren’t partying, take in an exhibition at the Sagamore Hotel (aka the Art Hotel) on Ocean Drive and shop on Lincoln Road. Crunch and Equinox are the popular gyms.
White Party, Palm Springs
I enjoy go-go dancing most at the White Party in Palm Springs, California. I liked the California boys and enjoyed partying day and night in one area. It felt like the men were more social at the parties; not to mention all the naked fun inside the hotel.
Don’t miss the T-dance and don’t forget to take in the view of the mountains from the famous Palm Springs giant ferris wheel. If you take your crush for a ride, remember – what happens on the wheel, stays on the wheel.
Even if you have no energy left after dancing outside all day, the After Party will make you dance even more, non-stop, no kidding!
Palm Springs has a big concentration of retired gay couples, all with dogs and a backyard pool, so it’s totally gay friendly. There’s hardly ever a cloud in the sky and never a drop of rain. It’s hot during the day and fresh at night.
Pick the White Party if you’re looking to party, party, after party, sex party and party again.
I’m from Canada and we have circuit scenes in Montreal, Toronto, and to a lesser extent Vancouver. Toronto’s Prism circuit happens during Pride week this year (21–25 June). Without a beach or particularly great weather, Toronto manages to deliver an event worthy of the international gay circuit.
Prism consists of about six parties this year and more than 15,000 guys are expected to attend to celebrate LGBTQI life in Canada. Revival on the Sunday night is the big event, held at Rebel, a large, luxurious club.
Aqua, the pool party, is held at the Cabana Pool Bar, which is the definition of a fancy beach club. Resist is at Nest, a small box that plays underground deep house. There’s also a military party (Bootcamp) and a T-dance and parade hosted by Toronto Pride.
Toronto is a great place to visit. It’s accepting of everyone and very multicultural. A lot of gay men from Montréal also attend Toronto Pride.
“The dress code is strictly no shirt and the smallest of shorts… people go crazy on the last Sunday night party, getting dirty on the dancefloor.”
Circuit Festival, Barcelona
The Circuit Festival in Barcelona, Spain is an annual reunion of circuit lovers. The 2018 event (9–19 August) will be its 11th year and organisers are expecting more than 70,000 men! The longest and biggest circuit event, it boasts 10 days of beachside, poolside, and all-night fun: the very definition of circuit.
Produced by local promotors the Matinée Group since 2008, Circuit Festival features a fist full of parties at a variety of venues with world class DJs, sound, lighting, dancers and shows.
It’s perhaps best known for taking over the Illa Fantasia water/theme park on the Costa Brava. Attracting over 14,000 guys from all around the world (in their best shape and wearing speedos), the party heats up throughout the day and closes with a romantic firework finale. If you can only do one party in your lifetime, make it this one!
Of the other regular events on the program (which is yet to be unveiled for 2018), Pervert XXL party is my favourite. It’s held a little way out of town but worth travelling for the men in jockstraps and XXX-rated show. It’s the place to let loose and get dirty, so remember to pack your most provocative outfit (and be ready to have your bulge searched at entry).
Circuit Festival is well organised, with buses to take partygoers to the different venues and a gym access pass for visitors. I would also recommend, for the themes and atmosphere, the main party, the La Leche pool party, and the closing party.
If I had to list my top 5 favourite parties, number two would be Xlsior in Mykonos, Greece (22–29 August). This small, unique island with its dreamy white villas, infinity pools and never-ending sea views is the perfect place to party right on the beach, under a sky full of stars.
If you’re looking for the crème de la crème, Xlsior is the circuit party for you. The cost of attending, including flights and staying at one of the limited accommodation options, makes it fairly exclusive. However, it does attract 25,000 guys and it’s getting more and more popular every year.
Last year, 11 parties were scheduled over a week. The main event is at Cavo Paradiso – a beautiful open-air club on a hill, which catches the refreshing breeze from the sea – and is definitely not to be missed. Stocked with amazing DJs and featuring great images and lounge lighting, the outdoor party is a luxe experience.
I had the chance to go-go dance at Xlsior last year, and hopefully I’ll do it again this year.
Xlsior is a time to live the last seconds of summer to the fullest. It’s the final event, the last sprint before you’re dieting and taking a break from dancing. I recommend Xlsior for outdoor partying, selective (and nice) crowd, and the lifestyle on the beautiful island of Mykonos.
“Pick the White Party if you’re looking to party, party, after party, sex party and party again.”
Some may say that all circuit parties seem the same – whether inside or outside, near the beach or a pool or not, you’ll see a lot of the same faces. A common mistake many guys make is to travel to a party and only party. There’s always more to see and do in every city so get out and there and explore! Sightseeing helps you recover from all-night partying, too.
I work hard to stay in shape and when I party, I work hard on the planning: getting days off work, doing my budget, organising flights, hotels, passport, event tickets, gym access, transport, promotion, food and friends!
My goals are simple: have fun, smile, make the best of those hours, forget about your problems and dance!
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