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2018 we launch our first XXL Album available on Apple Music mixed by resident DJ Paul Morrell and owner Mark Ames;2017our construction and leather nights attract a mixture of burly guys in harnesses and sexy Hi-Vis gear, we also celebrate our 17th birthday with Danny Polaris dishing out the tunes; 2016 Paul Morrell joins the XXL DJ team alongside Alex Logan, soon joined by Pagano’s monthly residency of iconic tribal beats, there are also guest appearances from the Hoxton Whores and Moto Blanco. We also team up with DEIS3L Madrid and Bear Necessities Amsterdam uniting the European Bear scene; 2015 we launch XXL’s very own fat fighters: Fighting for your right to be Fat, Funky and Furry with monthly pre-clubbing socials ‘Buffet, Booze and Bearlesque’; 2014 we start a monthly event in Glasgow at The Arches nightclub; 2013 we launch our social media app and begin further improvements to our new building aiming to make it a ‘Bigger Better and Bolder’ home for our members; 2012 we move from our original Arcadia home to Pulse next to Blackfriars Station on the Southbank creating one of the biggest and most technically advanced clubs in London competing with established venues like Ministry of Sound and Fabric – but we still find the time to open Provincetown Bear Week; 2011XXL Birmingham moves to The Core an exciting new venue in the heart of the gay village in Birmingham. XXL London continues to grow with packed-to-the-rafters nights and queues round the block; 2010 we seal the deal for our new home at Pulse with the aim of making it London’s most iconic and successful gay venue; 2009 with XXL becoming ever more popular and packed to capacity Mark decides to look for a larger venue, other highlights include Dave Aude playing XXL Fusion as part of XXL Bear Pride; 2008 XXL Fusion – headlined by the Freemasons and international DJ Stonebridge – causes a roadblock. XXL Birmingham wins ‘Best One Nighter’ for the 4th year in a row and singer/performance artist Heloise & the Savoir Faire headlines our XXL NYC Pride Ball;2007 XXL joins forces with major US clubs to create transatlantic XXL Bear Pride events as well as launching a dedicated xxl-nyc.com website. XXL Birmingham goes twice monthly and the XXL London venue continues to develop with a new arch and arched garden area. We establish a monthly fetish and leather night: Xtreme and XXL Fusion alongside the Freemasons, Soul Avengerz and Paul Emanuel. We also celebrate our seventh birthday with the XXL7: Licensed to Thrill Party; 2006 XXL Bear Pride & Leather Pride launches and XXL Brighton gets a new home. We also invade America with our first US club night in NYC. We participate in Manchester’s: ManFest and XXL London celebrates six sexy years with our biggest party ever. Our Arches venue gets a 300k lighting redesign in time for our NYE party that becomes our most successful yet; 2005 we host parties in Barcelona & Stiges and launch our after-hours parties: FunkyHunks; 2004 we expand the scope of Bear Necessities into a bigger event and rename it: Bear Pride; 2003 the club becomes even more popular with a diverse and enthusiastic crowd;2002 XXL purchases The Arches at London Bridge as its first permanent home alongside a monthly night in Birmingham. We also create: Bear Necessities, London’s first Bear Pride event in association with Bear Hug; 2001we establish a monthly night in Brighton; 2000Mark Ames got a bit bored with the gay club scene in London – having recently been out on the Amsterdam clubbing scene and hearing people be derogatory about the London scene he decided to jump in headfirst into the club scene and open XXL – London’s first and foremost Bears night.