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All-night party to create what Backstreet would have been

DJ Twisted Dee performs at Club Q at Legends

There is no better time than an extended holiday weekend to celebrate the spirit of the never-closing nightclub that once made Atlanta’s gay scene one of the most vibrant in the country, and to revisit the bygone days when partygoers exited a venue with their eyes squinted as they were greeted by the glaring morning sun.

There have been numerous attempts to recapture the glory of Backstreet — the Midtown gay club that operated 24/7 for three decades before being shuttered by the Atlanta Police Department after a protracted, bitter showdown with city officials and an antagonistic neighborhood association. But promoters Chris Coleman and Fernando Jardim are attempting to bring the magic of Backstreet to the modern day with their May 30 Club Q party at Legends.