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This year’s Pride in the UK’s second biggest city is set to be a corker
Tens of thousands of party revellers are set to descend on Birmingham Pride this coming weekend, to soak up the atmosphere with headlines Years & Years and The Human League, in the city’s vibrant Gay Village.
Birmingham Pride, the UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ festival, kicks off on Saturday 25 May with a Carnival Parade through the city centre. The parade, which sets off from Victoria Square in the city centre at 12 noon, is this year taking the theme of ‘Love Out Loud’ focusing on support for the ‘No Outsiders’ programme in schools.
Andrew Moffat MBE, the mastermind of ‘No Outsiders’ will lead the Pride Parade, together with some LGBTQ Muslims to show solidarity for the initiative. Over 100 LGBTQ organisations are set to take part.
The Pride Festival will feature headline artists Years & Years, and The Human League on the Main Stage, and include other high profile performers including Mabel, Sigala, Marc Almond, Faithless, and Kate Nash.
Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton commented: “The entire Birmingham Pride team are absolutely buzzing about this year’s festival. We’ve got a fantastic line-up, including headliners Years & Years and The Human League, so we’re certain it’s going to be an amazing festival!”
Birmingham Pride, which takes place on both Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, last year attracted over 50,000 party-loving revellers, also features the Mixmag Dance Arena, The Los Angeles Cabaret Stage, The Future Stage, Women’s Arena as well as a street food court, community stalls, women’s area, and a new Lip Sync Stage.
Tickets for the two-day festival, which is located in Birmingham’s Gay Village, are available online at BirminghamPride.com
One of our fave venues in London, the dearly beloved RVT, is gearing up for a bank holiday SPECTACULAR! It is going to be exhaustingly camp. It is going to be as camp as when Carrie fell over on the runway in Sex & The City and Margaret Cho said “Fuck. Me. Hard.”
They’ve got big parties on not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of the days! And if you’re really popular and party loads (like us hahaha) sometimes it’d hard to keep track. So we’ve done a handy guide – SEE BELOW!
The Cocoa Butter Club
Friday 24th May
Sadie Sinner is a tour-de-force: beautiful, clever, funny, talented. Quadruple threat. A few years ago she had the then groundbreaking idea of starting a club night for queer performers of colour. It showcases the very best in POC burlesque, cabaret and drag – and some other stuff that defies genre. Sadie MCs the whole thing with sparkling vivacity. And this Friday, there’ll be performances from Rhys’ Pieces, Cleopantha and Lauren King If you’re not a person of colour, you are of course welcome, but you must be respectful of the space and the people around you.
10pm – 3am. Tickets £5/£7.
Saturday 25th May
Duckie is the squeaky aquatic queer dance party that needs no introduction! It’s been a stalwart of the RVT roster for years, lending its unique brand of glittery gay utopia to London’s Saturday nights. It can ALWAYS be relied on for great tunes and great vibes. A little like Girls Aloud (unless Sarah’s feeling tired). There’s DJ action from longtime residents the Readers Wifes, as well as aesthetic gorgeousness from door whore artistes Father and Jay Cloth.
9pm – 4am. £5 before 10:30pm, £8 after.
Sunday Social presents Queens Of Cabaret
Sunday 26th May
There’s always fun to be had at the RVT on Sundays, and at bank holidays it’s EXTRA bumptious (bumptious? That’s a word right? Let’s go with it). They’re doing a twelve hour party, oh em gee! With Lisa Q Jones channeling leopardprint clad trailer trash realness. Hairspray and huge necklaces! She’ll be on stage around 5:30pm, then after that it’s all about the dancing, with tunes from Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty, Sean Sirrs and Phil Marriott. Whew!
Beefmince Tea Dance
Monday 27th May
We love the Beefmince boys! They’re the big beefy party for bears and their friends of all genders. They serve up a steamy slice of clubbing every month, but lately they’ve been doing afternoon bank holiday tea dances and they’ve gone down a storm. It’s such a friendly, fun vibe and there’s music from resident DJs Silverhook and Cactushead, plus special guest Johnny Kalifornia.
Jason Reid chats to the acclaimed cabaret sensation
Just like LeAnn Rimes said to a legion of pop-obsessed queers in the early noughties: ya can’t fight the moonlight! So it was only a matter of time before we caught up with debonair drag king Sigi Moonlight.
They’re on a mission to bring hope to the inhabitants of this deranged spinning sphere in a time of ubiquitous disharmony, and Jason Reid was eager to find out more…
Who is Sigi Moonlight?
Sigi’s character is not fixed, but rather a vessel for personas: switching from dangerous criminal to Kung Fu Master and Korean dictator to Oscar statuette. They’re all hapless antiheroes telling a story inspired by a dangerous mix of pop culture and politics. Sigi’s ultimate mission on Earth is to present humanity a message of hope and defiance in (most likely) the last five years of its existence. It was in the year that a profoundly orange-faced, pussy-grabbing sociopath was elected leader of the free world that Sigi Moonlight came to Earth.
Describe your performance style in three words.
Rebellious, unpredictable, satire.
What’s your aesthetic?
Most of my acts appear to fall into the brooding, suave villain trope; whilst also revealing a fragile, feminine inner core.
How and why did you get into drag?
I’ve only recently realised I’ve been doing drag way longer than I’ve been performing as Sigi. I loved performing but was never comfortable in typical female roles and I always played male characters in school productions. Then I discovered cabaret and drag kings, and thought, why haven’t I done this before? I entered the Man Up! contest at The Glory a month later and landed third after my second live performance as Sigi.
What makes you happy?
My partner, my friends, creating, performing and making people laugh and seeing their faces light up. And recently; DIY.
The world would be a better place without?
Three performers who inspire you?
Marnie Scarlet, LoUis CYfer, Oedipussi Rex.
Proudest professional achievement to date?
Not drag related, but in my muggle job working for PitStop Productions, which produces video game voiceover, I spearheaded the full voiceover production of a really massive game – over a million words in about three months.
Biggest social media bugbear?
Instagram profiles showing only picture-perfect selfies with no one else included and tens of thousands of followers only means two things: fake followers and utter vanity. This is why we can’t have nice things!
What’s the drag dream?
To have a fully choreographed massive scale sell-out cabaret show, with an orchestra and backing dancers galore.
Fave new performers right now?
I love Dragprov Revue with Christian Adore and Eaton Messe – their shows are fabulous and refreshing. I always have time for their everyday-problems-rant-rap.
What are you listening to?
I’ve been on a Lana Del Ray and Brooke Candy binge for the last week.
What is drag in 2019 to you?
A much needed platform of self-expression, indulgence and rebellion at a time of deep uncertainty.
Who would you invite to a dream drag dinner party?
Stormé DeLarverie, Diane Torr, Fancy Chance, Divine, Victoria Sin, RuPaul (just for shits and giggles).
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
I do a really great impression of Pingu.
Sigi Moonlight will be performing at The Hoxton Cabaret, Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX on Wednesday 29 May.
The Rizzle Kicks rapper turned actor on his new role as a non-comforming drag queen
We’re arguably living in a ‘Golden Age of Drag’ where the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race has catapulted the practice into pop culture and not even Anna Wintour can escape the pull of camping it up. For the past few years, the vocabulary of drag has worked its way into the common vernacular and young teenage girls are flocking in their thousands to see drag performers in action. Here in Britain, drag has been a staple of cabaret and nightlife since the early twentieth century and is steeped in tradition. That tradition is what we’re turning our backs on as we embrace insta-filtered queens that don’t know their Dame Edna from their Lily Savage. It’s this world of old school drag queens that is explored in Tucked, as an old queen with a terminal diagnosis forms a friendship with twenty-one-year-old up-and-comer Faith.
As the gender non-conforming young drag performer Faith, Jordan Stephens is a world away from these days performing as one half of hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks. The machismo culture often surrounding hip hop performers, from boasting sexual conquests to crotch-grabbing, doesn’t seem to have altered Stephens’s world view as he has become a loud voice for men struggling with their mental health and gender politics. We catch up with him to find out why he felt compelled to drag up.
This role feels like quite the departure from what you’ve done before. How did you get involved in the project?
I got drafted in last minute. Not sure why, but I’m so glad I was. Seems as though the universe picked up on the conversations I’d been having with my close friends – about gender and sexual expression – and made it so that Jamie Patterson (director) stumbled across a series that I was in called Glue.
Oh, Glue was amazing. So would you say this was your first time dragging up?
First time properly, yeah. I’d already performed on stage with a band of mine called Wildhood – wearing a dress and I can recall some kind of wig/hula skirt ensemble for a memorable rendition of “I’m going to wash that man right out my hair” during a school production of South Pacific, but that’s about it, as well as four or five years of Brighton Pride. But I don’t think my make up game was on point for that really.
I’m sure you looked STUNNING nonetheless. Am I right in thinking you’re actually from Brighton? Did this film feel like a homecoming?
I lived in Brighton from the age of 10 to 18. I went to secondary school in Brighton, stayed there throughout college and only left when I got a record deal. I’ve got family and close friends there so have been back and forth; but it definitely felt different revisiting old stomping grounds as Faith.
A little drag bar in Brighton feels like a world away from the arenas you must have played in those Rizzle Kicks days. Did you look into that scene in preparation for this role?
My first ever performance as a budding young artist was actually on that very stage. I remember watching the video back and I was rapping completely off beat. I’ve been to a whole load of shows in beautiful little venues like that. I watched videos of some more specific performances though.
The film has an interesting take on identity. Faith doesn’t conform to any gender expectations, and resists labelling themselves. What’s your take on the gender-quake we’re experiencing right now?
I think even though it’s quite difficult to keep up with if you’re outside of certain circles, it’s anarchic and necessary. I don’t believe in a binary way of relating to the world. The ‘genderquake’ that we’re going through at the moment feels, to me at least, like an attempt to plant navigational flags along a living spectrum.
Going on from that, there’s always a fierce debate on how characters identify and the actors that are cast to portray them. Cis and straight actors taking on gay and trans roles. How do you feel about that discussion? Is it one worth having?
Yeah, definitely. Acting is ultimately a craft determined by skill but there’s an argument to suggest that the more an actor feels related to a character, the more depth available to play that role. I was aware of the responsibility I had to the queer scene and my queer friends so I hope I’ve done the role justice. All I can say is that I felt this role enabled me to fully express a part of myself that already existed rather than pretend for the sake of performance.
You’re a vocal champion of mental health issues, and have spoken very frankly about your own struggles. Men seem way more hesitant to engage with the issue, why do you think that is?
Because men aren’t encouraged or taught how to be emotionally expressive. Understanding your emotional/mental world is a skill that needs consistent work and routine. Same as going to the gym to look buff and beautiful.
Central to Tucked is this inter-generational friendship. Are there any older people in your life that you rely on? Anyone you’d call a mentor?
It’s important to respect your elders. I seem to have a knack of finding myself in unexpected social scenarios because I love speaking to new people. New isn’t age specific. I don’t want to name names in case calling them old is rude. Other than that I will say that I miss my Grandmothers.
This film has you touring a bunch of queer film festival. What do you think sets queer film makes apart?
Why did you feel like this was an important story to tell?
Because every good story is about love and grief, and this one places those wheels on an unconventional bike.
Tucked is out now in selected cinemas and on demand.
Discerning scene musings from the princess of East London!
You might not see someone for a while or you might have fallen out about something and you can’t even remember what it was about. It’s never too late to catch up and reacquaint with people you’ve lost touch with – actually, that’s one of the reasons I love social media. We love a reunion, and this week it’s all about Shakespeare’s Sister getting back together for a tour ‘Ride Again’ in October and new music in the form a new single ‘All The Queens Horses’ and video.
Bodycon: Oktoberfest onThursday 23rd May at Dalston Superstore. In an alternate universe Bodycon are ahead of the club curve – Oktoberfest is at the end of May. Let’s face it, “Mayfest” just wouldn’t sound right somehow. Get in at 9pm and stay ‘til 2:30am with DJs Pippi Longstocking, Buffy The Track Layer and Brat.
Clash Bash no 10 MOD COWS isat Dalston Superstore 9pm – 3am on Friday 24th. Switch it up with an unlikely pairing the MOD genre mixed up with a farmyard favourite the humble cow. DJ’s Georgie Bee, Rodent, D’vey. Basement Karen Wilkins and Fannar!
I mean just live at the Dalston Superstore because then it’s MEAT our fave alt masc mag who like to party on Saturday 25th!!! Join the Meat Boys and their mates DJing A Man To Pet, Mario Valente, Nicolas Fischer, Orny and the one and only Grace Sands! It’s going to be a banger! On till 4am.
I love these inventive happenings…CAMPerVAN 2049 – Take II on Saturday 25th May is one such event, where from 3pm till 8pm at Grow Tottenham, Ashley House N17, a full program of thought provoking stuff is planned. For £5 you can join in the conversation with film screenings, discussion panels, performance and art installations. Not to mention investigating what life will be like in 2049.
He. She. They takes place at Fabric on Saturday 25th from 11pm till 7am. It’s all about the hosts tonight with Bimini, Brother of Set, Camilé Leon, Emily After, Frida Slaves, Georgie Bee, Kate Maru, Lewis G. Burton, Lottie Croucher, Mamma Stylist and XOEY 5.0. who take to the floor showing us mere mortals what it’s all about!
Douche Bag at The Star of Bethnal Green on Sunday 26th May from 10pm till 3am. DB are celebrating seven whole years so a right old shindig is planned with DJ’s Laurence (as in) Del Ray and Michael kelly aka Mickey XCX who know all about a major set list!
Hosted by Roy Inc at the Eagle, Soul On Saturday SOS on Saturday 25th is back for a bank holiday spesh! It’s all about the best in soul and funk with DJs Jeanie Crystal and Terry T-Rex from 9pm till 4am! Groove on…
Check into the Queer Ball 2019 at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Sunday 26th. 50’s and 60’s themed May Bank Holiday special with DJ’s Nikki Lucas, Dapper D, Alan Hanscombe and Ronnie King. Performance from Bunni and a dance competition with prizes for best dressed and of course dance abilities! 8pm till 2am.
Super excited…Princess Julia Loves with guest performer Anita Piss who is an up and coming star on our scene on Sunday 26th. Anita comes through from contest the Gold Rush hosted by Taylor Trash. And because it’s a bank holiday expect a lock in! 5pm onwards!
Hot off the press Little Gay Brother at FOLD, a relatively new space over at Gillian House, Stephenson ST, E16 4SA over in Canning Town goes on for a whopping 10pm till 10am session on Sunday 26th. Join DJ’s Virginia (Osgut Ton, Maze & Masters, and Jacob Husley and Josh Caffe. And the Little Gay Brother dance troupe of performers!
Now then get ready for the Chapter 10May Rave at Bloc. Autumn Street. It’s always a treat for the hedonistic clubbers amongst us so if you haven’t been go and if you’re a regular put it in yer diary! 11pm till 7am. Sunday 26th May.
Those few years teetering on the precipice of adulthood are some of the most explosive we live through, with some of our relationships blowing up spectacularly, our future plans just a few inches past an arm’s reach, and even how we conceive of ourselves is in constant flux. You’ve stepped off the edge of that diving board into ‘real life’ and experience a four-year-long blow of impact known as your early twenties.
Unfolding in the cramped epicentre of drama at any house party, the bathroom, we meet a group of dysfunctional housemates who are throwing one of their infamous costume parties. The story is puzzled together from non-linear scenes that bleed into each other where we learn of past infidelities, betrayals and a loss that has thrown the group into freefall. We primarily follow the story of Crispin, an out-going effeminate guy who always goes all out when it comes to choosing his costume who can’t help but fall for straight guys. He has deep-rooted, complicated feelings for his housemate Benny and struggles in maintaining their friendship. Things become increasingly complicated as Benny starts fooling around with fellow housemate Lissie, and Crispin doesn’t turn away advances from housemate Amy’s boyfriend Caleb. These youngsters can’t help but inflict pain on each other as they struggle to navigate their worlds, but they won’t realise the damage they’re doing until it’s too late.
Dominic Holmes as Crispin. Sink by Tobias Graham at The Space.
This is a production that is majorly character-led, with most of the action sparking as they scrape against each other. As the ostentatious Crispin, Dominic Holmes lands a performance that doesn’t rest on tired stereotypes that lack without authenticity, but is in fact grounded and empathetic which is a rarity in portrayals of gay men who are a little ‘extra’. His housemates are undeniably familiar, you’ve definitely attended a house party at one of these girls’ houses be she the new-age anxious pothead or the no-shit girl who’s fiercely defensive.
A first work for Tobias Graham, the writing is glittering with droplets of aspirational wisdom, and there are a few moments that set this work apart as trying to achieve something more than a staged soap opera. Conversations around gay men and how they relate to their straight counterparts are criminally under-explored, and it’s refreshing to see an honest one put to stage. There’s a reason that gay men find hyper-masculine straight men attractive (pitched perfectly by Alexander Hackett), however problematic it might be, and there’s also a reason that those hyper-masculine men feel nauseated by other men not behaving as they should.
Alexander Hackett as Caleb, Charlie Wright as Benny, Dominic Holmes as Crispin (right). Sink by Tobias Graham at The Space.
Though a little rough around the edges, there are interesting conversations being had throughout this play. Its hour-long runtime does have it feeling a little busy but in a cocaine-fuelled house party the night can’t help but flashes by in a few minutes. Toeing the line between profound and playful, Sink truly is a tempest in a toilet bowl.
Sink is running until 25th of May as part of the Foreword Festival at The Space, 269 Westferry Road E14 3RS. Visit Space.org.uk for tickets.
Syphilis is on the rise! Hooray! Another thing to worry about, as if total political turmoil, social media anxiety and impending climate change doom weren’t enough.
But we can’t just bury our heads in the sand – that’s what we did with climate change, and now there’s a rubbish island in the sea that’s the size of France, and rhinos are almost all gone; how fucked up is that?!
Anyway, we digress. The point is, information is key. So here’s some information about Syphilis. It’s a nasty STI that’s quite easy to catch and dangerous if left untreated. But it’s treatable, so with the right medical action there’s no need to panic. MORE FACTS BELOW:
Syphilis has been around since the 15th century, possibly even earlier.
From the 16th to the 19th centuries, it was one of the biggest public health concerns; mainly because people didn’t want to talk about how it was transmitted and it spread widely as a result.
A lot of well-known figures in history are thought to have had it, including Friedrich Nietzche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Leo Tolstoy, Al Capone and Christopher Columbus.
After dropping in the 20th century, diagnosis rates have started to increase again since the millennium.
A syphilis awareness poster from 1936
This is thought to be because people are having more sex and using condoms less.
In the last five years, the number of people diagnosed with syphilis in the UK has more than doubled.
There haven’t been this many new diagnoses since before World War 2.
It’s mostly transmitted from person to person via sex, but can be spread by touch.
It can be spread by any contact with an infected sore.
It affects everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. Anyone sexually active is at risk, but there are currently particularly high rates among gay and bisexual men.
Using condoms lowers the risk but you can still catch it.
Symptoms include small, painless sores around the penis, vagina or anus (and sometimes mouth).
You also might feel fatigue, headaches, joint pains, a temperature or swollen glands.
These symptoms will appear ten days to three months after you’ve become infected.
To make sure a test detects a syphilis infection, it’s best to have both a swab test and a blood test. Most sexual health clinics in London now do this as part of your general checkup.
Syphilis doesn’t usually go away on its own, so if you have it, you need to get it treated ASAP.
If untreated, it can seriously damage your heart, brain and nervous system.
Syphilis is easy to cure if detected early.
You’ll be given a short course of antibiotics or an injection; it should go away within two weeks.
Before you have sex again, it’s best to get tested at the clinic to make sure your treatment has worked.
Medical professionals recommend getting tested every three months.
Don’t let it worry you and don’t let it affect your sex life; just be aware of symptoms, think about your condom use and get tested regularly.
The people behind PrEP initiative PrEPster have started a project to make people more aware of syphilis, called Long Time No Syphilis. You can find out more, and help out, by heading to their crowdfunder page.
Check out their video here, starring activist/porn performer Leander:
The QX music column is BACK. We haven’t done one for about two years, because we’ve always been too hungover.
But this week we’ve had a renaissance, for one webpage only. There actually is loads of good music that’s just come out though. Pop seems to be swinging back towards more interesting stuff, after an absolute SOULLESS WASTELAND for the last couple of years (notable exceptions: Kim Petras, Dua Lipa, Lizzo).
Anyway there are a few bangers floating around at the moment to whack on your Spotify playlists – here’s a few of our faves.
Nadine Coyle – Fool For Love
Passport icon, Girls Aloud’s most Irish member, QX cover star…Nadine Coyle has many strings to her glittering bow. And here’s another one – she can SING! That’s quite rare for popstars, especially ones who were famous in the autotunetastic days of noughties pop. But Nadine BELTS ‘em out, and her gorgeous, jazzy voice is really given space to shine on this fun, brand new clubby tune. It’s high-octane, you can dance to it, and it’s got catchy lyrics – that’s more than can be said for most of the stuff out there right now. We love Nadine!
GFOTY, Chema Diaz – Cool
The first thing we should probably say about this song, is that it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s got 19 key changes in quick succession – so if you don’t like feeling like you’re on pills going over a cliff trapped in a silver Audi TT with the smoke monster from Lost and the cookie monster from Sesame Street, then this probably isn’t for you. It is NUTS, and we love it! PC music princess GFOTY and East London fashion papi Chema Diaz denounce their totally lame ex-boyfriends over a frenetic beat that puts the AOL dialup tone to shame (and the AOL dialup tone is a fucking banger so we wouldn’t say that lightly). Extra!
Charli XCX, Lizzo – Blame It On Your Love
We’re all about collabs at the moment. Oh and btw, “feat.” totally isn’t a thing anymore. You just put a comma. So there. Charli XCX has done taken her dreamy, slightly ominous 2016 mixtape track “Blame It On Your Love” and given it a fab dancehall rehash, injecting frenetic drums and horns and transforming it from thoughtful, glimmering album track to MAD DANCE-WORTHY SOLID GOLD HIT! She’s also got pop’s current hottest property Lizzo involved, who does a brilliant cheeky verse, so imbued with happy energy that you can’t help but smile. Well done ladies. God, Charli’s so on the pulse isn’t she. Madonna must be fuming.
BLACKPINK – Kill This Love
If you haven’t got onto BLACKPINK yet, do so immediately. There was an interesting article we read somewhere (can’t remember where) about how world music is becoming more popular because of spotify and streaming, and Western popstars like Katy and Taylor are a dying breed. Well if this is the result then we are On. Board. BLACKPINK are a k-pop band – they’ve been superstars in Asia for a while, but they’re cracking the western market with Little Mix-esque bangers like Kill This Love. It smashed records when it came out this month, becoming YouTube’s most viewed music video debut ever. Give it a spin, honestly it’s so camp. RAMPAPAPAPA!
We give the lowdown on London’s fabbest queer festival.
Only in its third year, Mighty Hoopla has already become a day festival phenomenon that has everyone from your in-the-know scene queens to Karen from accounts donning glitter jumpsuits and iridescent face-gems ready for a frolic. Tempting the denizens of the London scene to crawl out and bask in the sun for a day packed with performances by everyone from fringe drag queens to the titans of pop music.
‘Extravaganza’ is putting this fest mildly. All those overpriced edgy day festivals your straight friends are heading to can’t help but cower in the flamboyant, harlequin mug of the Mighty Hoopla. Would you rather be surrounded by roadmen in bucket hats nodding their heads to ambient grime, or be screaming “YAS QUEEN” as Bananarama blows their glitter-cannon load over a cross-dresser?
They’ve upped their game with a move down south to Brockwell Park, and are serving up an astonishing set of headliners who’ll catapult you into those summer feels. They’ve also jumped ship over to Saturday, which means there’s no need to hold yourself back from going full god-damn throttle! Go three red velvet sheets to the wind.
With so much popping off, you’re going to need to know what to look out for. We’ve got your back with a quick round-up of what you should be checking out when you’re running around that South London park in nothing but a g-string and some glitter.
High up on your list should be kicking back with a beer watching these headliners get into it on the main stage. Taking the main slot is the 10-time Grammy winning, 70 million record selling electro-funk vixen Chaka Khan, perhaps best known for rocking the charts with ‘I’m Every Woman’. And BOY is she. She’s back on the scene making noise following the release of her first album in over twelve years. This is a rare chance to catch Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan in the flesh!
Serving up a healthy dose of divine light will be All Saints, who are sure to have you hailing Mary. Their self-titled debut album shot them to instant legend status back in 1997, with three singles shooting to number one. Their British-Canadian flare epitomised that late nineties sound, and twenty years later they’re showing no signs of slowing down with the release of Testament just last year. They’ve swapped their ‘Pure Shores’ for a Brixton park full of glittered queers.
When it comes to falling ass-first out of taxis, before Eddie and Patsy were getting off their faces on Boli Stoli, Bananarama served Jennifer Saunders with inspiration since “no one drank like Bananarama”. It’s clear that the Hoopla crowd are going to give them a run for their money. They’re still surfing that New Wave, and splashing onto the main stage to be your VENUS! Expect to see drag queens writhing on the ground à la Gillette Advert once those synths start playing.
Bringing a delicate flavour of outer-London indie, Kate Nash is lending her distinctly British soulful flair to the Hoopla stage. She’s spent her past few years as a female wrestler on Netflix’s Glow, and will surely bring that high-camp energy with her. There’s no word yet on whether we’ll be treated to a mid-set round of female wrestling…
Also taking to the stage are the Liberty X who’ll be serving more than ‘Just a Little’, nineties house crooner Cathy Dennis, electro pop Australian import Confidence Man, noughties naughty girl Samantha Mumba, Jamelia who’ll be getting ‘So High’andScandy songstress Tove Lo who’s Stay[ing] High (All The Time).
When you’re singing at the top of your lungs to some throwback hits, Klub Kids are here with DragRace breakout star Trinity the Tuck fresh on the back of her All Stars 4 win. Guilty Pleasures will be serving up their infamous energetic DJ action for you to get your hip-and-dip dancing. The now world-renowned Sink the Pink will also be serving an exploration on the theme of Pop.
One of our favourite venues The Grand are getting their own stage with a pansexual party for one and all. They’re hosting some of the day’s biggest events, from Push The Button & Tuckshop who are resenting knock-off drag darlings Gals Aloud, through some ball-play with the folks at Bongo’s Bingo, to Gay Garage who along with Artful Dodger are playing right on into the night.
Your favourite East London drag mecca is setting up their own dragstravaganza. The Glory are taking over Brockwell Park with an hour and a half slice of wet and wild high-octane cabaret featuring your fave East London performers. No stimulating substances needed for this psychedelic, sexsational acid trip. John Sizzle and Johnny Woo will be anchoring this clusterfuck orgy, featuring Cassandra, Barbs, Margo Marshall plus a bunch of self-discovered up-and-comers from this year’s Lipsync 1000 and Man UP. Also, keep an eye out for some surprise guests from showbiz’s gritty underbelly who’ll be making a rare daytime appearance.
Also on your list are the parties that are popping off all over the place. Out top picks have to include Barcelona queer performance-party collective Pluma, East London queer Bollywood Hip Hop night Hungama, Neo-Soul and Motown burlesque and drag sensation The Cocoa Butter Club and brand spanking new outrageous trashbag dance sensation U OK HUN?. WHEW!
Mighty Hoopla is at Brockwell Park on Saturday, the 8th of June. For more info and to grab your tickets head over to MightyHoopla.com.
It looks like Kim’s finally going to be known for something other than her beef with Sarah Jessica Parker and her side career in skat singing (if you haven’t watched it, don’t). Beaming onto television sets across the US this year is Filthy Rich, a soapy drama starring Mz Cattrall as a billionaire Christian television creator.
When her husband’s private jet nose-dives into the ocean, her life comes crashing down as she discovered her late husband fathered three illegitimate children who are eligible for a cut of his estate. It’s basically a Caucasian Empire, where a hip record label is replaced with… televangelism? Okay, if you say so Kim.
Donning an accent more southern than a bucket of fried chicken, that already seems to be wavering in the few lines she can be heard saying in the trailer, it’s clear we’re in for a bumpy ride.
Promising “monumental” twists and turns, the series is brought together by writer-director of quintessential white saviour flick The Help Tate Taylor. It feels like it’s gearing up to be as problematic as Gone With The Wind, and just as camp.
According to FOX the series “resents a world in which everyone has an ulterior motive – and no one is going down without a fight.” Expect bitch-slaps, dramatic pauses and Kim Cattrall throwing several drinks in people’s faces.
Filthy Rich (FOX) Trailer HD - Kim Cattrall series - YouTube