The first bank holiday of the season is fast approaching, so here’s our roundup of the best events to get you out of hibernation…
The Prodigy Fundraiser Special at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Date: Saturday April 20th
Pump up the Jam presents a tribute to Keith Flint, with all profits from the night donated to the Samaritans. This epic rave will pay tribute to 90s rave with classics like Outta Space, Firestarter, Voodoo People, Pump up the Jam, God is a DJ, Gypsy Woman and Sandstorm. Expect a sweaty dancefloor, good vibes and more glowsticks than you can shake a glowstick at.
The Bunny Ball – Queer Cabaret Smackdown at Patterns in Brighton
Date: Sunday 21st April
Patterns bar and club in Brighton (58 mins from London) is offering budding drag stars the chance to shine at a rabbit themed Easter ball. RuPaul fans who don’t want to perform can also buy show tickets, take part in a carrot eating contest and strut their stuff on the rabbit runway (think Jessica Rabbit or Donnie Darko). The event, on Sunday 21st April will see performers take part in a drag and queer caberet smackdown, competing in challenges to win a cash prize of £500.
Featuring fabulous guest judges, audience voting, Brighton’s best queer DJs and an audience costume competition for ‘best bunny. Tickets are just £10 advance or £12 on the door for 10 incredible performances plus fun, games and dancing until the early hours of Monday morning. They are also releasing a limited number of special offer £5 earlybird tickets so get them while they’re hot and save yourself some drinks money!
Think you’ve got what it takes? Some performer slots for the main category are still available so email [email protected] Applications are open to all drag artists and other queer cabaret performers, whether they work in comedy, burlesque, live music, dance or performance art.
Heart of Brass: 11 Piece Live Brass Band at Queen of Hoxton
Date: Saturday 20th April
Every other month Queen of Hoxton holds a 3-floor house party extravaganza hinting at warmer climes from around the world. Heart of Brass brings you the best in live Brass Music and Carnival sounds in their basement, with Bring Your Own Brass (live brass band) on headliner duties for this month!
All topped off with over the top festival décor and production as well as face painters, giveaways, inflatables and much much more….
BYOB:BYOB (Bring Your Own Brass) are an 11-piece brass band who have been tearing up festival stages with their original mix of hip hop beats, heavy riffs and dancefloor grooves.
Forged in the fires of Passing Clouds, BYOB regularly packed out the legendary venue well into the early hours. Since then BYOB have been whipping up a storm at festivals and venues across the UK and Ireland. In 2017 they headlined the opening night on the main stage at Glastonbury’s Shangri-la; they have packed out stages at Boomtown, Shambala, Lovebox, Citadel, Hootananny and the Scala. With their first EP about to drop, this is a live band you can’t afford to miss.
Gospeloke Easter Edition at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Date: Thursday 18th April
Ever wanted to sound like Tina/Stevie/Whitney on the mic? Have you always dreamt of singing on a stage, unleashing your hidden diva in front of adoring fan with a live GOSPEL choir backing you up?
Well GOSPELOKE; the capital’s 1st Gospel Style Karaoke knees-‐up, is for you.
Hosted by Shoreditch’s fallen angel, the ‘ludicrously entertaining’, Eleanor Conway, and from the mind of some of the capital’s best interactive events, Jonny Unknown, you can expect one euphoric ceremonial singalong with soulful Toni Robinson and her 15 strong gospel choir backing you up all the way… It’s a ‘spirtual awakening with a pop concert feel’.
Think Sister Act meets Top of the Pops, with classics such as Blur’s ‘Tender’, R Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can fly’ (yeah we know) and Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles’.
There’ll be more congregation participation in the way of anthemic, big sing-‐alongs, team harmonies and they’ll be asking for your confessional tales along the way, awarding prizes for the night’s ‘Best Confessional’, ‘Best Solo Performance’, ‘Best Duet/Group Performance’ and much much more…