*This article is another dual authorship between the genius minds of Benjamin Spence and David Robinson.*
“That photo’s awful. Tag me bitch, William Belly.”
Due to the untimely closure of The Black Cap pub in Camden, The Meth Lab has taken its sass south of the river; to the leather clad arms of famous landmark, The Eagle.
The new edgy venue, located in the heart of Vauxhall was packed out with an eclectic crowd of new faces and Black Cap regulars. Greeting the punters (which by the way featured a LOT of top trade) was Drag Queens of London star Bourgeoisie. Looking like a neon chic Greta Garbo, she yet again proved to be the top “Material Girl”, sporting a fabulous sparkly head piece rather than a wig. Her warm welcome set the tone for the evening as The Familyyy Fierce took to the stage welcoming us into their new home.
With Mammy Meth currently stateside, Lilly Snatchdragon snatched the reins for the night, re-naming The Meth Lab, The Lilly Lab. Our hostess has come a long way from the days of helping out on stage with the likes of DWV, to now standing center stage with an army of gays and glamazons chanting her name.
Joining her on stage was another Drag Queens of London star Ruby Wednesday and badass bitch Scarlette O’Hora. During a technical error with their microphones, the trio continued the proceedings by taking turns doing their hilarious Meth impressions. The Familyyy then raising the roof with a performance of Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” with live vocals and on point rapping that simply “brought the house down, boots.”
With a mash up of YouTube videos referencing gay culture, Ruby Wednesday delivered a dramatic performance with an important message of how we actually don’t need to man up. With perfect lip-syncing to The Dresden Dolls, the Trannyshack Academy Winner slayed her performance in front of adoring fans.
Taking a break from her Twerk Monthly Master class, Scarlette O’Hora lip-synced to Nicki Minaj’s “Boss Ass Bitch”. Delivering burlesque businesswoman realness, the Queen of Bounce revealed more than just her lip-syncing skills with her revealing outfit. Good for you girl, the crowd loved it especially with lyrics such as “Because I’m a boss bitch, now macaroni cheese and grill my swordfish.”
Introducing herself to the stage, hostess Lilly Snatchdragon showcased her massaging skills with the aid of a male sex doll. Making fun of her stereotyped Asian character, her performance consisted of ping-pong balls and happy endings galore. Delivering CPR without a bra, Lilly’s performance was tongue in cheek (literally) comedy at it’s best.
With a short break, the crowd danced to everything from S Club 7 to Iggy Azalea. Waiting for the main act, we actually had goose bumps at the thought of being in the presence of the dynamic drag trio, Rupaul’s Drag Race stars Willam Belli, Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderfuck 5000.
Arriving on stage Alaska greeted the hysterical crowd with her signature droll tone. The busy bar echoed her trademarked “Hiiiiiiiiiiii” catchphrase as she burst into new electro-crunk song, “This Is My Hair.” The self-proclaimed singer/songwriter/model sang, “I take my vitamins. I am naturally a platinum blonde.” With the song featuring lyrics such as, “This is my hair, I don’t wear wigs.” She simultaneously told the audience to ignore her lace front. Her self-deprecating humour is just another reason why we love Alaska who literally could be from another planet.
Without missing a beat she launched into her popular song “Your Makeup Is Terrible”; the excited crowd sang along word for word, and helped emphasise the deep trash metal parts of her hit. Throwing around her messy blonde locks and staring audience members out with her freaky black eyes, Alaska had the crowd eating out of her marvelously manicured hand.
Whilst Alaska didn’t perform her single "Nails", she actually later managed to lose a long black nail. Luckily, Black Cap security Vicky Shirley was on hand to find it, which stopped her from having an emotional breakdown on stage. Alaska honey, “If you’re not wearing nails, you’re not doing drag.”
Next up we were introduced to Aussie import Courtney Act, whose warmth and energy was apparent from the start. After quick banter with the crowd she learnt there were a few fans from down under present to see her. Looking flawless, the pretty in pink Queen belted out her version of “All The Lovers” from fellow Sheila, Kylie Minogue.
Her second song of choice was YouTube hit “Mean Gays” (based on her WEHO friends). This had us reminiscing about her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, as she sang the song as part of a main task. She then used the song to introduce the next member of the AAA girls; head mean girl herself Willam Belli.
The Willam’s Beatdown star soon took to the stage after giving Courtney sass for a comment she made about her visible beard. Looking like a rock chick she launched into her new song “Big Thighs Make the Dick Rise,” an original song from her new album “Shartistry in Motion”. In true Willam fashion the tune had us laughing with its rude R&B lyrics and catchy hook. The assembled fans were then informed she would only be singing one song (Hash tag sorry bout it), in which her co-models joined the stage for fun and games involving sniffing poppers and slapping each other. Standard mid week behaviour at its finest.
The three Queens have a natural funny banter with one another and their different personalities balance well as a collective. We could have easily just stood and watched them talk and throw shade at one another for hours on end. Making jokes about their behaviour in the hotel we can’t help but think how amazing it would be to stay in their sassy suite surrounded by poppers and lube.
The AAA Girls joined forces for the finale performing their single “American Apparel Ad Girls” which has had more than one million hits on YouTube. Closing the show with festive number “Dear Santa, Bring Me A Man” was perhaps slightly odd in May, however all can easily be forgiven just to hear Alaska hilariously mimic Laganja Estranja in the bridge of the song.
It was nice to see the girls mingle in the crowd afterwards, greeting fans that were drinking, dancing and queuing at the merchandise table. We’re actually thinking of making their fabulous t-shirts obligatory uniform here at PopWrapped towers.
Protesting the closure of The Black Cap, Camden has gained support from the likes of Latrice Royale, Morgan McMichaels and Michelle Visage. For more information on how to get involved search #wearetheblackcap on Facebook and Twitter.
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