"I currently have three litres of gin running through my body."
Since 2006, Oxjam Music Festival has taken place every October in the UK. The festivities are made up of hundreds of events happening around the country, all organised by volunteers. The events aim to raise money to fight poverty and suffering around the world by celebrating music in local communities.
That's exactly what London's premiere drag venue did, as Drag Queens (and even a King) from around the globe came together to raise money for this fantastic cause. Avid drag fans will know The Black Cap in Camden as the venue for The Meth Lab where Drag Queens Of London star Meth resides. Meth recently welcomed Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 from RuPaul's Drag Race to The Meth Lab, and fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spooky Sharon Needles this Halloween.
First to take center stage was the hostess herself. Donning a bright blue wig and impressively huge leather hooker boots, the audience witnessed slut dropping and floor slamming galore. Meth had the room eating out of the palm of her (fabulously manicured) hands as they laughed along to a version of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" mixed with voiceovers from Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
. The Drag Queens Of London protagonist lip synced to a set even Ru herself would have been proud of. But, quite frankly, we wouldn't expect anything less from the dark Queen of Camden.
Courtesty of Meth-Just-Meth Facebook
Taking the show international, Candy Vanity Heals flew in from Hungary to deliver an energetic performance of Robyn's "Dancing On My Own". As the crowd sang their hearts out to "I'm in the corner watching you kiss her wooooaaahh" we realized how difficult it is to drown out DWV's sassy "Silicone" lyrics in your head. Props to Candy though, as we overheard one audience member exclaim, "I don't even like Robyn and she's making me like her!".
Next up was another Drag Queens Of London star, Vanity Von Glow. Taking a break from sniffing poppers at her piano she took to the famous stage wearing a long cream dress with sparkling diamante accessories. With her overall look and sound, she could easily have been Celine Dion and Cyndi Lauper's love child. Singing live to Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", couples around the room enjoyed a slow dance. Aww!
After just one song (boo!), it was over to another of Scotland's finest as Nancy Clench dropped by. Draped in a patriotic tartan number she dragged a willing twink on stage to be serenaded to Dreamgirls classic "You're Going To Love Me". This, however, being a drag show, it was no surprise that Nance is in fact a dirty Dreamgirl, belting out lyrics such as, "He's a big man with a donkey dick and there's no way I'm swallowing it", much to the amusement of the audience.
The reigning Meth Lab Ball winner (judged by Rupaul's BFF Michelle Visage herself) Tiffany Diamanté was next to shine in the spotlight. Looking regal with a green fishtail dress and obligatory tiara she sang live to Adele's "Turning Tables". Now, anything goes at The Black Cap, so her hairy chest was fully out as she won the audience over with her Yorkshire charm and warm personality. Not to mention nailing an Adele tune--Britain's Got Talent
Courtesy of Vanity Von Glow Facebook
Priding itself in providing a platform for new talent on the London scene, next to own the stage was "Baby Drag Queen" Kitty Vulgaris. This was Kitty's second time performing ever and she completely stole the show with our favourite performance of the night. Lip synching perfectly to Alaska Thunderfuck's "Your Makeup Is Terrible" she took inspiration from Momma Meth and mixed the futuristic track with snippets from drunken diva Karen from Will & Grace
. After delivering perfectly timed comedy in her performance, we can't wait to see what this new Queen does next.
After an array of laughs, giggles, and innuendo, things got totes emosh as Bourgeoisie from Drag Queens Of London delivered a powerful performance of Beyonce's "If I were A Boy". There wasn't an eye not glued on the self-labelled "Art Queen" from Washington D.C., who stripped from her Drag Queen persona to male form whilst lip syncing to Bey's anthem. The emotional transition was fascinating but nearly ruined when a drunk girl knocked over about ten pint glasses. Thankfully, Bourgeoisie held it together, leaving us wanting more art and more Queen.
Straight from the West End stage, it was time for Supreme Fabulettes and Buffalo Girls member Silver Summers. How to follow an emotional performance? Well, singing about masturbating over your ex boyfriend of course! Silver sang live to "On My Own" but had a cheeky play *wink wink* with the lyrics as she longed for her ex lover. Sporting a different look to the polished Fabulettes dresses we've seen her in recently, she was certainly channeling her Buffalo Girls persona dressed in (not much) leather and a dark cropped posh bob. Fortunately the busy scene Queen still had time to pose for selfies at the bar with audience members, and we did not fan girl not one little bit *coughs*.
Putting the fierce into the Family Fierce, Maxi More, London's answer to Milk strutted her stuff in tight (understatement) gold trousers and high (understatement) green heels. With long golden hair and a long golden beard to match, Maxi lip synced for her life to Whitney's "I'm Every Woman". Working her way into the mixed crowd of gays, straights, and everything in between, she was welcomed with open arms as everyone bopped along to the uplifting performance.
After hosting an Oxjam raffle, with lucky winners taking home expensive toys from Clonezone and rauchy underwear from Sukrew, boss bitch Meth took to the stage a second time. Mashing up movie sound bites incorporated into Meredith Brooks’ “I’m A Bitch”, the hilarious quotes from Mean Girls
and The Devil Wears Prada
had the audience reveling in bitchy banter. Meth really showcased her synching skills here as she re-enacted the whole scene where Miranda Priestly slays Andrea Sachs over that blue sweater.
Closing the show was Mr LoUis CYfer, who we initially thought was a male stripper. Opening his act with a bar top dance to Björk's "It's Oh So Quiet", it took a good five minutes to realise this cheeky chappy was in fact a Drag King. Oddly wearing a sheriff jacket, aviator shades and neon skeleton trousers LoUis mesmerized the room with a husky performance of The Kaiser Chief's "I Predict A Riot". It was clear the audience were skeptical having not witnessed such an act, however, a few saucy performances later, Oxjamers were singing and laughing along. Again providing a platform for new talent, LoUis CYfer had considerably more stage time than the Queens. Whilst it would have been nice to see more from previous acts, it was the correct decision to allow LoUis the time to prove himself. Singing 4 None Blonde's "What's Up" to a swaying crowd was the perfect ending to yet another fabulous evening at The Black Cap.
Courtesy of LoUis CYfer Facebook
Event organiser Andrew Little said, "All of us at Oxjam Camden would like to thank Jamie and George at The Black Cap, all of the acts that took part, and to Meth for putting the show together!" He added, "Overall we made £600 for Oxjam!"
All proceeds will go to Oxjam Camden
, a multi-venue music festival taking place on the 25th October in aid of Oxfam. To fullfil your good deed of the day, you can also donate to Oxjam here
While you are there you can also check out The Black Cap cabaret bar
and Drag Queens of London star Meth
on Twitter as well.
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