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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Mysteries of Egypt

Taking a break from the music for a moment, here's a couple of vids of the kind of "esoteric" stuff that I like. People are so quick to assume that people who are interested in this kind of thing are somehow stupid or deluded - and yes of course there are a lot of charlatans peddling crap out there to some very gullible people - but it seems self-evident to me that the curious mind will not settle for accepting the answers handed down from above without question. Egyptology is the most glaring example of that. There are just far too many pieces of the "official" story that do not fit.

This talk form Graham Hancock (which has got little to nothing to do with 2012) is excellent, and points out many of the flaws in received wisdom about Egyptian culture, its age, and the use of the Pyramids and the Sphynx. The most popular comment on this video compares Hancock to David Icke, which is a kind of travesty. Icke is, at best, a disinformation agent. Hancock (who may not be right, after all) is a serious scholar.





If you like that talk, then check this series out. It's waaay further out than Hancock (even though Hancock's colleague Robert Bauvall is featured heavily), positing as it does that the Pyramids are actually giant, ancient energy domes. I'm not sure about that, but it makes for some excellent viewing:



Friday, 29 October 2010

Menergy FIERCE RULING DIVAS BALL



As I mentioned before, we are putting on a drag/vogue ball in Glasgow on Saturday, in association with Che Camille and Glasgay, called the "Fierce Ruling Diva's Ball". There has been a bit of a buzz about this event, and people are excited, but lots of them just don't know what voguing is or what you do at a ball. So, I have put together a post on the legendary "House Of Ninja", probably the world's premiere voguing family, over on the Menergy blog. I will spare you yet another epic un-cut post on LJ tonight, but it's definitely worth a read and a watch.

Menergy.tv "VOGUING - The House Of Ninja"

Now this doesn't take into account the drag aspects of a ball, just the dance side, and I will do another post on the drag element soon (or get Munter to do it instead). But this has really tapped into something in me - the music, the dancing, the sense of respect that voguing can give to kids that society casts out - it's all there and I feel it very strongly. It's going to have an effect on my future music, I can tell already.



In terms of my own role I am not going to be competing, instead I will be MCing (and maybe doing a small bit of live performing). I'm really excited because I LOVE the camp vogue-MCing style, and I shall be channeling the great Selvin Mizrahi from the House of Mizrahi. And of course I can't help but be influenced by Horse Meat Disco's legendary ball host Filthy Luka.

There is a fashion show on the night too, and guest DJ sets from Jon Pleased Wimmin and Graham Peel of Dolby Anol. It's shaping up to be a very special night indeed, in a fantastic location, with some fantastic folk already involved (Vanity von Glow, Lock Up Your Daughters, Illa Masqua make-up and more), and I have to admit I am a bit nervous! :-D

FIERCE RULING DIVAS FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Shunda K Interview

Shunda K is one half of the awesome Yo! Majesty, who have been making some serious waves the last couple of years with their outspoken, openly gay, dancefloor-dominating hip-hop. This weeks sees the release of "I'm Da Best", the second single to be taken from Shunda's upcoming solo album, due out in January next year. I was asked to interview Shunda for the Lock Up Your Daughters fanzine (it appears in issue 5 which has just been released and is highly recommended), and they've let me reprint it here for all you Shallow Ravers. Dat's Wassup!



Where are you right now and how is it?

I live in Brandon, FL and the weather has been pretty wishy washy, sunshine in between the rain.

When is your album coming out?

My album, "The Most Wanted", will drop 1/11/11 and will have every genre from Rock to Pop, Electronic, R&B, and Hip Hop.

The album features over 11 collaborations with artist from all over the world including my wifey Ms. Tedra, Lady Lash, Tanisjah Matthews, SNAX, WeHaveLove, Raspberry Cocaine, B Coney (my lil cuz), The Real Fiasco & Flyy Git (a couple of my artists), and, of course, Cindy Wonderful of Scream Club and Shon B of Yo! Majesty.

With this album comes knowledge and wisdom about life, from the church to the club and everything else in between. It is a record that will encourage and inspire, raise questions and debates, and explain to the world who I be: The Most Wanted, The Best To Eva Came Grande Dame, Shunda K!

Who's producing on that?

Producers include Raspberry Cocaine, B Coney, Tha Pumpsta, DJ Flore, Tori Fixx, Les Gourmets, Chrissy, ElectroSexual, B.A.T.S., Deekline, PureSX, Sick Rick, SNAX, DJ Keshkoon, and Robots Are The Future aka Nerdz With Gunz.


When are you next coming to Europe?


Ill be back over to the UK headlining London's Lady Fest 2010 November 12th, so make sure to come out and witness nothing but the truth!

What are your main musical influences?

My life is my influence, the things I witness and go through and a daily basis. I have a lot to talk about.

Yo Majesty had such a distinct sound and vibe it makes me wonder what the music scene like in Tampa? Is it different from other parts of the States?

The music scene here is like the music scenes every where else. I've always stayed within my realm, doing me because being gay and bragging and boasting about it really didn't go over well in the late 90's early 2000's (as I started writing in '97). It's been a pretty lonely road I must say.

How did Yo Majesty come together?


I formed Yo! Majesty as a solo artist in 1998. I met Shon B in 2000 and we met Jwl B in 2001.

After meeting Shon and feeling what she brung to the table, we agreed that Yo! Majesty should be the group name.

And if you don't mind me asking, how did it come to an end?

I walked away because everybody deserves respect and I wasn't getting that, even though I was the one carrying everything in many cases. And so moving right along, if I cant do what I love with others and be happy doing it, it's not worth doing it with 'em. So, Im keepin it movin!!!

At a time when the gay rights movement is having big clashes with the religious right in the US, it's very fresh and surprising to hear an openly gay AND religious performer. Do you have any trouble squaring off those two sides to your persona?

God is love and with that knowledge, I move forward with my head held high. The word of God says, to "study to show yourselves approved." It doesn't say that to encourage us jus to study for the book smarts alone, but we need to study the word of God so we can get an understanding of how God deals with His people, where we can apply these same principles to our lives. The word also says that "whoever believes and confesses the name of Jesus Christ will be saved." God says that everything He made is good and very good, so its all good.

My mission is to spread the truth about who God is and what His purpose is for us all. And so, because another human tells me that I'm not worthy to do that, I'm suppose to stop? Hell naw, the devil is a liar. I have peace with my maker and that's what we all need to be doing, making peace with Jesus so we can live our lives in the fullness and be happy. God loves each and everyone of us, so don't you let nobody else tell you He doesn't. Stop em right in their tracks.

Get to know the Lord for yourself and stop relying on pastor and this one and that one to lay hands on you to be healed. Believe and lay hands on yourselves. Pray for yourselves. Get up out of that pit you in. All excuses was nailed to the cross, so I cant use the excuse, because people don't agree with my life style, I can't be what I want to be. I'm free to do me, through the grace and mercy of God. We all are!!!

How is the whole Homo-Hop scene going over there?

I can only answer for myself and as far as I'm concerned, I'm doing dis!

Any fresh young talent you'd like to give shout outs to?

Stay tuned for some new artist coming up out of the GMEQCA camp. That's my label which is an acronym that stand for God's & Man's Eternal Quest to Conquer All. They include Blaque Pop, Fly Gitt, The Real Fiasco, and Ghetto C.

"I'm Da Best" is out now. You can buy it on iTunes, and you can hear it right now:

Shunda K I'm Da Best (Album Version) by 1-2-hear

And as an extra bonus, here's two remixes of "I'm Da Best" by me, The Niallist. Peace!

SHUNDA K ft SHON B I'm Da Best (Niallist DUH Mixx) by theniallist

SHUNDA K ft SHON B I'm Da Best (Niallist DUHBB) by theniallist

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Niallist Mix for LUYD



The week before Halloween I was back in Glasgow to DJ at Lock Up Your Daughters fifth fanzine launch party, where the special live guests were none other than Scraem Club & Electrosexual. They rocked it!



Photo by Jon Pritchard.

I got to DJ a lot of music I wouldn't normally play at Menergy, namely electro-house, dubstep, and a smattering of indie. It was great fun. I put together a promo mix for the night, which you can hear:



LUYD Mix by theniallist

SHUNDA K I'm Da Best ft Shon B (Niallist Duh Mixx)
AZZIDO DA BASS I Want U (Beats/Parts 1&2)
NOISY PIG Hey Jumper (Hawnay Troof Remix)
LESLIE & THE LYS Blame Tha Booty (NSL Remix)
FERAL Dskasting (Big Fi Remix)
GRACE JONES Pull Up To The Bumper (!2" Version)
ALEX PASTERNIAK Yela Boom
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS I Love London (Matt Walsh & Alex Jones Met Police Re-Think)
THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS Flex Hype
DAFT PUNK Superheroes
BILL CONTI Gonna Fly Now

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The Hots on Juno Download



Andy Blake has put a bunch of Dissident releases up for limited edition, 100-only download sale on Juno, including my own "The Hots" from last year. You can listen and/or buy it here:






There's a whole bunch more Dissident releases to be found on Juno, athttp://www.junodownload.com/labels/Dissident/releases/?sort_by_bestsellers=&track_sale_format=wav_14400 - get them while you can cos these are sure to go like hot cakes!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Sinden plays "I Came" on KISS FM

Sinden played my upcoming single "I Came" on his Kiss FM show the other week.

You can download the show from here: http://hotfile.com/dl/77416891/253b242/Sinden_-_eclectic_(kiss100)-sat-10-20-2010.mp3.html

I'm in some pretty good company! Check it out:

Horsepower Productions – Mexican Slayride – Tempa
Scientist vs Guido – Korg Back Dub – Tectonic
DJ / Rupture & Matt Shadatek – Sunset B35 – Dutty Artz
Girl Unit – Wut – Night Slugs
Gold Panda – Vanilla Minus – Notown
SBTRKT – Look At Stars – Young Turks
The Niallist – I Came – Little Rock
Rustie – Neko – Warp Records
These New Piritons ft Main Attraktionz – 3000 – Domino
Tan Lines – Bees (Capracara Remix) – CDR
Pearson Sound – Blanked – Hesson Audio
Warrior One – Lord Of Bashy (Douster Remix) – Mixpak
The 2 Bears – Church – Southern Fried
Ramadanman & Appleblim – Void 23 (Carl Craig Re-Edit) – AUS
Brackles & Shortstuff ft Terrible Shock – Good Foundations – Blunted Robots

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Old pics off Facebook

As I have been putting this new blog together I have gone through some of the pics I have been tagged in on Facebook, and there's some good ones I thought I would share with the world:



Nigella, Babs and Hilda outside the Admiral when Horse Meat played, Glasgow, June.
Note: I am the one with the MOST hair!




Me and Dan Dan mimic his lipless pose from the flyer of It's Music, Cork, January.



Me and Mauro Notch giving face, round the back of the Revolver bar, Glasgow.




Me and Stephen Sheriff at Optimo's "End of the 00s" Hogmanay bash, Old Fruitmarket.



And this is me live in 2006, at the Chateau "Miami" party.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Kelvin Brown DJ Set on RM

Xpost from Shallow Rave.



The Niallist hosts a two hour special for Little Rock, featuring unreleased numbers from Ben Butler and Mousepad, Gold Blood and Miss Cheescake.

Stalwart of the Manchester music scene, and previous resident at the now legendary Electric Chair, Eyes Down and Plastic People, Kelvin’s approach to music is as uncompromising as it is broad, taking him around the world, from Loose Joints in San Francisco to the Big Chill festival, Outlook and Garden Festivals in Croatia.
Tracklist

1. Silverclub – Your Headphones – (Unreleased)
2. Divorce - The 29 Steps to Achieving Personal Actualisation – (Winning Sperm Party/Milk)
3. Ben Butler & Mouse Pad – Dela-Ware – (Unreleased)
4. Brassica – New Jam City – (Nocturnes)
5. Gold Blood – Saturday Night – (Unreleased)
6. Cave Paintings – 2 – (Cave Paintings)
7. Miss Cheesecake – Get Off The Floor (Unreleased)
8. The Niallist - I Like Sex – (Little Rock Records)
9. Silverclub – Fine Print – (Factory Foundations)

Kelvin Brown Mix

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

YO MAJESTY I Came



Well, since I went to London to work with Shunda K, she passed the I Came beat on to the other half of Yo! Majesty Shon B, who has also recorded a verse, and now the track is slated to be on their next album.

FUCK ME. That's pretty amazing right there - Y!M are easily my favourite hip-hop group of recent years, not just cos of their awesome music, but also all the awesome shit they stand for. I feel really honoured that they liked the track so much!! I am going to put some new beats together for them soon too, let's hope they like them too...



YO! MAJESTY I Came by theniallist

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Lil063 "Lust, Caution" EP Free Download Release




This isn't due out til Sunday (10/10/10) but I'm too excited not to put it up here today! It's limited to 200 free downloads some come and get you some.

It's booty-bass meets pop. This is music for laying.
Then leaving.
Unless you really ARE the zombie playa who just won't say no.



LUST, CAUTION EP (Lil063) by theniallist

Enjoy!

Monday, 4 October 2010

ALL ABOUT EVIL! Sat Oct 3rd



More Halloweeny hi-jinx, although this time it was at the start of October, not the end. On Saturday 3rd of October I took part in the floor show for the European premiere of SF drag legend Peaches Christ's directorial debut "All About Evil". It was AMAZING! We really broke the fourth wall, in ways I had been dreaming about for years. I will leave it to the event's producer Bren O'Callaghan to fill in the details. Yes, this post is epic, but NO I WILL NOT hide it behind a "cut" - I'm going to force you all TO WATCH! MWAH HAH HAH HAH!!!

From Bren O'Callaghan's website.



Zsa Zsa Noir, The Lady Pudding, Peaches Christ / image: WeAreTape

Abandon. Normal. Devices. That’s right, roll those words around your mouth as if you were tying a cherry stalk into a knot with your tongue. A double-knot, mind. Intended as a catalyst for production and experimentation, AND is a collaboration between Cornerhouse (Manchester), FACT (Liverpool) and folly (Lancaster), cross-regional in base but international in scope. During October 2010 the emphasis was upon on explorations of identity, behaviour and systems that define who and what we are: from gender, questions relating to ab/normality and picking at the scab of taboo to reveal the raw and puckered flesh glistening beneath.



image: Kris Krug

Peaches Christ (performer and filmmaker Joshua Grannell) has been the horror hostess of Midnight Mass at The Bridge Theatre, San Francisco for the past ten years. A fan of cult cinema, from Showgirls to Female Trouble, Xanadu to Mommie Dearest, his legendary pre-show performances with a loyal retinue of drag assistants attract sell-out crowds and often incorporate guest appearances with directors and cast members (John Waters, Tura Santana, Linda Blair and more). Cited as the most successful midnight movie series since The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it’s a quasi-religious experience that replaces any sense of guilt with a mutually deranged congregation.



Princess Pitt, Cleavage the Killer Clown / image: WeAreTape

Described as ‘the opposite of a relaxing experience’, previous shows have included a Filthiest Person Alive contest, chilli-eating chowdowns, hooker beauty contests and mother-daughter mud wrestling, mixing drag cabaret with music hall mugging, a theatre of the absurd that lunges at cinematic rejects with true affection. After attending one such event, Midnight Mass presents Teen Witch (free magical audience makeovers!) I can report that the presiding vibe was that of a dysfunctional family: by no means all extrovert, with some who just like to watch, others who live to perform, drawn together to celebrate a shared love of trash and mischief.



Isla and Sheela Blige / image: WeAreTape

Having directed a number of no-budget shorts during the same period (Season of the Troll, A Nightmare on Castro Street, Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ?), Joshua has recently completed his first feature-length debut, a comedy-horror starring a roll call of cult idols. From John Waters’ regular Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom), to Cassandra Peterson (camp vamp queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), to Thomas Dekker (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and The Guardian-approved return to form of Natasha Lyonne (But I’m A Cheerleader, American Pie).





The rapid-paced plot for All About Evil revolves around The Victoria Theatre, a vintage movie palace inherited by mousy librarian Deborah (Lyonne) from her B-movie loving father. Struggling to retain audiences, a violent tussle at the popcorn machine with her deliciously bitchy mother terminates in the discovery of a serial-killer within. Making direct and explicit reference to the audience watching and the captive (quite literally) attendees on-screen, let’s just say you might want to turn your mobile off…



Natasha Lyonne as Deborah Tennis / All About Evil

Aided by her psychotic staff, a pair of identical evil twins (Jade & Nickita Ramsey), a murderous street hustler (Noah Segan) and her faithful, drooling lapdog of an elderly projectionist (Jack Donner), Deborah begins churning out weekly gore shorts based upon literary classics – The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, McDeath, The Maiming of the Shrew – becoming an overnight sensation. Camp, hilarious, horrifying yet intelligent, Grannell highlights the loss of independent screens, lack of female horror directors and the importance of a florid imagination; refereeing a bare knuckle debate between classic splatter versus the current trend for gorno.



Mink Stole / photo: Austin Young

And so on to the show. As the first screening of All About Evil outside of the US, the International Premiere was an advance sell-out and had been months in preparation as we spread news of the impending visitation. With groundswell support from Homotopia and Grimm up North, the word was well and truly out… and the response was a roar of approval. Pounding the streets well past midnight, I whispered into the ears of the beautiful and the damned, picking my way through the chicken-bone carnage and dark heart of the industrial revolution as part of a recruitment campaign to enlist foot soldiers in the service of guerilla filmmaking.



Will & Rick / image: WeAreTape

After sunset on the evening of the show, avant-punks Will & Rick entertained Cornerhouse cafĂ©-bar with a set of horror oddities, including Haunted Homes, Hot Dog Man and the newly created All About Evil (an ode to the world’s most prolific serial killers) in honour of the occasion. Followed by Trash-O-Rama, the duo then dashed over the road to the cinema lobby to tease spooky sounds from theramin and blade saw for the audience on arrival, contributing to what we had anticipated to be a sense of gowing unease, but which on the night had become carnivalesque chaos: car horns beeping, vocal outrage and traffic-stopping outfits as The Children of the Popcorn arrived in full force.



Kerry Kat / image: WeAreTape

A band of enraged librarians, apparently dismayed at their portrayal as repressed psycho-killers within the movie (actually recruited in advance from the city’s drag, bear, burlesque and cult film communities), barracked the audience queue that now snaked outside the cinema; itself built into and beneath the railway arches under Oxford Road Station. Clubbers, students and rugby fans returning from a local game stopped to gawp and in some cases join in, one young and unknown woman whipping out her guitar to strum up some support. Placards were of the literary-entendre variety: ‘Can’t Get Enough Dickens’, ‘I Like to Lit Crit’, ‘Pride Not Prejudice’, ‘Bag Yourself a Trollope’, ‘Peaches Is Not The Only Fruit’, ‘Born to be Mild’, and ‘Down with Peaches’.



image: Neil Shearer

Cross-stitch badges were distributed by the angry mob to anyone standing still long enough to receive the honour, featuring more slogans written in demure needlepoint: ‘Books Not Drugs’, ‘Check Me Out’, ‘Sshh, Quiet Sleaze’ and fistfuls emblazoned with their mascot, Knobby the Owl. Any attempt to remark upon their feathered friend’s uncanny resemblance to a large purple penis (intentionally so, fnar), was met with incredulity and a strict dressing-down. Thanks are owed to designer Pete Adlington and the fast turnaround of Badgesaplenty for this popular addition to the night.



Zsa Zsa Noir, Isla Blige / image: Neil Shearer

Minutes before the doors were due to open, two genuine police riot vans arrived with an accompanying dog unit having received reports of a public disturbance; confirmed no doubt by CCTV footage from the immediate vicinity, as by now hundreds were either queuing or staring, with librarians foaming at the mouth in a collective Oscar-clinching delivery of indignant outrage. Despite our law enforcers finding find men in tweed skirts with full beards and a throng of buxom biblio-babes, some of those on the picket line felt compelled to flash their saucy underthings at the constables to confirm cover stories.



David Watson, Cheddar Van De Tramp / image: WeAreTape

Once the doors were opened, the scenes of heightened anticipation only grew. Professor Patricia MacCormack, cine-excess specialist and present to conduct a Q&A with director Joshua Grannell the next day, arrived sporting a cut-throat, severed nipples and a headdress of spiked syringes, while a trio of delightfully undead ladies from the GOREgeous make up academy positively oozed hex-appeal, shredded musculature flapping from their torn faces, as arrivals of the weird, wild and just plain WRONG variety confirmed that we had plenty of contenders for the costume competition.



Prof. Patricia MacCormack / image: WeAreTape

Jade and Nikita Ramsey, present on home soil in character as killer twins Veda and Vera, were assisted by lookalikes Stef Elrick and Laura McGee of dance duo Ultra Violet Violence in distributing Dixie cups amongst the audience for the unpleasant toast to come. The librarians too had managed secure tickets in order to continue their protest inside, tutting loudly and criticising their neighbours racy outfits before reluctantly settling back for the show to begin. It was time. The lights dulled, the music struck up, and Peaches Christ herself strode regally down the central aisle flanked by her twins and a medley of monsters who tumbled in her wake.



image: WeAreTape

Joining her were Robin Hoodie, zombie pick-pocket; Elsa Manchester, Bride of Frankenstein; Cheddar Van De Tramp, The Goat of Mendes; Cleavage the Killer Clown; Camp Dragula; Two Ton Tess Tickle, a lovelorn Cthulhu; vampiress Princess Pit, plus yours truly as an insane usher. My participation was due to losing one of our monsters at the last minute (later found recovering from an alcohol induced blackout after starting the celebrations a little too soon), as the only other person who knew the dance moves. My fright was compensated by being able to slip into the official red velvet uniform of The Victoria Theatre’s staff, provided by Peaches’ own costume designer Tria Connell.



image: Kris Krug

So we began, throwing our best shapes and tearing the twins limb-from-limb for opening number Gore Gore Girl, which was received rapturously by the capacity audience. A call for participants to partake of the Gore Couture costume competition resulted in some stiff competition, with Splat (actually our placard designer) coming a close runner-up in his body-hugging burst parcel tape ensemble. Second place was awarded to the fabulously fierce Sebastian in his diamond skull stacked heels and midnight shroud, with the enigmatic Pascale declared the winner, surely smiling somewhere beneath his bandages, safety pins, aviator goggles and Tim-Burton inspired sartorial tailoring.



1st Prize / image: Kris Krug

Prizes included posters and t-shirts from Peaches Christ Productions, an entire classic horror library courtesy of Penguin Books, retro B-Movies (The Wasp Woman, The Killer Shrews, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die) and the handsome hardback publication Hammer Glamour, detailing the sultry sirens of this infamous British movie studio with thanks due to Titan Books. The winners received their treats stuffed inside miniature coffins, which presumably they can re-use to scare parents of infant trick-or-treaters by leaving out on the doorstep with a handwritten sign reading ‘Room to Let’.



image: Neil Shearer

But the night had only just begun. As Peaches Christ’s home grown sidekick Martiny failed to show at her allotted cue, our mistress took to using some VERY BAD WORDS to describe the failings of San Francisco’s most tragic drag wannabe, causing the seeded protestors present to snap, leap from their seats and ringleaders to storm the stage to repudiate her vile vowel usage and negative representation of book lovers. “The only thing we kill is illiteracy!” they insisted, to which Peaches responded with the argument that director Joshua Grannell’s depiction of their on-screen colleague was a strong and powerful woman of which they should be proud.



The Midnight Growler / image: WeAreTape

Unable to calm the braying mob, Miss Christ pulled out her own trick card. “You’re all sluts and whores”, she told them, going so far as to suggest that she only had to play a nasty mash-up of tunes to see them succumb to the music of their own, lust-deprived loins. “Never!” they shrieked. Like a red rag to a bull, Peaches could stand no more. The signal was given, and the music began. Manchester’s own The Midnight Growler was immediately possessed by the beat, yanking down his trousers and bending over to reveal shit-smeared underpants emblazoned with the words ‘Prose Not Ho’s’, ripping the remaining clothes from his body and plunging upon the laps of those on the front row.



Kurt Dirt, Bella Besame, The Midnight Growler, The Niallist / image: WeAreTape

He was immediately joined by the The Niallist, Bella Besame of The Slippery Belles and Kurt Dirt, overcome by the music of the orbs and hurling cardigans and flat heels to the wind, swiftly matched by the lascivious lap-grinding of their planted companions, revealed as the North of England’s dirtiest and most shameless groin-thrusters: Duke Wayward, Dauphine, Miss Littlebottom, The Blige Sisters (Isla Blige and Sheela Blige), Kitty, Miss Dixon Pieces, Trish Gallagher, Selina Silkenlicks and Jezebel Steele, all eager to flaunt, dangle and swing their swollen appendages of mixed M/F variety in the faces of an audience screaming with delight.









Forced to admit defeat and abandon themselves to perversity, the music waned all too soon. But had we peaked? Not likely. With Martiny mysteriously missing-in-Manchester, Peaches introduced the staff and directress of The Victoria Theatre, Trixxie Carr striding on stage as Deborah Tennis, determined to use the opportunity of a captive audience to aid her own Machiavellian scheming. Assisted by Mr Twiggs (David Watson), Adrian (the incomparable Zsa Zsa Noir), Veda, Vera and their mirror-doubles, the deranged directress let rip with her rendition of Star Quality, culminating in the arrival of a suspicious giant drinks dispenser. Before she and her cohorts could distribute their heart-stopping cocktail, Peaches interrupted, and the true story of her sidekick’s disappearance was revealed to those present… Martiny, nooooo!



Trixxie Carr as Deborah Tennis / image: Kris Krug

The lights extinguished and the pre-show now over, the film could begin. But there was one final surprise in store. Without wishing to reveal any spoilers, there is an early scene involving an unwilling scream queen and… a guillotine. A member of the audience sat oh-so-perfectly toward the front, in an aisle seat, actually found the sequence too disgusting to retain hold of his stomach contents and violently puked, attempting to contain the upchuck in his empty Dixie cup. It didn’t work, overflowing and covering his chest as he ran from the cinema, the illuminated aisle trim provided just enough visibility for the audience to view the scarlet spatter as it tumbled down his shirt.



Watch your step... / image: Christian Payne

Cannes and London be damned, Manchester knows how to welcome horror royalty. Peaches Christ, Joshua Grannell, Sam Sharkey, Tria Connell and Trixxie Carr, we’ve drawn up blueprints for a trans-Atlantic tunnel to aid your return commute. Talks have been taking place at the highest level, and the British government are prepared to hand over Madonna to ensure your repeat patronage. Calling all gimps, your country needs you... grab a teaspoon and start digging!



- Bren O’Callaghan, October 2010 (Producer / The Lady Pudding)

Thanks to our photographers and media assistants on the evening, especially WeAreTape, Neil Shearer, Kris Krug plus AND documentation team. Check out the reviews of the night from Curated Place, Film Rant, Little White Lies, Gemma Parker (Bride of Frankenstein), Jermain Peculiar, Arthur Chappell (Cthulhu), Documentally, Full Circle Arts, The Guardian and Wired UK, plus previews from Attitude Magazine, Dazed Digital, Creative Tourist and The Telegraph. You can check out hundreds more fantastic pictures in our full-to-bursting galleries at the following links:

Gallery 1: WeAreTape

Gallery 2: Neil Shearer

Gallery 3: Kris Krug

Gallery 4: AND

Zombie Pride photo shoot

I was part of a "Zombie Village People" photo shoot the other week to help promote Zombie Pride here in Manchester. There's some amazing pics! I won't be here for the night unfortunately, as of course we will be doing Rock'n'Shock in Glasgow. But I would def be there otherwise!