28/01/15: One of the things that’s so unique and special about London’s cabaret scene is that when one falls, the rest always gather together to support their fallen sister.
It really is a true community. Sandra hasn’t been well of late so her drag friends and a venue she’s resident at did just that last week, by hosting an extravaganza to raise some money for her while she’s recouping. Being an entertainer means being self-employed, so if you’re not earning you’re usually going totally without, losing a huge chunk of income in one fell swoop.
Hosted by the be-sequinned Victoria Sponge, the venue was packed with regulars and friends/supporters of Sandra. Performances came from Bea Flatt (including a curious audience rendition of ‘Daddy Cool’) and Baga Chipz looking stunning in leopard print giving us her retro medleys. (She’s such an old spirit that one.) There was also the very showbiz Mrs Moore who always makes us smile when she takes to the stage and Martha D’Arthur, looking and sounding resplendent as always. The finale of the evening was provided by Kelly Wilde, who gave it some ‘Uptown Funk’ and, wait for it, ‘Gloria.’ Kelly and Jason Prince also treated us to a couple of duets including their kitsch little number, ‘This Heaven’, they’re hoping will get them to Eurovision 2015.
Manager Duncan gave a rousing speech to round off the night (generously throwing £250 into the pot on behalf of the venue) followed by a raffle. All in all over £800 was raised for Sandra on the night. We hope you feel better soon Sandra, you’re our favourite scene whore. Love from all at QX Towers.
Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross N1 9SD.
Words by Jason Reid
Photos by Joel Ryder