Her Upstairs

Her Upstairs

There’s a new cabaret bar in town!

 
The Independent Cabaret State of London

The Independent Cabaret State of London

Following the recent Brexit vote, there’s been much ruminating about London becoming independent. I mean, it probably wouldn’t ever happen, but it’s a fun idea, right? And what we all need now is LOTS of fun and laughter. It got me thinking though, imagine a London run by cabaret artists and drag queens. Just for the giggles, here’s how I think the independent cabaret state of London would look...

 
Dressing Room 101

Dressing Room 101

Imagine how cathartic it would be if there was a room somewhere in the ether where we could banish our everyday irks and concerns to complete obscurity. Imagine how quiet social media would be. In the spirit of the original Room 101, Jason Reid rounded up the all-new sparkling cabaret line up of Bloc Bar to see if there was anything they would consign to Dressing Room 101. It’s the kind of dressing room all of these artists have surely stumbled upon over the years; littered with empty barrels of beer (that’s your seat for the make up mirror), with old posters of Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear team on the wall, and a definite whiff of despair in the air...

 
Fade to Black

Fade to Black

After over 50 years as one of London’s most iconic LGBT venues, the Black Cap closed its doors on Sunday 12th April...

 
For the love of Meth

For the love of Meth

As part of this special feature exclusive to QX, Jason Reid spoke to two popular London drag artists about their relationships with their partner: how they met, how drag has played a factor in those relationships, how they’ve evolved and grew together, and we also ponder, as a scene and society, is there still a certain taboo-like misogyny towards flamboyancy that makes it harder for drag queens to find a loving partner? This week Jason begins by talking to Meth, queen of The Black Cap, and her boyfriend Joe...
 
Hot Nob Awards 2015 - Part Deux

Hot Nob Awards 2015 – Part Deux

Oh yes, award season is upon us as the film and music industry parade around on red carpets and whore themselves in front of the cameras. As such, QX looks back at a year of queer comedy and campery to find the finest, freakiest, funniest and most fabulous moments that deservedly make our Hot Nob 2015 list.  

 
Drag Is... Cabaret is...

Drag Is… Cabaret is…

Language and how words are defined and interpreted has become more and more of a contentious issue on a social level in recent years. Two words that are used on a daily basis on our scene are ‘drag’ and ‘cabaret’. But what do these words actually mean independently? Do they get misused and are they interchangeable? And most importantly, what do they mean to the artists that perform in our bars and clubs week in, week out? Jason Reid asked a cross-section of those artists to sum both terms up in a sentence this week... 

 
2015: Year of the Queen! 

2015: Year of the Queen! 

This week we let Jason Reid polish the QX crystal ball (we keep it next to our shrine of Danny La Rue in QX Towers) and have a peer into the future to see what this year holds for our beloved cabaret queens and drag divas. Hold tight, just for shits and giggles, here are his predictions for 2015... 

 
Horrorscopes

Horrorscopes

Meth knows what’s coming your way in 2015...

 
The Familyyy Fierce in Sleeping Beauty

The Familyyy Fierce in Sleeping Beauty

The Familyyy Fierce tsunamied all the stereotypes and clichés of gay pantomime out of the surf last week with ‘Sleeping Beauty’; a show of original invention, piccalilli wit, and sheer theatrical style.