CABARET AWARDS – The Shortlist

The official shortlist has been announced for the QX Cabaret Awards

By Jason Reid

For the past month, you, the great British queer public, have been voting for your favourites in the inaugural (I am gonna miss saying that word) QX Cabaret Awards. Throughout that time thousands of people from all across the UK had their say, and most of the categories remained incredibly close throughout – that’s why two categories have six shortlisted nominees instead of five – and for almost a week four nominees were tied in one category.

This is, I believe, a testament to what cabaret means to regular folk and how high the standard is amongst the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone should be very proud of that. So with the ceremony just around the corner, I’d like to personally thank all those who voted and remind them to continue supporting their local cabaret and drag bars/events. Your support is vital; it ensures these spaces survive and thrive, and that means the artists you voted for will continue sharing their exciting cabaret art. 

Right now thirty judges from across the LGBTQ+ cabaret circuit – artists, producers, promoters, technicians and venue staff – are receiving their ballots and casting their votes. The full set of winners will be announced at the glittering West End ceremony, hosted by Michael Twaits and Son Of a Tutu. 

Michael Twaits is a dad, actor, writer and cabaret performer. He has worked for Pride in London for the past five years hosting Pride’s Got Talent, programming some of the cabaret stages and now hosts Trafalgar Square during Pride. Michael’s a veteran of the London Cabaret Scene and you can see him performing regularly at Cellar Door, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Luscious Cabaret and more. He also runs The Art Of Drag – London’s premier drag course – and produces shows for them throughout the year.

Son Of a Tutu is an award-winning drag artist, prominent activist, writer and actor. In 2011 they won the cabaret competition Drag Idol UK. Since then they have performed across the UK and Europe. As an artist, Son Of a Tutu has unique broad appeal, and can switch in a heartbeat from curating and presenting a sociopolitical performance art piece at Duckie to judging alongside the world’s biggest drag stars at Heaven. They have also created and starred in their own Edinburgh Fringe show, hosted countless cabaret events, talents shows and Pride events, fronted Primark’s national Pride campaign, and recently began filming for the upcoming movie version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.  

Performing on the night will be acclaimed trans drag artist and Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore, and belting vocalist, female drag queen extraordinaire  Holestar. All proceeds from tickets sales go to the Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps young LGBTQ+ people who are homeless or in housing crisis.

Here are your 2019 QX Cabaret Awards shortlists…  

Best Venue 

  • Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 
  • Royal Vauxhall Tavern 
  • Soho Theatre 
  • The Glory
  • Two Brewers

Best Newcomer

  • Alpha Dance 
  • Chanel No 5
  • Holly Stars
  • Kat Comedian 
  • Wesley Dykes

Best Host

  • Crystal Lubrikunt 
  • Jonny Woo
  • Lola Lasagne 
  • Meth
  • Paulus 
  • Son Of a Tutu

Best Comedy Act

  • Baga Chipz
  • Drag With No Name
  • Myra DuBois 
  • Seayoncé
  • Taylor Trash 

Best Drag King 

  • Adam All
  • Chiyo 
  • LoUis CYfer
  • Frankie Sinatra 
  • Zayn Phallic 

Best Variety Act

  • Aaron Carty’s Beyoncé Experience 
  • Dolly Trolley 
  • Drag Syndrome 
  • Lilly Snatchdragon 
  • Rhys’s Pieces

Best Musical/Vocal Act 

  • Chanel No 5
  • Felix Le Freak
  • Le Gateau Chocolat
  • Jonny Woo
  • Mary Mac 

Best Drag Queen

  • Baga Chipz 
  • Crystal Lubrikunt
  • Jourdan Whyte
  • Lolo Brow 
  • Mary Mac 

Best Collective

  • Bar Wotever 
  • Drag Syndrome 
  • Gals Aloud 
  • Pecs Drags Kings 
  • Sink the Pink 

Best Promoter/Producer 

  • Adam All & Apples Derrieres
  • Crayola
  • Doctor Woof
  • Jonny Woo
  • Lolo Brow
  • Vicious Von Vixen

Best Ongoing Cabaret 

  • A Night in Soho
  • Bar Wotever
  • Crayola’s Madhouse
  • Disabled, Queer and Here
  • The Cocoa Butter Club 

Originality Award

  • Alpha Dance
  • Chiyo 
  • David Hoyle 
  • Myra DuBois 
  • Son Of a Tutu

Show of the Year 

  • A Night At The Musicals 
  • An Evening Without Kate Bush 
  • Drag Becomes Her
  • Golden Girls: A Musical
  • We Wish You a Myra Christmas 

Event of the Year 

  • Drag Idol Final 
  • LipSync 1000 Final 
  • ManUp Final 
  • Pride’s Got Talent Final 
  • The Legs Eleven Gang Show

The 2019 QX Cabaret Awards are on Wednesday 2 October at Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6NS. Tickets can be purchased via 

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