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JASON REID’S Ten of the Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events this July

Jason Reid
Our very own cabaret aficionado Jason Reid peruses the upcoming cabaret events every month so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life. So we’ve reached the midpoint of the year, well done everyone because the world is not pretty right now and that’s why cabaret and escapism is as vital now as its ever been. Glorious July is peppered with a plethora of fabulous Pride events, plus so much more…

Power of 4

The Power of Four at Two Brewers, Every Sunday, from 4pm

The crème de la crème of the UK drag scene take to the famous Brewers’ stage every Sunday for back-to-back shows from Marsha Mallow, Miss Jason, Mary Mac, Sandra and more. Always an electric atmosphere! DJ Demon plays all the camp hits. Free entry before 6pm, £6 after, goes till 2am! Get there early as poss though, it gets very busy.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ, Tube: Clapham North

Halfway Pride

Pride in London 50 at Halfway to Heaven, Saturday 2nd, from midday

Can’t really go wrong with the nearest LGBTQ+ bar to Trafalgar Square where you can see all the Pride in London entertainment. Unlike Trafalgar Square, Halfway is bijou and gets busy very quickly, especially for cabaret — thankfully Duncannon Street will be closed off which is perfect for an al fresco libation. But like Trafalgar Square, Halfway has a stellar lineup of shows all day long, hosted by Mrs Moore, Tanya Hyde and Miss Moppe. Open till 1am. A must on Pride Day!

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF, Tube: Charing Cross

Straight Pride

Duckie: Straight Pride at Royal Vauxhall Tavern , Saturday 2nd, from 9pm 

The final Duckie at The RVT — the venue where it all began 27 years ago. Without a doubt, the end an era for both parties, and hoards of Duckie devotees. Online tickets sold out in a flash, get there as early as possible on the night to nab door entry. Performances from Bourgeois & Maurice, Thick & Tight, and a special surprise guest from America.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, Tube: Vauxhall

The Enby Show

The Enby show at The Glory, Thursday 7th, from 7pm

Reshaping the cabaret world one revolutionary revue at a time, this time round The Enby Show takes over The Glory with performances from Sue Gives a Fuck (I will tire of hearing that name spoken aloud) and Lusty Lovelace. As always, enbies-in-residence, Carrot, Cyro and Flick will also be performing and weaving the whole shebang together beautifully.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS, Overground: Haggerston

Lady Imelada

Friday Night with Lady Imelda at Two Brewers, Friday 15th, from 10pm 

The ultimate drag queen of musical theatre who is always a treat with her stunning voice and wry wit. Just the antidote that’s needed at the end of another gruelling week of existing in 2022. Brewers is open till 4am, so there’s plenty of time post-show to throw some shapes as well.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ, Tube: Clapham North 

Saturday RVT

Saturdays at The RVT – Launch Party, Saturday 16th, from 9pm

It’s all change down at the Vauxhall on Saturdays, with Me the Drag Queen taking over programming and hosting duties. Billed as: the best pop music in London and a gorgeous dash of drag, burlesque and cabaret. This launch party includes performances from drag king LoUis CYfer, burlesque sensation Demi More, plus rising cabaret star Vic Diamonte.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY , Tube: Vauxhall

Man Up XL

ManUp XL at The Glory, Tuesday 19th, 8pm

A monthly drag king showcase from the people that brought you the hugely successful ManUp competition. A wide range of performances will be on display including lip-sync, musicality, spoken word, performance art and more. Hosted by the divine Don One.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS, Overground: Haggerston

24 Years of West 5

24 years of West Five Bar, Saturday 23rd, from 7pm 

An all day and night party to mark another year of west London’s flagship LGBTQ+ cabaret venue. Hosted by Aidan Orange, with performances from Miss Joelle, Chanel No5, Krystal Ball, BeBe Cream, Lazy Susan, and the stunning Freemasons vocalist Katherine Ellis. There’s even a barbecue from 5.30-7.30, plus post-cabaret club till late with DJ Gary C.

Popes Lane, London, W5 4NT, Tube: South Ealing

Karen From Finance

Karen From Finance: Out Of Office at Phoenix Arts Club , Sunday 24th, from 7pm 

Australian drag legend and star of Drag Race Australia, the outrageous Karen From Finance serves up her first one-woman show. You can expect Karen’s trademark high-camp and hilarious mashups, interspersed with all the tomfoolery you can poke a presentation pointer at. This event also includes a pre-show meet and greet.

1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU, Tube: Leicester Square


Briefs – Bite Club at Southbank Centre, Wednesday 27th, 7.15pm

Brisbane’s cult cabaret mischief-makers, and widely exalted circus stars Briefs Factory join forces with celebrated songbird Sahara Beck for a unique and spellbinding show. This is a show that’s sure to leave you feeling totally stoked.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX, Tube: Waterloo

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