A speed-dating night hosted by a couple of Drag Queens – featuring games and cabaret performances to help break the ice – is set to break the mould of how gay people meet each other, according to its organiser.
Christina Draguilera is running the event, called ‘Matched by Drag Queens’ – the first of its kind in the UK. It will be held at the Duke of Wellington Pub in Soho on Monday, January 16 at 7:30pm.
Christina, known as the “Queen of the East”, is well known for hosting ‘infamous’ events such as Queenie Quiz and Queenie Karaoke and she recently starred at the O2 as a roller skating Drag Queen Hostess. She also roller skated in the 2012 Olympics’ Opening ceremony.
Christina said this week: “I have a lot of friends who have social anxiety and find it difficult to break the ice with new people no matter how much they want to. So I have come up with a solution to take all that away and do it in a fun and safe environment.”
She continued: “The format is simple. Instead of just being dumped with a complete stranger and told to talk to each other for three minutes, I have designed a way to make this much more fun and much less awkward, socially. We do the icebreaking for you in the form of fun games such as Never Have I Ever and Drag Queen Bingo.“
The five games last anywhere between two and six minutes. Christina explained: “The aim is to not only remove any awkwardness but also to help you get closer to a potential beau in a much quicker way. I can’t wait for everyone to have a wonderful evening, filled with games, fun, laughter, drinks – and of course a night with yours truly. And you will be entertained by Shandy Half-Pint. Shandy is a wonderful Drag Performer with golden vocals. She’s going to be singing all night. Shandy, who has moved here from Spain, has performed, danced, lip-synced and sung in some of the best LGBTQ+ clubs in Barcelona and is a talent not to be missed.”
The event format was tested recently with 20 gay men in Mayfair and Christina said that feedback was overwhelmingly positive with some already signed up for the Duke of Wellington.
One of the men who was there, Adrian Garcia from Bethnal Green, said: “At first I thought the idea of speed dating would be really cringe, but Christina really knows how to get people comfortable speaking to people they don’t know and letting loose. It was a very fun evening, I’m still in touch with a couple of people who I met and have signed up for the big launch date already!”
The Duke of Wellington night will be followed by a special Pre-Valentine’s Day evening on February 13 at Village Soho. It is hoped that these will be just the start. Christina said: “These events are for gay men, but we will be looking to host lesbians and all other queer people in the future. Who can resist a night with Drag Queens – and take advantage of Monday night prices at the Duke of Wellington where selected drinks are only £2.95 each?”
So get booked in now as tickets are limited.