Mission Accomplished: Sub89, Friar StreetBy Miss L'Amour
May 12, 2010
The Vaudeville Rave was back in town for the bank holiday weekend and The Angels were excited to be invited to the party. It’s one of our favourite events, combining cabaret with music and fantastic fancy dress.
Due to the sucess of the last event, organisers moved to an bigger venue, Sub89 in Friar Street. The arena was transformed into a vaudevillian carnival filled with con artists and reprobates.
Sub89 was packed with the wonderful sounds and acts that echoed the early 20th century, but brought up to date for this millennium. It’s no surprise that the Vaudeville Rave team boasts it’s one of the biggest nights in the UK for the genre.
The Angels vouch that it’s definitely Reading’s most unique night. With its fancy dress theme, we laced up our best corsets for the night as we joined the rogues, ladies of the night, devilish aristocracy and fallen splendour.
We were greeted with a champagne reception as we got our taste buds ready for some dodgy moonshine, 1920s style. We were taken into a fantasy world as we mingled among a host of carnival stalls, hay bales and plasma screens.
We enjoyed a wide range of entertainments, including what every carnival needs – the bearded lady. There were card sharks and larger-than-life characters en masse around this area to be enjoyed, as well as the fortune teller with his amusing forecast.
All this for a mere £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Even with a bigger venue we felt it wasn’t surprising that tickets had almost sold out in advance.
We got in the mood as the beautiful burlesque belle Scarlett Daggers graced the stage to tantalise and tease with her burlesque routine.
There were too many performances during the night and it seems a little unfair to mention just a few, but we must. We enjoyed Miss Jo, who stepped in with a fire act at the last minute and Tommy, the random dancing volunteer. Gili Ivri also performed: his improvisation was such as hit with the organisers that they gave him 45 minutes.
The Angels partied into the early hours with the vaudevillians of Reading, enjoying a set from Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer Chap-Hop extraordinaire. He aims to set the Queen’s English to rap. Big Papa Ben and the Mississippi Wailers then brought their gritty, toe tapping four-piece ragtime live band, Kitch the Vaudeville Rave veteran playing the best in jive, rockabilly and 50s’ rock ‘n’ roll.
DJs brought tunes from the gypsy scene.
We had a great night and can’t wait for the next one.
The Vaudeville Rave has its own Facebook group. Just enter “All those in favour of a vaudeville rave say AI” into the Facebook search box to find it.
Sub89 continues to showcase some great acts. The Wonder Stuff perform there tomorrow night, while Caspa with Rod Azlan will appear on Saturday, while cult favourites Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster will be on the bill on Monday. The Damned perform on Tuesday. For more details, log on to www.sub89.com.
Win tickets to see Judge Jules at Bar Mango
After the huge success of Judge Jules playing at Mango last year Raw Filth have invited the DJp back to rock the party next month.
On Friday, June 18, the ever-popular DJ will return to the Hosier Street club for the latest Raw Filth night. He will DJ with, among others, Shane Davies and Andy Trafford.
Bar Mango has a pair of tickets to give away to this popular night. To enter the competition, just go to the www.barmango.com website, and answer a competition question.
All correct entries will be put into a draw which will take place on Tuesday, June 1. Winners will be notified by email.