SHOOK has landed in Birmingham, and it’s about to change everything. It’s no secret that Birmingham’s gay scene is thriving, with queer culture well and truly making its mark, but what happens when you step off Hurst street, either because you’re sick of the same old, or looking for somewhere a little more ‘accessible’? Head south toward Digbeth and say hello to the event that’s bringing Drag to the masses. Borrowing its name from modern slang and born from the drunken conversations between SHOOK’s creator Michael Reynolds, Boo Sutcliffe and Anna Lies, SHOOK was made with firm intentions to let the queer arts and acceptance of all things tacky or not, reign wild and free. Making Birmingham a mecca for the avant garde by bringing drag queens from across the country, SHOOK aims to break free from the confines of modern clubbing by adopting a wild NY party icons Club Kid style approach; so wear what you like, whether that’s your PJ’s or a three piece suit. The first event titled the Guilty Pleasure Edition, takes inspiration from those childhood disco days and noise cancelling headphones when you listened to what you thought no one else would ever know about. The tackiest tracks imaginable will be coupled with head-turning sets by drag acts like Lydia L’scabies, Alfie Ordinary and the fantastic Orphelia Love. With champagne towers and candyfloss on tap also promised, just watch as this night breathes more life and colour into Digbeth.
Fri 20 Jan, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG, 10.30pm – 4am, £10 and www.skiddle.com
Published on: Sun 1 Jan 2017