Leave your inhibitions at the door and crank up the fun factor…yes, after last year’s spectacular debut, Bestival’s glorious adventure-land The Grand Palace of Entertainment is back!
On the outside, it’s a beautifully decorated traditional fairground facade. On the inside, it’s a rainbow coloured pleasure-seeking, twisted, hot-house of fun.
In the daytime, masters of entertainment Massive in China will be presenting an eclectic and intriguing selection of comedy, cabaret, games, foot-stomping music, plus a generous sprinkling of other oddities and spectacles.
The evenings will be a raucous and colourful ride… so hold onto your glitter wigs. First up, the eminent Scottee is returning with a special edition of his naff variety show Camp, featuring turns from East London super-trannie, Jonny Woo. In very special Bestival exclusive, Scottee has also dragged together some of the UK’s most established names in female impersonation for an evening of sequin, hairspray and mouthing the words to Cher in Drag: A Cruise Ship Special.
The irreverent kings of alternative karaoke, Hot Breath, will be bringing 10,000 songs for you to destroy, plus those who are brave enough can step up to the Cardioke challenge – karaoke on a cross-trainer. Or you could try your hand at the Totally Exciting Championship of Household Games Tournament – a competition bound only by a person’s willingness to attach 50 clothes pegs to their face.
The Social Club Cabaret will hit the Grand Palace in the face like a happy, bright and beautiful wet kipper, in true variety style, featuring acrobatic ballroom dancers and knife throwing housewives. Or if you think you can do better, then sign up for THE Talent Show of the year and bring your special talents to the stage – stick your toe up your nose or burp the alphabet. The sillier the better. Will include prizes and fireworks.
Three times runner up to be in the running for the Eurovision song contest star Trevi Fontayne is a dream come true – just make a wish and he’ll sing you a song, from ‘I kissed a guy and I liked it’ to ‘Nuns just want to have Fun’. Or if that isn’t enough singalong nostalgia for you, then join Gino and his beautiful gameshow hostesses, the Velines, in 80’s Italian extravaganza, Gino’s Italopop Disco.
Then hang around to dabble in some late-night debauchery with Bestival party monsters Sink the Pink, taking the Grand Palace into the wee hours. These adorable show-offs are the most energetic, additive, colourful troop of tranny divas this side of East London, with poptastic guilty pleasures party DJ set and eye-popping shows all night. And for the last set on Sunday night, party with infamous rebel DJs Gutterslut, for a non-stop playground for freaks and geeks, transvestites, gays, straights, whoever, whatever: you’re in!
It’s going to be a colourful ride friends. See you in wonderland!