Walking into the dark bar of the O2 Academy, feathers were flying, glitter was in the air and as a woman wearing nothing but underwear walked past, no one batted an eyelid. Welcome to Club Noir, the biggest, baddest burlesque club night in the world.
Club Noir, a club night featuring burlesque shows, DJs and bands, is officially the biggest burlesque club in the world, as recognised by the Guinness World Record with 2,000 attending each event.
Since March 2004, Club Noir has been putting on up to six events a year, each with a theme. This year is was a Commonwealth Carnival theme, to tie in with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Taking place on Saturday, 3rd August – the day before the closing ceremony – it was a perfect date for everyone to let their hair down after a manic 11 days.
Walking in wearing all black, I felt seriously underdressed. Looking around, there were men in drag, kilts and 3-piece dinner suits and women in latex, corsets and ballgowns. This is a crowd who doesn’t give a monkey’s what anyone thinks of them, the open-minded and the non-judgemental.
At 11pm, it was showtime. With an extensive variety from the French Maid and servant, who dropped his trousers to reveal red suspenders, to the Edinburgh Bhangra Crew with their Punjabi dance performance.
One of the highlights for me was Bigg Taj, a beatboxer who sounds like he has an entire musical band in his mouth. His renditions of White Stripes ‘7 Nation Army’ and ODB & Kelis’s ‘Got Your Money’ was outstanding, and the crowd went wild. Another highlight was Tiff Finney, whose mesmerising pole-dancing performance left the crowd stunned, and of course, wanting more.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get more bizarre, on walked the Puppet Master, The Great Aldo and his ‘puppet’ who eventually turned the strings on him, getting her revenge.
What about the burlesque, you say? There was plenty of it, from Vanity Kills, a Dita Von Teese lookalike to Luke Amour, a ballet burlesque star, we were spoiled. Organiser and burlesque performer Tina Warren performed her act ‘Tina Beans’, standing in a tin of beans, an alternative homage to the famous Martini glass act we all know.
We were then treated to a performance by the Dollhouse Burlesque, with their sultry rendition of Happy Birthday.
In my opinion, there couldn’t have been a more fitting way to end the Commonwealth Games. With the upbeat buzz that filled the room, the bright lights and sparkle of Club Noir, it was a night to remember.
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