‘Tis the season of sequins, cocktails and debauchery… the perfect time for a spot of cabaret.
So we’ve turned to London’s hit, new cabaret and cocktail destination, Hester’s Hideout to find out who their experts think are Blighty’s best ten, unmissable performers.
In no particular order, here are the feather-bothering stars to keep your eye on this Chrimbo and new year:
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Blaize is Europe’s top showgirl and burlesque queen, with a glittering clientele including Dior, Cartier, Damien Hirst, Depeche Mode, Sony Pictures and Deutsche Bank.
She has performed everywhere from Royal Opera House London, State Theatre Sydney, Orpheum Theatre Hollywood, Palace Pisani Venice, and Blenheim Palace UK, for A-List audiences from Cher to Lauren Bacall to Prince Albert of Monaco.
She has also performed in major shows with artistes such as Goldfrapp, Marc Almond, Scissor Sisters, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Jamie Cullum, Gloria Gaynor, and the late James Brown.
Papillon is an award-winning burlesque star and one of Europe’s most highly skilled showgirls.
The Burlesque Idol UK winner has wowed fans across the world with her sensual and intelligent performance, dance and singing and has even been a pioneer of the burlesque movement in the Middle East.
You can catch Jolie dazzle at Hester’s Hideout’s Gin & Tease every Saturday night.
From a cloud of butterflies exploding from her glittering costumes, to breathtaking routines perched on a twinkling crescent moon, Butterfly’s choreographed performances artfully marry the macabre with the erotic to wow audiences the world over.
As one of the leading forces of nouveau-burlesque, her breathtaking art incorporates costume design, ballet, circus and athletics.
This impossibly naughty compere and comedian is most (in)famous for his wild piano sing-alongs, which get the whole audience involved.
He is the bastard lovechild of Chas ‘n’ Dave and Mrs Mills and you can follow the raucous chorus of drunken singingto find him beneath London’s streets, at Exmouth Market’s secret den, Hester’s Hideout.
VELMA VON BON BON
Voted one of the top 50 burlesque performers in the world for two years running and being named one of Burlesque Magazine’s top ten burlesque acts for the past three years, Velma is a tour-de-force in neo-burlesque.
The quirky English Rose has artfully fused glamour and comedy in what she calls “Glomedy,” which sees her tickle funny bones with her wonderfully diverse acts doing everything from riding oversized flamingos to playing monkey organs.
International burlesque DJ duo, The Roustabouts expertly mash decadent sounds of bygone eras with current and classic guilty pleasures.
You can catch one half of them (Mark) at Hester’s every Friday.
A regular in top burlesque listicles, Hurricane is a whirlwind who’s guaranteed to blow you away.
The international sensation has brought her show-stopping dances and teases all over the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
This Edinburgh Fringe sell-out cabaret character and magician hypnotises his audience with astonishing tricks and chilling mind games.
Kelso’s act leaves everybody glued to their seats as he makes his way around the room, singling out members of the audience and making them question what’s real.
The burlesque powerhouse, rockstar, actor, writer and performance artist has thalidomide-induced Phocomelia and says that “burlesque is one of the outsider genres of performance that accepts different-bodied people, notably in my case disabled people’.
He is best known for starring in ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’, where he played Paul the Illustrated Seal.
The burlesque superstar, chanteuse and compere is most famous for bringing burlesque to London’s West End in the critically acclaimed ‘The Hurly Burly Show.’
During her ten years as one of Blighty’s top burlesque stars, Rae has toured the world and received accolades including the Best Burlesque gong at the London Cabaret Awards.
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