12 September 2010

The Bohemian Masquerade Ball at the Albert Hall

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Way back in 2007 Tom Woodward ran the first of what would be two Jester’s Balls.

On the strength of that experience a lot of people rushed to get a piece of the Bohemian Masquerade Ball.

And many elements were there. Lots of interesting people, many of them very beautiful.

There was wonderful costuming to gawk at from the clever, to funny, sexy, or just elegant.

The lineup of entertainment was fantastic (although mostly acts one can see for free at The Front or The Phoenix).

On the other hand there were a few downers.

    — The line for the bar at one stage stretched out of the bar room, across the foyer and into the ladies’ bogs.
    — There was no food on sale.
    — Not enough seats
    — A cloak room would have been nice

It didn’t stop me having a blast. But I think it took the gloss off for a few people.

I know plenty of you lot were there. What did you think?

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Pommy bastard said :


I agree – Not really! Probably too many Teena Varigos taffeta dresses, pencil straps, reproduction-retro and shop-bought masks to qualify as a bohemian. And waaaaaay too much earnest 100% polyester. Hard to place this crowd – perhaps Mitchell-origin corsetry aficionados?

Entertainment was good – burlesque in particular.

House lights were off so it was hard to see costumes and people, which was a shame as people went to a lot of effort to dress for the night (a few dim lights would have been nice).

Speakers took up too much stage space and at times the sound wasn’t very well balanced and it was hard to understand the “host”. Getting a drink was almost impossible and I gave up trying, empty bottles and glasses everywhere towards the end of the night which wasn’t so good. Spilt drink on floor also not so good (no one hired to mop up).

No cloak room but it was so cold without heating and doors open that this wasn’t a problem for me – would have to consider dressing as a furry animal if another one of these is held during cold months at the same venue. Not enough chairs put out around the room. Queue to the female toilets was ridiculous (three loos for several hundred women got ugly after a few hours).

Fix those things and it would have been perfect.

I really have to go to one of these one day, ot at least play in a band that plays there…

It was really dark so I couldn’t even see that much.
Great kinky entertainment.

But basically I had a horrible time and would rather have spent the night out at the Kennedy room.

Outta Control5:23 pm 11 Sep 10

Tetranitrate said :

Those people aren’t Czech.

I see a little silhouetto of a man . . . wearing a hoodie.

Tetranitrate2:10 pm 11 Sep 10

Those people aren’t Czech.

What a night! I thought it was generally well organised, the entertainment just kept coming all night. A great crowd of stunning individuals made a good effort on the dressing up. There was a great amount of loose dancing for the grand finale, The Barons of Tang.

The bar line was a bit ridiculous at the beginning of the night, but after 10pm there was no wait. The boutique beers and cider made up for it.

A few recycle bins sitting around the place would have been welcome too.

But I don’t think the organisers need us to tell them these obvious things. Looking forward to the next one!

There’s clearly a thirst for this kind of thing here in the Can.

I didn’t mind there was no food and thought there were enough seats. I also thought I saw a cloak room of sorts set up.
The bar line was ridiculous.
I think the house lights should have been up a little towards the back of the room, rather than having the exit signs as the only mood lighting away from the stage. Maybe the speakers should have been off the stage as viewing the acts from the sides was a bit difficult.

But they are all fairly minor things. It was a great night and a lot of fun 😀

I see a hoodie! What the hell?

Pommy bastard12:05 pm 11 Sep 10


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