October 31, 2010
Queen of Clubs Cabaret Halloween Spectacular 2010The Queen of Clubs Cabaret Halloween Spectacular was a fun night in a nice club with friendly people and a non boring music policy, where you could dance, chat and watch interesting acts. Surely this should be what happens at every club night? Sadly, in Oxford at least, it really isn’t. Every Oxford night is let down by something – but at Queen of Clubs there are no disappointments. The music’s not rubbish, it’s not full of idiots, there’s someone bellydancing while dressed as a skeleton…
Baby Simple was a great choice of venue for the event, and made the night feel like a tiny festival. The bands were on in an upstairs space, there was a back room full of sofas hosting some performance and screening films, a dance floor, a lounge type bar space and an outdoor area. This created a really nice atmosphere for meeting people and elevated the evening from a gig to a more special event.
There were some brilliant performances throughout the night – three cracking bands, all of the interesting genre fusion variety (punky folk from Inflatable Buddha, post punk from The Goggenheim, and gypsy rock from Chancery Blame and the Gadjo Club), various belly dancing displays from Shimmy Shimmy Bang Bang and fire poi from Tarryn Balsdon, as well as nice extras to discover (face painting, gluten free cupcakes, a screening of The Wizard of Oz, many DJ sets). I especially liked Inflatable Buddha and the Shimmy Shimmy Bang Bang’s clockwork gypsies – both satisfyingly halloweeny and much fun.
Basically, Queen of Clubs Cabaret is brilliant. If you’ve ever been in a club and secretly thought “I love dancing, but I’m kinda bored now. I wish there was something pretty to point my eyes at. I wish there was somewhere quiet enough to talk. I wish something was on fire.” then you’ll love it. Book for the New Year party now.