Food, wine, The Feeling, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and lots of tits.

  The other week we bagged ourselves an invite to a swanky charity event at Proud Cabaret in, erm – it took us ages to find it and we’re still not sure where it is – so, erm, LONDON and we saw some breasts while eating fish and drinking sparkling wine.  It was all in […]

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The other week we bagged ourselves an invite to a swanky charity event at Proud Cabaret in, erm – it took us ages to find it and we’re still not sure where it is – so, erm, LONDON and we saw some breasts while eating fish and drinking sparkling wine.  It was all in honour of the YOUYOU charity, which offers in-roads to the creative industries for disadvantaged kids, giving them personal mentoring, tuition and advice to make it big in their chosen careers.

Now, onto the tits and food.

We were treated to a three course meal from a Michelin-starred chef – which was bloody ace – and then some naughty burlesque acts, followed by some live performances from The Feeling, Guy Chambers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Beverley Knight.

Proud Cabaret went all out to impress us, which was the other big reason they hosted the event – so that I’d go home pissed and write really good things about it.  Well, I did go home pissed but I didn’t write about it then because who wants to read a 2000 essay on nipple tassels?  So I waited until the clouds in my mind cleared and I’m writing it now.  I’m still going to write really good things about it though.

Mainly because it was really good.

The venue is impossible to find, but once located, it’s a swish underground bar/restaurant/burlesque club that offers glamour and decadence by the bucket-load – from its immodest red decor to its scantily clad waitresses and silly-haired waiters.  It’s an experience, not just a club, and ours began with a beautiful meal, where we ate loads of really really nice things that we’d never heard of.  Oh and chips for some reason – didn’t even order them. THEY WERE THE FUCKING BEST CHIPS WE’VE EVER EATEN THOUGH. Throughout this meal, we were witness to three burlesque artists who, well, took their clothes off to annoying music (apart from the one who danced to 50 Cent’s ‘Candy Shop’).

Then the bloke sitting next to us got up and sat down on stage at a piano, “Oh dear, there’s a pissed bloke getting on the stage,” I thought, but it turned out he was Guy Chambers (he wasn’t pissed), and he proceeded to play a few tracks with someone called Schmidt (who we’re pretty sure left her entire main course on her table, not pleased).  After that, Beverley Knight got up on stage with Guy and screamed for a bit.

Then we had a bit more comedy from a lady who took her clothes off and balanced on two weird blokes’ shoulders and said some rude things and did the splits and stuff – it wasn’t like Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but she’d had a bit to drink.  Eventually, The Feeling got themselves on stage – now, as far as we could remember, The Feeling only had one big hit, but as it happens they had a pretty strong roster of songs up their sleeve.  We’d completely forgotten how many great tunes they’d released, and it even got us a little bit excited for their forthcoming new album.  And then Beverely Knight came back on for a bit more shouting.

Finally, Sophie Ellis-Bextor popped in and performed some of her hits with The Feeling before pulling some funny faces because she couldn’t shout as loud as Beverley Knight.  We’ll also ignore the fact that the press release made a big point of highlighting her animal charity work yet she was appearing at an event that served a caged, force-fed goose as a starter, but still – she was good.

All in all, it were a proper reet night and providing we can find it, we’ll definitely be going again.

It’s either there or Spearmint Rhinos – and we’re banned from Spearmint Rhinos.

 

Check out YOUYOU’s website here, and Spearmint Rhino’s Proud Cabaret’s here.

 

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