Jan 26, 2020
Interviews & Inspiration | Kristina Cassar Dowling
This January saw London’s most sickening convention take place at the Olympia Kensington. Yes, henny, we’re talking about RuPaul’s DragCon UK; the three-day event that gathered the masses for live performances by some of the most fabulous UK and US drag superstars, meet and greets with RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, panels held in the Tea and Shade rooms and a full-on DJ extravaganza by RuPaul himself. No, T sis, these girls brought it to the ball - and the crowd was gagged!
Open to VIP guests on Friday the 17th; the Olympia saw crowds of Drag Race superfans lined up outside the venue waiting to catch an early glimpse of Mama Ru, reigning UK queen The Vivienne and All Stars Season 4 winners Trinity the Tuck and Monet X Change; not to mention the drop-dead gorgeous Michelle Visage!
Throughout the event, a feeling of community, acceptance and individuality oozed out of every eager guest in the venue. Kids in costume, stunners in drag, older folk dressed to impress and others in their regular attire living their fantasy in the presence of sheer C.U.N.T. - that’s Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent, of course!
The iconic Queens Walk kicked off on Saturday morning where most of the queens present at the event brought it to the runway to sissy their walk and connect with their devoted fans. Stunners such as RPDR Season 1’s Ongina, the legendary Alexis Mateo and the most hard-working girl in drag; Morgan McMichaels did their thing while the cameras flashes and the crowds cheered. The jaw dropping moment was amped up once again when THE RuPaul joined his girls at the head of the staircase - this is when the crowd was 100% slayed!
Highlighting both Saturday’s and Sunday’s morning was the RuPaul DJ Set held on the Main Stage. Picture this: an elevated platform set right in front of you with new, raw talent shablaming, vogueing and twirling for the gods while Mother hits the decks, delivering lipsync worthy tracks for the masses to belt out. The crowd was shook!
Some other highlights of the event included the personal meet and greets that, despite their lengthy queues, delivered so much love and admiration for a trade that thanks to RuPaul is being respected and appreciated by a whole new market. Saturday’s panels Sibling Rivalry led by Bob the Drag Queen and Monet X Change as well as Miz Cracker’s Jewtorials were a good break from the crowds and pure comedy gold!
Sunday’s ultimate highlight - and possibly the highlight of the entire showcase for me - was The Frock Destroyer’s performance of Break Up (Bye Bye). The energy, excitement and sheer thrill that came with these girls act was legendary! Divina de Campo brought the full package; every move was on point, the charisma bursting at the seems! Bagga Chips was her good old comedic self, making the entire show “much better’ - she also looked pretty bangin’ in her little black dress. Blu Hydrangea; the Norther Irish cutie with a sharp tongue was on absolute fire throughout the event! She smashed out her performance; death drop and all and boasted one of the longest queues for meet and greets in the entire convention over the two days.
DragCon UK will be back - it just has to, there’s so much hype, so much admiration and an insane amount of talent that cannot go unnoticed. With the US Season 12 finally announced to air on the 28th of February, All Stars 5 well on its way, plans for RPDR Australia to get started and a confirmation for the UK edition; the only thing left to say is; girls… “You better work!”