Forest Gayte Pride presents a dazzling evening of cabaret hosted by Crystal.
Crystal bio & testimonials:
The international lip-sync assassin Crystal delivers a progressive powerhouse extravaganza through her charming demeanour, rock’n’roll live vocals, impressively tight lipsync mixes, hysterical stories and non-stop good vibrations which all makes her part of the furniture in any venue!
“Amazing! The best!” – Jonathan Ross
“Crystal stole the show!” – Gay Times (UK)
“Simply tremendous!” – I-D Magazine (UK)
“Truly entertaining & highly professional.” – Manager of Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth
“She does a great job! The crowds love it!” – Owner of Freedom Bar Soho, London
Amelia Cavallo – Drag King
Blind, non-binary drag king Amelia Cavallo AKA Tito Bone, showcases their signature skills of song, dance and audio description, while wearing large amounts of eco-glitter and proving that accessible art is the epitome of cool . Expect wit, sparkle and physical dexterity with a dash of satire added to the mix. Amelia Cavallo is a multi-disciplinary performer and one half of Quiplash, a performance project taking space for deaf and disabled people across the LGBTQI+ spectrum.
Benjamin Butch – Drag King/Comedy
Charlie George – Comedian
Gipsy Von Jagger – Burlesque
King Frankie Sinatra – Drag King/Live Music
MIRI – Musician
MIRI’s music has garnered support from Gemma Cairney at BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine, London In Stereo, and BBC Introducing. She has spoken to BBC Radio London and Fubar Radio about her music, mental health and LGBTQ+ issues and has performed her music in male prisons along with Q&A’s to bring LGBTQ+ awareness. MIRI has curated, hosted and performed for various venues and causes including the Southbank Centre for Raze Collective, and has music featured in film and documentaries. She has performed extensively across the UK & Europe – highlights include Trafalgar Square for Million Women Rise (a rally and protest to end violence against women), The 100 Club for the Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and Sofar Sounds. She is on the BEAT Board for the Featured Artist Coalition and is an Ambassador for the F-List founded by Vick Bain with Anoushka Shankar as inaugural president. For 8 years MIRI co promoted and co-hosted highly esteemed monthly live music night, Blue Monday created for LBTQ women and allies with guest speakers that included Safe Gigs for Women and Get in Her Ears.
Outside of music MIRI works with mental health awareness charities and community projects. This year she ran her 3rd ‘Find Your Voice’ workshop for First Timers Fest and works with many participants on a one-to-one basis. She is on the well-being team for Girls Rock London and is the curator of Diversity Platform, Q&A and panel discussions for young LGBTQ+ artists offering support and guidance in the music industry.
Ramanique Ahluwalia – Spoken Word
Shakona Fire – Drag Artiste
Squid/The Mollusc Dimension – Musician/Cabaret
In spite of his parents’ best efforts, The Mollusc Dimension is a queer, trans-masc,
Chinese-British multi-hyphenate artist from London, via Essex. He is older than dial-up
internet and recommends packing an apple if you want to keep the doctor away. Forest
Gayte Pride has offered him a crevice in which he will horizontally joke about crushes and
melt your heart with “musical” revamps such as “The Transqueerian Rhapsody” and “Why
do Cis Men Take Up So Much Space”.
Since releasing his “unreviewable” debut album, Welcome to The Mollusc Dimension, he
made the theme tune for trans history podcast, Adventures in Time & Gender; plus music
and visuals for Bird la Bird’s LGBTIQ+ take on Elizabeth I, Breaking The Spell (2020). He
has also had the pleasure of working with Bitten Peach UK, Chinese Arts Now,
Comediasians, Fringe Film Fest, Rumah Fest, Trans Pride Brighton and Usurp Art.
Victoria Elizabeth – Magician
Yaz Necati – Drag Poet
Yas Necati (they/them) is a writer, performance poet and drag king who explores queer and trans identity, migrant identity, mental health, recovery, community and resistance. When they are not immersed in drag and poetry, they campaign for queer rights, run workshops on self-care, and hang out with their three extra fluffy cats. You can find them at https://www.yasnecati.co.uk/ and on social Twitter @yasnecati
(Photographer – Edna Sankakdar)
Booking not required.