Press Release: February 18, 2010
WHITE MISCHIEF "The Great Exhibition"
SATURDAY 27th MARCH
at SCALA, KINGS CROSS
£20 ADVANCE / £25 ON THE DOOR - 9PM 4AM
[early bird ticket offers available at www.WhiteMischief.info]
"Interactive fun thatll blow your fishnet socks right off" Time Out
... a fixture on the enthusiasts calendar The Independent
...people really push the boat out. The Observer
...one of the more prominent British exponents of a subculture. The Guardian
more fun than staying in a watching a Mighty Boosh 12-hour box set. Urban Junkies
...awe inspiring. Flavorpill
White Mischief that sumptuous feast of costume, dance, music and spectacle - is celebrating its third birthday, and to mark the occasion it will return to the well-heeled (and, frankly, highly appropriate) Scala in Kings Cross for a night of performance (they will also be hosting a party at Proud Cabaret, City the day before on Friday 26th), pageantry and wild abandon. Opening its doors at 9pm sharp on Saturday 27th May, White Mischief is curated by tribal pop band Tough Love and features multiple themed, decorated rooms where performance and music explode out of every hidden corner.
The nights theme will be The Great Exhibition, a reference perhaps to the grand and evocative Worlds Fairs of yesteryear. There will certainly be enough to take in, with acts as many and varied as Voltini, the outrageous mad scientist who electrocutes himself with visible bolts of lightning from a tesla coil; Bruce Airhead, a six-foot man who climbs inside a balloon; Keda Breeze, who makes sparks fly with an angle-grinding routine; and Steampunk burlesque acts from Beau Burlington and Meg La Mania.
Having earned the reputation as one of Londons key alternative nights with revellers attending from all over the country - White Mischief draws upon a decadent fashion sense embracing the aesthetic known as Steampunk, in which revellers in neo-Victorian outfits evoke the romantic ideals of Jules Verne and the industrial age. Costume inspiration is drawn from the periods ladies and gentlemen, scientists, explorers, exhibitionists, exhibits and discoveries from around the Empire. Think bustles, dresses, corsets, top hats, tails and waistcoats... (Dressing up is always encouraged but by no means compulsory - attendees are entitled to a 20% discount at Prangsta Costumier in Londons New Cross).
Your compre for the evening will be the inimitable chap-hop purveyor extraordinaire MC Elemental, whose recent song Cup Of Brown Joy has been setting YouTube alight. Sticking with the chap-hop scene theyll also be live music from Brighton based Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, the banjolele-playing, ghetto-blasting, pipe-smoking creator of 'chap-hop'. His subject matter centres on the finer aspects of old-school Brit culture (cricket, tea on the lawn, good manners) juxtaposed with a dryly inspired commentary mixed with urban licks and vintage beats.
Tough Love will be taking the stage, along with an eclectic line-up of sounds from out there. The Steampunk corner is represented by Hornicator virtuoso Thomas Truax; and Tankus The Henge (featuring members who grew up with parents working at Carters Steam Fair) who will be bringing their steam-powered piano. Roaming the venue on the night will be the Oompah Brass Band, fresh from success with last years Edinburgh Festival smash hit Blow Up: A Credit Crunch Musical, who will be playing pop hits (from Britney Spears to Kylie to AC/DC) in an oompah style while wearing authentic Bavarian lederhosen!
White Mischiefs third birthday party doesnt stop at the stage show. Expect to find steampunk craft stalls, exhibits from some of the UK's best steampunk installation creators, walkabout characters, vintage photo-booths and more. Thanks to White Mischiefs team of art directors (who have worked in film, theatre and on productions including Punchdrunk) rooms will be dressed to fit the retro-futuristic alternate-history theme. Theyll also be an array of musical genres covering antique beat, classical, vintage jazz, swing and rock n roll to keep you dancing.
Previous White Mischief artists have included British Sea Power, upcoming Sunday Best records stars The Correspondents, La Clique mainstay Miss Behave and many dozens more. In 2009 White Mischief were booked to bring their magic to Bestival. They also curated an exclusive theatrical Halloween ball in a Georgian mansion; and threw a massively popular New Year's Eve party which sold out two weeks in advance. Fans wanting a more regular taste of Mischief can do so at Proud Cabaret with the new White Mischief Revue on the last Friday of each month.
Event: White Mischief 3rd Birthday Extravaganza
Date: Saturday 27th March 2010
Venue: Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL
Information: 020 7833 2022
Doors: 9pm 4am
Price: £20 advance, £25 on the door. (Early bird ticket offers available at www.WhiteMischief.info)
Ticket Outlets: www.ticketweb.co.uk / 08700 600 100
Transport: Kings Cross (tube), buses, 10, 17, 30, 45, 73, 46, 63, 91, 214, 205 259.
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