East London’s alternative establishment brings a drag-packed tour-de-force of shows, DJs and outrageous fun.
River Stage returns this summer to bring you the best live music, dance, performances, DJs and workshops from partners across the country. Featuring take over weekends from East London’s The Glory, Latitude Festival, Mayfest, Rambert dance company and a weekend of music, dance, performance and outdoor cinema from the National Theatre, there is something for everyone this summer.An eclectic combination of theatre, guest DJs, live music in the afternoon and late evening, family fun, vibrant dance and the very best live music acts - this is a free summer festival not to be missed.
Transformer (6:30pm-7:30pm) – Lou Reed’s seminal 1972 album is re-imagined and revved up by a roaring live band fronted by East London star Jonny Woo.
LIPSYNC1000 (8pm-9pm) – John Sizzle and the stars from The Glory’s notorious drag queen battle LIPSYNC1000 bring all their shimmy to this Top of the Pops-inspired drag queen special.
Glo-Rave (9pm-10:45pm) – Drag DJs John Sizzle and Jonny Woo are inviting you to a free glorious rave here at the Riverside Stage.
Mr Tiddle Tum Tums & Other Stories (1:30pm-2:30pm) – Jonny Woo gives a preview of his children’s show which he is developing in Margate. Expect tongue twisters, original music and fab costumes.
Grizzle! Get Tropical! (2:30pm-4:30pm) – Drag DJ duo John Sizzle and A Man To Pet will bring a tropical beach party of saucy shows and cheeky dance routines.
Big Gay Songbook (4:30pm-6pm) – Irish pianist and songwriter Rudi Douglas plays ‘the songs that made me gay’, with Jonny Woo hosting. Pull up a deckchair and mince down memory lane!
Drag-e-oke (6pm-7pm) – The world's leading ‘bio queen’ Holestar teams up with John Sizzle for a drag-fuelled karaoke spectacular attempting to break the world record for London's biggest outdoor sing-a-long.
It's A Royal Knockout! (7pm-8:30pm) – Put your history books away because tonight The Glory presents this treasure chest of East London’s most avant-garde drag queens and drag kings in a ‘game of thrones’ performance battle.
Glorious 54 (8:30pm-10:45pm) – Get your freak on people, it’s time for one hell of a chic disco party to add sparkle to your Saturday night. The Glory pays homage to all the glamour and drama of 70s New York with a present-day East London twist.
Drag Life Drawing (12pm-2pm) – Morris Munroe brings his cult East London art class Queer Bodies to the River Stage, hosted by Jonny Woo.
Sizzle’s Lunchtime Lounge (2pm-3pm) – John Sizzle plays the best in laid-back Sunday grooves. Pull up a deck chair, pop open the Prosecco and let the Thames pass by while East London's leading drag DJ spins a mix of chilled-out classics. Because Sundays are sacred.
Afternoon At The Musicals (3pm-4pm) – Le Gateau Chocolat joins East London superstar Jonny Woo for this joyous outdoor matinee rendition of their infamously fun show A Night At The Musicals.
The Glory Tea Dance (4pm-5pm) – It’s your last chance to join Jonny Woo and John Sizzle as they wave goodbye to The Glory’s River Stage weekend with a final hour of feel-good, laid-back grooves, pop-up shows and Sunday sing-a-longs.
The festival is a collaborative partnership showcasing world-class programming and presenting new and diverse artists and acts with something for everyone to enjoy. The free outdoor season will take place on the River Stage, in front of the National Theatre, with events hosted every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday from 29 July until 29 August.
Entry is on a first come first served basis, so it can't be guaranteed. We need your card details to store the event information in "My Tickets", but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.
National Theatre, South Bank
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