Vavavavoom! More dazzling than a countryside starry sky

Knowing which artists to commend first on the site was a tough challenge. With so many amazing performers lending their support to the Forest of Thoughts, I’d hate to rank them. To avoid this issue, I’ll instead be posting about the performers based on how soon you can see them again – and, you lucky people, the first opportunity comes tomorrow, with the incredible Vavavavoom!

As anyone who saw their burlesque show – which had to operate a one-in-one-out policy due to its immense popularity – will know, Vavavoom! drip with witty glamour, offering some of the best burlesque I’ve ever seen. I first got into burlesque about 15 years ago and have seen some of the most acclaimed artists in the world, so this is no mean feat. 

Coco Deville by Tasha Marks (

Vavavavoom! joined forces with the equally incredible Wunderlich Revue (of whom more in a later post) to produce a show that included the hilarious Budgielicious with her six foot budgie, the utterly gorgeous Coco Deville who had everyone, male and female and regardless of sexuality, lusting after her (Oh, that bum! Oh, the boobs! Oh, the lovely happy nature!) and of course, the incredible Stella Starr who proved her Brighton legend status is totally deserved by working with Mick Wunderlich to produce the show.  I’ll never forget seeing her play the drums with her breasts, and bring the house down with whoops and cheers of admiration.

It was particularly impressive that Vavavoom! and Wunderlich Revue managed to produce such a fantastic show with so many complex props in a festival environment – and handled the few inevitable hiccups with charm and grace. If you are a promoter and are looking for a show that is not only brilliant but also run by amazing people who are a joy to work with, I strongly urge you to talk to Stella Starr and Mick Wunderlich. And if you are a cabaret fan – or have never seen a burlesque show before and want to see the best – get along to their show tomorrow.

Taking place at Brighton’s Latest Music Bar, Vavavavoom! has joined forces with Frockabilly to bring you an ‘Out of this World’ evening of space-age rock ‘n’ roll. Relive the 1950s space race with jet-propelled vintage tunes, burlesque performances, a Sailor Jerry style tattoo parlour, vintage clothes stall, two dance floors, and a cornucopia of visual delight. Launch your Brighton Pride weekend with this rocket of an event, raising money directly for MindOut (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Mental Health Project).

Burlesque cabaret features a rockin’ set from Stella Starr & The All Stars – a hot little combo version of the UK’s No.1 burlesque big band – playing a cosmic collection of far out tunes that will zoom with more than enough rocket fuel. Add in extraterrestrial exotica, alien show-girls, and a galaxy of GoGo Dancers; earthlings DJ Lonesome M and special guest Citizen Lane spinning vintage rockabilly and rhythm & blues; and, beaming in from the heart of the Milky Way, Dusty Groove Jukebox Show will entertain with a kaleidoscope of visuals and ‘flyin’ saucer rock ‘n’ roll’.

Oh, and if Playgroup Festival left you with a craving for more dressing up, look no further: there’s a prize for the best-dressed person (think astronaut/intergalactic explorer/space-babe/alien/​robot).

Running order

8 – Doors open
9-10 Stella Starr and the Allstars
11 – Burlesque exotica all night long. DJs for your dancing pleasure

“This could be the best £10 (£8 in advance) you spend in this galaxy, during this Pride weekend.”
Flash Gordon

“What a treat!”
The Source

“…a guaranteed good time.”
Curve Magazine

‘Pick of the Week”
The Guardian Guide

For more information and to book your tickets visit