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The Glory

The Glory brings a dazzling lineup of DJs, Drag, Cabaret and theatre makers to River Stage 2024

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Booking and details

River Stage: Friday 5 - Sunday 7 July
The event location is

National Theatre

South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Event times:

Friday: 6:30pm – 11pm
Saturday: midday – 11pm
Sunday: 12:30pm – 5pm

The Glory is back for another spectacular weekend at River Stage.

Along for the ride are The Glory’s best DJs and cabaret artists who’ll spread free love and jubilations over a long barmy weekend.

Hosted and curated by The Glory’s Grande-Dames of drag and performance, Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. They are calling on their top drag queens and kings, cabaret artists, DJs, and theatre makers to present probably London’s most exciting and radical, free weekend of queer music, performance and hi-jinx.

Laugh, dance, cheer, create and commune by the Thames at this annual summer jamboree.

Queer London at its best.

 

Hosted by:

Friday 5 July

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John Sizzle DJ Sesh

6:30pm – 7.30pm

The Glory’s infamous landlady, John Sizzle, takes to the decks to start the weekend off with an hour of disco delights. It’s the perfect post-work shimmy to get you in the festival mood. Get those boogie shoes on the dance floor.

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Jonny Woo’s Showtime Extravaganza

7:30pm – 9pm

Jonny Woo brings sequins, feathers and all that pizzazz. He’s joined by stars of The Glory presenting pop hits and classic show-tunes with choreography and costumes galore. Cast includes Mimi Chanel, Bolly Illusion, Camille Leon, Adam Perchard and Sadie Sinner. 

Seven drag performers either striking a pose to camera or mid-performance. They each have an individual photo in a rectangular strip that have been put one after the other.

The Divine T-Party

9pm – 10.45pm

The Glory’s Trans family make the most joyous parties. We round off Friday with pop and dance delights from mega babes Lucia Blayke & The Doll Named Dan. Plus shows from superstars Mild Peril, Cyro and Jamie Fuxx celebrating our beloved Trans community. 

Saturday 6 July

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Crafty Art Sesh

12pm – 1:30pm

Start Saturday with Finn Yvo’s arty craft sesh. It’s a chance for all the family to make some art, draw some Dads, and get crafty with the best Art Teacher The Glory has to offer. It’ll be fun and all materials are supplied.

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The Enby Show

1:30pm – 2pm

This is going to be a super-fabulous fast-paced thirty chaotic cabaret minutes from the fiercest gender non-conforming collective The Glory has ever seen. Strap yourselves up, you’re in for a bumpy ride.

Three drag queens edited into the same image with different patterned backgrounds. The drag queen on the left is wearing a large orange wig with white streaks in the fringe. The drag queen on the right is wearing a bright yellow wig and a yellow leopard print top. The drag queen in the middle is wearing a blue dress and holding a golden hoop with stars, in a replication of the European Union flag.

Big Euro Pop Party

2pm – 4pm

Jonny Woo is joined by Madge on piano and RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Just May for an afternoon of all things pop and Euro. It’s part quiz, part sing-a-long, part dance party, celebrating all the campness Europe has to offer. 

A performer wearing a black leather jacket with fringe, knee-high heeled boots, and a red neckerchief. They are holding a folding fan and posing in front of a black wall covered in bright pink flowers.

Cassandra Live!

4pm – 5pm

Self-proclaimed wild, wanton Moonchild, Cassandra presents an hour of musing, self-made music and 80’s eccentric stylings. With hypnotic hips and verse, she will sing her way through the afternoon. 

Two drag performers in tight black outfits and black platform heels, striking a pose with their arms outstretched. They are stood under pink lights and in front of a silver foil fringe curtain and a discoball.

Sue Gives a F**k & Rhys' Pieces

5pm – 6pm

Get ready for double-trouble in this hour of non-stop dance, rap, comedy, live, lip-synced show-business. Known London-wide for their multi-faceted talents, you’re in for a tour-de force of entertainment.

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Harem of Noone

6pm – 7pm

A collective of queer performers of  Turkish, Kurdish, Cypriot and Southwest Asian heritages take to the stage. They’ll be mixing language and culture in an hour of pop-cultural delights that everyone can enjoy. Expect shows, expect music, expect multi-national joy.

The text 'Lipsync 1000 verses Man Up!! Drag Battle!' on an orange background. Lipsync 1000 and Man Up are in black stylised fonts. Verses is in bright green capital letters. Drag battle is in bright yellow capital letters. A blue crown with three points is in the bottom left corner.

Lipsync1000 V Man Up

7pm – 9pm

LIPSYNC1000 and Man Up are the UK’s biggest, most important contests for drag queens and kings. Launching the careers of hundreds of artists, this drag battle showcases the amazing stars of tomorrow. The jewel in The Glory’s glittering crown. 

A drag performer at a DJ deck with one arm up in the air to pose to camera. To the left and right of the centre image is a kaleidoscope image of the performers face and The Glory logo, with a blue background in the corners.

John Sizzle's Queerdo Disco

9pm – 10:45pm

He’s in heels and he’s ready to party. Saturday belongs to the sensation that is John Sizzle. This fabulous, naughty and legendary party brings a soundtrack of bangers played by John’s Australian daughter MC Gaffy, along with performances from glittering Glory talent.

Sunday 7 July

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DJ Stav B Sunday Sermon

12:30pm – 2pm

East London’s High Priestess of Cool, Stav B, takes you on a wonderous trip through her incredible record collection. The perfect start to a chilled Sunday so sit back as Stav spins easy listening delights, retro pop grooves and funky tunes.

A drag performer smiling at the camera under pink lights with her chin on her hands. There is a toy horse between her elbows and various posters of horses stuck on the wall behind her.

All The Fraudulent Horse Girls

2pm – 2:45pm

The stars of this incredible Brooklyn Rep production showcase excerpts from their musical stage show depicting the lives and loves of every pre-teen girl’s dreams. That’s righthorses. Sing along with the cast in this family friendly mini-theatre spectacular.

A performer wearing a metallic lilac co-ord top and skirt. She is sat at a wooden piano with her hands on the keys and a high-heeled foot on the pedal.

Barbs Goes Classical

2:45pm – 3:30pm

The amazing Barbs provides the soundtrack to Sunday afternoon. Don’t let her ripped tights fool you, she plays scores from Chopin to Phillip Glass whilst telling tales of her rise to superstardom. She’s so talented she’s starring on TV’s The Pianist.

The text 'The Glory goes to Margate' in different styles and colours. 'The Glory' is a red version of their logo, 'goes to' is in yellow below it, and 'Margate' is a collage of different fonts and colours. The background is a collage of seaside landmarks from Margate.

Glory X Margate Seaside Special

3:30pm – 5pm

It’s a mash-up of The Glory’s finest performers plus their talented mates from Margate. Jonny Woo and Rudi Douglas reprise the Big Gay Songbook with pop-up Margate fabulosity from Lo Lo No & Ziah Ziah & many more to produce a joyful sunny finale.

 

River Stage weekends

More to explore

Overhead shot of people sitting at tables on the Forza Wine outdoor tearrace and below that, Theatre Square with a Taste of KERB bar, umbrellas and traders and lots of people enjoying the evening sunshine, all at the National Theatre.

Summer eating and drinking

Experience a taste of KERB as their open-air food and drink market returns for summer, with a host of seasonal street food specials. Find us by the Riverside Walkway.

This summer, Forza Taps is taking over the Weston Terrace (just below Forza Wine’s outdoor terrace), serving ‘on tap’ drinks, alongside their signature ‘Italian-ish’ snack menu.