Flagging and looking like an bedraggled feral animal I arrived home from my hectic work trip to Liverpool. I quickly washed off the film of traveling grime and wolfed down a hearty meal in a hope to increase energy levels for a night with Boy George and friends at the iconic Jazz Cafe. The night would prove to be another successful fundraiser for the Hep C Trust and their extremely important GET TESTED campaign.
As well as the musical delights invitees and ticket holders would have the opportunity to bid on photographs capturing celebrity charity supporters dressed as 80’s Idols, all taken by the multi-talented Boy George . Those featuring in the shots, most of whom were present on the night, were the forever young Sadie Frost who embodies sassy as a young Madonna, the striking tattooed chef Gizze Erskine as Siouxie Sioux , star of the future Josh Weller as diminutive icon Prince, Matt Horne as Adam Ant, Lisa Moorish as the unique Grace Jones, feel-good pop star Eliza Doolittle as the eccentric Kate Bush, talented shoe designer Beatrix Ong as the sultry Sade, Johnny Owen as Robert Smith, Jimi Mistry as Freddie Mercury, Finlay Kemp as Gary Kemp and last but not least the doll like starlet Paloma Faith as Boy George himself!!
Here is Boy George talking about his photographs.
In-between the musical collaborations Lisa Moorish would command the stage for the auction, the typically glamorously Jodie Harsh adding a few cracking one liners along the way. Mat horne had also taken the stage and seemed rather embarrassed and endearingly surprised by the lashings of money being thrown their way in return for his signed image. To raise the bidding further he also promised to put up the artwork himself, which shortly got extended to ‘in his pants’ eventually provocatively adding ‘with one ball out’…..this was inevitably greeted with excitable whoops and a few more pounds of bidding.
Headline act Boy George collaborated with most of the musical attendees, including the young Josh Weller, who complete with trademark curly quiff and country heritage inspired ensemble appears to have an innate style and natural talent which should see his star continue to shine.
I was particularly excited to see Paloma Faith perform. I had interviewed and watched her at a Russian Standard Vodka gig last year and thought she was fabulous, an example of what a musical artist should be in my opinion! Despite lack of practice between the collaborating musicians, with lyrics held in hands, the resulting sounds were still incredible. In a satin figure stroking tangy gown Paloma put a gloriously jazzy and unique take on ‘Ain’t no Sunshine…’ made even more spectacular by the incredible saxophonist.
I’d not seen Adam Ant for years so was looking forward to see what sort of performance he could ‘ stand and deliver.’All I will say is that he’s still got it….He even had two fetching young ladies watching at the side of the stage who he appeared to be serenading for much of his display.
Sadly as a non London dweller I had to rush to get the last train and missed the conclusion to the evening. Before I left I got a tad mushy listening to a touching version of ‘Always On my Mind’ and was then swiftly uplifted by a rendition of classic Karma Chameleon… it turned into a proper sing/clap along session and created one of those special moments you occasionally get at gigs where everyone is united in joy… Sheeh I hope that didn’t sound to cheesy and vomit inducing! As I was leaving the dashing comedian/presenter Jeff Leach took the stage to reveal the winning audience members who had donated via raffle tickets.
Another cracking night courtesy of the tirelessly hard working Gemma Peppe and the Hep C Trust team….
To bid silently on the aforementioned photos click here…
http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/ for information on the charity and its initiatives
Video footage of the wonderful performances coming soon……