It felt like a long wait for my first full-on Bo Nanafana of the year but what an event it was … one of the classic Bo nights. The Talk looked especially gorgeous and there were the usual nooks and crannies of surprise happenings, two stages, loads of djs, cabaret, live music, an up for it audience dressed to the nines, a terrific atmosphere and a top crew working behind the scenes, making the place look lovely, sound great and working smoothly … no wonder Bo Nanafana is held in such high regard and why when someone goes once they come back time and time again. This is how to party.
If next spring Bo Nanafana does not return to its rightful place as the centrepiece of the Festival events at the Spiegeltent then someone will be seriously missing a trick, in my humble opinion, with something as special as Bo on their doorstep, It is something I have really missed at Norfolk and Norwich Festival in recent years, it’s just not the same without at least one Bo night during the festival. We are exceptionally lucky to have Bo Nanafana in our fine city, it should be supported and treasured.
Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s The Office Xmas Party; occupational festive therapy starring
🌭King Salami and the Cumberland 3 Rhythm’n’Blues-Punk Maestros
🍌Asher M Tea Sexual gentleman and comedy genius
🎺Captain Flatcap swing and ska, funk, folk, and filth with shit loads of squelch!
🏊🏼♀️The Two Wrongies Synchronised Swimming in a wrong styley
🎅🏽Bad Santa & 🤓Mental Elf,
🖨🍆The Stationery Cupboard of Love starring Floyd and Holman with added photocopier
💃🏽Free and easy dance class.
🌟 DJ Thyroid & Vincent1000 (Le Freak Brothers) bring you The GoodTimes Retro Disco, spinning everything from Disco Anthems to Guilty Pleasures with glitter balls, spangles and tight sequinned jockstraps ( I made that last bit up)
🎩Shellac DJs swinging out in the Madmen Room
👠💼Dress fancy, think Madmen, David Brent, Moneypenny, Power Dressing, Branch Managers, Xmas Jumpers, Denholm Reynholm, Gordon Gecko, Pepper Potts
🎁Please bring a wrapped present (must cost no more than 50p, comedy value imperative) for the Secret (Bad) Santa
🎉Tell your boss, invite your staff, self-employed…. treat yourself!
🎟Tickets on sale at Soundclash NOW and on Eventbrite in a week’s time
£17.50 in advance and £20 on the door.
🌪What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
The whole event was superb value for money, the crowd almost drunk the taps of the Talk dry (again!) and the atmosphere … just incredible! It started with a Swing City dance class, while the Shellac Collective djs played in the other room and a GoodTimes disco of 80s favourites went down very well indeed in the main hall. The extraordinary Two Wrongies justified their name with an act that prompted gasps and sounds from an audience I don’t think I have ever heard before!
Headline band King Salami and the Cumberland Three were the perfect act, and having seen them at Red Rooster in the summer I was sure they would be. At Red Rooster they played during my favourite few hours of the whole festival, a run that included The Hanging Stars, Guadalupe Plata, Cale Tyson, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, and Danny and the Champs. Playing here some punky rock and roll to an enthusiastic crowd, with bonkers scenes for Do the Wurst where King Salami was almost dragged off stage when he got his maracas caught up in a passing strap, this is no euphemism, it was glorious mad. He was dragged back from his sickbed, in a dressing gown, for a terrific rousing encore. Talking to them afterwards I think they enjoyed this and had as much fun as we did.
Massive thanks and congratulations to the legendary “Queen Bo” Helen Stonely and her amazing and dedicated crew who helped make it happen, The Talk and all the performers, and not forgetting the wonderful audience. It was a special one.
More photos here.
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