Well. This is exciting!

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2016 A Year In Photographs

My final blog of 2016!

We had some good times…

With some good people…

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QUEENS!

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Now THAT is what you call a show!!!

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Hosted by Michelle Visage and starring Courtney Act, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Katya, Pandora Boxx and Adore Delano, RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The Seasons was the Ultimate All Stars Drag Race!

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Every Queen was on point: Courtney’s ‘Wings’ from season 6, Sharon’s solo spookiness, Jinkx’s vaudeville charade, Violet’s mesmerizing burlesque, Pandora’s kitchy comedy, Adore’s stunning vocals and Katya’s fucking brilliant Titanic performance art piece sung in Russian… Snatch Game, Rocky Horror, Michelle Visage singing Madonna’s Take A Bow… The entire thing was a masterstroke of genius!

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I can’t WAIT to see who is on the line up for next year!

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Christmas Queens

Oh Christmas Queens…
Oh Christmas Queens…
How lovely are your baubles!

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Christmas Queens rocked up into the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Dedember 3rd as part of the UK leg of the tour.
Featuring Michelle Visage, Katya, Detoxx, Alaska, Manila Luzon and Phi Phi O’Hara in a festive themed evening of decadence, humor and fuckery, the entire show was as bizarre and brilliant as anyone could imagine! Showcasing the recent Christmas Queens 2 album (available on iTunes…) The cast on the Glasgow gig were hilariously brilliantand kudos to Katya, Detoxx and Alaska for their unexpected performance of Read U Wrote U from the All Stars 2 finale!

Michelle Visage singing O Holy Night was a lighters in the air (or iPhone flashlight in the air for the shady fuckers) moment that brought the evening to a poignant could-actually-hear-a-pin-drop for a few moments segment. She really is a fantastic singer with a brilliant voice.

It was all Queens together as the night ended with a group sing a long to Auld Lang Syne!

And check out the utterly amazing Katya at the end of We Wish You A Merry Christmas! I cannot wait to see her live in Glasgow next year at AXM! She’s an absolute All Star in my eyes!

I hope a Christmas Queens Tour becomes an annual tradition!

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John McBlain: Master of Arts

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John McBlain
Master of Arts
Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Having studied music at undergraduate and postgraduate level before this degree, and having worked in the creative and educational industries for all of my professional career, I started the postgraduate course at UWS way back in 2012 when a burst appendix and a mini stroke derailed my graduation back when I finished studying!

Fast forward to 2016 and Ive FINALLY graduated my my Masters Degree from University of the West of Scotland in Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship and I’m so happy and pleased and proud of myself!

A congratulations from Zane Lowe was awesome!

As was a congratulations from Colby Keller!

Onwards and further upwards I go!

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There’s no denying that Mø has been one of the breakthrough vocalists and songwriters of the past few years. The voice of the most streamed track ever on Major Lazer’s massive worldwide smash hit Lean On showcased her impressive repertoire from debut album No Mythologies and also the huge songs she’s been part of and much more.

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The Danish artist’s vocals are extraordinary- Mø has a truly unique tone and quality that I personally adore and her ethereal and piercing voice lends itself flawlessly to the sleek, cool electropop music that she creates.

Mø had the sold out crown in the palm of her had with every note and word and move and all eyes were on her as she stalked the space between her three piece band with her loose limbed and non stop choreography.

With a new album on the horizon, it was impressive to see and hear Mø’s music played live. I’ve followed her and listened to her music for some time now and was thoroughly impressed at how well the somewhat cool and clinical electropop translated into a live situation.

Closing the gig on the summer hit Final Song would have been to obvious a choice, instead going for her signature anthem, Lean On, where she was elevated by the crowd, doing some fairly impressive yoga style moves!

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Mø in the future!

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Comic Con Glasgow

Jack and I attended MCM Comic Con in Glasgow this year!
As great as the day was, perusing the stalls and markets and buying a few Funko Pops and artworks, the ABSOLUTE highlight was sitting upon The Iron Throne!!!


All hail His Grace, John of House McBlain, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.

Or should that be…

All hail His Grace, Jack of House De Banzie, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.


Hmmm…

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Scream Queens

Scream Queens

From the creator of Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Crime Story, American Horror Story and the greatest show ever made, Popular, Scream Queens continues Ryan Murphy’s reign of creating razor sharp television. This show is fucking fantastic- sassy, sly, clever, witty and completely self aware, Scream Queens is one of my favourite shows right now- and it’s only at Season 2!

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Perfectly cast and featuring the original Final Girl herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, this show can do no wrong in my eyes! Paying homage to classic horror and slasher movies with a killer soundtrack and brilliant, brilliant writing, this show is Ryan Murphy at his very best. And i was quite happy to be admitted to the C.U.R.E. Institute Hospital to be treated for ‘Stupid Hippo Syndrome’!

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Bring Back The All Stars! Again!

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Hot off the heels of Season 8, and an Emmy nomination or two, Mama Ru will return to the runway for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 premiering Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo with a supersized 90-minute episode!

The new season featuring 10 of the most celebrated competitors vying for a second chance to enter Drag Race herstory will be filled with plenty of heated competition, lip-syncing for the legacy, and, of course, the All-Stars Snatch Game!

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RuPaul will be joined by Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley alongside guest judges Raven Symone, Ross Matthews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham Norton, Aubrey Plaza and more for a season packed with more eleganza, wigtastic challenges and twists than Drag Race has ever seen.!

“From this moment on, it is about building your legacy… But wait… There’s more… Because you are All Stars I won’t be eliminating any Queens this season…” – RuPaul

To be an All Star you have to mix it up to stay on top with the bottom two being cast aside for a top two each episode who will lip sync for their legacy with the winner yielding the power of elimination!

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Featuring Queens from seasons two, four, five, six and seven, All Stars 2 feels like a real race for the crown already with an incredibly well matched cast of favourites, villains and frenemies. No longer ex reality show contestants- these Queens are seasoned and talented performers, artists, comedians and musicians and all are beloved equally by the Drag Race fan base and beyond!

Casual viewers and newcomers to Drag Race will surely love it but hardcore fans will devour this season- All Stars 2 is a celebration of these Queens and the Emmy nominated empire that Drag Race has become!

May the best woman… win!

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LCD Soundsystem

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T in The Park 2016. The final T if you like! Jack and I braved the mud and rain and mud and rain and had the best time ever!

We saw everyone that we wanted to, but to be fair, the whole point of going was to see the legendary LCD Soundsystem playing live and my god they did not disappoint!!!

James Murphy did what he does best, Nancy Whang hammered those keyboards and the ensemble of LCD Soundtsystem played like I’ve never heard them play before! This was a one off chance to see them play live and I’m so glad I got to see it!

The set list that lasted well over 2 hours and turned in as impressive a performance of their greatest songs as they have done headlining at Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo etc in the past.

Yeah, as reported in the press and Twitter the crowd was pretty small for a headlining act- the majority of the T in The Park crowd opting for other things and stages. But when the music and songwriting and production and sound is as good as this, who gives a fuck! LCD Soundsystem… you were fantastic!

Come back soon!

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It Is On Drive In Movies

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What an awesome time we had at It Is On’s Drive In Movies!
Showing Grease, Jaws and Dirty Dancing across the day and night on the beach at Troon in Ayrshire, It Is On pulled off a brilliant event full of fun!

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We played on the fairground, grabbed some food and popcorn from the stalls and tuned in the car radio for an afternoon of sheer joy!

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I cannot wait til the next time!!!

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