Jamie Tabberer

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Friday night: Iconography Late at the National Portrait Gallery

This Friday (11 September) looks set to be a night made in gay heaven (we’re not talking about G-A-Y either – it can’t monopolise the phrase ‘gay heaven’ all the time!).

Not only is Mika doing a set at Popstarz (back at its original home of the Scala, no less) at midnight, but earlier that same evening, the National Portrait Gallery is also hosting a free event in tribute to its fantastic Gay Icons exhibit – IN ASSOCIATION WITH YOURS TRULY.

Yes, GT and NPG (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it) are teaming up to bring you Iconography Late.

Starting at 6pm sharp and running through until 10pm, Iconography Late is a FREE event (we likey) that is practically guaranteed to be amazing fun.

If the novelty of propping yourself up at a bar whilst in an art gallery doesn’t sound like a fascinating enough proposition, hear this: attendees are requested to dress up as their favourite icons in homage to the exhibit’s theme! Start wagering bets on the amount of Madonna impersonators in attendance now. We reckon there will be about 28 of ‘em.

And just wait until you hear who’s confirmed to attend – a literal cocktail of talent, from the fun and frivolous to the smart and serious.

Notorious entertainer David Hoyle (The Divine David) will be there, creating and handing out his own portraits of all the gays in attendance (you lucky people!), along with cabaret performer Maria Rosa Young who’ll be cracking out some tunes.

Literary sparks Bette Borne and Dean Atta will be doing some poetry readings along while acclaimed London-based writer Jay Bernard will also be popping in.

Mark Moore will be DJing, while club Lower the Tone (hosted by Sadie Lee, who coincidentally is a former winner of the BP Portrait Award – fitting) will also be upping sticks for the evening to lay down some tracks on the IT gallery, overlooking the Main Hall.

If you fancy it, you could even pay a few quid and have a gander at the exhibit to round things off, and witness the spectacular images on show (like the one above of Joe Dallesandro looking rather hot) first hand.


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