The wonderful world of boylesque has become increasingly popular in recent years and naturally, a Boylesque Festival or two have cropped up to showcase talent from all over the world, proving that the boys are just as talented as the girls when it comes to the art of the tease.
Here’s how this year is looking so far…
The New York Boylesque Festival
Background: The first of the Boylesque festivals produced by Jen Gapay (AKA Thirsty Girl) and Dan Nardicio – debuted in April 2012 and featured performances from the likes of Tigger!, The Evil Hate Monkey, Mr. Gorgeous and Mahogany Storm.
Last year’s festival was spread across two nights in May, as well as the two NYC boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and featured over 40 boylesque performers including Bazuka Joe, Ray Gunn, and Waxie Moon.
This year: 10th-11th June
This year’s acts: Poison Eve, Broody Valentino, Hard Cory, James and the Giant Pasty, Victor Devonne and more on the first night, and Tigger!, Mr Gorgeous, Ben Franklin, UmAShaAdow, Devon Aire and more on the second night
The Seattle Boylesque Festival
Background: The success of the New York festival has led to a spin-off festival in Seattle (and there’s a New Orleans festival coming soon too), produced by Jen Gapay (AKA Thirsty Girl) and Dan Nardicio too.
Last year was the Seattle event’s debut, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme featured performers from Seattle (Waxie Moon, Eddie Van Glam, The Luminous Pariah, Trojan Original and Paris Original), the States and Europe.
This year: 28th- 29th April
This year’s acts: Beau Creep, Brotherhood of Boylesque, EmpeROAR Fabulous, Willy LaQueue, Marquis Facade and more on the first night, and Waxie Moon, Mod Carousel, Paris Original, Isaiah Esquire, Eddie Van Glam, Ernie Von Schmaltz and more on the second night.
The Vienna Boylesque Festival
Europe’s only boylesque festival debuted in 2014, produced by Jacques Patriaque – an alumnus of the New York festival. It follows a similar format to its American counterparts with a teaser night of both burlesque and boylesque, though the main event night that consists solely of male performances.
In its inaugural year, the Vienna Boylesque Festival saw two vocal performances from Austria’s Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, as well as headlining performances from Tigger!, Jett Adore and Jacques Patriaque himself. Last year’s festival included the Twirling Dirndl Burlesque Gala awards for the ladies during the first night, as well as all of Europe’s brightest boylesque stars during its main event.
This year: 18th and 20th May
This year’s acts: Reuben Kaye, Trixie Little and Satan’s Angel on the first night, and Mr. Gorgeous, Chris Harder and Tigger! on the second, with more acts to be announced.