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Boogaloo Stu

Boogaloo Stu

Boogaloo Stu has established himself as a uniquely innovative performer in the 25 years since he emerged from the DIY culture of Britain’s alternative nightclub scene.

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Biography

“Pop culture guru” – BBC.CO.UK

Boogaloo Stu has established himself as a uniquely innovative performer in the 25 years since he emerged from the DIY culture of Britain’s alternative nightclub scene. Fuelled by a boundless enthusiasm for popular music in all its forms and the many environments in which it is enjoyed, he has achieved legendary status in clubland and reshaped the broader landscape of entertainment around his distinctive take on mass culture – a lighthearted and irreverent approach that is nevertheless grounded in an obsessively detailed understanding of his material.

He first put his encyclopaedic knowledge of pop to use in the early 1990s as a DJ and host at Dynamite Boogaloo, the Brighton club night he co-founded. It was here that he perfected his skills as a cabaret performer, building a flamboyant and brightly coloured sensibility for both his character and the world that surrounds him through the costumes, scenery and other design material that he creates himself – a visually rich world that owes as much to obscure psychedelic cinema of 1960s Paris as to end-of-the-pier bawdiness and slapstick; a world that is irresistibly inviting, accessible and unpretentious, filled with an optimism that sparkles as brightly as the glitter curtains that became his signature backdrop.

As a natural extension of his shiny, synthetic vision, at the turn of the century he turned his attention to music and started recording. He has released three albums and, such was the popularity of his output there, a ‘best of’ compilation in Japan. A regular radio host, he has also worked as a voiceover artist for the BBC and Sky Arts.

More recently he has developed his cabaret skills into full theatre shows, devising projects and touring nationally with a variety of shows including the hip-swivelling School of Dance, the D-I-Y pop masterclass Pop Magic, the craft-based psychic love surgery Puppet Paramour, as well as creating whole new personas such as faded 1970s light-entertainment C-lister Derek Daniels for Crimplene Millionaire and Much Ado about Bingo, and doomed pub landlord Kevin Chisholm for the anti-gentrification musical Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings. He has taken these shows on tour to a variety of venues, from rural touring in pubs and fetes to the stages of arts festivals and venues across the UK.

 

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Presenting, performance and hosting highlights;
Television: BBCi host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Radio: Juice 107.2 and totallyradio.com regularly over the last decade
School Of Dance at the Barbican Centre
Beachdown Festival 2008
The Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness
May Ball at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea
The Antidote To Politeness” – Late at Tate at Tate Britain
Whoopee Club at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Blysh at the Wales Millenium Centre
A Masked Ball at the V&A Museum
Dancing In The Dark at The Manchester Victoria Baths
Dirty Red Ball for Quintessentially Events
Courthald Institute Summer Ball
Selfridges 100th Birthday Celebrations
Create Festival, Gillett Square London
Queer Up North, Manchester
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Cardiff Mardi Gras
Duckie
Colchester Arts Centre
Edinburgh Festival – various shows since 2004

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Testimonials

“A definite sparkle” METRO

“Poptastic tunes”ARJANWRITES.COM

“Sensationally catchy”INSIDERS GUIDE

“A post-modern Ziggy”DONT MAGAZINE

“Riotous priapic antics”EVENING STANDARD

“Glam-infused, flamboyant disco king”TIME OUT

“Comically OTT, resplendent in day-glo”THE INDEPENDENT

“Hotly tipped to crossover from after-hours vaudevillain to household name”
ATTITUDE

“Lovely stuff – a stepping stone to national light entertainment domination”
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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