National Scene News: Martha and Seann at Sundowners plus Paul Morrell at The Yard

You get two stars on stage at Margate funhouse Sundowners this bank holiday weekend. On Saturday (25 Aug) the fabulous Martha D’Arthur makes her debut on the Sundowners stage, so expect a night of songs and life-scarring barbs as she delivers ditties and jokes at Mach 1 speed. But that’s not all. Seann Miley Moore was one of the singers to make it to the live shows on the 12th series of The X Factor back in 2015 and this Sunday (26 Aug) he’ll be performing live on stage from 9pm. Hopefully we’ll hear some of the songs he performed on the show, including The Show Must Go On and Bowie’s Life On Mars, as well as his latest single High Heel’d Shoes.

Seann was voted off in the second live show, and although he was not in the top seven he was given a place on The X Factor Live Tour 2016, so you can expect some star quality to your bank holiday Sunday show this weekend. Entry is free before 9pm or just £3 after.

Your packed bank holiday at The Yard, Coventry including DJ Paul Morrell

The award-winning Yard in Coventry is hosting a huge weekend of special events this bank holiday, starting on Saturday (25 Aug) with The Yard’s Summer of Love Street Party. Following on from the success of their al fresco efforts for Coventry Pride, the team are throwing another mega fun street party in Bull Yard complete with an outdoor stage crammed full of free entertainment – expect six cabaret acts and five headline artists from 4pm plus all your favourite Yard DJs. Entry is free and no tickets are required, however no children are allowed after 7pm.

The following day, Sunday (26 Aug), sees The Yard host another huge party, and this time it’s presided over by superstar DJ Paul Morrell, who’ll be spinning the best house classics from the past three decades in a special House Classics set. Paul is back at the venue where he started his career because he launched his Classique Events at The Yard back in 2003, and was regularly joined by Boy George, Dave Pearce, Kutski and Sonique. He has since gone on to hold residencies at world-famous London superclubs Ministry of Sound and XXL, so it’s sure to be a night to remember. For more information, visit

Missing Bar’s 9th annual Drag Ball

Birmingham’s Missing Bar presents its 9th annual Drag Ball this Sunday (26 Aug) from 8pm. Twiggy, The Divine Miss M, Boyonce and resident drag host LaQueefa are just some of the names set to take to the stage, as are drag quartet lip-sync assassins DragPunk. Also on the line up are Blanche and Eva Lution, Jade Justine and the up and coming Donna Trump. What’s more, all customers are encouraged to get their drag on too!

Eden Bar Birmingham

Eden Bar in Birmingham kickstarts your bank holiday weekend extra early on Thursday (23 Aug) with a night dedicated to the music of Alison Moyet with Stars In Their Eyes winner Jacquii Cann. And then on Saturday (25 Aug) it’s the return of that Scottish tart with a heart and some of the biggest lungs we know, the fabulous Mary Mac.

Thursdays at Eagle Manchester

Eagle Manchester’s Thursday night Fresh Meat is your weekly opportunity to get your weekend off to a cracking early start. Expect pop music from DJs Craig Law and Mr B, go-go boys and drink offers, plus porn stars JP Dubois and Mickey Taylor work the room, the crowd and the podiums.

Quay Pride Great Yarmouth

The ‘bitch with the itch’, Miss Tish Ewe, hosts Quay Pride Great Yarmouth’s bank holiday weekend bonanza from Friday (24 Aug). Expect a night of camp fun and entertainment, games, songs, friends and plenty of gin. Not to be missed!

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