Newcastle’s biggest LGBTQIA+ event is coming back, bigger and better than ever in 2020.
Yep, that’s right. BLUSH will be kicking of next month at its new home at The Cambridge Hotel.
The brainchild of Timber Productions and hosted by the one and only Timberlina, BLUSH offers up-and-coming drag artists the chance to strut their stuff on stage in an inclusive, supportive environment.
“BLUSH is a platform for people wanting to try drag or performance art to get onstage, usually for the first time,” Timberlina (aka Timothy Jackson) told Newcastle Live.
“After that, they usually keep returning and we put on a great show. It’s about giving a platform for the queer community to get on stage because when I first started doing drag, I had no one to teach me the way.”
Timberlina added that aside from providing a top-quality show and a great night’s entertainment, BLUSH, and events of its ilk, serve an important function in the Newcastle cultural landscape.
“It’s really cool because since I started doing BLUSH, it’s just been amazing to see just how many queer performers there are in Newcastle,” Timberlina said.
“At the end of last year at our December BLUSH at the Exchange…I had a couple of performers come up to me and they were like: “you literally saved our lives this year by letting us perform,” and I think that’s the most important thing about creating these supportive safe spaces.
“Events like BLUSH are super important because there’s no gay bar or gay nightclub here in Newcastle after the G shut down, so creating safe spaces as I like to call them is both needed and wanted.”
While one could argue that the entertainment scene in this part of the world sits definitely on the ‘heteronormative’ side, Timberlina said that attitudes were definitely changing thanks to events like BLUSH and those organised by the likes of Heaps Gay and Newcastle Pride.
“Over the last almost two-and-a-half years I’ve been doing it, attitudes have changed 100 per cent,” Timberlina said.
“Like, there’s no way I would have thought I would have been starting this week doing Drag Bingo at 5 Sawyers but here we are!”
The first BLUSH for 2020 will feature a stacked line-up of performers including Eliza Gay, Nova Hudson, Abork Shawn, Amy Orale, Magentah Massacre, Glitter N. Gore, Orlando Gloom, Neil E. Falik, Jordiana lagucciana Devonchiniana, Tracy Adams, Blake Riley, Foxxe Faux, Paris Hardon.
BLUSH Newcastle will be on at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday 7 February from 9pm. get your tickets here.
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