Some people go off to University and get their degrees in History, Literature, Science etc… I majored in partying. I have always been keen on that particular subject. I had a fake ID that said I was 27 when I was 17 and would go to Weekends & Club Rio in Atlanta, I was part of the San Francisco Rave Scene, A New York drag performer and London Club Kid (technically I was an adult tho – ha!); so I am pretty experienced in that arena. But in all my years of clubbing, I have to say hands down Outrageous Decadence do the BEST NEW YEARS PARTY EVER!
I’m kinda superstitious about going out on New Years. Crowds can be off putting, and it always seems to attract the same ilk of amateurs akin to St Paddys day celebrations – fights, puking etc… Plus you have expectations to have fun, which is not always guaranteed. Also someone said to me years ago “make sure if you do celebrate New Years, to be with good people as it can be an omen to the year to come.” Well I dj’d at their NYE Party last year and it was honestly the best party I had ever been too. And this has been a great year for me so I shall continue the tradition.
I can attest that the people that do the night are truly amazing and go all out with their theme. This year is Grimms Fairy Tales – It’s Grimm in St Leonards. There will be people dressed in amazing costumes, wacky props, visuals, great music and hilarious performances. You can dress up if you wish, but it’s not required. But either way you will have a blast! Everyone I met that night – the patrons and organizers – were so fun! And it’s in the Masonic Hall which is such a great space! And I will be DJing again this year too! Hopefully early so I can imbibe in the libations…
To top it all off, proceeds from the event go to help a local charity – this year it’s the Dragonflies, which mentors young people who have lost a parent. So not only do you have the time of your life, you’re helping local children! Tickets are £18/ £13 for students. So Click the pic or here for more info and I’ll see you on the Dancefloor! oxo GD
Friends & Comrades! Back in June, I did a post marking my passing 10 Million Views on Giphy! Well in 5 months I’ve passed the 66 Million Mark! WHAT??? Amazing!! Inching closer to 100 Mill!!!
Now that Facebook & Twitter have integrated gifs in the post sections, it’s totally easy to access my Giphy library! You just type in – #grandedame – and voila! My work magically appears! Apart from 2 girls at the top, dunno what they’re doing there? I’ll speak to someone about it… Crazy though! 66 Million is more than all of the UK! So world domination is happening – aww – dreams do come true!
So grab a trippy gif from me by typing in – #grandedame – and impress your friends, and help me take over the world whilst doing it! Thanx! More soon! oxo GD
Ladies & Gentlemen! The date is fast approaching – next Thursday Dec 7th at the fabulous St Leonard Pub – I will be making my first stage debut in 6 whole years!!! EEK! I won’t lie – I’ve was terrified at the prospect, and thought to myself “Have you lost your mind? What are you doing?” Mainly because I’ve been a bit under the weather and it has been 6 long years since I’ve graced a stage, except karaoke – and karaoke counts goddamnit! But I had an amazing rehearsal with my writing partner – keyboard virtuoso – Pete Z “King of Shag!” And after I listened back to our set I thought “Yeah! this sounds awesome! I can do this! This is fun!” I’m happy to say I’m feeling a lot better and excited to be working again in the powerful medium that is SOUND, so – it’s on!
I made a new lightbox too! Hoping to have that up and radiating Grande Illuminations. Myself, Pete & the wonderful Jo Perfect will be dropping killer tunes for you, and I am having another raffle on the night! This time I’m giving away Grande Dame Originals – but you have to be there to win. So come on down people and PARTY! Live show commences at 9pm – raffle at 9:45. So mark your date and be there to witness this rare spectacle that is Grande Dame LIVE and lets ring in the holiday season together and have some big fun! Click the pix or here for deets! Woo! oxo GD
Top pic by Nathan Thomas Jones
Dear Friends! I have had a truly incredible show at the lovely St Leonard Pub! It’s been an amazing run, with so many sales – I have nearly run out of stock! Seriously! I sold 3 light boxes – including the very first one I did with God’s Own Junkyard – the Electric Crazyland Lady Light! And I am down to a handful of my silk screen editions! It’s been a huge success! But even more than the financial rewards, getting to know the owners – Phil & Chris – and all the friendly locals, has been so wonderful! So I decided to have another soiree to celebrate the holidays! I’m going to have a few new pieces up, plus myself and the ultra-cool Jo Perfect will be playing sonic sounds for your listening pleasure, there will be a raffle with a chance to win a Grande Dame original, and – OMG – I am going to do something I have not done in 6 years – Brace yourselves — I am going to perform live! WHAAT??? That’s right! Myself and my writing partner & keyboard virtuoso – Petar Zivkovic (King of Shag) – will be doing a little lounge act. So, mark your dates for this rare and special occasion! Thurs Dec 7th at The St Leonard Pub, 16-18 London Road, 7-11! Click here or pic for more info. Woo! More Soon! oxo GD
Well I am happy to report that after 4 hours of hard manual labour yesterday, the new work has been put in it’s places and is ready for the world to see! Yay! Unfortch I left my phone at home all day yest and was not able to take a snap, but will take loads tonight! Of course as I mentioned before myself and Jo Perfect will be playin some choice tunes and there will even be a raffle or 2 to win a signed Grande Dame Print! So please come say high! Be nice to see some faces! It’s at the St leonard Pub London Road from 7- 11PM FREE! Click pic or here for Deets! More soon! oxo GD
Dear Friends! I have a new print available for purchase! Introducing Stuckey’s ltd edition giclee by Grande Dame. Stuckey’s – the mecca where bad taste and confections converge to break up the monotony of your road trip. That magical oasis from many American childhoods, reimagined in a pop art, hyper colored, classic car fantasy.
Printed on Somerset Velvet Enhanced 255 GSM Paper. Print is 11″ x 14″ and comes unframed. An edition of 60 for £60. These babies are going fast, so order yours now! Click any pix or here for more info. More soon! oxo GD