Lockdown rather scuppered ART B&B‘s plan to open for a glorious first summer season. However, we heard on the grapevine that they are due to open very soon with full covid compliance and a seal of approval from Visit England.
Leading up to a heavily anticipated reopening, we discovered a rather charming happening due to launch on the 24th July. We caught up with Mykey J Young, a Blackpool born and bred cultural producer who told us all about the forthcoming Lip Synching, Pyjama wearing, cocktail extravaganza aptly titled The Virtual, Arty Art B&B Pyjama Party. Try saying that after a few Cosmopolitans.
On the 24th July Mykey presents a special final episode of his popular radio show, The Weekly Kiki celebrating the hotels forthcoming reopening. Register on the Facebook page here and accompany Mykey J Young virtually as he creates his own Art B&B takeover.
Mykey told us that the original radio show idea was created as a welcome distraction during lockdown to entertain himself and new lockdown audiences, founded on the principles of “being a celebration of all things fabulous.”
The Weekly Kiki might be a proud warm up to that thing we used to know as the weekend (I know some of the days are blurring into one for some of us in lockdown) and in this case a prelude to the opening of the Art B&B. Mykey says the show takes inspiration from the famous Scissor Sisters song quote ...Lock the doors, lower the blinds, fire up the smoke machine and put on your heels as you are invited to take a journey with Mykey into true high camp inspired musical adventure complimented nicely by a virtual tour of the intriguing Art B&B.
The hotel does seem somewhat virtually untouched by humans currently, crisp, clean and oh so new and boasts rooms designed by artists such as Mark Titchner nominated for The Turner Prize in 2006 as well as Dr Marisa Carnesky’s whose room is inspired by legendary Blackpool showgirls accompanied by audio accessible by placing your ear to a vintage telephone.
Mykey told us The Weekly Kiki is a warm invitation open to all, guided by the effervescent host, his memories, musings and reflections inspired by the music he plays. His aim to involve the audience to join in with the fun creating a show that is unapologetically camp, frivolous and colourful promising a delicious delivery of queer tongue in cheek humour promoting high jinx and a lotta, lotta larfs.
Mykey does have a few requests ahead of the show and in return he promises fabulous entertainment with no shade.
The Final Kiki will blend all the most popular elements of his radio show, so expect sing a longs, cocktail making, requests to send in selfies and a special lip synch challenge inspired by The Spice Girls. We might have said, “you can stop that right now Mykey, thank you very much”. But we would not want you to miss out on all the fun. Further instruction below.
We have have also had indication that there will be special guests including artist, Jez Dolan and a few surprise elements including live cabaret from Blackpool Comedy Duo; Black Liver Did we mention there is a chance to win a little vay-cay at the hotel? Have a little lookie here to have a real feel of the Hotels cool kerb appeal. Art B&B website
So if you are ready to “Lipsynch for your life” Here is the link again – Blackpool Social Club will see you on the virtual dance floor and the rest is as they say………… all drag.
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