The first Pride Unplugged of the year took place last Wednesday at Panti Bar, a step down from its previous venue The Button Factory.
Three acts competed in an Xfactor style competition to get to the finals where a winner would be picked to grace the Pride Village stage after the parade later this year.
Originally more acts were meant to compete but some pulled out and we were left with a drag act called Whitney and two bands by the names of Blue Sun and Just No. Roxy and David D-Pole were the judges of the night, Roxy being more of a Simon Cowell and David a nicer, Britney type.
Just no, not more of the same
It was my understanding that previous Pride Unpluggeds were a place that LGBT music lovers could go to enjoy some genuinely good bands and artists play for a gay cause. In 2010 Pride Unplugged was described as:
accomplished singer/songwriters come together to perform their favorite songs,some of which will reflect this years theme…this will be an evening of song and entertainment.
It seems that much like the rest of Pride, this has been turned in to a stereotypical event where they say they want bands but really they want the same old drag queens, male strippers or crappy Kylie tribute act on their main stage. Why do musical acts HAVE to be lip syncing drags or artists and bands playing dodgy covers of Britney that they obviously don’t want to do?
Many people took to the Dublin Pride Facebook when asked what acts they wanted to see at Pride this year and most said they were sick of seeing the same old drag acts, typical ‘gay’ performers and would prefer bands especially Irish bands in support of the LGBT community like Royseven, Heathers, Wallis Bird and Leanne Hart to name a few. Yet the feedback to the bands at Pride Unplugged were things like ‘be more upbeat, play more upbeat songs than that with a faster tempo’ and ‘you need a colour theme’ which the band Just No definitely had, they were all dressed in black and white! I think what Roxy was saying was ‘be more gay and flamboyant!’.
A little more Harte, a lot more satisfaction
This is not what the people of Facebook wanted. They want good bands, good music, less drag acts, less flamboyancy and a wider variety of acts that aren’t necessarily ‘gay’. A lot of us would love to have a pint with friends, a chat and enjoy a few bands in support of the community that are good, play their own stuff and maybe throw a cover or two in for good measure.
Or am I wrong? Am I just the odd lesbo out that doesn’t want to see a terrible lip synced rendition of I Am What I Am or a line of men in barely anything dancing around to whatever Tina Turner track they’ve picked, at Pride?
Blue Sun and Just No played fantastic sets with Just No actually providing Panti Bar with a PA system they didn’t even have and helping the other band with their sound levels. Both acts are through to the final of Pride Unplugged during Pride Week and Whitney was miraculously added to a drag queen act that will be performing at Pride Village.
If the organisers of events like this can’t even bother to choose a location suitable for singers and acts or bring their own equipment then what chance do we have of seeing decent acts on this years Pride stage?
Am I the only lesbian that doesn’t want to wait around for three hours watching a mainly gay-male catered for lineup? And is the music taste of our LGBT community really that bad? That’s an article for a whole other day.