Bristol Burlesque Festival is back for its fifth year with a BANG! Taking place in locations across the city from 21-23 September, the festival features a line-up of badass Burlesque stars from around the world (and of course, Bristol), and promises a veritable extravaganza of Burlesque.

Festival organiser, Tuesday Laveau gives us her top six things you don’t want to miss at Bristol Burlesque Festival 2017…

1. The famous red velvet curtains at Smoke & Mirrors

Prepare to be dazzled at Exclusivity, which will take place at home venue, Smoke & Mirrors Boutique Pub and Magic Theatre (21 September). With two show times to choose from, both early birds and late owls will love this intimate celebration of Burlesque, featuring performers from Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Brussels and beyond.

Smoke and Mirrors

Image - Smoke & Mirrors Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre

2. The mic drop of Burlesque, Knockout Noire

All the way from Oslo, Norway, erotic, exotic and oh so hypnotic, it’s Friday night headliner, Knockout Noire! You can catch this powerhouse performer at Renegades, 22 September, at The Bristol Improv Theatre.

Knockout Noire

Image - Knockout Noire, credit Kaisa Milch

3. A cocktail from Licor 43

Whether you prefer a Champagne-based drink, or something sweet and smooth, make sure you snap up one of the exclusive Licor 43 cocktails they have created for Bristol Burlesque Festival at the Friday and Saturday night shows.

Licor 43

Image - Licor 43

4. The honey badger of Burlesque, Jeez Loueez

The Saturday night headline act has won more awards that we can list here. All the way from Chicago USA, Jeez Loueez will move you and groove you! You can see her do her thing at Paradise, 23 September at The Bristol Improv Theatre.

Jeez Loueez

Image - Jeez Loueez, credit David Lawrence Byrd

5. Pink Kitten Dance School Pole Show

In addition to hosting two dance workshops on the afternoon of Saturday 23 September, Pink Kitten Dance School (teachers of alternative forms of fitness such as pole dancing, burlesque, aerial yoga and aerial circus) will be showcasing their pole dancing in the bar at The Bristol Improv Theatre to keep you entertained before the show. Don’t miss it!

Pink Kitten Dance School by Chris James Photography

Image - Pink Kitten Dance School, credit Chris James Photography

6. Being part of the audience

Beyond the glamour of the stage and the rush of adrenaline is ... the audience. Join these amazing, gorgeous creatures, all of whom make up the festival’s cheering gang of Drag Enablers. Bring your friends and share the love!

Find out more about BBF2017 at www.bristolburlesquefestival.co.uk

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