DMU Valentine’s Day drag evening a success despite fire alarm scare

By Adam Rear

The De Montfort Students’ Union hosted a spectacular drag event on Friday (FEB14) which starred celebrity guests, such as Ru Paul’s very own Vinegar Strokes.

The event began shortly after 7pm with the first performer and host of the evening, Reign, warming the crowd.

Reign briefly wore a business suit and black angel wings before wowing the audience with her fishnet bodywear.

Drag artist Reign on stage performing her second lip-sync act

After her singing and lip-syncing, Reign welcomed to the stage the next act, however shortly after making it to the stage, the fire alarm went off.

Those attending the show were ushered urgently out of the building.

When outside, Reign, who stood around 7-feet tall in her large heeled boots, told everyone not to worry as it was the smoke machines that set off the alarm.

Within 10 minutes guests were back inside the building for the entertainment to continue.

Several drag acts followed before the intermission, such as Poppydom, Miceria McCollins and Minnie Milk. After they performed their dance routines, song and lip-syncing performances, the headline act Vinegar Strokes took to the stage.

Vinegar Strokes engaging with audience members in some back-and-forth banter

Vinegar Strokes incorporated elements from Ru Paul’s Drag Show into her routine, such as a lip-sync battle between members of the audience.

First year DMU student, Carmen, said: “I’ve been to drag nights before but this has been the best one yet.

“Ever since the UK Ru Paul Drag Race series came out, I loved how out-there Vinegar Strokes was so I was thrilled to see that she would be performing right on campus.

“Watching drunk audience members lip-sync against each other was one of the best moments of the night as they were so loose on stage.”

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