Monday, 18 February 2013

Glamour in Glasgow

This weekend I headed north to one of my favourite cities - Glasgow.  The lure of the huge burlesque event of Club Noir was enough to make me pack my bags and head up the M6 to Scotland.  It was not the first time I'd visited Club Noir - in fact, the last time I went was way back in February 2009.  That year, as this event, was their Valentine's Night event.  

Glasgow is pretty much the same distance as London from Manchester, and with Torture Garden on the same night in London it was a difficult choice.  However, as it had been such a long time since my last visit to Club Noir, and the temptation of a much more pleasant journey north had me won over.  Maybe Torture Garden will just have to wait until the April Ball...

As mentioned, it really is a stress-free journey to Glasgow in comparison with the journey to London.  No Birmingham to negotiate past, no M1/M40 tailbacks, no ludicrous Parking Charges , ahem, and easy routes into the city centre itself. 

It was just before lunch when I arrived at my hotel, just on the south bank of the River Clyde.  In fact, it was lucky that I'd had the foresight to pre-book the hotel, as it was fully booked with people going to Club Noir and Celtic FC (just down the road), who were also playing at home.  A short walk took me into the city centre to peruse the shops.  I especially love the Princes Square Centre - surely one of the prettiest shopping centres in the UK. 

Dexi - Princes Square Centre, Glasgow
After a spot of lunch, I headed back to the hotel to, er, lie down for a bit and enjoy some Glaswegian company and hospitality and get me 'In The Mood' for the evening's entertainment... 

For the club, I decided to wear my bright red corset (bought from the 'What Katie Did' stall at the Goodwood Revival a few years ago), striped stockings and little early-20th Century style ankle boots (the theme was Valentines in Paris, so thoughts of Moulin Rouge harlots appealed!).

Dexi - Club Noir, February 2013
 As of 2009, it was a great night.  I actually think it is the crowd themselves that make this such a successful event - lots of effort made and an attitude to have a fabulous night.  It was an intriguing mix of gender, too - a rough estimation made me think that there was twice and many ladies there as men, or maybe it was just that they caught my eye more!  The music was spot-on, too - lots of sexy lounge and swing tunes to get the party started.  I was also intrigued by the short video clips that were showing on the main stage before the acts appeared - original film clips of 1950's/60's go-go and burlesque dancers.  Some of those ladies were seriously sexy and gorgeous, and the Club Noir acts, although very professional and glamorous, seemed almost tame in comparison.

Dexi - Club Noir, February 2013
 It's certainly made me think of visiting Glasgow again shortly, and perhaps exploring more of it's night-life.  When I do, I will make sure that an information page is added to my Adultwork profile and again tie the visit in with, er, getting to know some of the locals a little more intimately.

Until then, I'm back in bed in Altrincham, having another, er, lie down, so if you fancy joining me...

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