Tuesday, 26 August 2014

That Crazy-Mental-Busy Week!!

   I feel like every time I sit down to write a blog entry I'm apologising for the delay in a new post but I'm gonna stop saying sorry!! I'm glad to report that the ample time between posts is purely down to how busy we are, which is awesome....thus why I'm not going to plead for forgiveness each time there's a gap. After all, it means each post has far more info, pics & back stage antics crammed in! Result!
      It has however.....been ONE YEAR since my last post! Ooooops! So let's just pick up from when we started our crazy busy 2014 Summer Gig-Fest! Recalling the last year's worth of gigging and usual antics would make for an extremely loooooooooong blog post!

      This summer has been one of the busiest times we've had since the troupe began. I mean, like UBER BUSY! We don't do things by halves here at Cupcake HQ so with Glasgow hosting The Commonwealth Games, we found ourselves booked up pretty quickly for the two weeks of sporting action and soon had 10 consecutive gigs logged in the diary! The amount of paperwork and pre-gig prep that each event required aint even worth mentioning (gee, it was a lot!) but it allowed us to enjoy the experience of performing at so many wonderful venues and awesome events without too much stress attached within a 9 day period.

         Day 1: Friday 25th July- Kelvingrove Bandstand- Vintage Themed Day

     Our first day of Gig-Fest was at the newly refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand in Kelvingrove Park. Although we had visited it earlier in the summer when we performed at the Glasgow Mela, it was lovely to be back at this iconic venue on such a gorgeous sunny day. The 6am rise for the 7am train wasn't the most welcomed of starts but as soon as we all met up at Central Station we were ready for the day ahead. We performed to lots of smiley-happy peeps and were treated to a well-stock fridge and comfy dressing room backstage....Tunnocks tea cakes and cold drinks....we were sold! The Glasgow Life staff were just wonderful and went out their way to accommodate and make us feel at home.
    Cupcake Linzi and myself then chilled out in town all day, awaiting our evening performance with the amazing Jive Aces! We always have a blast performing with these guys and we thrilled to be invited to sing a few little ditties with them at Boteco do Brazil Glasgow. A packed bar, great atmosphere and performing with such talented guys made for a superb evening and a great end to day 1 of our gigathon!

Days 2 and 3: The Vintage Festival, Merchant City, Glasgow 

     Wayne Hemingway and wife Gerardine's (of Red or Dead fame) Vintage Festival descended on Merchant City for two days of music, dance, design and styling and we were thrilled to be invited back once again by The DollsHouse to entertain visitors to this action--packed event. In busking style, we set up our sound system on the street for passers by to enjoy impromptu performances throughout. Each time we danced we drew crowds of at least 50-100 people, of all walks of life, stopping to enjoy the spectacle and be treated to something from the Golden Era! It was such a great event! We met so many lovely people, as well as all our awesome friends and fans who'd made the effort to pop by to say hello.....and demand a performance (cheeky gets!)!! On the Saturday we must have performed at least 25 times and by the end of the day our      Cupcake bodies were goosed but it sure did make the day go quickly and we had a ball. 

We even got to play DJ for the day with the uber cool dudes of Charity Shop DJ. After browing down (browsing) through the collection, we naturally we went for some Old Skool (late 70s, early 80s tracks), being 80s babies, and dropped some beats by Boney M and The Jacksons! Those tracks were sick cuts (very good mixes) and Cupcake Emma was particularly bad-ass (good) on the decks! Clearly we are down with the kids! S'up!! Peace! 

Days 4, 7 and 8: Glasgow Life Tea Dances with That Swing Sensation 

We descended on 3 Glasgow Club venues throughout the city as part of the Festival 2014 programming by Glasgow Life for an afternoon of dancing, tea and cakes. We were joined by our friends, That Swing Sensation Big Band, who provided a plethora of waltzes, quicksteps and even the Slosh to keep any avid dancer busy. We led a fun Cupcake Stroll and performed a few of our 1940s inspired favourites which were received with rapturous applause and so many lovely comments. Fun was had by all and we enjoyed ourselves as always! These ladies kept us on our toes with an impromptu kick-line to 'New York New York'. 

Day 5: Festival 2014 Big Band Afternoon with That Swing Sensation at Glasgow Green 

      The weather had been super kind to us in our first 4 days of gigging so we had to expect a little rain as we headed to Glasgow Green on the Tuesday afternoon. It hadn't deterred the hoards of crowds that had frequented the Green each day during the games and soon the rain had dried up and  it was all systems go for an afternoon of dancing. A stunning Spiegeltent had been erected for the occasion which made for a very unique venue in our gigathon.  That Swing Sensation set up as we then panicked about the SUPER slippery dance floor. Years of use had made the wooden flooring ice-rink like and teamed with our character shoes (which have zero grip) we found ourselves stressing that each Cupcake would hit the deck on the first kick of the opening dance. The trusty stage manager (after running to get us cola to see if it would make our shoes more sticky....it didn't!) then Googled the problem and came to us with a roll of gaffa tape which his research had uncovered as a solution. And IT WORKED!!! We danced without fear the rest of the afternoon and showered him with thank yous and praise for being 'the best stage manager EVER!!'.  

More of Gig-Fest to follow.....

Lisa x

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Cupcakes Are Go!!!!!

Cupcake Lisa here troops! Oh my, what busy Cupcakes we've been over the last few weeks! So busy we ain't had time to blog! Our sincere apologies! But hey, that means there's oodles of fabby stuff to fill you in on!!

Where do I start?! Well thanks to the Merchant City Festival, us Cupcake gals were kept uber busy between 25-28th July! Firstly, we spent 2 glorious evenings, flash mobbing (not flashing, flash mobbing!) passersby on the steps of the Gallery of Modern Art & in & around the Merchant City, entertaining them with some Cupcake routines & promoting the festival! All good fun, with lots of surprised, smiley faces as people stumbled across us in the street! We did get offered a tenner from a gentleman "for our cause", who may or may not have been under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or ten, who thought we were busking for money!  We politely declined! Should'a put a hat down! 

Next up  was Wayne & Geradine Hemingway's VINTAGE FESTIVAL in the Fruit Market area which descended beautifully on Glasgow for the first time on Saturday 27th July. With the sun out to play, we spent the entire day mingling with the large crowds, performing intermittently throughout the day and generally bringing a bit of 1940's glamour and fun to the proceedings-as we do! We got such a lovely reaction each time, with so many people stopping to watch, video, chat & take pics with us! That evening we came home to find out we were on the BBC News website & Reporting Scotland! Result! Highlights of the day also included the Dr Marten's photo booth van, Mr Hemingway himself knowing who we were (yup!) & meeting many fabulously dressed individuals!! Our wonderful hair stylist from our Pin Up shoot, Ariana (aka Vanity Thrills was heading up the Vintage Salon & boy were they kept busy in there! Was lovely to see so many glamorous gals emerge with their new doos! Ariana styles at Miss Dixiebelles in Edinburgh. Here's a link! Miss Dixiebelle Styling

Here's us performing on the street

The next day it was back to the Merchant City, this time with The Dance House for one of their Family Dance Jukebox events. As this one was part of the festival, Merchant Sq was packed & what a crowd they were! Wehad little ones right through to grandparents up learning a Cupcake Stroll! Such good fun! We ventured outside later in the day to do it all over again and it was hit out on the street, as people came across us and stopped to join in on all the fun! Check out The Dance House website for their up and coming events!
The Dance House

Some more footage we filmed over the summer

It took us a week to recover from 4 days straight of gigging so hard and then it was time to party with a group of lovely Hens! A beautiful Bride-To-Be, Emma,  contacted us looking for us to host a Cupcake Dance Hen Party. Myself and Julieann led 20 gorgeous ladies in a Cupcake-inspired dance routine which they all LOVED and were so quick at picking up! The room, decked out in bunting and cakes, looked swell and all the ladies had dressed for the occasion. We even had a Land Girl! What a lovely evening it was and Emma had a ball. She was such a lovely girl and so appreciative! No standing (or falling off ) tables and no blow up grooms here-this was strictly classy and not rowdy at all but definitely tonnes of fun!

Last weekend proved to be another Cupcake marathon with 6 gigs in 4 days! A wedding in Quarriers Village which was soooooo pretty! You should've seen the cake table!! OH MY!!! Calorific! Then the following day it was a bright and early start at Dance Show Live at the SECC where 7 Cupcakes, including yummy mummies Kelly and Katrina who made their come back after mat leave, performed 2 mega sets! What a way to start back......... at a HUGE convention! Heehee! Deep end and all that!
with Jordan and Perri of Diversity at Dance Show Live 

Photo by Alan Duncan
Cupcakes Linzi, Katrina and Julieann then hotfooted it to Kirkintilloch Canal Festival to perform at the stunning Marina area! Our favourite compere, Greg Summers was ensuring  everything ran smoothly and as always was the master in plugging our website and our charity efforts!
 He's so good at what he does and such a great guy! Always enjoy working with him!
Photo by Alan Falconer

Sunday it was Cupcakes Kelly, Lynne and my turn to perform at the Canal Festival. The sun was out and so was the whole of Kirki! Mega packed throughout the town and what lovely audiences we had! Think this was our 4th year at the festival and it's always a joy!

A quick dash to Sainsbury's for a salad and then all 8 Cupcakes met at the Glasgow Hilton to lead a Cupcake Dance Class at The STV APPEAL DANCE MARATHON 2013. As the appeal is one of chosen charities ( and we had so much fun at last year's marathon) we were thrilled to be invited to lead a session by YDance who were organizing all the tutors. Our class was packed and celebs Des McLean, Sanjeev Kohli, Stephen Purdon and John Michie were great sports and were quick to learn our 'In the Mood' routine! Lots of banter and giggles afterwards ensued and everyone seemed really inspired by the class! Job done!

Here's just some footage from this weekend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfX81dT3hzY

Lastly on Monday, Cupcakes Katrina, Julieann and myself visited a care home in Motherwell for sufferers of Alzheimer's. We performed, had a sing-song and a blether! We had tears of joy and we were reminded once again how wonderful our job is! Amazing!

Amid all the gigging madness, Cupcakes Emma, Linzi and I had a night off and were honoured to be invited by the extremely talented boys of The Jive Aces to come along to a gig in Moodiesburn! WOW, we knew they were fab but hearing and seeing them live was something else! They are such showmen and true professionals. What a show they out on! We were delighted they took the time to come over and chat-such lovely, down-to-earth guys. I got a little surprise from them to.....pulled up on stage to be 'Marie'. No I was not planted and no I didn't have a clue! All good fun and went down well! See it here!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrfKt8aC3io

So, that'll be us slowing down now...NOT!!!!!!!!! September and October are already gearing up to be mental crazy busy months....just how we like it!

Lis xxxxx