The Battle Of The Seasons tour that I went to was held at the Ritz in Manchester, UK.
The Battle of the Seasons has been touring all over America and various other countries. As VIP ticket holders, we got access to a private VIP pit at the front. This meant we were as close as you could have possibly been.
Michelle opened the show, introducing it, and performing Amy Winehouse number “You Know I’m No Good”.
This was followed by Alaska’s rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”, which she really went for and belted out whilst wearing a bright pink leopard print dress. Alaska also performed iconic hit “Your Makeup Is Terrible”. This was great to finally see performed live, but I was surprised that she didn’t perform ‘Nails’ as well since it’s her most recent song release.
Due to the Battle Of The Seasons tour spanning a period of months over different countries, I guess the queens like to mix up what they perform so that they’re not having to repeat the same thing night after night.
Before each performance, they played video clips on a big screen of which queen was about to perform next. They were montage clips of mainly their moments on RuPaul’s Drag Race, which was cute to see all put together. It really built excitement for when they finally walked out on stage.
True to character, Sharon Needles arrived on stage in a coffin. When the lid opened she climbed out and was right in front of us which was really exciting. Later on, she also performed “Everyday Is Halloween” from her album PG-13 wearing a mask made to look like the main character of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I was so happy that she chose to do this one. It’s always been one of my favourites, but being the slowest track on the album I’ve always felt that it was underrated.
Adore sang “I Adore You”, which I had seen performed before. What I was really excited about was “I Look Fuckin’ Cool” which features Alaska. When I first saw Adore live, obviously Alaska wasn’t there, so her part in the song was just played as a recording. Finally being able to see them both together on stage was my favourite thing ever. It was definitely what I was waiting for all night. I made sure that I’d kept enough memory on my camera. I knew that I’d want to record the whole song. It definitely lived up to my expectations, Adore cartwheeled on to the stage, throwing herself around and crawling across the floor. When Alaska made her entrance she looked so cute in a beanie hat and shades. She even held my brother’s hand in part of the song which I think made his entire year.
My other favourite of the night was Manila performing “Hot Couture” mixed with “Stuck On You”. The latter is one of her more recent songs. She looked absolutely stunning wearing a red and white striped dress made to look like a popcorn box, which had decorative popcorn on the shoulders. Manila is always inventive with her outfits and never fails to look absolutely amazing. “Hot Couture” is my favourite Manila song so I could have cried when I finally got to hear it live, I probably would have paid the price of my Battle Of The Seasons ticket just to hear that song, and mixing it with “Stuck On You” was really effective. “Stuck On You” is my second favourite song of hers so the two together were definitely a bonus.
Manila also performed a lipsync of Donna Summer’s “Macarthur Park”, which she won a famous lipsync battle of in season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She even wore the iconic Sesame Street Big Bird outfit that she wore in the episode. As the song sped up, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska suddenly appeared on stage. They were wearing the bikini t-shirts that Delta had worn in the season three episode. The pair spun around on stage as Manila’s backing dancers which had me in fits of laughter. Alaska definitely had the most stage time out of everyone which was a good thing for me because I love Alaska. In contrast, I felt that Adore had very little stage time compared to some of the others who aren’t as popular. I found this strange considering she’s one of few queens who actually sings live and has one of the strongest singing voices.
Snatch Game was the non-singing highlight of the show, with Alaska imitating season six queen Laganja Estranja, Jinkx as Liza Minelli, and Sharon as Joan Rivers. She kept telling everyone to “f**k off.” Pandora Boxx was meant to be a character from Absolutely Fabulous, but none of us could work out who, even though I’ve watched a lot of the programme. So that one still remains a mystery. The others had us in hysterics though, even Alaska had to keep hiding her face because she was laughing so much at the jokes that Sharon was coming out with. Then when Alaska tried to do one of Laganja’s iconic death drop moves, I couldn’t have laughed more.
As a finale, Adore came out on stage and started to sing RuPaul’s ‘Superstar’ which she’d actually done a cover of on the season six CoverGurlz album. The rest of the queens then followed out on to the stage, each taking it in turns to sing a few lines of the song. It was a lovely way to end the show with all of the queens united together. They were showing what a family the drag community is.
Confetti was fired into the audience signalling the end of a night that I won’t forget for a very very long time.
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