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DragWorld UK 2019 Photo Gallery

Last weekend the spotlight of the Drag World shone on Kensington’s Olympia for two days of celebration.

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By Vicky Pea
Thu 22 August, 2019

Europe’s largest Drag convention, DragWorld UK, returned to our shores last weekend where 15,000 or so Drag fanatics sashayed into the London Olympia in Kensington to meet some of the biggest and brightest stars the world has to offer.

Set over the weekend of 18th and 19th August, the two day extravaganza gave fans the opportunity to meet their favourite drag superstars, something that is often lauded as the main reason to attend, but there is so much more on offer than just a room full of meet and greet queues.

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Due to various work and “real life” commitments we could only attend the Sunday this year, and like many attendees (plus the fact it was all a bit last minute for us) had not planned to take part in any of the many, many meet and greets taking place. This doesn’t mean we didn’t get a days worth of entertainment out of it, far from it.

Our favourite spot of the weekend had to be the Catwalk. Hosting an array of performances from Queens, Kings, Faux Queens and entertainers alike it was always worth stopping by to see what the next performance would have in store. Highlights included Holly Stars, Honey Foxx, Kat Wilderness, Chiyo Gomes and our first glimpse of LADS that included an outstanding performance of Nails and some impressively stomach churning circus tricks. An impressive showcase of diverse and warmly received talent.

The Tik Tok panel stage (which was vastly improved from last year’s sound issues, much to our delight considering we often couldn’t get right to the front of the capacity crowds) took on multiple purposes, hosting tutorials, Q&A’s and a number of panels featuring high profile guests.

Trixie Mattel, Jinkx Monsoon and Ginger Minj teamed up to discuss their experiences in the music industry (wonderfully hosted by Daniel Franzese) followed by Latrice Royale, Donna Trump, Shea Couleé and Daniel Franzese who this time passed hosting duties onto Crystal Lubrikunt in Coping Fiercely, tackling topics such as social media, mental health and self care.

The DragWorld stage then took on more Podcast-esque hosting responsibilities for a live edition of Race Chaser with Alaska Thunderfuck and Willam (who was surely one of the hardest working stars of the weekend!).

Between the stages rows and rows of stalls bustle throughout the day offering merchandise of all kinds, make up tutorials, dress up opportunities and of course, Drag Superstars host their own stalls where photos are signed, selfies snapped and hugs exchanged for hours on end.

It’s a little exhausting watching them all as we walk around and pass the stalls multiple times throughout the day, enthusiasm never wavering and smiles fixed from ear to ear. Well maybe except for a certain Queen or two but it’s no place to spill that T.

Read our Queenstion Time interview with Willam here

Noticeably long queues on the Sunday belonged to Jinkx Monsoon, Phi Phi O’Hara and Kim Chi. Some snaking to almost impossibly long lengths, but not enough to concern neither stars nor fans.

It remains a weekend highlight in Planet Slop’s annual calendar, so if you are in two minds about it next year, we would suggest planning your outfits now because you really don’t want to miss it if you’ve got the choice.

Check out our gallery from the Sunday of DragWorld UK 2019 below.

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