Fabulous drag queen Chamonix to host Rainbow Squad nights at The Retailery

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2017

Drag queen Chamonix will be having her very own show at The Retailery.

Drag queen Chamonix will be having her very own show at The Retailery.


Showered in glitz and glamour galore, the heart of Romford will be beating a little bit faster next month with the introduction of Rainbow Squad nights.

Co-working space The Retailery, Romford Market, Romford, will hold the fabulous event every Tuesday evening from November 7 and will be welcoming flamboyant drag queen Chamonix to host, starting from November 21.

She said: “I am super excited to be performing in Romford, a spiritual home for shoppers far and wide.

“My act is about my love of shopping, men and fashion, and what better place to perform than this amazing venue?”

Rainbow Squad, aimed at the LGBTQ community and anyone who is up for a good time, promises a night of high-energy entertainment right in the town centre, filled with great music, drinks deals and fantastic food on offer.

Chamonix , who will soon be joining The Retailery team, has been performing as her alter ego for more than three years, after she won a competition at the legendary drag venue Halfway to Heaven in 2015.

She said: “This spurred me on to develop the character of Chamonix Aspen.

“I have enjoyed watching drag performers all my life and when a certain birthday came around, I challenged myself to put on a big hat and some heels and Chamonix was born.”

Drag performers were made famous by American RuPaul, who appeared on TV, in films, and also published two books.

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Chamonix continued: “The character of Chamonix Aspen is born out of my love of all things 1980s and especially Dynasty.

“The name just seemed to fit into that luxury lifestyle, lived out in fur boots and Chanel headscarves.

“She doesn’t take herself too seriously though and enjoys a good dash around the 3Ps with the rest of the girls: Prada, Primark and Peacocks.”

The Retailery is celebrating its first anniversary between November 3 and 5 with a range of different events from Boozy Bingo and a pop quiz, to live music with a four-piece swing band and reggae DJs getting everyone in the mood for dancing.

The venue will be opening its doors seven days a week to everyone’s delight with entertainment every evening, including jazz performances, comedians, quizzes and delicious drinks ready to be served.

Chamonix will be hosting and entertaining The Retailery’s diners with self-penned parody pop songs and big show tune classics.

But in her words, “it’s less Mambo No.5 and more Chanel No.5”.

She will also be giving her audiences a blast from the past with her version of talent show Stars in their Eyes.

Chamonix said: “You can browse through the choice of songs to perform and slip into a hat, wig or costume which are all provided on the night.

“You can come up on stage to say ‘Tonight Chamonix, I’m going to be...’ and the winner from each week will go through to our grand final on December 19.”

The Retailery’s first birthday also heralds the launch of the new bar menu, which will now stock the largest craft beer range in Romford alongside quirky spirits and cocktails.

A range from businesses including charity the Mitchell Huth Fund, Jas’ Punjabi Kitchen, breakfast and brunch diner Tad’s, the Italian Kitchen and Booze Made Public have all settled in at the “business incubator with a twist” in Romford Market.

Rainbow Squad nights will coincide with Romford club Kosho’s weekly LGBT nights in South Street.

“If you’re part of a social group at work looking for a great place to come and have your Christmas get together or just have a good night be sure to get in quick and book a table at The Retailery.

“It’s also a great place to end up after hitting the stores!”

For more information on any upcoming events, visit here

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