The Skinny Space Odyssey

Feature by Penny Green | 01 May 2008 has lift off. On 26 April The Skinny began another chapter in it's adventure of world domination with the release of it's new website. To mark the occasion, a big party and fancy dress: The Skinny Space Odyssey at SWG3 with our sponsors Tennent's 1885.

On the night, two lithe fire twirlers Lucille Burn and Cat Aclysmic greeted guests in silver bikinis with mouthfuls of fire and sexy fire fan-dances. The effort made by guests for the space themed fancy dress was immense and the night turned up a blue alien, a green alien, a Martian, a shooting star, a silver space man, a Jedi and Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess Leah, some of the crew from the Starship Enterprise, Venus, Universal Love (and Hate), Old Man Time, space itself, a black hole, many glitter wigs, and a lot of body paint and tin foil.

King Creosote and The Pictish Trail provided a toe tapping introduction to the evening, accessorized with fabulous poodle wigs. The Fence Collective lads were followed by DJ Pyz who continued the party vibe with a specially flavoured space set. The Slabs of the Tabernacle crew brought us space disco stylings and tunes with "peow peow" noises, and were sporting excellent alien body paint. Mr Copy and Simon Stokes couldn't resist, and finished the night with quality techno. Needless to say, we couldn't resist either.

It was an evening of female entertainers: those ladies with guitars, The Hedrons, turned up without fancy dress but with their guitars for an impromptu gig in the SWG3 studios, while downstairs gorgeous burlesque expert Daiquiri Dusk fan-danced to the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Throughout the night freebie goodies were given away including sunnies from Oscar and Fitch. American Apparel were out in force, and we were delighted to be able to give away vouchers for this most sought-after store in the goodie bags.

SWG3 provided a fabulous bar with Tennent's brand new and surprisingly refreshing 1885 to sample, and two yummy cocktails from Havana Club and Miller's Gin, plus lovely smiling bar staff.

Meanwhile GI's curated-venue The Local evoked a sophisticated atmosphere with Jim Lambie's glittery tables and Timorous Beasties' wall hangings; meanwhile Toby Paterson's ceiling and the specially commissioned bar and disco ball planet works set an unforgettable scene.

The Skinny would like to thank GI and SWG3 for being such gracious hosts, Tennent's 1885 as our event sponsors, plus thanks to Rhymes with Purple, Daiquiri Dusk, American Apparel, Oscar and Fitch, I love Candy, Monster, Martin Millers Gin, and Havana Club Rum.,,,,,