Last Friday marked the 5th anniversary of This is ...Circus. The party was started in 2006 by Jodie Harsh as a social gathering of arty friends at Too2Much and quickly grew to a weekly Friday night club always attracting a colourful crowd of dressed-up club kids and the odd celebrity, selectively invited to spice-up the night and make a newspaper worthy appearance. Throughout the 5 year span of Circus so far, we have been entertained by the likes of Roisin Murphy, Amanda Lepore, Cazwell, Jessie J, Pete Burns, Kelly Osbourne, Miss Dynamite, Perez Hilton, Sophie Ellis Bextor and many more, all sharing a stage with underground art performances from up and coming performers, some of whom were there last Friday including Scottee, who literally swallowed a meter-long balloon and did not give it back to the kids. Scottee is a sweetheart.
The night had a slow start and by midnight the place was literally half-empty when suddenly as if by some precise measure, just after the clock turned 00.00 there came a hoard of Circus regulars and long-time friends of Jodie, who filled the space with an air of celebration. The birthday was in full force from that point and it felt a little more like the old-time Circus we remember from its early days at Too2Much. The red velvet of Cafe De Paris matched perfectly with the crystal shimmerings of champagne glasses toasting the great occasion. 5 years on, Circus is still going strong and as we hear, Jodie has even bigger plans for it. With this year's Love Box gig, more festivals are definitely on Jodie's priority list and there was a recent tour which proved a challenge, but not impossible. A collaboration between Miss Harsh and photographer Tim Bret-Day resulted in a three-day video installation featuring over 100 of the scene extraordinaries at the Bond club at the back of Carnaby Street.
All-in-all, Circus is now 5 and we are thrilled to have been there for all the good moments it has offered throughout the years.
Highlights from the party: