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Ruby Waters

Ruby Waters

For the latest edition of electroclash gay bash Douche Bag, promoter Michael Kelly calls on the diverse musical talents of Glasgow drag darling Ruby Waters! She is something of an institution in East London, having hosted karaoke nights at Ridley Road Market bar and Power Lunches, to DJing at Douche Bag's predecessor Shake Yer Dix! We can't wait to see what hairspray-infused records this fiery-haired queen pulls out her bag for us!  

Hi Ruby! We’re super excited to have you back at Superstore for Douche Bag! Can you tell us a bit about yourself for those who don’t know you?

Hello Superstore! I’m bloody thrilled to be back and all. Well I’ve existed for six years, brought to life through the encouragement (bribes) and support of punks and artists in East London.

I graduated from music video muse to hosting the karaoke nights at the Joiners Arms (RIP) and Ridley Road Market Bar and several one-off wild nights at Power Lunches (RIP) and DIY Space For London. Having successfully managed to get two out of those four venues shut down I decided to turn my attention further afield. Now I run a monthly night at the Flying Duck in Glasgow called Bum Notes! And the venue hasn’t had to close down yet sooooo...

You mention hosting karaoke at Ridley Road market bar, what’s the funniest memory you have from that gig?

I LOVE that place and all those that sail in her!! I personally enjoyed seeing a few first-timers in drag. Funniest moment was probably that time Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis swapped bodies and JLC had to go back to school and LiLo was the “mom” … oh, wait...

What’s your go-to karaoke belter?

So many! Currently I’m favouring Charlene’s I’ve Never Been to Me

What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played or performed?

A couple months back I ran an afterparty for the queer feminist festival Rama Em Flor in Lisbon, in a cave at the bottom of a beautiful old building, that was wonderful.

Wow! If you had to pin your drag inspiration on three people, who would they be?

Cyndi Lauper, Cindy Wilson and Julian Clary.

Cyndi Lauper

You’re also a member of the band Shopping! How did you guys all come together?

We all met through DIY gigs and music stuff in London. I was putting on gigs and Rachel and Billy were playing in bands. We all ended up hanging out more and were at the same gigs often - my first band broke up and I wanted to start a new thing which became a five-piece party punk mess called CoverGirl featuring all three of us, it was lots of fun but really chaotic. So then we decided to do something with just us three.

Any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can share with us?

LOTS! Always always lots going on. Shopping are releasing a dance-heavy remix EP featuring amazing work by lots of artists, out next year. We’re playing Bethnal Green Working Mens Club on 10th November and currently writing album number three.
Ruby-wise if you’re ever in Glasgow I host Bum Notes the last Friday of every month here at the Flying Duck and will be collaborating with Shoot Your Shot for their Hogmanay celebrations!

If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

I’d like to be in Athens (the one in Georgia, USA) circa 1978-80 at some early B-52s and Pylon gigs omg! I’d also love to take a road trip to Chicago to visit the Warehouse while Frankie Knuckles was still a regular DJ.

Track to rescue a waning dance floor?

Across the board it’s Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), isn’t it? It’s universal... house parties, big raves, Essex hen do, club kids, aunts and uncles, art fags. It’s like my Grindr profile says - versatile.

Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for the Douche Bag crowd?


Catch Ruby Waters at Douche Bag on Friday 18 November from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

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