East London star to perform rock extravaganza in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 16:20 20 February 2015

Transformers live band

Transformers live band


British comedian and drag queen Jonny Woo is once again bringing one of his famous nightlife events to London’s Rich Mix.

The Bethnal Green venue will play host to the radical nightlife legend on Thursday, where he will be perform his revved-up Lou Reed live rock show called Transformer.

Following their smash debut success at Suffolk’s Latitude festival last summer the show is now touring cities and festivals.

Tanya Harrison, Latitude’s arts curator said: “It was incredible. I came into the forest and was blown away by it. Wild, beautiful, every moment was infused with the freedom and rock and roll attitude of Lou Reed’s Transformer and that time and place.”

The show will be like travelling back in time to see a live band roaring out songs that compose stories of Lou Reed’s life, the New York City scene and the background to his original album and personal anecdotes.

Jonny Woo said: “Not only is Transformer one of the most fantastic and poetic albums of all time but each song carries previously unmined potential for further splendour and spectacle, some to be built up into a fiery spectacle, others to be manifested in more mysterious ways.”

The show comes just over a year on from the death of Warhol superstar and performance deity Lou Reed himself, who died in October 2013 of liver disease in New York.

The comedian aims to bring to life classics like Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day and Satellite of Love, while also performing theatrical reinventions of pieces like Make Up and Goodnight Ladies.

Jonny Woo said: “I want to celebrate Lou Reed’s legacy with other fans like me while also assisting new audiences in accessing his brilliance.”

Tickets cost £10 to £12, for more information or tickets visit

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