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FAKE PROM featuring DOUGIE BOOM, SHIT LA MERDE and THE FORD PREFECTS at the Palais Royale, Friday, August 24. Rating: NNN
For ten years, Fake Prom was an annual freaks and geeks friendly, indie-spirited party, complete with DJs, a live band, a Fake Prom King and Queen, and a fake dating service.
It all came to an end last night with an "Under The Sea" themed sendoff at Palais Royale, featuring appearances by Fake Prom's 2004 band, the Ford Prefects (who first played the event when it was at Sneaky Dee's) and DJs Dougie Boom and Shit La Merde.
Musically, the night was all about time travel, jumping from 90s Britpop, to Be My Baby and Lollipop, to Elvis Costello, Tiffany and Adele. So basically, if you went to high school anytime over the past six decades, there was something for you to dance to. (Though most likely your real prom didn't include crabs, mer-people, an oyster, and a drowning man - Fake Prom crowds take dressing up seriously).
But despite the messy, punk rock karaoke vocal delivery of the band (who had a keytar!), and the rising age of some of the crowd (Working For The Weekend seems increasingly appropriate) the final Fake Prom felt more real than fake, an unabashed opportunity for a big crowd to embrace hit songs together on the dance floor.
I wonder what we are graduating to?