Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. (30 Dec 2011)

No Sleep ‘Til Brixton

As has become a bit of a tradition, the last-but-one night of the year saw the Windmill in Brixton taken over by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. for a bit of party action. In the past, they’ve performed sets as Madonna and Wham!, along with a ‘Hits of the Noughties’ medley that featured covers of everyone from Beyoncé to the Flaming Lips and Rage Against The Machine. This year, with the announcement that they would be performing as The Beastie Boys (with a few “special guest star” appearances) you had a pretty good idea of what was going to be in store.

There was a special Beastie Boys-themed drink available at the bar (the Brass Monkey, made up of vodka, dark rum and orange juice) and fancy dress was encouraged (most enthusiastically embraced by two guys “of a certain age” dressed up as fat ballerinas).

Compèred by comedian Tiernan Douieb, in the guise of Guy Garvey (he was originally going to be Tom Waits, but the latter was “shit for karaoke”), we kicked off with acoustic troubadour Grace Petrie as Lady GaGa. The blonde wig and shades were quickly dispensed with, as Petrie bravely struggled to keep a straight face (a poker face, if you will) and remember the words, with one of the songs veering off into Tainted Love half way through.

After Douieb led a wave-your-lighters-in-the-air singalong to Elbow’s One Day Like This, The Attika State took to the stage as Weezer and rocked the ever-growing crowd (vocalist Rudi Barella joked that they never played to as many people when they appeared as themselves).

Things really kicked off when Sam Duckworth and co appeared, fully blinged, for a run through of Beastie Boys faves. Aided on decks and laptop by The Last Skeptik as Mix Master Mike (who also played some quality tuneage between sets), they sent the Windmill mad with the likes of Intergalactic, Brass Monkey, a suitably adapted No Sleep Till Brooklyn (featuring a bit of impromptu crowd surfing) and, of course, Fight For Your Right.

The Last Skeptik kept the party going on the decks, and as people started to drift off home, fully pumped for the ensuing New Year mayhem, I think more than a few will have made a mental note to keep a date free for the same time in 2012. Quite how Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will top tonight, though, is anybody’s guess.

Richard Pearmain

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