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New awards to honour best cabaret performers

A performance at Phoenix Artist Club A performance at Phoenix Artist Club
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Impressionist and singer Christina Bianco is to judge a new cabaret awards at London’s Phoenix Artist Club.

The Phoenix Artist Club Cabaret Awards aims to give recognition and support to new and emerging cabaret talent.

First prize will be £500 in cash, a one-off performance slot at the Phoenix Artist Club and a consultation with the creative team, a photo shoot and a lifetime membership to the club.

Second prize is a photo shoot, a consultation with Phoenix Artist Club and a year-long membership, and the third place recipient will be awarded a bottle of champagne and a year’s membership to the Phoenix Artist Club.

Joining Bianco on the judging panel will be Guinness Book of World Records editor Craig Glenday, producer and performer Christopher Clegg, Phoenix Artist Club owner Colin Savage, and Phoenix Artist Club marketing director Peter Dunbar.

The final for the awards will take place at the Phoenix Artist Club on July 22.

Marketing director, Dunbar, said: “Our team visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and noticed a lack of focus on the ever-evolving cabaret scene.

“This year’s fringe programme offers just 20 pages to cabaret, but 142 pages to comedy.

“We hope this new platform will help cabaret artists at the grassroots level to reach new audiences and opportunities.”

Finalists for the award include Diva Regina, Bennet Kavanagh, Seayonce, Muchachico, Jenny B Side and Luka Sings.

They are joined by GingZilla, Yasmin Day, Drew Colby, Evie Lake and Busty and Ginger.