As the first performers gave average lipsyncs to some average songs, someone leaned over to me and said "I think we have higher standards in Manchester if this is the best Birmingham can offer!" But as the night went on, the quality and originality of the performances grew and grew. Teasing us with the first of two numbers from London drag legend Meth early in the night, it was clear that the quality we expect from The Library was definitely going to be delivered. Performing a hilarious version of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' peppered with Dowager Countess quotes from Downton Abbey, Meth's expressive face and slick comic timing proved the reason she is one of London's most renowned and popular drag performers. Later, when she returned to the stage, she served a zany mash-up of The Four Non Blondes' 'What's Going On' with the iconic "Hey" moments swapped for other choruses with "Hey" in the title... tenuous maybe, but it worked. And though her look was certainly impressive, it was this mixture of music and comedy that made her (and other queens who followed this formula) the standout of the night.
Though a very long night, For The Love Of Drag certainly reminded exactly why we do love drag. With some truly original performers from up and down the country, the evening highlighted how the current drag renaissance really is nationwide. However, with the Manchester performers some of the strongest of the night, it also proved just how lucky we are to have some of the finest drag stars in the country performing right on our doorstep. Bravo Librarians. Bravo.