Howard Moon and Vince Noir return for a Mighty Boosh reunion exhibition
PUBLISHED: 18:09 19 October 2016
Photographs from Dave Brown (Bollo) and Noel Fielding's drawings feature in the exhibition that opens October 20 at The Book Club
Mighty Boosh fans assemble. Howard Moon and Vince Noir are back after nearly a decade away.
The Book Club in Shoreditch is turning into the Boosh Club with an exhibition by photographer and designer, Dave Brown. With over 70 prints, the new show will contain many pictures of the cast that have never been seen.
Brown himself was an integral part of the show, portraying Bollo, the drums playing gorilla who used to DJ at Fabric on Tuesdays. Known for his catchphrase, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”, he often had a tendency to mess things up. Perhaps Bollo’s streak of rotten luck is to blame for the nightclub’s closure…
Thanks to the cult following that this comedy phenomenon amassed, the Boosh Live tour sold out Wembley Arena and the O2, and saw them break the world record for seven consecutive nights at Brixton Academy, beating The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Prodigy and Bob Dylan.
“That 2006 tour, after the first two series had gone out on TV, was probably the first time we all realised how popular the show was,” says Brown. “I remember the look of shock fear and joy on Noel and Julian’s faces when those curtains went back for the first time in York, the noise and reaction was incredible and the insane crush of screaming fans at the stage door after was a sudden realisation of the size of this strange, beautiful beast they’d created.”
Brown had a camera to hand for the duration of the Boosh’s run, and can now provide some much demanded insight into the behind the scenes lunacy that informed the bizarre nature of the show.
“I can’t believe it’s 10 years since our first live tour,” says Noel Fielding, who plays Vince Noir in the series. “Dave’s pictures are like beautifully composed snap shots from an amazing time in my life where my feet hardly touched the floor and I felt like the luckiest girl/boy on earth. It’s also gonna be great to see some of the other art created for the show by our extended Boosh family.”
In collaboration with the exhibition, the Book Club is playing host to a number of themed events. For creative people of all sorts there is a 12 hour artist lock-in on October 30 where attendants can create and perform their own fan fiction episode and a live drawing Art Macabre event on November 19.
The Boosh Halloween Party takes over the Book Club on October 29 so you’ve still got time to transform yourself into a green cockney hitchhiker or scaly man fish, Old Gregg.
The exhibition runs from October 20 to January 29. Limited edition prints are available with a percentage going to helprefugees.org.uk.
Tickets for these events are available at: wearetbc.com