RIP Bizarre Magazine

February marks the final issue of Bizarre Magazine.

Bizarre, you will be missed. It was an honour to nestle within your tentacled embrace. From its latex-clad genesis in the late ’90s, through my first appearance in 2008, to many truly unique experiences and the wonderful friends I’ve made in the process, I can genuinely say that it’s changed my life for the better.

Here‘s a fond farewell by Denise Stanborough for Vice

…and from Tom Broadbent here

…and from Stephen Daultrey here

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SOPHIE

The S.O.P.H.I.E (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere) Foundation was set up in 2009 after 20 year old goth, Sophie Lancaster, was kicked to death by strangers because of her hair, make-up and what she was wearing. The charity provides educational measures to combat prejudice and discrimination towards those from alternative subcultures. At Saturday’s Bizarre Ball, the Illamasqua Lounge helped raise money for SOPHIE. Here’s the video (I’m at around 2:40ish, pouting at the camera and looking drunk!):

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