1 APRIL 2011, 9PM - 2AM


Tickets: £5 in advance and available from

Hot off the high heels of Cum Clubbing The Garage Presents…GET BENT! an eccentric club night inspired by pop culture’s affection for gender-bending.


Join the genderama at VIVID on Friday 01st April and subvert, revise, amplify, or cross your gender!


DJs include: London-based duo Prick Your Finger who’ll warm those dancing feet with a unique set of two-ply twisted pop; award winning sound artist and creator of The Modified Toy Orchestra Brian DuffyBirmingham promoters and party-hosts Chicks Dig Jerks;

and Tesko Disko’s Greg Haines and John Napier.


What’s more, there’ll be the Garage beauty pageant hosted by TWIGGY; filthy, gorgeous intervention ‘Sex it up, Please’  from Midlands based performance company NewMacho; Pop Up’ photo studio by Birmingham photographer Joey Vivo; and live music from by Greg Bird & Flamingo Flame, who mark the release of their second EP with an a-sexual set especially for GET BENT!


VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane

Birmingham | B9 4AR

T: 0121 766 7876


VIVID is a 10 minute walk away from both New Street and Moor Street stations. 


GET BENT! is the second in a trilogy of events conceived by artist-curator Trevor Pitt (POD projects) as part of Sleeve Notes developed during his ‘In Association with…’ residency at VIVID in 2009.


Sleeve Notes examines the spaces where popular culture fraternizes with the canonical world of art and the individuals who played a significant, often underground role in shaping the music, fashion, and club scenes in Birmingham during the late 70s and 1980s. GET BENT! follows the amazing success of Cum Clubbing in September 2010 which saw the weird, wonderful and downright lewd convene at VIVID for a strange evening of disco inspired by the colourful club nights of Birmingham’s 80s underground scene. Pitt says: “I spent half my life dressing up and in clubs, and the Sleeve Notes projects reflects my love for art and pop in equally fanatical measures. I guess it's my life in pop that never really was...”


Pitt’s Sleeve Notes project will culminate at VIVID in winter 2011 with ‘1956’, a seminal year during which the naming of POP ART arrived through iconic exhibition ‘This is Tomorrow’; Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel, his first million selling single and for many, their first experience of rock n roll; and IBM launched the first computer with a hard disk drive (which weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data!). Pitt will curate a programme of activity including an exhibition and club night, which remembers and celebrates 1956 (and coincidentally, is the year he was born too!).


VIVID moved to Eastside in 2005, converting a former car garage into a dedicated project space designed to accommodate artist production and exhibitions with the support of Advantage West Midlands. The VIVID space is used to introduce audiences to both emerging local talent and work of international significance, with a specific focus on the moving image and innovation.


GET BENT! is presented as part of The Garage presents… a brand new strand of one off events embracing music, live arts, installation, performance, and films. For more information visit


NewMacho are a Midlands-based Performance company that have been working around the United Kingdom since 2007 specialising in devised theatre performance, installation work and site specific projects. NewMacho draw inspiration from universal issues, popular culture and mundane everyday objects to produce a progressive style of performance that encourages engagement yet does not forget the importance of entertainment. NewMacho believe in creating work that speaks to people now. They are part of the next generation of performance makers and wish to recruit you to take part and share in their work and to be part of the new wave. For more information visit:


Prick Your Finger is a yarn shop and gallery in Bethnal Green run by Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries. Prick Your Finger grew from a desire to make textiles with UK based and ethical yarns. It's gallery format illustrates the rich history and anthropology of British craft and textiles, challenging romantic and modern assumptions.  It is a place to learn, and celebrate adventures in making, with a party atmosphere. Prick Your Finger adheres to the DIY ethics as taught by straight edge punks Fugazi. Once we have learned the rules we can break them.  What we become through the process of making, is as important as the outcome. For more information visit


Greg Bird and Flamingo Flame bring the Gothic Groove of ‘Shruburbia’, their first EP, to you via Speech Fewapy Records. Since the hiatus of filth funketeers and Birmingham post genre demi-gods, Sunset Cinema Club, co-frontman and bassist Greg locked himself away during the tail end of 2009, self producing his washed out debut EP.

Mastered by Greg’s SCC partner, Dom James, ‘Shruburbia’ is seven tracks of hazy melodic electronica borne out of a deep love of Prince, The Cocteau Twins and a healthy comic book obsession. ‘Shruburbia’ was released on 26th April 2010 on Speech Fewapy Records, also home of The Traps and Malpas and sister to the burdgeoning and far reaching Speech Fewapy Radio. For more information visit:


Chicks Dig Jerks are promoters, party hosts & djs and have been doing their thing in brum since October 2002. They’ve put on gigs for everyone from Liars to Klaxons to Chromeo to the Gossip, had all sorts of DJs play from Brodinski to Filthy Dukes, DJ Medhi, Riotous Rockers and more AND they throw a good party… including Birmingham’s infamous fun party HOTT DATE. For more information visit:


Joey Vivo is a photographer based in the Birmingham. He likes people: the fash-trash, the beautiful people, the regular Joes, the culture freaks, the boy-girls, the girl-boys, the scum, the sweet and the scary. Everyone intrigues him. For more information:


Brian Duffy is an award winning sound artist and the main member and creator of Modified Toy Orchestra, a Birmingham based electronic outfit who make the group's instruments by circuit bending sound making devices, such as toy keyboards, and educational spelling toys. For more information visit:


John Napier is a Birmingham-based DJ and musician. Napier is the mastermind behind a number of local clubnights including Die Disko Damen, Jugend Klub and the recently launched Tesko Disko, with Greg Haines. For more information visit:


Twiggy is one of the Midlands' most well-known and outrageously flamboyant drag artists.  Turning heads wherever he goes, the self-styled queen of eccentricity and all-things-bizarre has become a symbol of Birmingham's constantly evolving and extremely outlandish gay club scene.