12 months worth of planning and organising finally came to head with the launch of the Guinness Book Of Records 2015 earlier this week. But this was no ordinary Guinness book launch, this book celebrates a whopping 60 years of record breaking action for GWR.
The latest edition features Johnny Strange in not just one, not two, but three different sections; ‘Show of Strength’, Performers’ and the ‘No Pain, No Gain’ sections of the book!
Three of his records that feature this year’s book are world’s firsts official Guinness World Records including the first official Guinness World Record for ‘The heaviest weight lifted by pierced ears’ which he set in 2013 at the prestigious Doncaster Racecourse in West Yorkshire.
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I’ve just come back from having an amazing time performing in Sweden and Denmark, both were fantastic but I have to say, Christiania in Copenhagen was particularly lovely.
Christiania, also known as ‘Freetown’, is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 84 acres in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. While there I had the pleasure of working along side actor Robert LaSardo, where we managed to snap this quick picture right before I jumped on stage. You can find more about it over on my Facebook Page at; www.facebook.com/RealJohnnyStrange
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Last night Johnny Strange performed at The Hilton Deansgate hotel in Manchester for boxing legend & former world champion, Amir Khan, at a red carpet event to officially launch the Amir Khan Foundation (Charity Number 1158078). A number of well-known celebrity faces, as well as 500 high profile guests from across the country attended the sell-out event including ex-Bolton Wanderers star Kevin Davies, TV presenter Charlie Webster, basketball star John Amaechi and stand-up comedian, actor and show host Omid Djalili.
The Amir Khan Foundation will provide crucial support to disadvantaged young people in the UK and worldwide and successfully managed to raise a staggering £218,000 for the new charity. The foundation is about to begin building an orphanage for 250 children in Gunjur. Amir also plans to sink a vital well in the area to provide fresh water.
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Next in the schedule I will be performing in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Brussels and Alkmaar – along with UK appearances in East Grinstead, Chatham, Blackpool, Dundee, Glasgow Oxfordshire and Kent.
I will once again be gracing the stage at both The Brook Theatre for The Cabaret of Curiosities and The Fool n Angel for Adams Apple Cabaret. As well as a packed schedule of filming and photoshoots. Busy, busy, busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Keep an eye on my Facebook Page for individual event dates & times, and if your in the area, come and catch a show and say hello!
You can find my Facebook Page at; www.facebook.com/RealJohnnyStrange
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Fresh back from Amsterdam I performed on the Isle of Wight with The Blue Moon Revue. Riding high on the success of four consecutive sold out shows in association with the Guildford Fringe Festival, The Blue Moon rose once again at it’s home, The Apollo Theatre on The Isle of Wight.
The Blue Moon Revue put together a great line up featuring a whole host of international performers, award winners and the very best of the Isle of Wight’s talent. I performed along side Violet Blaze, Tahlullah Manhattan, Quinny Sin, Griffin & Jones, Lily Elixir, Isabelle L’Amour, Hannah Brewer and host comedian Alex Watts.
Yoppul posted a review of the show, saying;
“Not shy of showing off his unique bodily talents, Mr Strange proceeded to swallow a variety of different shaped swords, and even a glowing neon tube, seen to full effect with the stage lights turned off.”
“From the start it was clear that the audience loved every minute of the show, with many performers receiving a standing ovation. The Blue Moon Revue has truly injected new life into the Apollo Theatre; bursting with talent, the founders have created a hugely entertaining and liberating show.”
The event was held in the wonderfully quaint venue The Apollo Theatre, a volunteer run operation that has brought fantastic theatre shows to the Isle of Wight for the past 40+ years – which I think in it’s self deserves a mention. Over all it was a fantastic night, each act performed brilliantly and the audience were amazing, I can’t wait to visit the Isle of Wight again which I hope will be sooner rather than later.
Images by Jenna Taylor Photography.
You can read the full review by Yoppul here;
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Amsterdam is still awesome, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I was last here. Every time I am here I have so much fun.
Great shows, great audiences and great friends make it a place I should visit more often. While here I also bumped into photographer extraordinaire Gordon Meuleman, who showed me an Issue of Tattoo Planet Magazine (issue #88) that had published photos of me he had taken back in April while I was performing in Antwerp, Belgium.
I had a great time here as usual, but definitely feel I had to leave too soon. Unfortunately time is short and I’m ready to hit UK soil again, this time I will be on the Isle of Wight performing at the Apollo Theatre with The Blue Moon Revue who have put together a great line up featuring a whole host of international performers, award winners and the very best of the Isle of Wight’s talent. Featuring Violet Blaze, Tahlullah Manhattan, Quinny Sin, Griffin & Jones, Lily Elixir, Isabelle L’Amour, Hannah Brewer and host Alex Watts.
You can grab your own copy of Tattoo Planet Magazine over at;
Additional image by Gordon Meuleman.
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Austria is a beautiful country, I had a great time performing there and got the chance to do many things such as hanging out with some fantastic people in Linz and visiting the Clock Tower with my friend Sara in Graz but one of the best has to have been participating in a traditional Samoan ‘Ava Ceremony, thanks to my friends over at Le Segaula Tatau who were also visiting Austria. They invited me and Constantin Luger over to join in.
The ‘Ava Ceremony is usually reserved for honoured guests and includes the consumption of Kava Kava, the juice from the roots of a pepper tree – It is thought that Kava Kava is one of the reasons why the people of the South Pacific Islands are known as some of the happiest and friendliest people in the world. So there it is, drink some Kava Kava.
But obviously I couldn’t talk about Austria without mentioning the Graz Tattoo Convention, which I performed at while there, along with Constantin Luger and featured special guest Mario Barth, whilst being covered by Music News Independent Magazine.
It was a hectic weekend full of fun as per usual, and as well as me they hosted bands ‘Mona and her Moonshiners’, ‘The Slapbacks’ and ‘Kingsville’ among others.
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