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I Feel Love review – a moving celebration of sexual freedom and LGBT rights | Musique Non Stop

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

I Feel Love review – a moving celebration of sexual freedom and LGBT rights

City Hall, Hull
Will Young, Alison Moyet and others raise the rafters in a heartfelt tribute to the end of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – with a reminder of how far there is to go

Headlined by Will Young, Marc Almond and Alison Moyet, this concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of sexual freedom – simultaneously broadcast on Radio 2 - doesn’t lack party atmosphere. There are ticker-tape explosions and massed singalongs of the Village People’s YMCA and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, led by the Gay Abandon choir. The celebratory piece de resistance is surely the guy in the crowd singing along with a ventriloquist’s dummy, which has been glammed up in a silver wig. Yet for all the massed outbreaks of joy, the most effective moments are more downbeat. Presenter Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters reminds us that in the 1967 so-called Summer of Love, “a section of society could be dragged before a magistrate for holding hands in the street”. Actor Allan Corduner reads from Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, written while the literary giant served two years hard labour for “indecency”. He dreamed of a quiet life by the seaside but was dead within three years.

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