Event Recap: Hercules and Love Affair at La Machine du Moulin Rouge [Gallery]
For one night only, Paris queer party Flash Cocotte moved into the Pigalle district, taking over La Machine du Moulin Rouge to mark Pride weekend in all its glory with a performance from Hercules and Love Affair. Around the venue, attendees sauntered around in over-the-top costumes and the antics onstage weren't much different. Alongside Flash Cocotte's resident DJs, New York house music mega group stirred up some devilish fun during its raucous stage show.
With two dancers flanking them on either side, Hercules and Love Affair stood in full command. Up front the group's trio of singers led the show while the DJ/producers mixed the back, though still remaining very much apart of the show, especially when Andrew Butler came to the front for a shirtless romp across the stage. At any given time you could see one of the singers either crawling around on all fours across the stage or gyrating against a microphone stand. Set highlights included "My House," "You Belong" and mega single "Blind." Despite the absence of former front woman Nomi Ruiz, it never felt like something was missing during the show.
Toward the end of the show, they invited a stage invasion that brought the masses to an elevated level. After the club's security dissipated the assembly, singer Whitney Marston Pierce jumped off the stage and into the crowd, taking her microphone with her and closing out the show singing the from inside the audience for the last song.
Images by Nilina Mason-Campbell