Clams in their Eyes: the (in)famous NYE extravaganza returns!
Imagine a cross between the Met Gala, Caligula’s Pleasure Palace, Noel’s House Party and, most importantly, Stars in Their Eyes. Well, dear reader, you’ve just imagined Clams in Their Eyes – the most rapturous, euphoric and insane way to say “f**k off” to 2022, and “f**k yeah!” to 2023.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
The show, created and hosted by Sheffield’s premier DIY institution Delicious Clam, is their own take on the classic 90s ITV show. Contestants apply to perform as their musical heroes by submitting an entry video, just like those from the original show. The best of the bunch will be asked to grace the stage for a quick chat with host Matthew Clammy before disappearing into a smoky haze and returning, completely transformed, as their musical idol. Contestants will be in with a chance of winning the coveted Golden Clam trophy, but ultimately, their fate lies in the hands of the audience vote. Once the votes have been counted, the winner will be showered in glory and adoration as they perform their song again as the clock ticks past midnight.
Previous competitors have included: Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Cher, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Kate Bush, Anthony Kiedis, the Go Compare guy, Gerard Way, Dolly Parton, Robbie Williams, Adam Ant, Sinéad O’Connor, Elton John and many, many more.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT?
Not only is the audience treated to some of the most memorable musical performances *EVER*, but there’ll also be live stunts, backstage brawls, laser shows, DJs, dancing and more to keep things moving into 2023.
Since the first iteration of the event in 2017, hosted at the cosy confines of Delicious Clam’s space on Exchange Street, the night has grown in reputation, size, girth and stature – now taking place at Sheffield superclub Network. Production values have also improved: rumour has it that last year they wasted/invested over £1000 in fake glass. Epitomising both the ridiculous and the sublime, Clams in Their Eyes has become one of the city’s most extraordinary events.
Fancy getting involved this year? Head here for tickets and applications.