UK Pleasure Boys Stir Controversy with Banbridge Performance

The UK Pleasure Boys, a naked dance troupe, performed at The Bannville Hotel in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, sparking protests from Free Presbyterian Church members. The show was toned down due to council rules, with extra security measures in place, but some audience members expressed disappointment at the lack of full frontal nudity.

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UK Pleasure Boys Stir Controversy with Banbridge Performance

UK Pleasure Boys Stir Controversy with Banbridge Performance

The UK Pleasure Boys, a naked dance troupe, recently performed at The Bannville Hotel in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, sparking protests from members of the Free Presbyterian Church. The group's manager, John Woodward, had promised changes to ensure the show would be toned down compared to their previous controversial performance in Belfast earlier this year.

Around two dozen mainly elderly protesters from Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church held signs warning of "the wrath of God" and labeling the group "filthy". Rev. Daniel Henderson stated, "What is going on at the Bannville is a flagrant violation of God's law." However, the Pleasure Boys did not engage with the protesters, finding the protest "humorous" and not a cause for concern.

To address concerns following the viral social media footage of their racy strip show in Belfast, extra security measures were put in place for the Banbridge event. This included 20 security personnel, signs discouraging photos during the show, and documentary crews to capture the event. Woodward emphasized the goal was to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, stating, "The plan is to get naked - but not too much of it."

Council officials attended the event until "half time" and made it clear that full frontal nudity, common in English strip shows, would not be permitted in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon council area. As a result, some of the over 700 audience members expressed disappointment, having attended solely for the expected nudity.

The Pleasure Boys are currently on a major UK tour, with demand for the group "absolutely massive" since their last Northern Ireland appearance, according to Woodward. This has led to an increase in shows and attendance. Meanwhile, a Belfast City Council investigation into the group's event at The Devenish in February is still ongoing after three months.

Key Takeaways

  • UK Pleasure Boys, a naked dance troupe, performed in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, sparking protests from Free Presbyterian Church members.
  • Protesters held signs warning of "the wrath of God" and labeling the group "filthy", but the Pleasure Boys found it "humorous" and not concerning.
  • Extra security measures were put in place, including 20 security personnel and signs discouraging photos, to address concerns after a previous racy show.
  • Council officials attended the event and prohibited full frontal nudity, leading to some audience members' disappointment.
  • The Pleasure Boys are on a major UK tour, with high demand and an ongoing Belfast City Council investigation into their previous event.