The second Excess All Areas London Cabaret Awards ceremony was not short on eye-catching and memorable sights. Burlesque dancers, drag queens, musical comedy performers, circus folk and many others squeezed into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern last Wednesday. First year nerves were nowhere in evidence as all and sundry were dressed to nine-point-nines in a variety of styles reflecting the diversity of the cabaret scene. On stage, Sarah-Louise Young, the Folly Mixtures and Alp Haydar provided entertainment while the Divine Miss Em ably oversaw a cavalcade of presenters and prizewinners.

A full list of winners can be perused right here. Are these the most controversial awards around? Franco Milazzo looks at the snubs, the shocks and the surprises behind this year’s London Cabaret Awards. Watch this space to find out who said what and our independent report on the evening. All pictures (c) Lisa Thomson exclusively for This Is Cabaret