Organisers of this Saturday’s Sleaze Ball say the party will probably sell out, as revellers gear up for one of the biggest party weekends of the year.

New Mardi Gras chair Marcus Bourget said preparations for Sleaze Ball were close to completion. We’re just now doing the finishing touches and we’re all pretty excited, he said.

Ticket sales are going really well and we definitely think it will be selling out.

A sell-out would see around 8,500 punters at the party, around 2,000 more than last year.

The 25th annual Sleaze Ball, which this year has a ghetto fabulous theme, will take place on Saturday 30 September in the Hordern and its neighbouring halls, the Dome and Forum, between 10pm and 8am on Sunday.

The entertainment line-up will feature singer Katie Underwood, electro pop band Vandalism and a DJ list including Stephen Allkins, Mr Timothy, Sveta, Alex Taylor, Mandy Rollins and more. Remaining tickets were $115 available from Ticketek.

The official Sleaze Ball recovery will be held at DCM from 7am on Sunday. Entry would be $15 for Sleaze ticket holders and $20 for others.

But Sleaze isn’t the only big event on this long weekend. Friday night will see leather party Indulgence at Midnight Shift Club (from 10pm, $24), girls’ party Moist at Arq (9pm, $10), and Club Kooky at Club 77 (10pm, $10).

Friday night is also the charity preview of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert at the Lyric Theatre, Star City. Ticket price includes entry to an after-party with the cast, and all profits from ticket sales will be donated to ACON (tickets $79.90 to $97.90).

On Saturday night, those not Sleazing might head to Arq for the trance party Unity with DJ Ruby (11pm, $25). Out west at Moorebank Sports Club, Hammondville, is the drag extravaganza Diamonds & Pearls (8pm, $10).

Sunday is jam-packed with post-Sleaze parties. The big ones are Bad Dog at Marrickville Bowling Club (10pm, $35 or $45 on door), Homesexual at Home (10am, $49 or $60 on door) and girls’ event ZIP at the Burdekin (5pm, $12)

There will also be recoveries all Sunday long at Arq (8am, $10-$30), Colombian (8am) and Manacle (7am, $10). Opening their doors later in the day will be Flinders (2pm, $10), new venue Gaymarket (7pm), Mars Lounge (7pm), Midnight Shift Club (9pm, $40) and Slide (7pm, $10).

For the hardcore among us, Arq, Colombian and Manacle are hosting Monday recoveries. See The Guide on page 54 for more details about what’s on.

Wherever you party this long weekend, if you’re doing drugs remember to look after yourself and your friends and don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance.

Be safety conscious when getting to and from venues and report any homophobic abuse or violence to the police and ACON’s Anti-Violence Project.

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