Popular local DJ duo, Mandy Rollins and Feisty, are launching a new queer club night next week at Rogues Nightclub called Grand Theft Audio.
The pair gained a devoted following during Crash, their Saturday night residency at Phoenix, long considered one of the best underground nights on the gay scene in Sydney, which ended a few months ago.
Since then the DJs have been searching for a new home in which to work together again and reckon they’ve found it at Rogues.
I looked at 21 different venues all over inner Sydney, but it wasn’t until Hellfire moved to Rogues that I realised the potential of the venue, Rollins said.
I always thought there was only the street level to Rogues so I was extremely excited to find a whole new basement level with sandstone walls, lounge areas and a sunken dance floor and to top it off a sound system that kicks ass.
Management was really keen to talk to us because they were changing their Friday nights to a totally gay/ queer format, Feisty, who also plays at a Sunday night event at Phoenix called Chug, added.
Hellfire was already in and they’ve now booked in other queer events so that Fridays at Rogues can effectively be gay nights.
The club is also set to begin hosting monthly girls’ night Schmutzig.
The girls said one of the things they learnt from Crash was that having guest DJs kept the night fresh, so for the launch of Grand Theft Audio they’ll be joined by DJs Chip and Neal Crawford.
It was really important for us to try and recreate what we did with Crash because we not only miss playing for the boys and girls, but we also miss the friendships that we’d built over four years, Rollins said.
Rogues is the perfect venue for the sexy, grinding, tribal tech sounds that underground Sydney has come to expect from me and Feisty.
The first instalment of Grand Theft Audio will be held on Friday 1 July at Rogues Nightclub, corner Oxford and Riley Streets, Darlinghurst. Entry is $10 between 10pm and 6am. For more info go to www.dirtyfilthysexmusic.com