This year Sleaze Ball is returning to its dark and dirty roots. And no, that doesn’t mean the return of sex in backrooms.

Research conducted by New Mardi Gras found partygoers want Sleaze to be darker, dirtier, sleazier and sexier -“ more like the way it used to be.

According to the research, many people felt that in the last few years Sleaze had become a carbon copy of the Mardi Gras party and that there should be more of a distinction between the two.

People say Mardi Gras is more about fun and celebration, glitz and glamour, while Sleaze should have a rougher, more raw, sexual edge to it, New Mardi Gras spokesperson Mark Orr said.

People are harking back to the days when it used to be like that.

Orr said they hoped to achieve this kind of atmosphere at the party on 2 October with a suitably sexy theme (which won’t be revealed until early August), sleazy decor in each venue and by appropriately dark and dirty music.

This year’s DJs will be chosen using a new selection process. In previous years DJs simply sent in a demo of what they thought we might want to hear, Orr said.

This time we’ve already decided what kind of music we want played in the different venues and we will provide that specific information to the DJs who express their interest in playing at Sleaze Ball.

Interested DJs should go to www.mardigras.org.au for more information.

The New Mardi Gras annual general meeting is on this Sat-urday 3 July, where members will vote for the new board and the 2004 annual report will be given.

Michael Woodhouse -“ one of the organisation’s most familiar faces -“ is not standing for re-election. Co-chair Steph Sands is up for election again, along with former Mardi Gras board members, volunteers and community members.

The New Mardi Gras AGM will be held at Petersham RSL, 7 Regent Street, Petersham, at 2pm on Saturday 3 July.

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