Organisers remained confident yesterday that Sleaze Ball would attract up to 6,000 people this Saturday night.

Pride co-president Chris Maynard told the Star that they had experienced a surge in sales over the last few days and that sales were approaching the 4,500 break-even point set for the party. Including the Ticketek people [Mardi Gras pre-sales] we will have close to 6,000 people at the event, Maynard said.

Entertainment coordinator Neale Craker promised that a smaller party would not necessarily be a less spectacular party.

We’ve completely re-jigged the Sleaze budget to make sure we get the maximum -˜bang-for-our-buck’ by taking money out of areas that partygoers don’t see and putting that money into sound, lighting and entertainment which are essential to producing a quality event, Craker said.

Craker also promised that apart from the two scheduled shows there would be roving entertainment throughout the night.

There will be coal miners showering as they get pushed across the dance floor on top of a tower. There will be buzz-cut demonstrations in the Dome -¦ and there will be a couple of little installation pieces with performers as schoolboys and schoolgirls and nuns and priests seen through the first floor window overlooking the Hordern -“ you’ll be able to see it through a fishbowl effect.

Craker also promised a spectacular finale sound and lighting effect. He coyly said he was not allowed to reveal any details but promised partygoers that it would blow their socks off.

Sound and lighting will be provided by 32 Hundred lighting, and audio guru Kevin Davidson has been engaged as a consultant to ensure the best quality sound. Oracle lighting will provide two high-powered water-cooled lasers which will be used to spectacular effect in the Hordern Pavilion.

Tickets will be available at the door at $79.

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