THE SCENE’S VENUES HAVE ANNOUNCED A SLATE OF KILLER PARTIES THIS WEEKEND TO COINCIDE WITH SLEAZE IN UNIFORM. SEAN MAHER CHECKS THE CREAM.
Getting the Ball rolling is the Oxford Hotel, with the official Sleaze pre-party taking over all three levels on Satur-day night. A free bus service will ferry the uniformed masses to the showgrounds from 9:30pm.
Arq is renowned for consistently throwing some of the most lavish recovery parties on the circuit. This weekend the Arq team are pulling out the stops early on Sunday morning, offering refuge to those staggering from Fox -“ or bounding out of bed for a bit of corruption -“ with a day recovery starting at 8am and finishing at 5pm. The Arena will feature the hosting know-how of Rear Admiral Courtney Act (and her able bodied seamen) entertaining the crowds, intertwined by sets from DJs Paul Goodyear and Josh. Meanwhile, the cruisy Vortex bar will feature sets by favourites Luke Leal and Anthony Whitlock. Tickets for the day recovery are $15, with $5 of that going to Pride.
The action picks up again at 10pm on Sunday with Arq’s Rawhide party. The event will see Los Angeles singer Chance (the voice behind circuit anthems Rise Up and Rescue Me) performing in the Arena exclusively for Arq and a performance from vocal trance outfit Ultrasun. DJs in the Arena are the masterminds behind this year’s Sleaze CD Paul Goodyear and Peter McNamara plus Greg Boladian and Luke Leal. Vortex will feature sets from Baby Bear, Jake Kilby, Peter Farris and Roger Z, with hosting by the incomparable Portia Turbo. Tickets for Rawhide are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Arq will finish off the action on Monday night with the Round Up party featuring DJ Roger Z. Arq are offering a special deal of $35 (advance tickets only) that will cover you for both the day recovery and Rawhide. Tickets are available from Arq’s Gaming Lounge.
The Midnight Shift are also throwing down the gauntlet to other recoveries this weekend with their Out Of Uniform parties. The action actually kicks off on Saturday night, with an alternative party at the Shift featuring DJs Greg Boladian and Luke Leal, with tickets going for $20. The Sunday Sleaze recoveries kick off on Sunday morning at 8am with DJs Nick Gibson and Rob Davis. Entry is a measly $10, or $5 with a pass. The action follows through to Monday, with the second recovery running from 8am under the careful eye of DJ Greg Boladian. Tickets for Monday are also $10.
For a more kickback atmosphere post-Sleaze, the Middle Bar is hosting a chilled out and classy Sleaze recovery on Sunday from 1pm until late. The Middle Bar team is indeed pushing the value angle this weekend. Entry is free and you still get a brilliant musical line-up of Travesty, David Smith and Richard Weiss over the backdrop of a fine balcony area on Taylor Square. To cap off the generous vibe, Middle Bar is supplying free gelati all afternoon and cheap drinks until 9pm.
Check out these phenomenal statistics for Queer Nation’s recovery party this weekend: 10 hours of partying in four rooms with 12 DJs and laser shows. It’s spectacular and so is the venue: Home. From 10pm on Sunday, Queer Nation are set to throw another one of their infamously mind-blowing parties, featuring sets from Jake Kilby, Luke Leal, Alex Taylor, Mandy Rollins, Kelly Lynch, Junior B, Chip, Garry Tee, Coco, Bill Morley, Kate Monroe and Scott Pullen. Phew. To pump up the glamour factor, Queer Nation will be hosted by legends Claire de Lune and Verushka Darling, with lighting and lasers by the brilliant Brad Wright. The action winds up at 8am and tickets are a very reasonable $30.
The wicked, dark and dirty team at Icebox are getting in on the Sleaze weekend action, offering punters something intimate and alternative from the overload of Oxford Street. Icebox will see UK super DJ Mrs Wood drop in the beats over the Sleaze Weekend.
This year, Kings X Hotel are adding to the Sleaze revelry with the day recovery Celestial Lights cranking out the beats from 10am. The recovery will feature the deck talents of DJs Stewart McConnell, Andrew James, Marty Butler, Zed Williams, Sveta and Rob Moose. Advance tickets are $10 or $20 on the door.
While not an official Sleaze Recovery, the NRL has continued its tradition of conveniently scheduling their Grand Final for Sunday evening, this year for the particular pleasure of many eastern suburbs poofs and dykes. Entertainment will be provided by Billy Idol, Jenny Morris and Brad Fittler’s thighs.
For boys looking for something to do in their footy clobber before the big game, the Barracks is inviting you to Cum In Uniform to their all day recovery. A $10 cover charge gets you the sounds of DJ Mark Alsop, free peanuts and loads of horny dudes in butch drag.
Other Sunday favourites will be turning up the heat for the long weekend, including Lord Roberts Hotel, Gilligans, and Kate Monroe and Garry Tee’s Lemon Tea at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, kicking off from 4pm.