Yep, it’s that time of year again. Sleaze Ball is nearly here with a cracking theme and some kick-ass DJs to help you get your “Game on!”
But are you going to the ball?
Sleaze Ball is like Mardi Gras’ mischievous alter ego — deeper, darker, edgier. The first Sleaze was held back in ’82 at Paddington Town Hall and hundreds were apparently turned away. Then it moved to the old showgrounds as the Hordern parties gained popularity.
Thing is, it aint cheap. Once you’ve bought your ticket, arranged your outfit, etc, most are pushing it to have enough left for a recovery, particularly in this economy. But if you can afford it and haven’t been to a Hordern party, I recommend checking it out. At least once.
Many are now bypassing the larger parties and opting for smaller events. One forum poster recently said, “Skip Sleaze. Cocktails at Sunrise, Phoenix AM, Daywash, Fierce Angel, ARQ, then see what happens,” and this seems to echo common sentiment.
But you really can’t beat the atmosphere, and there’s no room for inhibition at Sleaze.
I recall one punter making a beeline for me one year and casually asking if he could piss on me. So being the eternal diplomat, I asked if I could get back to him on that. He forgot what he was doing anyway, and went bobbing off into the abyss. Then another year I found myself dancing with a somewhat amorous midget. That was trippy.
But I think most of us have some trashy Kodak moments from the big parties — approaching the thumping bass from outside, pressing the flesh on the dancefloor, a sea of happy faces. But remember kids — know your limits, look out for your mates, and be safe.
I realise I’m probably sounding terribly sensible, but I’ve always preferred to leave before sunrise too. I know, right? Nanna much? But I used to dance the night away, and usually looked like a bastard by morning. And so after a big one — even with sunnies — I don’t do daylight.
But are we getting less bang for our buck? Have big dance parties lost their relevance? And just which will be the bigger hit — the Freemasons mix of Whitney’s Million Dollar Bill or Madonna’s Celebration?
I’ll probably be spending the night in with a DVD, thinking of the brain cells and money I’ll be saving.
How ’bout you?

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