Organisers of next month’s Sleaze Ball have enjoyed a bright start to party preparations this week evidenced by strong ticket sales and the unveiling of a series of Sleaze In Uniform posters and party scenic details.

Whoosh Events, who are producing the party, are promising a scenic that will maintain core elements of past Sleaze parties while also incorporating innovative new elements never been seen before.

Very Sleazy is the quote du jour apparently, Whoosh production director Shane O’Brien told the Star. I can’t say too much now, but let’s just say the Hordern will have a scenic that is not the traditional scenic approach for big parties -“ it’s scenic involving new technologies.

The plan for The Dome will also be pretty cutting edge and will include expanding the dance area into the entire venue. It will be our -˜experience space’ with the idea being to incorporate a retrospective tribute of past Sleaze scenic elements -“ such as classic props if we can get them -“ and having a larger dance space with lots of nooks and crannies for people to explore throughout the party, O’Brien revealed.

Whoosh were also able to confirm this week that Felipe Reynolds will step in as scenic designer for Sleaze. Reynolds has worked on a range of gay and lesbian events, including Hand In Hand and Pride New Year’s Eve parties and is currently working on the Gay Games opening ceremony.

The new Sleaze posters were created under a tight timeframe by promoter, producer and Mardi Gras design guru Ian Jopson, together with stylist Brett Cham-berlain and photographer Jamie Dunbar.

Neale Craker, Pride secretary and events director, told Sydney Star Observer that Pride was very pleased with the new posters, one of which can be seen on page six of this week’s Star (with the other pictured).

We’ve gone for a girl poster and a boy poster with features of a series of images of body parts and paraphernalia associated with uniform, like dog tags, he said.

[The design team] have got a history of putting together great work for Mardi Gras and I guess it was the best move to have them come in for the new posters, in terms of continuity, he said

Craker said that Sleaze Ball In Uniform was already off to a strong start this week, with excellent sales already recorded for the 9,000-capacity event.

The phone has been ringing off the hook here since we went on sale on Saturday. We sold around 500 tickets in the first day and sales have been moving solidly since then, Craker said.

DJs for the 5 October Sleaze Ball have also been confirmed.

The three DJs in the Hordern are Anthony Whitlock, who will do commercial, Luke Leal, who is going for familiar energetic stuff, and Kate Monroe is finishing off with uplifting vocal, Craker said.

In the Dome we’ve got Ben Drayton and Mandy Rollins who will do house and some dirty deep tribal stuff and we’ll finish up with Garry Tee who is promising heart and soul beats for sexy brains -“ whatever that means, he laughed.

A new Sleaze Ball CD is set to be released on 20 September at a launch night at the Stonewall Hotel’s top floor bar. The CD, which was put together by Central Station Records, features sets by DJs Paul Goodyear and Pete McNamara. It is understood that proceeds from CD sales will go to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Contrary to information published in the Star recently, Whoosh Events did not produce recent DIVAs. DIVA is produced by volunteer directors, with Whoosh production director Shane O’Brien a director and judge for DIVA, and Whoosh creative director Ian Knowles a DIVA judge and choreographer for shows at several DIVAs.

Tickets for Sleaze Ball In Uniform are currently on sale for $79.


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