Oxford St venues Nevermind and ARQ opened their doors last night to play host to visiting superstar Lady Gaga.

The first clues that Gaga would be making an appearance in Sydney’s gay heartland came early yesterday, when Nevermind organisers alerted Facebook fans they’d be opening that night for a special appearance by a secret celebrity guest.

Later in the day, Gaga herself all but confirmed fans suspicions with the not so cryptic tweet, “Thinking of going out in Sydney Tonight. How I wish we had a show. NEVERMIND, don’t listen to me. Maybe I’ll just go for a walk in the pARQ.”

And so the fans flocked outside the two venues from early afternoon, many of them underage and hoping to try their luck getting past the club’s security. Some had clearly spent the entire day getting ready, with hot-pink suits, gravity-defying headwear and towering stilettos just some of the costumes on display.

Despite assurances from Nevermind that there’d be no guest list on the night, several dozen VIPs and friends of the club were snuck in via the back entrance before doors opened, meaning that only a handful of fans were allowed in to the 345-person capacity club.

Queue jumping was also rife – from where this reporter was positioned from 6pm, about 70-80 people back in the queue, the number of people in front of us swelled at last threefold before doors opened a little after 9pm.

After several hours spent in line, the doors were closed on us a little before 10pm and all remaining punters were told to try their luck at ARQ – where the queue of people already snaked up Flinders St and south down Oxford St for several hundred metres.

Luckily, SSO scene queen Anne-Marie Calilhanna had more luck later in the night at ARQ, with Gaga surpassing most fans expectations that she’d follow her Nevermind medley performance with a quick ‘walk-around’ at ARQ by performing another show at the venue.

Check out Calilhanna’s spectacular shots from ARQ HERE

Those who missed out on a glimpse of Mother Monster last night still have tomorrow night’s invite-only show at Town Hall – renamed ‘Monster Hall’ for the event.

If you haven’t scored a ticket, fear not – the Star Observer will have a man on the inside, so stay tuned on Thursday morning for a full report about the special one-off concert, rumoured to have cost over $1 million to stage.

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