Like the Sleazy nights of old, this year’s end-of-winter party promises to be a dark and dirty affair.

New Mardi Gras wants the theme -“ Porn -“ to take on a life of its own, to become a living fantasy. Whether that means being a pool cleaner or a bad-acting policewoman, it’s completely up to the punters to decide what goes on and what comes off.

Party planners are imagining a room full of firemen, police, toys, jocks, bears, office workers, mechanics, air force servicepeople, bar workers and hitchhikers, as well as everyone else who’s ever turned up in a strange place at a strange time.

This year’s Sleaze poster is an image by regular LOTL cover photographer Fiora Sacco and features a group of naked -“ or almost naked -“ spunks hanging around in a shag-piled room. It’s a world away from last year’s community-themed party.

Despite the flesh-filled imagery, dance party back-room fans should not expect any sex spaces at this year’s party. Organisers told Sydney Star Observer they planned to work within licensing laws, which do not allow for sex to take place where alcohol is served.

Organisers are expecting about 10,500 people to crowd the RHI and Hordern on Saturday 2 October.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday 13 August) and are available from Ticketek outlets, online at or by calling 9266 4800.

Following the success of this year’s Mardi Gras party early-bird ticket policy, the first 4,000 people to get to the shops before Friday 3 September will pay $85 (NMG members), $95 for non-members and $60 for concession holders.

After the first 4,000 tickets have been sold (or 13 September -“ whichever comes first) tickets will cost $105 for members, $115 for non-members and $70 for concession card holders.

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