Forget about Sunday being a day of rest -“ this Easter long weekend it’s shaping up as a night to party. The big party venues will be the superclubs, Home and Arq, but there are a few other special events around the traps that are worth investigating too.

Offering 10 hours of non-stop partying from 10pm to 8am, Queer Nation at Home nightclub will feature entertainment from Verushka Darling and Claire de Lune, plus a huge line-up of DJs: Jake Kilby, Luke Leal, Alex Taylor, Chip, Garry Tee, Coco, Mandy Rollins, Kelly Lynch, Junior B, Bill Morley, Kate Monroe and Scott Pullen. Advance tickets are $30 from Daly Male, House of Priscilla, Karnal Leather, Fish Records Newtown and Home Bar, or it costs $40 on the door. Coatcheck proceeds will go to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and Kathy Pavlich will provide the attitude-free security.

For Arq nightclub’s major event this weekend, their Sunday evening Shine party will take on the theme of Divinity. The special feature will be a performance by Human Nature, who will be remembered fondly for their spectacular take on Wham! at this year’s Mardi Gras party. The Shine DJs will be on hand: Greg Boladian, Luke Leal and Josh from Adelaide are playing in the Arena, with Baby Bear and Jake Kilby in the Vortex. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the door.

Arq will also host a Spiritual Recovery on Easter Monday from 8am with special shows plus DJs Peter Farris and Roger Z in the Vortex and Neal Crawford in the Arena. Advance tickets are $15, or $10 on the door. There will be an evening session entitled Enlightenment, free from 10pm, with Anthony Whitlock and Scott Pullen playing in the Vortex. Double Whammy tickets for Divinity and Spiritual Recovery are $30 -“ advance sales only -“ and all advance sales for Arq are handled by their Gaming Lounge till 9pm nightly as well as Fantasy Lane in Crown Street, Darlinghurst.

The exciting news at the Midnight Shift is that the beloved but sadly departed Melbourne club phenomenon Freakazoid is coming to town with DJs Arlen de Silva and Thomas the Funk Engine (fresh from playing at Melbourne’s Resurrection party). Tickets are on sale now at the Shift for $20, and the party gets under way at 11pm.

The Burdekin Hotel will swing its Sunday thang with a gay event hosted by Thomo, Ian Roberts and Margo. It promises fab music and cocktails from 3pm till midnight at the Roof Top and the Lava Bar at 2 Oxford Street, Darlo.

Meanwhile, Scott Pullen, one of the organisers of Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars, told the Star they have a little Latin thing planned for this Sunday afternoon. We hear that one of their regular roster of DJs, Annabelle Gaspar, has some tasty platters to spin that she picked up in Rio de Janeiro. The return of MN2S to its old stomping ground at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel has been one of the nicest bits of club news of late. Regular DJs Kate Monroe and Scott Pullen will have the top floor of the WBH rocking to salsa, rumba and more from 4pm this Sunday; members get in free, but there’s a cover charge of $5 for non-members.

Finally, for those who’ve never been to a Pollys dance, this could be your weekend. The Pollys are one of our oldest community groups and you’re guaranteed a lot of fun at their special Easter Bunnies Dance. The venue is the Marrickville Town Hall (Marrickville Road, Marrickville), it’s BYO but snacks and refreshments are available, and party time is from 7pm till midnight on Easter Saturday. Table bookings are advisable -“ phone Garry on 9799 5507 or Bill and Tony on 9750 7035.

While we think of it, remember to stock up on Thursday or you’ll be having a dry old time on Good Friday. After that, you can party on into the weekend. Happy Chocolate Day to everyone!

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