It was quiet out on the streets of Sydney last weekend, with many people still nursing their heads and empty wallets after a huge long weekend.

I checked out a few interesting spots, starting out at the Art & About festival launch in Taylor Square on Thursday.

Then I went to The Loft at UTS and Bed in the St Margaret’s complex in Surry Hills on Friday night, but both were dead. It was a fairly busy scene upstairs at the Colombian later that night, but with just two bar staff hellbent on serving just the same 1m of the bar, I left after 20 minutes in frustration.

By Saturday morning a friend was asking me to commit to his New Year’s Eve plan, in a master call that came without warning.

Do you want to go to Shore Thing NYE? he asked excitedly. Umm? I replied, thinking You bastard -” it’s the morning of Saturday 13 October. It’s nearly sold out, Danny! he said, upping the urgency. OK, yeah, maybe, I replied, thinking that was enough to settle it. Then he replied in his most tantalising voice, Underworld’s playing, Danny, Underworld!

I don’t know about you, but of all the tantalising internationals that will end up on Australian stages this summer, Underworld are not at the top of my list. How many groundbreaking releases have they had since Born Slippy injected the Trainspotting soundtrack with some pounding techno in ’96?

New York gay DJ David Morales and vocalist Ron Carroll have just been announced for New Year’s in Sydney, and there are frankly shitloads more to come. You can’t go for the kill until you know what’s on offer.

Here’s what’s on in Sydney this week …

The Break The Bank DJ competition starts tonight at Velvet Room in the Bank Hotel, Newtown, continuing over the next nine Thursday nights. Go to to download an entry form.
It will be a strange sight on lower Oxford St on Friday night as Twink Town starts at Slide, with prizes
for best dressed cartoon character, or something like that.

Then Bitch Revolution is on at the Oxford Art Factory on Saturday night, with Beau Monde live on stage at 9.30pm followed by DJs Kate Monroe, Sveta and Beatrix, Rosa, the Nu Firm Dance Co and a live PA by Reel Sessions. Entry $22.

Dirty is back at Phoenix on Saturday with DJs Mandy Rollins and Ben Drayton dropping some dirty tribal beats from 11pm. Entry $15.

Handle Bar at Gilligans will be headlined by Johnny Pash, Mark Murphy, Ben Drayton and Lovertits. Entry $10.

And International Day of the Fag Hag is upstairs at the Shift on Saturday night, a special night for the special gals in our lives. The line-up includes the one and only Carlotta, up-and-coming artist Dan Knight and stripper Rhodney Borthwick taking it all off at 1.30am! Entry $15. Being a fag hag’s man bag has never been so much fun.

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