Break out the leather and the latex, because the Sleaze Ball is returning to Brisbane.
From the 1980s until the 2000’s the iconic Sleaze Ball dance parties were held around the country, modelled after the New York City parties of the same name celebrating everything from high camp drag to sexually-charged S&M leather.
Sydney’s first Sleaze Ball was held in September 1982 as Mardi Gras evolved from a protest to a party.
Brisbane’s Sleaze Balls began in 1989 when Patches nightclub proprietor Wayne Cable staged the first event in The Roxy, next door to his nightclub.
The party predated the decriminalisation of homosexuality, which was passed by parliament in 1990. The last Sleaze Ball was held in Brisbane in 2007.
“The Sleaze Ball events were very popular in Brisbane, Sydney and other states in the 1990s and early 2000s,” organiser Vince Siciliani said.
“The event means a lot to a lot of people, whether it’s partying or meeting people or fundraising. We’d like to bring back the spirit of the event, showcasing the best talent our community has to offer from live performances to DJs.
“There are many queer subcultures in Queensland community, whether it’s leather, fetish, or bears and the Sleazeball event will bring them together in one place. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to revive the brand and bring it back to Brisbane.”
The upcoming Sleazeball party will be held at the Woolly Mammoth in Fortitude Valley on July 21. “Fetish” is the theme of the party, with organisers promising live shows and dancers throughout the night.
“It’s billed as a fetish party, so leather, denim, rubber, whatever you like. The party will be open to everyone, so guys and girls,” he said.
“We want everyone to dress up in your favourite fetishwear, so think leather, rubber, harnesses, footy shorts or sportswear, jockstraps. There’s going to be live entertainment throughout the night, including stage shows and roving entertainment, as well as a dungeon.”
DJ Colin Gaff, DJ Sandi Hotrod, DJ Master Sergeant, DJ Fradge, and DJ Vincible will be on the decks at the event. Brisbane leather group BootCo and the Queensland AIDS Council will also be fundraising on the night.
Tickets are on sale now. For more details, visit the Facebook page here.
(Photo courtesy of Les Smith. From left: Jamie Hall, Les Smith, Mark Alsop, Paul Goodyear, Craig Fussell, rear, and Brian Storey, front.)