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Mardi Gras Party 2010

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Events

Get your sweat rags ready, and no it's not front row at a Whitney Houston concert, it's the RHI at Mardi Gras! Hotter than a whorehouse in Singapore, the RHI was supposed to be THE place to be this party, but for the massive heat inside, its was the death of the party.

No matter how huge the anthem, or how sparkly the show - the venue totally killed any enjoyment without the need of a squeegee mop, a bex and a lie down. No wonder the medical trolley was flying back and forth all night.

But aside from that, the party seemed to be more massive than the meager 12,000 punters that came through the turnstiles, it seemed like it was back at the peak of the 25,000 heyday parties that everyone compares things too. Was i wrong, or was the party just tighter than most years? It felt huge, packed and pumping - at least until around 3am that is.

The opening show at Midnight was the drag "spectacular". Now personally I loved it as it was headed up by the one and only Mitzi Macintosh, but unfortunately the staging did no favours to the production. I blinked and missed another of my favourites, Verushka Darling, only being told she was in the show after the fact. Costuming of course was brilliant, but the centre stage came to be more of a pain in the ass than originally thought - after briefings from Mardi Gras and the big sell, I was thinking it would allow more space in the hall - only to find that the DJ booth was now where the stage used to be, and possibly took up a bigger footprint - all a good idea in theory, but when stage visuals (cherubs and plastic flowers) completely blocked the view of the shows at particular angles, then you have a bigger problem.

Eyelines and overall show visuals were lost with this setup - the height of the stage made it difficult to see past the initial sight line you personally had in the area on which you were standing - and I also didn't see a "movable" lighting rig… all i saw was the sails/panels go up and down.

Ok, bitch factor to off now, but i am only pointing out the party points that Mardi Gras itself raised as selling points… to me, they made the party less enjoyable. And I am probably whinging more about production elemnets that most folk don't know or care about.

George Michael's show was a special moment, and it was great he FINALLY decided to say yes - even trying to bow out at the last moment… but "tricking" the audience with Drag King Rocco D'Amore was not a good idea… imaging if he did pull out and Rocco had to do the show himself… there would have been riots!

George sealed the deal for me, when he face slammed into the dancer that was allocated to walk him back up the stairs… with all the too-ing and fro'ing about George's actual involvement, the show seemed slapped together and sloppy,. but really, who cares when one of the worlds biggest stars is on stage! For pure goosebump effect it was priceless… just like the faces on the folks standing in the que to get in AFTER the show - realising they had missed out.

Kelly Rowland TOTALLY stole the entire evening, with her same sex wedding - from the backstage rumours I heard, someone from NMG said that the James Lee produced, Cameron Mitchell Choreographed show wasn't "Gay enough" - are you fucking blind? A same sex wedding - lots of same sex couplings… the ONLY thing that wasn't gay on that stage was KELLY! and even then i had my doubts! lol…  I must admit - I always question Mardi Gras shows for pairing boys and girls together for lifts etc… i know its always done for "strength" etc.. but why not select dancers that CAN work in same sex pairings? It would have so much more impact. Kudos to the boys on putting together the standout show of the night - I personally cannot wait til your next collaboration!

The Amanda Lapore number was visually spectacular, but PLEASE could you have dropped the Lady GaGa reference, i know the choreographers THE SQUARED DIVISION are massive  (and i mean massive - the boys do a kick ass Lady GaGa tribute show around Australia) fans of the Ga, but seriously - it just lined people up for disappointment… no matter how glam Ms Lapore is, she aint no Lady GaGa. I love the big blow up muscle man… can i buy that for my next house party? I think that should have stayed up all night! It had A FAN inside it - it would have helped with the heat!

Adam Lambert closed out the party show wise, and totally nailed it - vocally he was sensational - and that cod piece, well, it was just enormous! Alas, the dancing was a little too schools spectacular for me. A little to drag queens doing the splits, rather than rocky sexual punk.

The DJ's throughout the venues were fabulous… the Dome and The Forum went off at key moments. I LOVED the Dome set of LEOMEO - just sensational - I only wanted to leave to get back for the shows… and i am not normally a fan of the Dome. Guetta rocked - aside from the heat clearing out the venue and Dan Murphy was THE DJ of the night - solidly packing them in, despite the health risks.

The Hordern was resplendent in its basic set up - but it totally worked, it was an entire party unto itself…. i loved the centre piece for the History Of The World Logo and the staging was fab.

All in all - we had a fabulous time - getting to hang with some of the worlds biggest stars was a trip - with Lisa getting a kiss from George Michael, Aaron making the cover of SX Magazine, Myself, JP and Marky bumping into our European mates Mary Kiani and Lee form Bimbo Jones - it was a kick ass event.

It WAS surprising that the crowd was not bigger, but a big congratulations to Mardi Gras for managing a great event, that not only rescued a potentially disastrous situation (parade and party split) but managed to turn a profit and help see this great festival into another year of operation and hopefully beyond. Now they just have to keep securing BIG BIG names… Mardi Gras now has to stand on its own against festivals, tours and other events that demand less from their punters, but knowing the kids at Mardi Gras, they WILL work their asses off.

See you at Sleaze Ball!

Fierce Angel w/ The Freemasons

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Events

It felt like I had spent the entire New Year week at the IVY complex, with multiple parties on night after night, totally different crowds, DJS and lineups, but the Sunday evening Fierce Angel New Years Eve "comedown" - "comeup" recovery or party on was the highlight of the New Years Period.

A totally mixed crowd, you had older 'KMart gays' mixed in with the explosion of a general pants store that is the younger twanky crowd… you know, Chinese slippers, tight tight jeans and Nicole Ritchie sunglasses… but it was so mixed that it was really comfortable for everyone on board what at times looked like the love boat.

DJ Wayne G was awesome - as usual, and was joined on stage by one of our favourite vocalists, Mary Kiani - who has recently immigrated from the UK to Australia… but no offence to any DJ there, you were all FAB and bringing your A-Games, but the Freemasons totally tore the roof off the place!

Although at times the Freemasons sound like their CDs, you have to keep remembering that these boys PRODUCE nearly all the stuff they play, its anthem after anthem.

Their ability to read the crowd and environment was stunning - even syncing "Here Comes The Rain Again" remix when it started to drizzle - perfection.

From Whitney remixes to their Mardi Gras moments, it was, at times, like the air was sucked out of the room thanks to the 'gay gasps' that engulfed everyone each time a new track came on.

Musically Fierce Angel was kick ass. The only negative about the day was that is was a little chilly and that made it harder to physically warm up and get into the party spirit - but that is the venue more than the party…

We give Fierce Angel 5/5.

 

Check out the PHOTO GALLERIES from Fierce Angel.


Summer Gay Day 2008

  • Written by GTG
  • Category: Events
In it's second year - Summer Gay Day has had to battle against massive festivals, Like Global Gathering held on the same weekend - and the team obviously downsized accordingly to cater for a smaller boutique crowd. Unfortunately with the weather added into the equation - the crowd was incredibly small - but very friendly and very fun.

Most people got sniffed by the police dogs at LEAST five times whilst outside the venue - to then not only have them come inside and further sniff the crowds... one would think that the poor police didn't hit their quota for drug busts outside to justify the expense of the operation that they ventured inside - which is rare for these types of events... having said that - the police on duty were lovely folk and obviously just there to do their job - but realistically - for the crowd size, the presence was just ridiculous - glad to see tax payers dollars are being so wisely spent!

Aside form the doggies and the police, the crowd got going to the ever glamorous Kate Monroe, who as a local - shone above all the imported DJ's and "names" on the bill... its a hard ask to consistently deliver a killer line up - but when one is currently spoiled for choice with the five million festivals out there - you would think the GLBTI promoters would raise above the norm and deliver something exceptional... what do you think? is it the promoters or is it the fact that the gay community is so blase about events that no one could ever deliver a value for ticket price event? I personally would love to hear your thoughts.... (put em down below in the comments section)

From a production stand point - the footprint was smaller than last year, and lots of folk didn't rock up so it was patchy and sparse as far as punters go - but for an outdoor dance party its still a cute and novel concept. If the team can keep on doing it (financially) - i hope there are more summer gay days to come and that y'all go out and have fun there - cos it is something unique on our calendar, and something everyone complains does not exist... well it does - it might rain on yo ass, but at least you will have a ball (or two)!

Check out our photo galleries from the event in our galleries

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Project SleazeWay: Now with Tricks!

  • Written by Lisa McMahon
  • Category: Events

 

Project SleazeWay: Now with Tricks!
Project SleazeWay, Sleaze Ball’s costume parade took another turn down the runway to showcase the creative talents of us gays. This year it was all about ensemble casts, and athleticism and displaying that competitive attitude.
Host Rhys Bobridge strutted his stuff in a box and socks ice hockey combo not fit for SYTYCD. When you know you are going to face off in the ring with Rhys you better bring. And bring it they did.
My heart was rooting for Team Randy. These co-eds cheered their way into our hearts. I mean lycra and muscles never fail to entertain when combined. Then they pulled their tricks. Pyramids. Flips. OMG. Pleasure. I caught up with the so sexy Miss Mandy Trashy from the Team Randy Cheer Squad. We made our own little cheer camp out outside the Hordern as we communed cheerleader-to-cheerleader about the appropriate use of spirit fingers. She said the team had worked long and hard on their tricks and their made a unilateral decision that they be names Team Trashy. There was I just thinkin’ Oswald did it all.
Lola Del Arté gave us her best Penelope Pitstop wacky races driving. She was worse from wear later in the night and slipped a clutch.
The strong men and women showed us their chest presses. We had hunter on horseback chasing little foxes. A Madonna inspired entrants were the gang from esteem project who gave us a tradition Sleaze fetish faire of pony boys and girls. They brought and endless stream of players into the ring all bound together in little slither of black rubber and leather. With bits between their teeth they pranced through the stormy night. everywhere you looked you found one of these kids.
Even boys in simple footy shorts didn’t fail to entertain. The boys pulled out the raunchiest ring side strip you could expect in the game ball shrivelling weather. The audience willing to brave the rain each got their own personal police guard and at times, I wondered if I had walked into some sort of law enforcement Crufts show. For the canine lover this must have been a treat!  Me? I’m more a pussy girl.
Janome head Coach, Chelsea Bun and gaybaret boy Trevor Ashley anchored the judging panel. I so wanted to hear more from the judges ‘cause Project Runway Australia runner up  William Lazootin has me completely intrigued by his accent. The pelvis bumping crazy commentary of Rhys and Naomi didn’t really leave much space for others. They were king and queen of the ring.
OK. So, the rain kept the entrants down to a ten. But quite frankly, who has an attention span longer than that?

Project SleazeWay, Sleaze Ball’s costume parade took another turn down the runway to showcase the creative talents of us gays. This year it was all about ensemble casts, and athleticism and displaying that competitive attitude.

 

Host Rhys Bobridge strutted his stuff in a box and socks ice hockey combo not fit for SYTYCD. When you know you are going to face off in the ring with Rhys you better bring. And bring it they did.

 

My heart was rooting for Team Randy. These co-eds cheered their way into our hearts. I mean lycra and muscles never fail to entertain when combined. Then they pulled their tricks. Pyramids. Flips. OMG. Pleasure. I caught up with the so sexy Miss Mandy Trashy from the Team Randy Cheer Squad. We made our own little cheer camp out outside the Hordern as we communed cheerleader-to-cheerleader about the appropriate use of spirit fingers. She said the team had worked long and hard on their tricks and their made a unilateral decision that they be names Team Trashy. There was I just thinkin’ Oswald did it all.

 

Lola Del Arté gave us her best Penelope Pitstop wacky races driving. She was worse from wear later in the night and slipped a clutch.

 

The strong men and women showed us their chest presses. We had hunter on horseback chasing little foxes. A Madonna inspired entrants were the gang from esteem project who gave us a tradition Sleaze fetish faire of pony boys and girls. They brought and endless stream of players into the ring all bound together in little slither of black rubber and leather. With bits between their teeth they pranced through the stormy night. everywhere you looked you found one of these kids.

 

Even boys in simple footy shorts didn’t fail to entertain. The boys pulled out the raunchiest ring side strip you could expect in the game ball shrivelling weather. The audience willing to brave the rain each got their own personal police guard and at times, I wondered if I had walked into some sort of law enforcement Crufts show. For the canine lover this must have been a treat!  Me? I’m more a pussy girl.

 

Janome head Coach, Chelsea Bun and gaybaret boy Trevor Ashley anchored the judging panel. I so wanted to hear more from the judges ‘cause Project Runway Australia runner up  William Lazootin has me completely intrigued by his accent. The pelvis bumping crazy commentary of Rhys and Naomi didn’t really leave much space for others. They were king and queen of the ring.

 

OK. So, the rain kept the entrants down to a ten. But quite frankly, who has an attention span longer than that?

 

You can view the photos from Project Sleazeway and SleazeBall here

 

Deborah Cox Live at Krash Nightclub NYC

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Events
We caught up with one of our favourites, Deborah Cox, whilst in NYC doing a PA at hot club, Krash... the diva took to the stage and belted out a string of hits that everyone across the globe totally loves... from Nobody's Sposed To Be Here to her new hits off of the upcoming album "The Promise" - it was a live and intimate set that you could only see in New York City.

Krash Nightclub were the gracious hosts, and the club pulled out all the stops - including very flirtatious and friendly door people, security and bar folk... all in all it was a great night out...

But instead of reviewing it in a completely biased way (it was awesome) you can check it out for yourself below in our very shaky video presentation (you will have to excuse me for the bouncy footage, but I was excited like a school girl at her prom!)