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NMG Announces Sleaze Ball 2009

New Mardi Gras (NMG) today announced details of this year's Sleaze Ball including a sexy sporting theme "GAME ON!", headline DJ Sammy Jo from the Scissor Sisters and an expanded party footprint.

This year’s theme GAME ON! sees the party celebrating the sexiest, sleaziest aspects of the world of sport. Expect to see rugby players, roller derby, netball uniforms, martial arts, fencers, matadors, kick boxers, Mexican wrestlers, Turkish wrestlers, jelly wrestlers, surfers, and much more.

NMG also announced that one of this year's headline DJs would be Sammy Jo of the Scissor Sisters [pictured].

Sammy Jo began his DJing career in 1997 at legendary NYC club Mother. Sammy Jo joined the Scissor Sisters on their inaugural Crevice Canyon tour in 2004 as their official tour DJ.

His unique style of blending electro, house and dark disco has gained him a worldwide following. He spends half the year traveling the globe - from the O2 Arena stadium in London to club RAZZMATAZZ in Barcelona, from LaMESSA afterhours events in Milan to warehouse parties in Antwerp, playing for 60,000 people at V Festival - while the other half of the year he maintains residencies in New York City.

Last year's Sleaze Ball was presented in the Hordern Pavilion and its forecourt. NMG confirmed that this year’s party would return to being a multivenue event.

"The response to GAME ON! has been fantastic so far," said NMG Chair David Imrie. "We think it’s something that everyone will dress up and that, after all, is what this party is about. We know the community will get creative with it and it will be much more than footie shorts and jock straps, though I'm sure none of the boys will complain if there are a few of those."
"It’s great to get Sammy Jo to Sleaze. We have been trying to bring him to one of our parties for some time. I hear he might be borrowing Jake Shears' wrestling top for the party!"

"We ran a series of focus groups on last year’s Sleaze Ball to see what people thought. There were a small number of people who liked the focus of a single venue party, but they were definitely the minority. We have taken this on board and will have at least two major venues this year."

"Multiple venues will allow us to address the feedback we had on last year's music. There will be a place for a darker sound at Sleaze, but this year we'll have the space to emulate the experience that so many people raved about in the RHI at this year’s Mardi Gras Party."
Rob Manser

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