Trough London

25 05 2017

London continues to get down, err, under with the second installment of Australian-originated gay party Trough hitting soon. According to their website:

TROUGH, named after a vessel pigs drink out of, was founded 10 years ago in Melbourne Australia. Over the years TROUGH has amalgamated jocks, bears, hunks, beards, queers, twinks and in-betweeners into one pretty mess on the dancefloor inside Australia’s biggest and boldest mens cruise venue, CLUB80. As broad as the crowd is, so is the music with DJs slamming Berlin-esque (m)anthems, deep house, sexy beats and throbbing baselines to a dark room of a sweaty pit. After 10 years TROUGH is now ready to sow its seeds in international soil to give the rest of the world a good dose of the T_OUGH love. TROUGH is also internationally renowned for its visionary photographic imagery and video art promos, all produced and art directed by TROUGH founder Nik Dimopoulos. Each campaign explores different sexual practises and fetishes as themes, combining both the sexual and the sometimes absurdist nature of fetishised ideas and attractions using everyday found objects and DIY crafting. It is fused together with the ‘hot talent’ sourced from the events themselves. Combined with mantastic multimedia / performance / installation / laser and projection spectacular, TROUGH firmly puts the ART back into dance pARTy!

The – needless to say – very NSFW promotional video is below:

And meanwhile, back in Oz:

The King of Sydney

21 11 2016


Marc Etherington’s loving portrait of fellow artist Ken Done, whose bright and breezy style epitomised the Australian eighties. Done’s design work for Japanese magazine Hanako and his colourful, commercial images of Sydney Harbour, often looked down upon as tourist kitsch, now seem boldly beautiful.

Summer fun

9 06 2016


As Summer spreads around the Northern Hemisphere, New York house club Body & Soul touched down in Hong Kong (pathetically, I didn’t go), Taiwan is hosting a gay beach party in the first week of July and Tokyo is gearing up for its “Bear Week”at the same time with a bonus visit from Francois Sagat to the FancyHim party on June 25th.

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Down under meanwhile, the Vivid Festival has been lighting up Sydney with its now trademark projections onto the Opera House, plus a storming DJ set from Bjork and an equally storming actual storm, which saw monster waves sweep over multi-million dollar harbourside mansions. One woman’s marble swimming pool was washed out to sea. An acerbic Facebook friend of mine remarked, “Where will she keep her diamonds cool in the summertime now?”

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Sydney parties

7 03 2016

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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, an iconic celebration which lost its way dangerously in the last decade, seems to be on the way back. Last weekend’s event drew a sold-out party, rave reviews and more than one hundred thousand people to Oxford Street on Saturday night.

It was a throwback to the glory days of the 1990s, before the event spectacularly fell from grace, teetering near bankruptcy and conspicuously downsizing.

But this week showed that despite the continued steady decline of Oxford Street itself (and Sydney nightlife in general), the city still knows how to throw a party.

Perhaps the most meaningful part of this year’s events though were the apologies – from Parliament and the police – for the arrest of the very first Mardi Gras attendees in 1978. The Sydney Morning Herald – which outed many of the demonstrators, and published their names, addresses and employers on its front page, also apologised in a welcome sign of how far society has come.

Jack Colwell has got the gay blues

1 02 2016

I first became aware of Aussie singer Jack Colwell when he appeared in a charming little series of youtube videos called “the Grindr guide” discussing the experiences of a cross-section of attractive Sydney twenty-somethings with the omniprescient gay hookup app.

Jack came across as sweet and fun and slightly neurotic. I was quite surprised then to see him pop up again as a supercool Iggy Pop-esqye baritone in his great single “Cry these tears.”

21 12 2014

Strange weather

10 03 2014

An Apocalytic-looking storm breaking over Sydney last week (the week after Mardi Gras).

It was perhaps the weirdest, wildest weather the city has seen since it woke to a hazy red dawn a few years ago due to dust storms.