The Scottish Cyberball Studio 24, Edinburgh, Sun 22 0a.
A drag queen sashays across the dancefloor. A girl in a clinging, red PVC outfit that could be described as 'head-to-toe’ if it did not make some rather obvious anatomical revelations, flirts in the wall-length mirror and dances with her partner, a tall man in high heels and a 26in corset.
At the decks, the guest DJ, AudioSlut, surveys the scene. The room is above a well-known, central Edinburgh watering hole. The people, kinkily clad in various combinations of rubber, lace and PVC, are members of the long- running fetish night, Violate. And they are all potential participants in the Scottish Cyberball fetish event that AudioSlut is promoting in the capital.
If the Scottish fetish scene is not yet out of the closet, then that is only because it can't make up its mind on which outrageous costume to wear when it does emerge. And the 1,000 ticket Cyberball, at which the appropriately-named, London-based fetish club the Torture Garden is hosting a room, will be just the place to do so.
‘It started off as an idea with just one room and a dungeon,’ says AudioSlut, who prefers not to go under any other name. 'I think that nobody thought of doing one on such a scale before, except perhaps for the Passion Cage in Glasgow, which has a big three-floor event. This is certainly the most ambitious on the East Coast. It just got bigger and bigger, so we decided to get more 015 and put it on two floors. Then Violate phoned and said they’d run our dungeon for us.’
And to judge from the nefarious activities which take place in that upper room where Violate is in control, activities involving whips and people chained to various items of ‘equipment', then AudioSlut's pleasure will be
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provided, for those who like such things, with a few, lingering lashings of pain.
But toys and whips are only a small part of a scene where being seen is the central purpose. ’Fetish events are always very visual,’ says AudioSlut. 'The club itself is foreplay. It is all about showing off, it is all about the senses. Then you can go home and do what you want afterwards.’
So a strict dress code will be enforced at the Cyberball, although the scope of the code is wide enough to uncover everything from 'sci-fi costumes' to 'extreme' ('that's mostly nude,‘ explains AudioSlut) with the usual rubber and PVC in the middle. And the music — hard house from the likes of Alan Joy downstairs and stay- up-for-ever trance upstairs — will be interspersed with fashion shows and performances from a flame-wielding maniac who goes by the name of Luci Fire.
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Joe Claussell is something of a renaissance man Since 1996 his Spiritual Life Music imprint has heen a driVing force behind the latest wave of house to incorporate world music
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production work He also co-owns and runs the \.'\.'orid-r'eno\.vned Dance lrac ks record shop, \‘.'lll(l‘ pushes the deep, soulful and eclectic brand of house the lahel seeks to promote
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Aspiring DJs shouBget their tapes together and send them to Duncan Alexander@PopRokit, 2 Picardy Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JT if they fancy a chance at playing a set on Thursday nights at the aforementioned bar. Any style will do as long as it’s not too hard for the pre-club environment. See Thursday pre-club listing — Rookie Night — for more details.
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