Just as the shops have sold the last of their half-price Christmas stock, the next blow-out of chocolate, flowers and scheduled emotions smacks us across the lips: Valentine’s Day. In recent years TG has a built a decently-deviant and rock ‘n’ roll reputation for being the best fetish way to mess with Cupid’s aim. Indeed it has proved so popular that its regular sell-out Valentine’s Ball has had to shift venues to London’s largest licensed night club: SeOne at St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1.
The Torture Garden Love Hurts Valentines Ball takes place on Saturday 13th February from 9pm to 6am, with a massive 6 themed rooms: Neon Love Ballroom, Striptease Boudoir, Arabian Nights Harem Dungeon, Couples Playrooms, Sex Doll Tunnel of Love and in case you feel like getting hitched for fun – a Wedding Chapel. There’ll be the usually dynamic Djs with a mix of Mash-up Valentines Exotica, Twisted Love Songs, Neo Swing and Electro Clash. And of course TG retains its global reputation for dazzlingly-mad techno – and not being a fan myself I still have to say you’re not going to find a better arena for the finest in this genre.
On the live side Bizarre cover star Viktoria Modesta will be playing a live music set along with an indispensable performance from Empress Stah buttressed by a resplendant presentation of Burlesque, pole and lap dancing entertainment. Add to this a couture fashion show from Kaori’s Latex Dreams and TG attention to detail in decor, progressive visuals and excellent organisation and you have what looks like being the event of the year. Advanced tickets start from £31 for members, £36 non-members. The dress code is strict, with a full list of ideas on the TG website.
And a s a footnote I tell you this. I took some friends of mine a few moons back who know drugs don’t work for me, even though they were experienced ravers of the first order. As we entered the club they commented that the atmosphere felt so uninhibited and welcoming they told me that it was as if they had taken two Es. This why I go, because I like having my mind blown for real. Hopefully see you there, its my favourite clubnight. And also in attendance will be Mr 3xL himself with Mrs Latex Kitty, so please come and say hello!