In just a couple of years and a handful of events, Fetish Guerilla have established themselves as the torchbearers of the Berlin fetish scene.
If you are a tourist in Berlin then I guess you go to Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. If you are a fetish tourist then there’s only really one must see — the KitKat club.
I'd heard of the KitKat years before i ever went there — it’s a fetish icon like the Hellfire Club in New York or Torture Garden in London. To visit Berlin and not go to the KitKat would be like visiting Rome and skipping the Vatican (although admittedly the forms of worship are, probably, mostly different).
That Fetish Guerilla’s Revolution parties are held at the KitKat is another nod to FG’s scene cred and their pole position. On this occasion, they were teaming up with NuiNoize, who promote the monthly Nui Nights at KitKat, to host the pre-party for the following night’s big Bohème-Noir event.
Anyway, the party. A cold Friday night in early December and Berlin has a light dusting of snow. The evening actually starts at KitKat at 9pm with an exhibition of photographs by Fetish Guerilla co-creator Martin Pelzer. At 11pm, when the party officially begins, it’s still fairly quite, but by 1am the denizens of late night Berlin are gathering in force.
There’s a good cross-section dressed up and ready to party — fetish fashionistas, BDSM players, straight, gay and not yet decided. It’s a cool crowd, friendly and without attitude.
There’s a band and they're competent and they don’t play to long. The lead singer has charisma and they look right. They are not “a band that’s playing a fetish party” but, rather, a band that works in a fetish party context. People watch and enjoy them rather than lurking off to the bar or going for a piss.
There’s a good cross-section dressed up and ready to party – fetish fashionistas, BDSM players, straight, gay and not yet decided
There’s a fashion show from London alt-fashion stalwarts Engineers of Desire. Later, there’s a rope bondage performance by Japan-via-London bondage mistress Kazuyo and the highly photogenic Nola, paramour of the aforementioned Mr Pelzer.
I would like to say it’s the best bondage show I have ever seen anywhere in the world in my whole life, but as Kazuyo has been my partner/gf for six years, I could be accused of bias.
Suffice to say she's been a shibari aficionado for over 15 years and performs at TG most months; Nola is strikingly attractive and steamingly sexy in equal amounts; and the chemistry between the two is of Alfred Nobel standard.
Stage shows over, the dancefloor comes into its own. I'd been told that music — the right mix and the right DJ — is very important in Berlin, and I think this is an area where FG really excels.
In the hands of the evening’s star DJ Drama Nui and her fellow jocks, the dancefloor is soon pumping with the kind of synergy that every DJ tries to achieve — a vibe where everybody moves as one and the DJ guides them through the beats and bass.
Like many Berlin events, Revolution is not primarily an on-premises players’ club but rather the meeting place from which people continue to more intimate and private play spaces. Thus, while the event doesn't have a dungeon space, you will certainly meet lots of people who will happily point you in the right direction.
If you are contemplating a fetish weekend city break, then it’s difficult to think of a better combination than Berlin, the KitKat and Fetish Guerilla Revolution.
I'd been told that music — the right mix and the right DJ — is very important in Berlin, and I think this is an area where FG really excels