Speaking exclusively to The Fetishistas, David TG confirmed that there wasn’t another multi-room London venue of the Coronet’s scale available to the club.
“Large venues such as Brixton Academy, Troxy, Pulse and Print Works didn’t want TG for various personal or licensing reasons,” he explained. “So after checking every possible option over the last two years, we hit a dead end.”
But, he continued, over the last 27 years of TG events, when one door has closed, another has always opened. Faced with the current situation, the TG team reasoned that biggest wasn’t always best, and perhaps diversity was the key.
“If we couldn’t find everything we want in one massive venue, then let’s split it up and do a weekend of two different venues that cover all bases as a combined TG experience,” he said. “It was also good to go back to multiple events to make a weekend trip to London more attractive for travelling UK and international TG fans.”
This, he said, was why Torture Garden plans for 2018 included choosing Electric Brixton as next year’s venue for its Valentines and Birthday Balls. “Electric Brixton will cater for our main glamorous Saturday Ball experience with a big Coronet theatre style stage for big shows, and big dancefloor arena.
“And then the Friday will cater more for the multiple rooms and dungeon play rooms experience at Fire and Electrowerkz.”
David told us the club was also looking to “spread the UK Torture Garden experience out more” in 2018. This would include five or six Brighton Manor House parties, and expansion of its regular Edinburgh events to Glasgow.
“Luckily the demand for Torture Garden is as strong as ever,” he added, “so our attendances will stay the same but spread over more events.
“But hopefully,” he concluded, “a massive dream venue will appear sometime in the not too distant future!”
In the meantime, Torture Garden plans for its final London dates of 2017 begin at the end of this month with its last party at Fire in Vauxhall, a popular new venue for the club this year.
In October, although there is no TG Ball at London Fetish Weekend, TG will co-host pop-up shopping at Le Boutique Bazaar as part of LFW, and will both end October and start November with two big Halloween bashes at the Coronet.
Further November dates for Torture Garden see it returning to the Dallas Fetish Ball, to Edinburgh and to Brighton during the course of the month.
Finally, early December will see TG’s last ever Coronet Ball, followed by the club’s traditional Not New Year’s Eve celebration at Ministry of Sound.
Below is a round-up of all Torture Garden plans for the remainder of 2017, as well as the 2018 dates it has scheduled so far.
2017 Fire Ball at Fire London, Vauxhall
Following “a great August event” at Fire, TG returns there for one last event this year, featuring acrobatic pole dancing shows by Cherlyl Teagan, stage dancing by Kalypso and cage installation performances by Cynth Icorn and Amy Statik.
Le Boutique Bazaar at McQueen, Shoreditch
TG’s pop-up shopping collaboration Le Boutique Bazaar is back at McQueen as part of London Fetish Weekend’s Sunday afternoon offering. Enjoy a
OCTOBER 28 & NOVEMBER 4
Halloween Balls at The Coronet Theatre, Elephant & Castle
TG’s Halloween events are its biggest of the year and boast completely different show and DJ line-ups for the two nights.. Big name shows this year include Brooke Candy, Kurage, Yusura, Carapace, Karina Akopyan, Katrina Lilwal, Kimatica and more.
Dalls Fetish Ball, Dallas, Texas
Torture Garden returns to the Dallas Fetish Ball with performers Yusura, LouLou D’Vil and Miss Miranda, plus a TG Latex fashion show and David TG on DJ duties.
Torture Garden Edinburgh at The Caves, Edinburgh
Another outing to The Caves with performances from Yusura Circus, Vicky Butterfly and Gypsy Charms, and TG DJs on the decks.
Brighton Manor Masked Ball at Secret Manor House, Brighton
Attractions at this discreet venue include club room and ballroom offering different music styles, multiple chill-out rooms and erotic couples’ room. To maintain privacy, the precise location is supplied only when you buy your tickets.
Xmas Ball at the Coronet, Elephant & Castle
No details of TG’s Christmas line-up have yet been announced. But as this is the last Coronet Torture Garden before the venue closes for redevelopment, you can expect the club’s tenure at this popular location to go out with a bang rather than a whimper!
Not New Year’s Eve Ball at Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle
Full details of TG’s traditional almost-end-of-the-year bash have yet to be announced. However, we hear that one of the attractions will be a latex fashion show by Pandora Deluxe, making a welcome second appearance on the TG catwalk.
TG DATES FOR FIRST HALF OF 2018
February 9: Valentines 1, Fire, Vauxhall
February 10: Valentines 2, Electric, Brixton
February 17: Valentines, Manor House, Brighton
February 24: The Caves, Edinburgh
March 16: Electrowerkz
April 13: Birthday 1, Electrowerkz
April 14: Birthday 2, Electric Brixton
April 21: Glasgow (tbc)
April 28: Brighton Manor House
May 26: Rome
June 23: The Caves, Edinburgh
LINKS FOR ALL 2017 TG EVENTS
Fire Ball (Sep 30)
Le Boutique Bazaar (Oct 8)
Halloween Ball (Oct 28)
Halloween Ball (Nov 4)
Dallas Fetish Ball (Nov 11)
TG Edinburgh (Nov 18)
Masked Ball Brighton (Nov 25)
Xmas Ball (Dec 9)
Not New Year’s Eve Ball (Dec 30)
Published September 28, 2017