Sunday, 30 October 2016

A Thriller Night

Hallowe'en - certainly one of my favourite times of the year.  Hallowe'en parties, in the fetish and alternative scene, are always some the biggest,busiest and best, too, and always a great opportunity to glam and vamp it up and enjoy some blood-tingling fun.

This year Cirque in Manchester hosted their first Hallowe'en event - a Vampire Ball.  That meant digging in my red velvet lined black box for a blood-red Kiku corset, combing my casket of clothes for a blood-drop sparkling lace see-through dress and slipping on my torture chamber Alexander McQueen shoes.

Glammed and vamped, I made my way to North Manchester and arrived (in customary style) early at the Vampire Ball.  

I love to get there early - it gives me a chance to chat to the friends that run and organise the club, and a chance for a couple of snapshots before the inevitable crowds arrived.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Vampire Ball, Cirque.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Vampire Ball, Cirque.
I settled down to enjoy my first drink of the night black Chesterfield sofas, and watched the vampiric hoards arrive.  There was some fabulous outfits on display, and some wonderfully theatrical make-up.  Amongst the new arrivals were more friends, some that I hadn't seen for a while.  Our chat was interrupted in the nicest possible way by the start-up of the evenings first bit of entertainment - a fabulous acoustic trio playing some unusual takes on well-known hits.  Survivor's 'The Eye Of The Tiger' done in a 1920's jazz shuffle?  Yes, a first for me, too - but they were very, very good, and indulged in the atmosphere with their own ghoulish make-up - unless they take loads of drugs and never sleep, that is.

The evening fairly flew by, as these events do, and I drifted between the partying and dancing crypt (ground floor) and the more relaxed belfry (first floor lounge), seeing quite a few familiar faces in doing so.  People half-remembered from the opening night and Peepshow nights came over to say hello, and the club made me think that it is one of those special places that becomes it's own close social community.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Vampire Ball, Cirque.
By glorious chance, I was next to the stage when the main act took to the stage - the tiny but perfectly-formed Becky Holt.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Becky Holt, Vampire Ball, Cirque.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Becky Holt, Vampire Ball, Cirque.
The tattooed beauty performed a suitably dark burlesque routine, with a finale of dripping hot wax and blood-red wine over her inked body.  I tried to get some good photos (all in the name of research, of course), but my hands were a bit shaky, particularly when she peeled off her sequined shorts and threw them into the crowd.  I was tempted to use my claw-like vampire nails to fight the person who picked them up and claim them, but at the last minute my dignity was saved by Becky pouring more molten wax over her breasts, so I was a bit distracted from the attack.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Becky Holt, Vampire Ball, Cirque.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Becky Holt, Vampire Ball, Cirque.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Becky Holt, Vampire Ball, Cirque.
The loss of the dequined shorts was more than compensated, however, a little later on, when once changed, Becky came over to chat and say how much she loved my outfit.  A beautiful and very sweet lady - but I would have still liked to savour those sparkly shorts in my sweaty palms, even if only for a few minutes.

At that point, the music in the dance area shifted into my taste - the unmistakable sounds of AC/DC's 'Hells Bells' rumbled from the speakers, followed by Alice Cooper's 'Feed My Frankenstein'.  The heavy rock sounds swirled briefly into more gothic territory at my request of Bauhaus' superb 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' (bringing memories of Bowie and Denevue in The Hunger), and then into industrial dance with The Prodigy, etc.  So, I spent the remainder of the night on the dancefloor, including a bit of a freak-out to Thriller, of course, written by the incredibly talented and recently departed Rod Temperton.

A Thriller night, indeed.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Vampire Ball, Cirque.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Vampire Ball, Cirque.




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