Vanity Fair @ La Di Da, Melbourne (28/03/08)

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After launching at Roxanne in April ’07,’s Vanity Fair has found a new monthly home at one of Melbourne newest inner city night-spots, La Di Da. Situated on the corner of Little Bourke and King St, a block from Brown Alley, the La Di Da “complex” houses a number of different rooms, including main floor, function room and the Basement.

One again Shez Batha, Vanity Fair’s promoter, designer and organizer, transformed the venue into an underground electro jungle. Adding to an already decadent flavour with fleur design couches and lighting installations, VF crew installed giant velvet rouge flowers, vines, sheer fabrics and sparkling futuristic metallics, leaving the place looking more like a cyber jungle harem than your usual nightclub affair.

Sound-wise regulars like Nic Nac, Colonel Mustard and Mish’chief mixed up seamless electro and driving techno, with dark, minimal and German flavours, while guests such as Akka and Timothy Allan threw in a lighter edge with tribal, progressive, dub house and breaks. Some of the musical highlights included Mish’Chief’s brain shuddering bunker style techno, the fun and funky breaks of Akka including a new reworking of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love (ala Plump DJs), plus a live installment courtesy of Timothy Allan off laptop.

Always entertaining and adding another dimension to the already freaky party vibe, performance artist Astro (from Astro Entertainment) was a Priscilla drag queen one week and a Siberian tiger the next. From the intimate layout of the room, to the freakiness of the kids that go there, remember this night out is not for the faint-hearted, and best relished by those who prefer something a little different from your average city club night!

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