One Mayfair Place was this weekend’s venue for the Button Club’s sixth Bloodlust Ball held to raise funds for Cancer Research. In previous years, the “debauched” celebfest has attracted equal measure of fame and infamy with a growing reputation for being the Halloween event to be (and be seen) at.
So what is it really like? First off, it’s not cheap: tickets for non-members are £125 which includes canapes, live entertainment and a free cocktail if you get in early. The choice of venue was spot on – if you’re in the mood for some blasphemous boogie, you may as well do it in an ex-church where most of the seven deadly sins are being carried out simultaneously. The same, though, could not be said for the uneven selection of entertainment. Looking as she has been poured into her catsuit, Eloise Prouse is a spectacular electro-violinist while Japanese “performance artist” Yusura Hime is a mesmerising figure, pouring melted wax over her heavily-tattooed body as she cavorts in the middle of the hall.
On the flipside, “star turn” Tina Stevens, ex of S Club 7, does little to impress in her very furry bikini and is upstaged by her guitarist in his natty skeletal outfit. The night’s main act, “Satanist rock band” Bloomfield Avenue performs a series of covers keeps the dancefloor busy and happy while, appropriately for the occasion, murdering a few stone-cold classics along the way.
Debauched? Hardly, but a fun night out for a worthy cause.
All photos (c) Lisa Thomson.