Torture Garden is a concept and a scene that’s always been more than just a club night.
As a London club experience it can keep going as long as dressing up and exploring sexuality is still popular, and as long as we can continue evolving to make that an interesting experience and stay current for new generations going clubbing. If we lose interest or lose touch then it’s finished. Clubland is a changeable scene and three bad events in a row and you can be out!
It’s still my favourite club and still most of my friends’ favourite club and still very rewarding. Most of the time it’s a dream job and the best job in the world, and as long as I still love it and find it inspiring I’m excited to keep creating it. If we didn’t love it or believe in it anymore I don’t think we could continue and it would show. It’s more than a business or something that makes money.
The biggest danger to our future in London is almost every major large-scale, multi-room London venue closing down over the last eight years (SeOne, Mass, Colosseum, Bagleys and now Coronet in 2017). And even if we’re doing as well as ever in terms of numbers attending if there’s no 2000+ capacity venues left (there’s currently just two options) then that may kill us off or turn us into a cocktail bar!
But Torture Garden has been much more than just a London club for many years and we have regular events in Edinburgh, Tokyo, Rome, Toronto and all around the world, we have a latex clothing label franchise, a fetish fashion pop up shop – Le Boutique Bazaar, a performance art offshoot event called Body Probe, a performance agency and production company doing all sorts of corporate and private events beyond the fetish scene. So hopefully more of that and lots of new projects: books, films and who knows what else. We’re in a position where we could do anything.
Find out more about Torture Garden Events, productions and products, including the 25th Anniversary Ball this Saturday here.