Among New Year’s fetish parties is Utopia Fetish Deluxe’s Silvesterzauber 2024, taking place in Zurich on January 1 (photo: Utopia promo)

Among New Year’s fetish parties is Utopia Fetish Deluxe’s Silvesterzauber 2024, taking place in Zurich on January 1 (photo: Utopia)

NEW YEAR’S FETISH PARTIES 2023/24: UK, EUROPE, CANADA & USA

Yes, we’ve been scouring the interweb again, this time looking for New Year’s fetish parties — by which we mean fetish parties specifically dedicated to anticipating and/or celebrating the arrival of 2024. To qualify for inclusion in this global round-up, the event has to be either on actual New Year’s Eve, or the night immediately before or immediately after New Year’s Eve. So just for the absolute avoidance of doubt, that means on December 30, December 31 or January 1.

It may not surprise you to learn that, as with this year’s fetish Halloween and Christmas/Winterval events, New Year’s fetish parties seem to be less abundant now than in pre-covid times. Most likely reason for this is a general reduction, post-covid, in the availability of venues for any kind of event — something that tends to result in proportionately even fewer venues available to host fetish events specifically.

To be fair, though, this problem isn’t unique to post-lockdown times. London’s Torture Garden found years ago that having your New Year’s Eve party on the night before New Year’s Eve made it much easier to hold it in a great venue that fetish folk would happily flock to. So TG came up with the concept of the Not New Year’s Eve party, and was able to host its first one at London’s legendary Ministry of Sound, a very attractive partying location where TG still holds its NNYE Balls to this day.

Some other fetish promoters have also adopted the NNYE concept because it means they too can host a much grander party at their venue of choice by holding it a day earlier (or later) than New Year’s Eve itself. (Note: in early December, you may find a few more NYE party dates announced by promoters of monthly events who only publicise their one immediately upcoming party at any given time.

UNITED KINGDOM: NEW YEAR’S FETISH PARTIES

Torture Garden’s Not New Year’s Eve on December 30 will feature a Lady Lucie Latex show (model: Scarlet Bouvier; photo: Ayesha H)

Torture Garden’s Not New Year’s Eve on December 30 will feature a Lady Lucie Latex show (model: Scarlet Bouvier; photo: Ayesha H)

December 30: London

Torture Garden’s traditional Not New Year’s Eve ‘night before’ celebration on December 30 at Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle, will feature a Lady Lucie Latex fashion show and other performances tbc. This strict dresscode event will have two dancefloors with regular and guest DJs, a dungeon and couples room. The night will also feature TG’s now-familiar choice of three timed entry slots, with the addition of an Anytime entry ticket at “a little extra cost”.

EUROPE: NEW YEAR’S FETISH PARTIES

Among New Year’s fetish partiers in Germany is Nuremberg’s Der Cult club ’s Kunst der Macht & Nacht der Sünde, promising orgasmic activity and a buffet on New Year’s Eve

Nuremberg’s Der Cult club stages Kunst der Macht & Nacht der Sünde on New Year’s Eve, promising orgasmic activity and a buffet

December 30: Berlin, Köln (Cologne)

It’s very probable that Berlin’s KitKatClub will host a New Year’s version of its regular Saturday fetish night, Carneball Bizarre, on December 30. But since the famous Berlin venue only announces its schedules one week ahead, we can at best call this an educated guess until much nearer the time.

Thankfully the ‘touring’ version of KitKatClub, with its regular monthly slot at Köln’s Bootshaus club, announces its dates further in advance than its parent brand. Its Pre-Silvester (Pre-New Year’s Eve) party on December 30 will enforce a strict sexual fantasy dresscode, the DJ line-up will include well-known KitKat/Wasteland DJ Clark Kent, and the venue will offer all the usual trimmings — including currywurst and pommes deluxe for those who like to get some sausage inside them at events like this.

December 31: Nuremberg

Nuremberg’s famous Der Cult club devotes New Year’s Eve to its Kunst der Macht & Nacht der Sünde (Art of Power & Night of Sin) party. The hosts’ mission for December 31 is — and this is a direct translation by Google — “to chase away the old year with a buffet and orgasmic activity”. Who could resist such a combination? There’s a fetish/fantasy/gothic dresscode, although evening wear is also acceptable, apparently.

January 01: Zurich/Kloten

Zurich’s Utopia Fetish De Luxe hosts Silvesterzauber 2024 (New Year’s Eve Magic 2024) at its regular Floor Club venue in Kloten on the first night of the New Year. The party has a strict dresscode embracing fetish and fantasy themes and the multi-room venue offers a large dancefloor, chillout floor, boudoir, darkroom, play zone and couple’s room (romantically tagged Labyrinth der Lust). Plus, yes, a food corner. At this event, you are the show — so you better polish up your table manners!

CANADA: NEW YEAR’S FETISH PARTIES

Montreal’s Cirque de Boudoir will host Carnavalesque Boudoir Ball 2024 on December 31. Photo by Edgar Delacroix shows a stage performance at Cirque’s last NYE event in 2020

Montreal’s Cirque de Boudoir will host Carnavalesque Boudoir Ball 2024 on December 31. Photo by Edgar Delacroix shows a stage performance at Cirque’s last NYE event in 2020

December 30: Vancouver

Proudly proclaiming that it “ain’t no luxury event with sky high prices”, the Sin City Not NYE party at Vancouver venue The Vault on December 30 is its “all gender year ender” — a “proper old school kinky warehouse party” for “alternative, kink and queer communities”. And its claim to be the closest thing in Vancouver to the vibe of underground Berlin nightlife, as experienced at KitKatClub and Berghain, is no idle boast, as we know its two DJ hosts have more than a passing familiarity with those establishments. The dresscode is a mix of fetish and “plainclothes”, though the latter is to be regarded as a last resort which won’t give wearers access to the club’s fetish-only areas.

December 31: Montreal, Vancouver

Cirque de Boudoir’s Carnavalesque Boudoir Ball 2024 on New Year’s Eve at Montreal’s Bain Mathieu promises a six-hour-long “ultimate pajama party” where guests must sport their “sexiest and kinkiest lingerie and fetish looks”. Attractions will include performances, gogo dancers, a dungeon and a midnight countdown with host Plastik Patrik. There’s a choice of general or VIP admission, the latter including access to VIP areas and an all-night open bar. Limited VIP tables are also reservable for “2-4 or more” people.

Meanwhile back in Vancouver, Restricted Entertainment — the hosts of Sin City events — follow up their Not NYE party with a December 31 edition of sister event Coffin Club. Previously known both as Madhaus and Sanctuary, Coffin Club will be a “full on dark alternative NYE party” at the Astoria, with many of the same DJs and crossover crowd involved in the previous night’s event.

UNITED STATES: NEW YEAR’S FETISH PARTIES

Double trouble: Rubber Sluts Val Vampyre and Lexus Wicked will perform at Fetish Factory’s NYE Fetish Ball — one of the scene’s truly legendary New Year’s fetish parties — in Pompano Beach (photo: Blind Beast Photography)

Double trouble: Rubber Sluts Val Vampyre and Lexus Wicked will perform at Fetish Factory’s NYE Fetish Ball in Pompano Beach (photo: Blind Beast Photography)

December 31: Pompano Beach FL

The Fetish Factory New Year’s Eve Fetish Ball, one of the fetish scene’s truly legendary NYE events, takes place at Solid Gold Pompano in Pompano Beach on December 31. MC’d by Kayla Bee, there are performances from Rubber Sluts (Val Vampyre and Lexus Wicked), Damien Lenore and Lyra Angels, while the DJ line-up includes NYC’s Xris Smack!. The strictly enforced fetish dresscode excludes the ‘all-black’ option some other US events fall back on to boost attendance. Bondage equipment will be found throughout the venue and especially in the Red Room; there are Friction Dance Stations for couple play, Champagne Rooms for group play, and an elevator to take you up to the stark white chillout Bubble Room.