This coming Friday in London it's the start of what's described as "the world's wildest
It's not specifically gay but it does promise a feast of fetish clubbing
and shopping which starts on Friday with the Skin Two Hardcore party at Electrowerkz
in Islington and then continues with an exhibition where you can get everything
you need to explore the outer limits of your sexuality from dungeon furniture to
The Skin Two Expo promises the full gamut of international fetish design
and fashion. Organisers say it's the largest collection of fetish clothing, art and furniture
that's ever been seen under one roof in the UK. There are also performances from San Francisco's
Fetish Diva Midori and London comedian Ivor Dembina. It's all at the Barbican Exhibition
Centre from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
There's more clubbing on Saturday night at the Torture Garden Skin Two special.
TG is London's cutting edge dance/performance night and after events in New York, Prague,
Moscow and Tokyo, is at the Colosseum in Vauxhall from 10 through till 5am Sunday.
A reveller at last year's Rubber Ball
Photo by Mark Bennett
Highlight of the whole weekend is Monday night's Rubber Ball which raises money for Crusaid.
In its eleventh year it's a glittering event with the emphasis on fun - thousands of people
dressed in their wildest fantasy outfits. There are men dressed as women, women dressed as men,
space creatures, dominatrixes, fire-breathing creatures on stilts, you name it.
Celebrity guests in the past have included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Mick Jagger and many more. The
one thing you won't see is anything ordinary as no-one is admitted in street clothing.
It's at PoNaNa ( the old Hammersmith Palais) and tickets cost £30.
You can get full information about all the events, ticket prices and booking
information on the Skin Two website.