There’s nothing like getting Extra Dirty
Extra Dirty is back for its nineteenth outing and it’s primed to be dirtier than ever. Emerging DJ Lady K is among the tribe, led by founder Mel ‘Feisty’ Fitzpatrick.
While some circuit parties come and go, others stand the test of time, supported by a loyal following because of the event’s ethos, ambience, music or crowd. In Extra Dirty’s case, it’s all of the above.
The popular event will be holding its latest edition this Saturday, June 7, at the Midnight Shift club. That it will be Extra Dirty’s nineteenth party is a testament to its enduring popularity.
“Our first one was in 2008 at the Oxford Art Factory,” co-founder Mel ‘Feisty’ Fitzpatrick tells SX. “The late Mandy Rollins and I wanted to bring ‘Dirty’, which we did monthly at Phoenix, out into a bigger venue with beefed up production values, thus Extra Dirty.”
Above: Feisty at Extra Dirty. Photo: Vivid Images. Top image: Lady K. Photo: Antoinette Crawford.
Since then, Extra Dirty has been held at various clubs across Sydney. And while the venues have changed, the Extra Dirty setting has remained constant; that is, there’s always a subversive vibe, a sexy crowd and, of course, deep dirty beats.
“I don’t think there’s another party that compares to the sound of Extra Dirty,” Feisty says. “That’s always been our strong point. We’re an underground party but instead of hiding in the underground, we’re taking it right up to people. We’re in mainstream venues giving the strip something different to consider.
“We started off with an underground tribal sound but that’s evolved into tech house and percussive techno. Techno has become what tribal was, slower and lower – the kind of stuff that gets your hips rolling.”
Joining Feisty on the decks at this Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend edition of Extra Dirty are UK’s Gordon John, Extra Dirty favourite Baby Bear and up-and-coming DJ, Lady K.
Based in the Byron hinterland, Lady K has been making waves in the state’s gay party scene in recent years, having played at Tropical Fruits, Coast Out and Club Exile, as well as residencies at Delicious and Tasty in the Northern Rivers.
“I've been following Lady K’s career for a few years now and she’s really impressing me,” Feisty says. “You don’t often hear DJs that have such a great instinct for the dance floor but she’s got that – it’s kind of like the ‘X factor’ of DJing.
“She’s got awesome energy and genuine passion that you can see by the way she bounces around behind the decks. And I’m excited for her because she’s going to have a ball with the Extra Dirty crowd.”
It will be Lady K’s second appearance at Extra Dirty and the opportunity for the emerging DJ couldn’t come sooner.
GALLERY: Check out the last Extra Dirty in February 2014
“Extra Dirty is a party that I have loved for many years,” Lady K tells SX. “I’m most looking forward to sharing tunes that I love with the Extra Dirty community and having the buzz of being part of the team for an evening.
Those tunes, Lady K says, will be “gritty, driving and sexy”. “I don’t want to give too much away, so you guys will just have to come and check it out yourself.”
“I really can’t wait to see everyone on the dancefloor,” Lady K adds. “I love the Extra Dirty tribe.”
And it’s a sentiment shared by its co-founder.
“I'm so proud of Extra Dirty: the people, the DJs and the community we’ve become – essentially the Tribe,” Feisty says. “There’s not one party where I don’t take time out to think about how special it is. We can have 500 people in the room yet it’s so warm and friendly.
“Thank you to all our punters who continue to support Extra Dirty,” Feisty adds. “I’m looking forward to seeing you all and having a little wiggle on the dance floor with you.
“It’s going to be a hot night.”
Extra Dirty, Saturday, June 7, 10pm, Midnight Shift, 85 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Tickets from Bang Clothing or Daisy Tickets. Visit extradirty.com.au.