As some (most?) of you know, the Murder Mile Studios announced they would be shutting their doors indefinitely earlier in June.
It's no secret the Studios were a key venue in the London fetish and BDSM scene. Photo and video shoots, small scale clubs and private parties, they did it all, in a lovely, dedicated, flexible environment. We went there as guests a ridiculous amount of times and both the venue and the events held there inspired us to launch our own. We're convinced the team behind Murder Mile will come back bigger and better, but in the meantime, this is a severe loss for the scene. And sadly, for us too.
We learned of the Studios' demise a little more than a month before our July event, creating what could have been described as a mild issue for us (read: FULL ON PANIC) and more than a few other clubs (although they might have handled it more gracefully than us). Small-scale event locations willing to host full-on fetish parties are rare in London, and getting rarer every year - despite fetish, BDSM and kink in general getting more mainstream - and we had already tried our hand at finding new venues for the Slap Stick Club. Adding a tight deadline to that was... Interesting.
What constitutes a good venue for us? We do not want crowded dungeon areas and want to keep guest numbers low, so a relatively small space fits well, while larger locations might kill the mood. Ideally, we want at least one separate room in which to set up a comfy cuddle-puddle space. Being in central London is essential, bonus points for a solid transport network nearby. And last but not least, a very open-minded owner! After we factored in our budget and talked to A LOT of people around us, we found one venue that was quite close to ideal!
What we didn't take into account in our excitement, was that switching to a new, less affordable venue in the middle of summer was not necessarily the best approach... Especially during this scorcher, people are understandably less inclined to jump into their best latex or leather ensemble (I mean, unless you're Britney) and get locked up for the night; all clubs' attendance are therefore generally lower overall. Which means we had a decision to make between trying out this new venue with a potentially low number of guests and taking a financial risk, or cancelling the event to concentrate our efforts on September and November while losing some momentum for the club. After much soul searching and discussion, we chose the second option. At the end of the day, we want each of our fetish parties to be amazing, and it felt wrong risking the enjoyment of our Slappers. A couple of extra months will give us time to make the next events that bit more special and will allow us to kick the club side-projects and collaborations we've been prepping into high gear.
Once again, we'd like to apologises to the Slappers who were looking forward to this party, but do not fret, that only means you'll get double the slap and possibly triple the stick next time!
If you have any questions or suggestions (know a good place?) don't hesitate to drop us a line!
The Slap Stick Club