Club Lash… and Rosie Lugosi, Manchester’s Vampire Fetish Queen

By on May 20, 2010

Club Lash spanked its first bottom in April 1998. It all started in a tiny club in Manchester city centre. It was packed out on the first night and it’s been the same ever since.


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The secret of its success? From the beginning, Club Lash prided itself on being fab, friendly and fetish. Unlike those nights where everyone’s doing the ‘pervier than thou’ thing, it’s welcoming, unpretentious kinky fun for those who like to have a good time, in the worst possible way. They are clearly doing something right: this April Club Lash celebrated its 12th Birthday with a spankingly good Showgirls and Sugardaddies-themed burlesque event. Some history: way back in 1997 four fetish women got tired of having nowhere to go in Manchester. They wanted something extra, something theatrical and sleaze-free – up to that point their fetish clubbing experience had been a 75% male clientele and getting pestered by dodgy blokes.

Rosie-Lugosi_photo-by-Karl-BrightSo they set up Club Lash. Over the years, there have been a number of different venues, but it’s now happily situated at The Tunnel on the edge of Manchester’s famed Gay Village. It’s atmospheric, with vaulted brick ceilings and underground nooks and crannies… very conducive to devilment. And the friendliest bar staff in town.

You’ll find a truly eclectic mix of punters – gay/straight (and all points in between), women/men (and all points in between, and there are many), black/white, young/old, disabled/able bodied… you name it, they get ‘em. And delighted they are too.

At the helm is founding member and Mistress of Ceremonies, Rosie Lugosi, the radical lesbian feminist, dominatrix, bitch goddess, top femme, boot-stomping, whip-cracking, neck-biting, out-all-nighting, tongue-lashing, nail-slashing vampire queen. ‘And that’s as close to compromise as I get’, she says. Says the Manchester Evening News, “Rosie Lugosi is a cross between Shirley Bassey and Motorhead.”

Six foot tall in six-inch stilettos, clad in corset, towering wig, fangs and hoisted cleavage, she is also a Mistress of musical mayhem, one of the UK’s most in-demand comperes, and certainly the kinkiest. When not ensuring that all are sitting uncomfortably at Club Lash, you’ll find her tantalising audiences with her unique blend of camp humour and cabaret around the UK, Europe and USA.

Proud owner of an Erotic Oscar for Solo Performer, she’s regular MC of The Slippery Belle Burlesque in Manchester as well as Heresy n Heelz in Birmingham. You may have seen her strutting her stuff at Skin Two North in Leeds last year. This is what The Pink Paper, said… “A flamboyant hostess. six feet of immaculate PVC, Rosie’s superior attitude and school-marm promises to see us after the show repeatedly win her fans.. She’s never had anything but squeals of delight from her audience. Terrifyingly terrific!”

What a lot of people didn’t know was that she wowed the crowd whilst in the middle of cancer treatment. She had the all-clear in December 2009, and is out and proud about being a cancer survivor. ‘I kicked its arse,’ she says. ‘It’ll take a lot more than throat cancer to shut me up.’

xciting year for her – she’s performing in New York City, San Francisco, and is hosting a huge burlesque event, Delicious, in Derby in July. There’s also a London gig with her reformed goth band, The March Violets, in November. ‘I’m making up for a quiet year in 2009!’ she says.

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