Since 2000, Ritual is official partner, promoter and ambassador of Torture Garden in Italy.
In 2008 took place the first edition of Torture Garden Italy, a full-scale Torture Garden event.
What is Torture Garden?
Torture Garden is the world’s largest Fetish and Body Art Club. It’s home for those who are looking for something more extreme than you can find in “regular” clubs. TG is a community, a family, and all who want to explore their fetish alter ego are welcomed. The crowd make the night so the infamously strict dresscode guarantees that you leave behind the real world and forget the mundane as you cross the threshold and step inside
Monthly London events attract between 1000-2500 people. The multi-roomed high production value sets create an immersive underworld to lose yourself in. You can make the night what you want it to be: dance in the main room, watch the best performers and the greatest fetish fashion shows, play in the dungeon, take in the unique crowd, find new music in the eclectic ballroom or take that special person to the couples room. The friendly crowd are always welcoming – but if you are coming out to play, make sure to wear your best fantasy look and be part of the night, however you want to spend it.
With smaller events such as the TG Boat Parties, or The Pearl Necklace Supper Club nights, you can find what kind of TG is your kind of TG.
Torture Garden also has Edinburgh nights three times a year plus franchises in Rome, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York and Berlin, and guest appearances at other international events.
TG is also a top Latex Fetish Fashion Label, Production Company and Performance Agency.
For further information visit torturegarden.com.
Allen Pelling and David Wood formed Torture Garden as a Fetish Club in October 1990. As an alternative club promoter/DJ, Allen was at the forefront of London’s new Alt scene; and David, a conceptual art and film graduate, had been going to fetish clubs since 1984. Bored with the existing retro-alternative and suburban-style fetish clubs, they wanted to create a new kind of radical and edgy-alternative fetish club that combined diverse and progressive music, multiple environments, fashion, performance, visuals, installations, a market area, and more.
One hundred people came to the first event, held on a Wednesday night at the Opera On The Green venue in a shopping precinct in Shepherd’s Bush. By the fifth event, there were 500 guests and the place was rammed! By this time, TG had developed its own unique crowd that combined the Alternative post-Goth/Industrial, Hard-core S&M, Fetish Fashion and Queer and Straight scenes, with the cutting-edge Body Art and Piercing scenes.
Shows / Performance / Art
More than anything else, TG has become world-renowned for its incredible and theatrical performances and fashion shows. As well as staging extreme artists that no one else would dare book, it encouraged and developed performance in burlesque, cabaret and circus when there was no other platform for artists in the 1990s. TG discovered future big names when they were unknown; Dita Von Teese made her UK and European performance debut at TG in 1999, popstar Paloma Faith appeared as a surreal singing performance artist in her early days, and all the scene’s biggest names have performed over the years, including:
Fashion: Torture Garden Latex, Pretty Pervy, E Garbs, DeMask, House of Harlot, Conflicto, Inner Sanctum, Murray and Vern, Manuel Albarran, So Hip It Hurts, HW-Design, Northbound Leather, Puimond, Bibian Blue, Katarzyna Konieczka and Eaton Knot, MEAT, Bondinage, Sian Hoffman, Dead Lotus Couture, Lady Lucie Latex, Ada Zanditon, Carapace, Kurage, AMF Korsets, Dayne Henderson and so many more
Music: The Tiger Lillies, Avenue D, Death in June, Genitorturers, Test Dept, Minty, Lab 4, Flesh Fetish, Von Magnet, Noblesse Oblige, Ernesto Tomasini, Urban Voodoo Machine, Brooke Candy, Ray Noir, Gobsausage and Viktoria Modesta.
Performance: Dita Von Teese, Paloma Faith, Fakir Musafar, Archaos, Ron Athey, Franko B, Divine David, Lukas Zpira, Midori, Kumi, Marissa Carnesky, Masuimi Max, Porcelain Twinz, Suka Off, Psycho Cyborgs, Ryan Styles, Scottee, Gawkagogo, Lucifire, Empress Stah, Chrysalis, Yusura, Hamish McCann, Miss Crash, Katrina Lilwall, Vivid Angel, Miss Miranda, Skinny Red Head, Roxy Velvet, Topanga Love, Boom Boom, ReveRso, Marie Devilreux, Banbury Cross, Monsterlune, Lolo Brow, Joe Black, Samantha Sun, Cynth Icorn, Andromeda Circus, The Fuel Girls, The Baron, Fancy Chance, Virgin X, Miss Behave, MisSa, LouLou D’vil, Marnie Scarlet, and Satomi.
Art Exhibition/Installations: Araki, Franko B, Trevor Brown, Romain Slocombe, Charles Gatewood and Espira.