For the third consecutive year, I attended the notorious soiree for nocturnal, fanged creatures—the Endless Night Vampire Ball at the historic Globe Theatre in the City of Angels. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have read my accounts of past years’ festivities. The event offers new forms of entertainment when it comes to town and making this occasion all the more memorable was that it was the first vampire ball of, not only 2020, but of the decade. Here’s a look at what transpired.
For those unfamiliar with Endless Night, it’s a series of vampire ball celebrations initiated by fangsmith Father Sebastiaan in the late 1990s in New York City. It tours internationally throughout the year, happening in cities such as New Orleans, Salem, Paris, Dublin and several others.
Father Sebastiaan and his entourage the Sabretooth Clan hosted nearly a month of Endless Night affairs in Los Angeles, commencing on January 8th with the weekly Vampire Lounge Countdown at Bar Sinister’s Wenzdays Party. Other gatherings taking place the weekend of the ball included the Vampire Salon, the Vampire Bazaar & Market—a day event featuring vendors selling their macabre wares and crafts—and Vampire Night at Bar Sinister. These all led up to the main attraction on Sunday.
I’ve always looked forward to the ball, but this year I was especially excited because Orgy, a goth metal band I have been a huge fan of since my baby bat years, was headlining! Although the lead vocalist, Jay Gordon, is the only original member remaining, I was still anticipating the show. Opening for the group was FIRA, another fantastic band who I had the pleasure of seeing live a few months ago.
Luckily, I arrived early enough to get as close to the stage as possible. When Orgy was announced by the MC, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. The venue went pitch black for a few seconds, then lights began to flicker as each band mate took their place on stage.
Can you guess which song began to play?
It was “Slept So Long” from the “Queen of the Damned” movie! This 2002 film was an adaptation of books two and three of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. The soundtrack that accompanied it mesmerized me the first time I heard it, and it remains one of my favorite albums. Check out a clip below.
Jay Gordon was one of the artists who lent his vocals to the soundtrack, and to my knowledge, he hasn’t performed this track live. So, you can imagine the shock I felt when the familiar riffs resounded throughout the theatre. I, along with everyone else, sang out loud and it was like the vampire rock star Lestat was present in spirit.
Orgy went on to play songs from early albums, including “Candyass” and “Vapor Transmission.” They concluded with the hit that put them on the map years ago, a goth-fueled rendition of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Jay even came out among the audience to jam. The performance definitely set a high-energy tone for the rest of the night.
There was also a space where vendors were set up selling jewelry, dark art, occult goods and more. I snagged some gorgeous accessory pieces by Ezabell Victoria who goes by Le Queen Noire on Instagram.
In the past, the lower level of the venue has housed Bat Cave Nightclub featuring a DJ spinning industrial beats and a fetish play area. Well, due to unforeseen circumstances, a water pipe exploded, so the downstairs area had to be evacuated and revelers were ushered up to the main floor. A minor hiccup though as there was still plenty of entertainment to fill the evening.
Other highlights included ethereal belly dancing by Bagoas, a sizzling fire performance by Dani Divine inspired by Salma Hayek’s sensual number in “From Dusk Till Dawn,” and the first-ever vampire wedding!
What more can I say? I had an enchanting time and await the next vampire ball with much anticipation. Until then, I’ll be sleeping in my coffin.
Endless Night already has a calendar filled with upcoming events, some with tickets available, so visit the official website for details.
And, get to know more about the master of ceremonies, Father Sebastiaan, at his official website.