What The Fluff!? Fur dance in the UK – Q&A for The Furclub Survey, from Moco Rabbit.
by Patch O'Furr
Furclubbing: “A repeat/regular nightclub event by furries for furries.” It’s a New Thing that’s been spreading since the late 2000’s. This kind of dance party is independent from conventions. This builds on the growth of cons, and takes things farther. It’s more established than events that happen once, house parties or informal meets. Those can be inner-focused, or gather cliquish friends to only seek each other. This brings partnership with venues that aren’t hotels, and new supportive interest in the kind of events they host and promote. It crosses a line to public space. A stranger may walk in off the street to discover their new favorite thing. It encourages new blood, and crosses over to other scenes. It makes subculture thrive.
See the list of parties at The Furclub survey. Any one that gives a Q&A will get a featured article. Moco Rabbit (Weremoco) tells you about this new event:
What the fluff!? (2014- now)
(Born after the end of the UK’s popular Frantic Eufuria dance, 2010-2014: “The first WTF!? was held on 1 November 2014. The second was held on 7th February 2015. The next will be held in October 2015, with 2 planned per year initially.”)
- What The Fluff? website
- On Twitter
- Dance announcement on FurAffinity
- Pics from WTF1, and pics from WTF2.
Founders and promoters: Weremoco, Taelion, Freddypanda.
Event details: Rave/dance party, free to attend, dance floor, fursuit changing area. WTF1 had ~40 attendees.
Location and crowd: The Strand, Southampton, UK. Furs welcome from anywhere, but mostly drawing from the south of England currently.
When: Planned for twice a year, running since November 2014. Born as a result of realising that the dance floor at Confuzzled was entirely taken over by “Hantsfurs” (or furs from Hampshire,) and having seen such a thing was possible by attending Frantic Eufuria, Taelion and Moco decided that a Hantsfurs rave should happen.
Vibe: A furry only party, fursuit friendly but otherwise all are welcome. Expect the top floor to be filled with bouncing furs and dropping beats, and downstairs is more chilled out, with a general bar area….
Promotion: Promotion largely via web, including UK fur forums, FB, Twitter, and the website. Our exposure grows via word of mouth too!
Reception: Our venue is enthusiastic and hosts several alternative events, and reception from all attendees has been positive so far!
How successful: Just growing now, and focusing on the dance night rather than a general furmeet, but we are going from strength to strength!