Fight Club Sadisco* Returns for One Final Round in June
When a fistfight breaks out at an ordinary club night, it's typically cause for alarm and swift intervention by security. But when such punches are thrown at a Fight Club Sadisco* party, it's just part of the usual chaos and cacophony of the combination dance fest and slugfest.
Ryan Wolf A battle between bros at Fight Club Sadisco* in 2011.
Arguably one of the more infamous events in Phoenix nightlife scene, Fight Club Sadisco* takes a page from Chuck Palahniuk and features Tyler Durden-style brawls backed by a mix of industrial music and harsh electronica sounds. It's put on by local DJ collective Sadisco* and is an often anarchistic, sometimes bloody, and definitely different sort of party.
And it's coming back for one more round this summer.
Organizers announced on Facebook recently that the final edition of the party -- entitled "Fight Club Sadisco* (end credits)" -- will take place on Saturday, June 21, at the Monarch Theatre.
If you've never attended one of the Fight Club Sadisco* bar parties put on by the collective, it boasts a similar setup to the novel and movie versions of Fight Club, minus the explosives and gunplay. People can voluntarily get into dustups with other willing participants in short bouts out in the parking lot while a crowd watches. At previous versions of the party, some throw blows to test their mettle while others do it for fun. (I personally fought someone in both 2010 and 2011 just for the hell of it.)
Meanwhile, the half-dozen or so DJs in the Sadisco* crew -- including Squalor, //she//, VEX, 5arah, and Blonde Noize -- drop grinding industrial, EDM, and harsh noise tracks.
Such will be the setup on June 21 when DJs will perform in the Monarch Theatre's main bar while fights will be held in its cellar, which (oddly enough) resembles the dank bar basement setting seen in the 1999 Fight Club movie.