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The year was 2005, and the Oxford St
girl scene was at a bit of a stand still. It was
time for a change, and a new Bitch came to
town. Deck Bar was the venue, and the Bitch
chapter was born. More than 500 girls were
packed into the corner of Oxford St every
Friday, as the story began.
In 2005, Renee Schembri started the
brand ‘Bitch’, which stands for ‘Babe
In Total Control of Herself’.
Schembri’s first memories was the change
which Bitch brought to the scene. “ So many
of the younger girls voiced how thankful
they were to be able to come out as they felt
Managing various events has also come
with hilarious and memorable moments.
Schembri will never forget the Kinselas
LOTL speaks to Renee Schembri,
creator of the Bitch brand, celebrating
the past decade and what’s to come
in the future.
10 YEARS HISTORY ........................
2005: Launch of a new weekly Girls Night “Bitch” at
Deck Bar on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
2006: Bitch starts to produce the official recovery
parties for Mardi Gras and delivers the infamous
Fair Day dance tent, the Women’s space at the main
party and the official girls recovery parties.
2007: Bitch goes international – Joining forces with
Candy Bar UK to deliver Bitch nights in London and
Bitch’s 10th Birthday
A Decade Of Dance
WHEN: 8 August, 9pm
WHERE: Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St,
BOOK Promo code Bitch10 moshtix.com.au
the favourite songs from the past ten years.
DJs will be playing vinyl with back-to-back
sets on four decks. Schembri is also excit-
ed to bring ‘Get Together’ back to Sydney
Harbour later this year, locking in Cruise Bar
for New Year’s Day.
Schembri looks forward to the future and
acknowledges how far the brand has come.
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Pick- Up &
Middle Bar toilet incident.
“ The venue
plumbing was blocked and we had to shut
one night with no idea why. I then received a
phone call the next morning from a straight
Aussie plumber trying to explain that
someone had flushed a strap-on down the
toilet and the entire system was blocked. We
got asked to move on not long after that,
I think.” There have also been proposals
amidst mic announcements at the club, and
people wanting to take Bitch memorabilia
home by ‘hiding’ it under their shirts and
arguing that they didn’t have anything under
there. Schembri remembers, “I was heading
away with friends on Saturday and saw a
set of Bitch lips in the back of a car heading
down the freeway... I laughed.”
This year, Bitch’s 10-year reunion aims to
provide something for everyone, taking it
back to 2005 and right up to 2015 with all
2008: Bitch delivers the official Soho Pride recovery
party Bitch vs. Candy Bar at Punkd London.
Bitch Brisbane: Teaming up with Dj Neroli at The
2009: Bitch launches Revolution at Oxford Art
Factory with special guest Ruby Rose.
Bitch joins forces with Fag Tag featuring Sneaky
2011: Bitch and Fag Tag launch annual NYD Party
Get Together at Cruise Bar.
2012 – 2014: Bitch launches “Summersalt” – Sunset
sessions Australia Day on the Harbour.
2015 marks Bitch’s 10th birthday, with close to 500
parties, 10 Mardi Gras seasons, international and in-
terstate tours, and countless memories.
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