Fire performers transformed one of Europe's biggest former Methodist churches into a decalescent Dante's Inferno of debauchery in Birmingham city centre as 2,000 clubbers came to worship at the altar of alternative amusement.

A team of 30+ circus acts including fire specialists from Area 51 descended on the Birmingham Central Methodist Hall for a seven-hour marathon of mirth for a Halloween-themed club night with a difference. The event was a no holds barred, no expense spared live freak show extravaganza that brought people's worst nightmares to grisly 'surreality'.

The one-time church has been the home of the legendary Que Club for two and a half decades and the Grade II listed red brick and terracotta building has proven to be a magnet drawing disciples of dance musicĀ  from far and wide to the second city.

Area 51 managed to overcome all kinds of challenges to help create an environment that was akin to a cross between an old school rave and a Most Haunted set! And then some...

The 'church' congregation of clubbers were greeted at the door by living gargoyles from Area 51 before being shown inside for the "Twisted Circus" at the event that also included a live seance conducted by celebrated medium Helen Regan who connected spiritually with the other side.

A menacing Matt Lemon was cast as the Joker to host the circus event and among the other performers were Elliot Walton and his cyr wheel together with aerialists and contortionists including Beth Sykes whose stunning display of hand balance was another highlight. A banging menu of upfront house music from 40 DJs complemented the Area 51 show and the whole event helped raise money for Laurie Balfour's "Road To Recovery" appeal.

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