I had a really good time at the last Erotic Eden, partially due to the company i was with but heh, that's another story. There were some minor hiccups on their first night, but overall a very good event. I was very much looking foreward to going to the event on the 25th, but I now have some concerns and reservations.
I was fairly shocked to see a fetish event in the whats on area of The Watford Observer. When we (Watford Munch) had our little 'expose', Rick and Tony of the Load Of Hay demanded that our phone number and web address were not printed. The paper obliged and as it happens wrote quite a positive article. This article is different. It explains dress code, location and includes a phone number for booking. Also a picture of a scantily clad lady with a snake. Erotic Eden have also advertised in Ann Summers shops, and god knows what else. Possibly local papers in St Albans and Luton.
You may take the view that this could open up people to fetish who otherwise would not go to a munch or club, and that is a valid point, however there are other considerations. At the first Erotic eden, there were were 5 guys dressed as Nazi's who obviously had nothing to do with the scene who, mocked laughed, and made fun of the fetish community. They had probably gone to a hire shop, done just enough to meet the dress code, and gone in to watch the freaks! This is unfortunate, and could happen at any club with an open door policy. However, to advertise to the public at large is just asking for trouble, in my opinion.