Dungeon Master: BYO speaks with people who throw Dungeon Parties
Don’t let the name fool you, these parties have nothing to do with that maniac Josef Fritzl. Dungeon parties are all about partying to deep beats in underground locations, oh and no dickheads. Whilst you were sleeping, these guys were out scoping old disused war bunkers, bushes, warehouses and beaches to throw parties at (some of which we’ve covered – links below). Given the nature of these events, and the legal complications if you will, they’re spontaneous, hidden, and invite only – strictly for people who just want to get the fuck down and have a good time. We caught up with one of the cats that throws some of our favourite dungeon parties to get the low down on those dark dungeon vibes.
So you throw Dungeon Parties?
What’s that about?
We started our parties due to a dislike of the Sydney club scene. After experiencing and being highly involved in some of Sydney’s most popular club nights we grew tired of what these clubs and nights would generally consist of; huge lines, unreasonably overpriced drinks, unpleasant bouncers and security, high door prices, the occasional punch up and a high police presence. We also got board of the standard choice of music being played, which would consist of whatever kind of music was considered popular at the time. On top of that, the venues would only book standard headliners and tell the rest of the DJ’s on the bill not to play too hard. This was so that the headliner wouldn’t be out played, which in some cases wouldn’t have been a bad thing.
Like many other people we came to the conclusion that we had to start our own parties. Where we could have the music we like with the people we like in a place we like. No other variables
What kind of locations do you throw these things in?
We use a few dungeon spaces around Sydney harbor, a couple of warehouses around Sydney’s industrial areas and soon a few bush areas. No Clubs.
I’ve been to a couple of these parties myself. The locations are both exotic, dark and dingy. How do you guys find these places? What do you look for in a potential party spot?
When I was young I would go on some picnics with my grandparents to one of the original
Dungeon spots, which is where we had our first party. When we out grew this location we had to go searching for some new spots .These were a bit harder to find and involved some exploring.
The spots we look for have to have minimal noise pollution or be far enough away from neighbors deeming noise pollution irrelevant. We also try to find spaces that help to amplify the vibe of the party; dark, dingy, industrial and preferably underground.
What can people expect from a dungeon party?
A constant bombardment of aural and visual stimulation, pure good vibes and a variety of the best underground music performed by some of Sydney’s and the World’s best and up and coming artists, strictly non commercial.
I bet the cops love you guys. What kind of measures do you need to take to avoid them?
The only people who know specific info about our dungeon parties are people we know and trust and we only release the location a couple of house before it starts. As I said above, we try to be careful with our noise pollution but have been let down by light pollution and some party goers lingering around or parking too close to the spot. Our warehouse parties on the other hand are completely legal so no extra measures need to be taken.
I know you guys have been busted at least once. What happened?
Twice in fact. The first time we just got told to move along, the cops were nice and were semi-impressed by what when had done and dealt with the situation well. The second time we got a heads up that police were coming and managed to shut the music off before they arrived. When they arrived they just saw 140 people sitting on the ground chatting, drinking and smoking. They told us to move along but didn’t find the dance area/equipment and where unaware of what we were actually doing. A number of people did receive fines for: Participating in/organising/attending in a gathering/event/function in a public space, pretty much word for word.
Anything you would like to say to the police?
We aren’t doing any harm, we clean up after ourselves and don’t bother the neighbors. Stop oppressing the people
How do people find out about events you guys throw?
Our dungeon parties are strictly invite only, this way we only have people we know and trust at these risky events. We want to make sure people know what risks we put ourselves at to run these parties and know that the people we invite won’t be detrimental to our vibes or cause. Our warehouse parties are open to the public and news about up and coming events is posted at www.facebook.com/dungeonevents. These parties are the best place to come and meet us and find out about our dungeon parties and experience the Dungeon Vibes for yourselves.
There is a party happening this Friday which you can see here.
Check out some previous parties here:
- Nathan Harmond