Mardi Gras is the one night in which we can release our inhibitions, reveling in the flames of our inner beauty and pride as a city. And of course, it means copious amounts of partying in as flamboyant (and as little) clothing that you can get away with. In Sydney, Mardi Gras is one of the most extravagant events in the world, and has been referenced multiple times in pop culture (Queer as Folk said: “Mardi Gras in Sydney is the gayest place on earth…” but don’t ask me how I know that…) With Mardi Gras fast approaching, other great events have been popping up to prepare you, and to help you get through the after effects. Take a look below!
Thursday: Thomas Calder + D.D Dumbo + Maples
The Trouble With Templeton’s Thomas Calder is teaming up with D.D Dumbo and Maples for a special night in the Danceteria at GoodGod. Thomas is taking some time out from his Brisbane band The Trouble With Templeton to play a show in Sydney, testing out new songs and playing plenty of the old favourites.
Joining him is Victorian D.D Dumbo, whose first release is a five-track self titled EP, which has been described as ‘experimental blues loop pop’. His music has already made a mark, featuring on multiple blogs around the world, including NME, Line of Best Fit and The Guardian.
Maples will be blending her acoustic and electronic worlds on the night, with plenty of her soaring vocals and keyboards. Inspired by change, Maples – aka Sydney singer/songwriter Gabby Huber – works to illuminate undiscovered places within the soul.
GoodGod, 8pm, $10, Tickets
Friday: Velvet Cave – Shifting Sands
Celebrating its 2-year anniversary, Velvet Cave is back to give you Shifting Sands. Headlining are part Monkees, part Goodies and part acid trip, The Babe Rainbow, certain to take you on a wild journey into your most electric dreams.
Stick your middle finger up to the lockout laws and dance with locals The Grease Arrestor and Brisbane (Brisbianites? Brisbanian?) outfit Dreamtime bringing you aural pleasure till 6am.
Club 77, 9pm, $10 Entry, Facebook Event
Saturday: Bare Essentials
After a year off, Bare Essentials are back for a one off party in Sydney, at the Flyover Bar in the middle of the CBD. Live music will be kicking off from 3pm and includes DJs Carlos Zarate, Sam Roberts, James Fazzolari and James Cripps. These DJs will be spinning selections of techno, minimal and deep house for our pleasure.
Tickets are limited and selling fast!
Flyover Bar, 3pm, $20, Tickets, Facebook Event
Saturday: Ghostly Mardi Gras Secret Rave
This Saturday Ghostly and Love Club are teaming up again to bring us another secret party to celebrate Mardi Gras, and to stick it to the man (Barry O’Farrell) and the new lockout laws taking Sydney captive. With a secret rave dungeon/tropical oasis/drag runaway mecca, two stages and a line up of 10+, this is going to be a special one.
All they ask is that you dress in glitter, sparkles and anything fabulous!
(And you bring your own alcohol)
Venue TBA, 10pm, $30, Ticket and Event info
Sunday: DJ Harvey
Regarded as the instigator of the UK disco-house-garage scene that took hold in the late 80’s, and voted by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 25 DJs That Rule The Earth”, DJ Harvey is undoubtedly a man of magic. He’s played everywhere from Coachella to Sonar to Trouw and is one of those rare DJs that hasn’t let his reputation get in the way of his passion and talent for music.
Joining him are locals Andy Webb, Marcus King, Steele Bonus, Angelo Cruzman and Tamas Jones, all playing over two rooms.
Oxford Art Factory, 6pm, $35, Tickets, Facebook Event
All Weekend: Art Month 2014
In cahoots with Scrap Wall, Sydney Art Month is back for its fifth year of opening up normally private gallery areas. The program is grouped around the theme ‘Intersections and Parallels’ and is overflowing with multifaceted ideas and collaborations.
It’s easily one of the most accessible art events of the year, with over 200 galleries opening their doors for parties, tours and talks. Check out the Art Month Sydney website for all the information.
Various Sydney Venues, Mostly Free, Website
By Gabriella Khouri