Alison Wonderland, What So Not and Golden Features went b2b last night in Sydney

If you spent last night at home, we’re very sorry to say that you missed a party for the history books.

Over at Candys Apartment, four of Australia’s biggest dance exports – Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Golden Features and Hayden James – reunited for a one-off, back-to-back set in a rammed 300 capacity club. It was, to borrow a phrase from 2016, lit.

The reunion was all in service of Keep Sydney Open, with ticket and door sales from the night going to the anti-lockouts group. And there was no better advertisement for how hard Kings Cross can still party than the Candys reunion: the line to get into the club went down the block, and things inside were still raging at 3am. All on a Thursday night.


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All of the DJs who played cut their teeth at Candys in the pre-lockouts era, so the night acted as a tribute to those late noughties glory days. What So Not walked into the club armed with a bag of burned bloghaus-era CDs, Alison Wonderland reminisced about her time working there as a door girl, and everyone commented on how Candys still smells exactly the same as it did in 2009.

Musically, everything from old school Boys Noize and Mr Oizo to classics like Thin White Duke remix of Four To The Floor and current day favourites like RL Grime got a look in. For an idea of just how sweaty things got inside, take a look at the video footage Alison Wonderland’s been posting on Twitter below.

And it wouldn’t be a Keep Sydney Open-endorsed event without a little political protest: “THE SYDNEY MUSIC SCENE IS IMPORTANT WE ARE A COMMUNITY. Last night should be enough to realise,” Wonderland tweeted this morning. “Fuck @mikebairdMP.”

Katie Cunningham the Editor of inthemix. She is on Twitter.

Article image credit: Pat Stevenson/Hobogestapo