Where to party this long weekend in Sydney and Melbourne


Thursday September 29

Smalltown feat. Bicep and Isaac Tichauer @ Brown Alley
Smalltown can always be trusted for an excellent long weekend kick-off, and this Thursday’s edition looks to follow the trend. This night is headlined by Belfast’s own Bicep, whose label Feel My Bicep has delivered some serious dancefloor heat in recent times. Also on the bill is Sydney talent Isaac Tichauer, whose remix of Bicep’s Higher Level was thoroughly rinsed by DJs far and wide. Tickets have sold out to this one, but a very small allocation will be available to early arrivals.
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Animals Dancing feat. Jan Schulte @ The Mercat Basement
An Animals Dancing party is a guaranteed good time, particularly when you have three days to recover. This time around, the collective is bringing Düsseldorf native Jan Schulte to the up-close and personal Mercat Basement (which will sadly close its doors in February). Schulte is a resident at his hometown’s influential club Salon Des Amateurs, and he’s a productive producer too, working under aliases including Wolf Müller and Bufiman.
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smalltown photo by Novel.

Friday September 30

Darkbeat Afloat feat. Reboot @ Victoria Star Cruise Boat
Now that winter is out of the way, stalwart Melbourne crew Darkbeat is bringing back its sunset cruises. This special Grand Final Eve edition is headlined by Noon Records boss Reboot, coming all the way from Germany. The Darkbeat Afloat cruises have earned a reputation for some killer sets at sea from the likes of Danny Howells and Hernan Cattaneo, so look forward to serious pre-summer vibes.
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Motez @ Old Mates
In between killing it on the overseas circuit, Sweat It Out star Motez is dropping into Old Mates at Platform One for a night of body-moving bass and house. You can be sure the producer will roll up with some of his own remixes and edits to try out, while Luke Vecchio, Wildfire and Tali will also be there in support.
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Motez photo by AIRWOLF PARADISE.

Bill Patrick, Masomenos and Pepperpot @ The Bottom End
The Bottom End will be stacked with good music on Friday night for this collaboration between Subsonic Music, Breakfast Club and Quality Projekt. Three internationals will be in the building: New York selector Bill Patrick, audiovisual act Masomenos and Parisian DJ Pepperpot, who is resident at the city’s famed Rex Club. There’s also a host of locals to keep you dancing into the morning.
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Chameleon’s 8th birthday pre-party @ Revolver
Chameleon Recordings is throwing a major eighth birthday celebration on October 15, but the Melbourne-based house and techno label couldn’t resist a pre-party. Chameleon is taking over Revolver for a lengthy session this weekend, led by label boss Steve Ward and featuring some of Melbourne’s stalwart acts.
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AnotherTechnoParty feat. Mark Henning @ My Aeon
Presented by the BARBA crew, AnotherTechnoParty’s name says it all. This won’t be your run of the mill techno party, though, as the centrepiece of the night is a four-hour set from London gun Mark Henning. There are several shades to Henning’s sound, so expect a satisfying progression.
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Saturday October 1

Dreamstate @ Hisense Arena
An all-killer trance line-up lands in Melbourne on Saturday night for Dreamstate. The travelling festival started life in the US spearheaded by Insomniac, the dance music powerhouse behind the likes of Electric Daisy Carnival. Together with local promoters Symbiotic, Dreamstate lands at Hisense Arena with Paul van Dyk, John O’Callaghan, Mark Sixma under his M6 guise, a classics set from Rank 1 and much more.
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Dreamstate photo via Insomniac Events.

Modern Hypnosis feat. Perverse @ The Sub Club
The bass heads of Melbourne need look no further than this Saturday night line-up at The Sub Club. Auckland duo Perverse are crossing the Tasman to be there, alongside Melbourne’s own LQ and Woz. This is the place to get intimate with a bass bin this Grand Final weekend.
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Lost Weekend feat. Ben Fester @ Boney
Sydney man about town and Astral People offsider Ben Fester is heading down to Melbourne this weekend to party with the Lost Weekend crew. Fester will be joined by fellow Sydneysider Lauren Hansom and a host of Lost Weekend residents, so get down to Boney for some top-drawer tunes.
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Photo via Boney on Facebook.

Lucid feat. András @ Lounge
As the long weekend winds down, you’re sure to find a great soundtrack at Lounge. With Lucid running the show, the special guest is Melbourne-based producer, radio host and DJ András. He’ll do his thing alongside like-minded friends Edd Fisher, Max V and Bryce Lawrence.
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