With Michael Cusack
Oof. Ben UFO at Meredith - how good was that? Shit yeah. By the time this hits the streets I should’ve recovered, and just as well because this weekend holds some solid good times.
Friday December 16 sees the reunion of a little club called Third Class, a wretched hive of glow sticks and ketamine that popped many a rave cherries for those of us older than 25. The much loved home of noughties debauchery is back for one night only at Hugs&Kisses with some classic old faces - Gameboy Gamegirl (live), Gus Da Hood Rat (Bang Gang), Dangerous Dan, Bongmist, Gloves, Andee Van Damage and everyone’s favourite dance technique connoisseur; Post Percy.
If you’re thinking less noughties, more techno, also on Friday is Machine at My Aeon with Melbourne Techno Collective taking over the upstairs room. It’s high time these two powerhouses of techno joined forces; both throw excellent parties. Downstairs it’s an all Machine affair with the artists behind the three most recent releases on the Machine label - Lateral, Enclave and Juan Tellez - popping in as well as Machine directors Simon Slieker and Andrew Till. Upstairs MTC is bringing along Matt Radovich, Sam McEwin, Craig McWhinney, Jay Reading and Peter Baker.
On Saturday December 17, The Grace Darling is throwing a ripsnorter of a Xmas party that’s got me sweaty just thinking about it. It’s a whole venue shindig, upstairs in the band room disco-funkers Broadway Sounds, SHOUSE and Cutting Room will be punishing the 170-year-old building’s structural integrity, as well as CC: Disco! (another Meredith highlight) doing a four hour b2b set with Ben Fester, India Grace and Luke Pocock floating around elsewhere. Downstairs in the basement, psyche bands BENDS and Daisy Chain are playing. If that isn’t good enough, it’s free entry and promises ‘outrageous’ drink specials. I’m sold. Kicks off at 6pm.