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Imagine having riot police raid and shut down every single night club in the city on one night. Well that’s exactly what happened in Georgia last weekend; the conservative government’s reaction to a number of drug-related deaths in the last fortnight (none of which actually happened at nightclubs). The main point of focus was the club Bassiani, who’s owners and supporters have been instrumental in proposing drug law reforms (Georgia currently has extremely strict zero tolerance laws), holding peaceful protests and more progressive LGBTQI+ events. The clubs co-founders Tato Getia and Zviad Gelbakhiani were arrested on unknown charges, as well as approximately 60 others. Now, take a guess at what happens when a conservative government tries to shut down a thriving and loved sub-culture by force. Surprise, surprise, people didn’t like it. To protest, an impromptu party of epic proportions was held on the steps of parliament house. DJs Vril, Sa Pa and Ateq were among the artists playing to an incredible sea of people, blocking streets and dancing in solidarity. At the time of writing, people are still camped out, awaiting a government response. Crazy times.

Back in Melbourne, things aren’t so dire. This Saturday May 19, long-running techno institution Machine celebrates its ninth birthday at My Aeon. Headlining the night are Ryogo Yamamori from Japan, and local veterans Anthony Pappa and Phil K. Yamamori has been DJing in clubs for over 20 years, drawing influence from the Detroit and Chicago techno sounds and perfecting an incredibly technical three-deck DJing style. Pappa and Phil K have been stalwarts of the Australian scene for decades, both on the decks and behind the scenes in the technology industry. Also playing are Machine label signees Juan Tellez and Metapattern from Brisbane, as well as residents Simon Slieker and Andrew Till. With a lineup and occasion like this, tickets are likely to sell out, I highly recommend you buy presale asap. Long live Machine.

Coming into winter, it’s looking like a pretty big few weeks, so I hope you all weren’t planning hibernating. Next weekend alone I Hate Models, Suzanne Kraft, Johnny Nash and Luke Vecchio are in town, as well as Dial Up’s third birthday, a Butter Sessions party with their latest signee Mousse plus local rising-star and chill-hop producer Sadiva’s album launch. Heading into June we’ve got Spencer Parker here for Autosea’s second birthday, Ansome and Stephanie Sykes throwing down for techno crew Bunker, the Daydreams Bon Voyage boat party with Roza Terenzi, and then of course the Freedom Time winter edition with Joe Claussell (USA), Veronica Vasicka (USA), Dopplereffekt (GER), Dip in the Pool (JPN), Michal Turtle (CHE), Kuniyuki (JPN), Tako (NLD), Jamie Tiller (GER), Sleep D, Sui Zhen and tons more. How good is Melbourne?