Supermild Weekender is a new boutique three-day event held at Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie, topped by a three-tiered slate of “sound, sustenance and stimulation” that aims to bring together everything from world-class electronic music and dinner menus from acclaimed Australian chefs to restorative yoga and Indigenous art.
Curated by Novel, the team responsible for Let Them Eat Cake, Pitch Music & Arts Festival and other highlights of the country’s ultra-competitive dance-music calendar, it marks a new era for the team.
As previously announced, Motor City Drum Ensemble, aka German visionary Danilo Plessow, will headline the Sunday with a three-hour set of old-school funk, soul and disco leading to sunset. “Every time he comes out here he gets a little more confidence in the audience and starts experimenting more with his music,” says Novel director Daniel Teuma. “It’ll be a really special set. He closed Pitch a few years ago and was absolutely amazing.” MCDE has also curated the rest of the Sunday program.
Highlights of the second line-up announcement include Nightmares on Wax (UK) who will play a DJ set, Jeremy Underground (FRA), Acid Pauli (GER), and a slate of locals including Late Nite Tuff Guy, 30/70, GL, Otologic, DJ JNETT, Dance Party, Ngaiire, Whiskey Houston and more.
One of Supermild’s selling points is the elevation of Australian dining and art to the same status as the musical acts. Ides chef Peter Gunn will lead a line-up at Mitchelton’s permanent 100-seat Muse restaurant of five “Super-Sit-Up” meals. Alongside Gunn – who will adapt Ides’ signature four-course dinner, complete with “hyper-local ingredients alongside endemic Australian botanicals” – the restaurant will see sessions from Shane Delia (Maha) and Dave Stewart (Ascot Vale Food Store) and more, while additional vendors will populate a more casual section titled “Supermarket”.
A world-class sit-down dinner at a musical festival might be a novelty to Australians, but the concept is more common overseas, says Teuma. “I’ve seen festivals do that internationally,” he says. “I don’t know many who have done it locally.” As with everything at Supermild, the food, art and music inform each other. “For a chef like Peter Gunn, I wouldn’t book techno,” says Teuma. “I’d book more soul and house and disco. So it’s all been a holistic approach to how [each element] would complement the other.”
Melbourne projection artist Yandell Walton will headline the arts program alongside locals Emme Orbach, John Fish, OCTA, and Fulcrum, and the winery’s own Indigenous art gallery will feature an exhibition of artworks from renowned First Nations artist Clifford ‘Possum’ Tjapaltjarri and his extended family.
“The concept was born from the venue,” says Novel director Daniel Teuma. After learning Mitchelton Winery was part of Melbourne Pub Group, who also own the Prince Hotel and Bandroom in St Kilda, Teuma saw the chance to try something different. “It’s very different from other spaces we’ve used,” he says. “There’s a natural amphitheatre and you’ve got a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. The art was something we wanted to develop as well. The Indigenous art gallery downstairs [at the winery] led the way as an anchor for our arts program.”
Billed as a “festival of fine taste”, Supermild is intended to be a notably mellow, mature and intimate affair. Only 2500 tickets will be sold – compared to 10,000 for the annual Let Them Eat Cake at Werribee Mansion – and according to Teuma, the target audience should skew a bit older than usual.
“This is quite small for us and I want to cap it at those numbers every year,” says Teuma of the spring celebration slated for early November. “Supermild is aimed at a more mature audience. I’m 43 years old, and a lot of my friends are coming. They don’t come to a lot of my shows anymore.” It helps that kids under the age of 17 get free admission when accompanied by a parent. “The music led that direction as well,” says Teuma. “The dance floors won’t be that busy, everything will be pretty chilled and relaxed.”
While the winery’s hotel is reserved for Supermild artists and crew, visitors will enjoy full camping and glamping spreads, including the option of BYOB on the campgrounds. There will also be access to the winery’s spa and boat cruises along the river.
Supermild Weekender runs from November 8 to 10 at Mitchelton in Nagambie. See the second line-up announcement below.
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November 8-10, 2019
Mitchelton, Nagambie VIC
Motor City Drum Ensemble (GER)
Nightmares on Wax – DJ set (UK)
Jeremy Underground (FR)
Acid Pauli (GER)
Late Nite Tuff Guy
Dance Party (Live)
Pink Matter (Live)
WVR BVBY (Live)
Peter Gunn (IDES)
Shane Delia (Maha East)
Dave Stewart (Ascot Vale Food Store)
STIMULATION (VISUAL ARTISTS)
Indigenous Gallery feat. Clifford ‘Possum’ Tjapaltjarri and his family
Supermild Weekender has been cancelled. This article was updated on Wednesday November 6.
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