A Weekend With 2019
A Weekend With takes the best of Melbourne to the countryside for a showcase of art, music and feasting. This year the festival is returning to Rutherglen’s Mount Ophir Estate, a 19th-century former winery, for its second outing.
It’s by Maxwell Stuart, one of the organisers of Melbourne’s beloved and wild Daydreams party series, and Alexander Albrecht, from Melbourne-based electronic and ambient music label Analogue Attic Recordings, who launched the festival in 2018.
On Friday night guests are welcomed with a free communal feast by The Social Food Project, a sustainability-focused team of chefs working to help diners make informed decisions about their food choices. It will also run a menu of rotating dishes for the rest of the weekend.
The bar focusses on minimal-intervention and biodynamic wines including a collaborative drop from Trutta Wines and Scion Wine made exclusively for the festival. Bodriggy Brewing Co will bring the hops, and Everyday Coffee the caffeine.
There are also eight Airbnb properties on-site that can house around 60 people in total.
The festival has once again invited a handful of collectives, music labels and promoters to curate artists for the event. This year’s curators are The Toff in Town’s weekly soul- and jazz-leaning night Now Here This, First Nations owned and operated bookers Still Here, revered Melbourne indie label Chapter Music, balaearic dance music crew Love Above Records, inclusive party series Cool Room, and reggae and dancehall sound system Chant Down Sound.
Five Australian and international acts will headline the three-day festival. One is Sydney-born Amsterdam local and Red Light Radio host Steele Bonus. His sets are often characterised by rare and unearthed tracks, and the blending of Italian house, punk, synth pop and techno.
Regularfantasy, an unconventional DJ and musician from Vancouver, is another international act coming. Her music has been released on labels Heart to Heart, Total Stasis and Mood Hut.
Joining them are Australian artists Zosia Kossak, Andrew Tuttle and Sydney-based DJ Off It. Recently returned from a gig at Hobart’s Dark Mofo, Kossak is an experimental producer, DJ and audio-visual artist whose work has featured on Skylab Radio, and at festivals including Pitch Music and Arts Festival, and Strawberry Fields. Tuttle brings a mix of acoustic and electronic music to the table – blending banjos, guitars and synthesisers to create a dreamy sound befitting of the rustic Rutherglen venue. DJ Off It has featured on Sydney independent radio station FBi.
On the activity side of things, Emily Hazard Yoga will be leading sun salutations.
Allara Briggs Pattison
Chant Down Sound (Jesse I & Ras Crucial)
Chapter Music DJs
Cloud Cuckoo Island
DJ OFF IT
Honey 2 Honey
Jah Tung (live)
Love Above Records
Nina Buchanan (live)
Now Here This
Now Here This All Stars
Solidarity Sound System
Still Here, Sweet Whirl
Tourist Kid (live)
Bodriggy Brewing Co.
Social Food Project
Solidarity Sound System
Emily Hazard Yoga