A Weekend With

Fri 23rd November, 2018 – Sun 25th November, 2018
Mount Ophir Estate
168 Stillards Lane, Rutherglen
Price: From $195
A Dance and Dining Mini-Festival in a 127-Year-Old Former Winemaking Facility

A Weekend With is a new festival from Maxwell Stuart – one of the organisers of Melbourne’s beloved Daydreams party series – and Alexander Albrecht, from Melbourne label Analogue Attic Recordings. They have a pretty good idea of what makes a dance floor move, but wanted to put on a party that transcends the average festival experience.

So they're taking over Mount Ophir Estate, a farm and vineyard first established in 1891. Throughout the sprawling, historical brick buildings of the old winery the pair are staging an experiential weekend – part dance festival, part communal feast, part art installation.

At fabled ’70s New York City disco club The Loft, host and DJ David Mancuso would provide guests with a bountiful table of juice and fresh fruit as sustenance for his all-night dance parties. In the same spirit, there’ll be a communal feast – included in the ticket price – on the first night of the festival by chef Sam Bate. The Mediterranean-influenced spread will centre on vegan and vegetarian dishes.

There’ll be wine on tap from Castlemaine independent winemaker Boomtown Wine, Chevre Wines from the Otway Ranges, and others. The plan is to avoid the exorbitant prices seen at major festivals. A glass will set you back around $7.50 and a carafe $25.

Friday’s music will be by Hope Street Radio – the online radio station that broadcasts live from Collingwood pizza-party spot Lazerpig. Live acts include Brooke Powers, Merve and Moopie.

Saturday will see a bigger focus on music and visual art. The morning will be curated by the electronic and ambient focussed Analogue Attic Recordings. Albrecht and fellow label head Sean La’Brooy will perform under their Albrecht La’Brooy guise alongside Australian jazz guitarist Stephen Magnusson. In the afternoon the team from Daydreams will take over, hosting disco singer Claudia Jones, SHOUSE and Digital Afrika.

As the sun sets the unique venue will really come into its own. Sydney-based audiovisual collective Soft Centre will create a one-off light installation and curate a line-up of visual and musical artists to exploit the possibilities of the unique location.

Sunday is set up to ease guests out of party mode with more food and a chilled, dub and reggae filled program until 3pm. There’ll be breakfast for purchase, and free filter coffee courtesy of Everyday Coffee, owned by Stuart’s Daydreams partner Mark Free.

If a wild, experimental rave-feast in a truly unique location sounds like your thing, get in quick – there are only 500 tickets.