For its December instalment, Melbourne Museum’s monthly after-hours gig series, Nocturnal, is backing up a stacked musical slate with live performances related to gender, identity and queer culture. Think of it as a raucous party that’s properly done its homework.
Headlining is Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, DJ Sunshine’s bold merger of beat-driven house and techno with a live 15-piece gospel choir – making for an empowering new creation that inevitably sweeps up audiences in its joyous crescendos. Actor, musician, comedian and more, Brendan Maclean will unleash his danceable pop anthems, which are both celebratory and subversive. Disco aficionado Whiskey Houston will command the dancefloor with luminous selections, while Brooke Powers’s genre-hopping set cherrypicks the very best bits from dance music’s most vital cities and eras. Opening the night will be Dandrogyny, a self-described “non-binary performance hybrid” sporting a lustrous beard and colour-soaked style to match.
As with any Nocturnal event, feel free to explore the museum before or between sets. It’s a completely different vibe to experiencing the space during daytime hours, which is why the series reliably draws between one and two thousand revellers every month.
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