Perhaps it’s the huge variety of festivals on the summer calendar – Dark Mofo and its wild afterparties probably have something to do with it – but it feels like the scale and ambition of one-day parties is really stepping up.
New day party/mini fest Something Unlimited has some impressive party pedigree behind it. The group of promoters running it has had a hand in dance music-focused events such as Inner Varnika, Strawberry Fields, Hopkins Creek, and the Lucid nights at the Lounge, among others.
The event will involve two stages set up in the 1887 Northcote Townhall, the side rooms of which will be taken over by installations from visual artist Mikaela Stafford, who has created visuals for Sydney’s experimental-techno parties Soft Centre.
Headline internationals include Detroit DJ Rick Wilhite, whose selections run through house, techno, rap and R’n’B; deep-house DJ and producer Lady Blacktronika; and retro-futuristic house producer Urulu.
But it’s the depth of the local talent that really shows the strengths of Melbourne’s music scene at the moment. There’s Allysha Joy’s future soul, Sui Zhen’s subversive (and at times demented) synth-pop, psychedelic noodlers Mildlife, and sets from the city’s house and disco kings and queens Wax’o Paradiso and DJ Jnett among others. You can expect drinks and snacks too.
From 12pm to 11.30pm.
Something Unlimited takes place at the Northcote Town Hall on February 16. Tickets here.