Soundsystem Giants: El Gran Mono x Heartical Hi-Powa

Sun 23rd January, 2022
1:00pm – 9:00pm
Abbotsford Convent
1 Saint Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Price: Free – $30
Two trailblazing Melbourne sound systems – one of which is three metres tall and painted with a giant ape – come together in a celebration of Caribbean music.

Party with a giant ape tearing apart Flinders Street Station amidst fluro-green lights – not literally, but El Gran Mono's wild, psychedelic art is close enough.

The three-metre-high sound system is the first pico sound system built outside Colombia. Pico traditionally play African and Afro-Colombian music for large dance parties, rarely held outside of South America.

But there's one happening on the lawns of the Abbotsford Convent. El Gran Mono is being joined by Heartical Hi-Powa, the Melbourne reggae and dub sound system that's been pumping out dance beats since 2002, for a clash and celebration of Caribbean sound system styles and music.

On the El Gran Mono side, hear tunes from Carlo Xavier (Sabrosa, Analog Africa), DJ Jnett, Jumps and Jolie de Vogue with MC Oscar Jimenez (Amaru Tribe), or cross the lawn and listen to Stryka D (Break the Chain Radio Show PBS, Dub Club Melbourne) at Heartical Hi-Powa's controls with MC Stick Mareebo (Jamaican Music and Food Festival Melbourne) and Max Shotta.

Food and drink are available to purchase on the day. Entry is free for underage revelers, but they need to be accompanied by an adult.

From 1pm to 9pm.

More information here.