Where to party this long weekend in Sydney and Melbourne

This coming weekend is shaping up to be a big one in Sydney and Melbourne, with both cities getting an extra day to party and/or recover.

Melbourne has Friday September 30 off for Grand Final Eve, while Sydney gets to spend Monday October 3 on the couch thanks to Labour Day weekend – which means a whole lot of events are planned. From major festivals to underground techno parties, this spring long weekend is looking stacked.

In Sydney, the big one on the itinerary is Listen Out, which brings a carefully-curated lineup of international and local stars to Centennial Park on Saturday. With hip-hop and bass heads well served by the likes of Baauer and A$AP Ferg, Listen Out’s 909 Stage will bring the house with Gorgon City, Tchami, Claptone and more. It’s also the last chance to see hometown heroes RÜFÜS play in Sydney this year, with the band setting out after the long weekend for a huge European and North American tour.

On a smaller scale, this weekend also sees the likes of Jan Schulte, Mark Henning, Reboot and Bicep bouncing between club shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Read on for a sample of your party options.


Friday September 30

Bassic feat. DISKORD @ Chinese Laundry
If you need some rough and ready bass music to kick-start your weekend, make a beeline for Chinese Laundry, where Circus Records recruits DISKORD will be throwing down alongside like-minded locals Blanke and Baytek.
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Peoples Club feat. Lucy Cliche @ Goodbar
Since reopening recently at 11a Oxford Street (outside the lockout zone!), Goodbar has been going strong. The club’s Friday night fixture Peoples Club should be extra bustling this Friday, with local techno luminary Lucy Cliche leading the line-up. With her head-turning Drain Down EP released last year on the Noise In My Head label, Lucy also boasts a killer analogue live show.
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Heavenly pres. Cop Envy EP launch @ Slyfox
Want to capitalise on those breezy vibes you feel at the start of a long weekend? You could do a lot worse than hitting up Enmore’s no-nonsense Slyfox for Heavenly. Homegrown producer Cop Envy is launching his new EP alongside some Sydney all-stars.
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Lucy Cliche photo via RBMA Sydney 2016.

Voguey Bear third birthday feat. Prosumer @ Red Rattler
The Voguey Bear party series is diving into the long weekend at Marrickville’s Red Rattler, aka “the queerest clubhouse down under”. Spearheaded by local production duo Stereogamous, Voguey Bear is celebrating its third birthday with a seriously special guest: house music hero Prosumer, who’ll bring some of the magic from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to Sydney’s LGBTIQA dancers.
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Pelvis Records 001 launch party feat. Mall Grab @ Club 77
As we wrote in our recent round-up of acts to watch in 2016, Mall Grab has been busy blowing up the international house and techno scene this year. He’s back home to get sweaty at Club 77 for the Pelvis Records launch party. Expect to hear the freshly-minted label’s first 12″ release Dance Freak Anthem put through its paces on the night.
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Atomic feat. Jamie Lloyd @ Tatler
A very solid line-up of local talent is getting together at Tatler to start the weekend right, with prodigious house producer, DJ and live act Jamie Lloyd as the special guest. The night is presented by Atomic, the alliance of Sydney crews Paradise Lost and High Spirits.
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Saturday October 1

Listen Out @ Centennial Park
After a strong start in Melbourne and Perth, Listen Out touches down in Sydney with a solid nine hours of music. While A$AP Ferg, Anderson .Paak, Baauer and Tchami are all major drawcards, the line-up is a showcase of local talent too. You should expect the likes of Cosmo’s Midnight, L D R U and of course RÜFÜS (who’ll close the Atari Stage) to really shine on the day.
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Listen Out after-party feat. Baauer @ Chinese Laundry
After hitting the stage at Listen Out, bass kingpin Baauer will head over to Chinese Laundry for the after-party. The producer has enjoyed getting back to making “weird music” recently, so expect a set that bounces in various directions. The online presale has sold out, but get down early for door tickets.
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Special international guest TBA @ Pacha Sydney
Thanks largely to Listen Out, a stack of internationals will be circulating in Sydney this weekend. While Baauer is kicking on to Chinese Laundry, Pacha Sydney has locked in its own “special international guest” for Saturday night. All will be revealed soon, but we recommend looking to the Listen Out lineup to narrow down your wishlist.
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Listen Out photo via Baauer on Facebook.

Nights Like This feat. Re.You @ Goodbar
Following Friday night fixture Peoples Club, Nights Like This will take over Goodbar on Saturday night for another late-night dance. This week sees Mobilee Records recruit Re.You flying in from Berlin, with Cassette, Mark Craven and more repping the hometown team.
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[i n s e r t] feat. Patricia and Jahiliyya Fields @ Secret inner west location
Looking for a fix of raw, heady house and techno? You’ll probably want to jump on this [i n s e r t] all-nighter featuring two guests from the US: Opal Tapes recruit Patricia and Jahiliyya Fields, whose music has been embraced by the New York label L.I.E.S. Both acts will play separately and then together as their live duo Inhalants. This night will get nice and grimy.
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Something Else feat. Reboot @ Burdekin Hotel
Something Else is taking over the Burdekin in the thick of the long weekend with a host of local house and techno heads supporting international guest Reboot. You probably know Reboot as a key player in Luciano’s Cadenza Records family, but the Frankfurt-bred producer also oversees his own Noon Records stable. Expect a tech-house session you can get lost in.
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Photo via Subsonic Music.

Subsonic Music and Mantra Collective feat. Bill Patrick and Masomenos @ Factory Theatre
This union of Sydney crews is promising a “multi-sensory experience” at the Factory Theatre on Saturday night. You’ll certainly be in safe hands with New York City authority Bill Patrick in the building, while Masomenos is an audiovisual show out of Paris from creative partners Joan Costes and Adrien de Maublanc. Also featuring all the local heat you’d expect from a Subsonic and Mantra match-up.
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Spice New Age feat. Robbie Lowe @ Civic Underground
The concept behind Spice New Age is showcasing a respected stalwart of the scene – in this weekend’s case it’s Spice regular Robbie Lowe – alongside a host of developing Sydney talent. You’re guaranteed a deep-digging set from Robbie, who always delivers the goods, but you might also find a new favourite local DJ.
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Sunday October 2

Escapism: The Motorik Spring Festival feat. Bicep and more @ Manning Bar
The Motorik crew has gone all-out for Escapism, its mini-festival at Sydney University’s Manning Bar. In addition to Belfast’s hard-touring duo Bicep, the line-up also includes Aussie success stories Mall Grab and Dro Carey, plus many more. Sad to say there’s a catch, though: this rave is 100-percent sold out.
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Picnic Social feat. Jan Schulte and Jamie Blanco @ Tatler
Picnic Social returns to Tatler after a winter hibernation, locking in Jan Schulte and Jamie Blanco for a special long weekend edition. While Schulte will arrive from Germany with a bag full of dancefloor gems, London expat Blanco is playing his first live show in Australia. What’s more, entry is free and there’s no work until Tuesday.
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Motorik photo by Samantha Whiteside for Voena.

A Pipin’ Hot Party feat. Bake @ Venue TBA
Glasgow selector Bake is currently in Australia for back-to-back weekends of gigs, and he’s locked for this BYO Sydney warehouse party. As one third of the All Caps collective, Bake is known for his on-point DJ sets, and he’ll be ably supported by Preacha, Lewba, Sonderr and Natalia. Let the bass guide you into Monday morning.
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S.A.S.H. October Long Weekend feat. Mark Henning @ Home Nightclub
You’re always assured a big Sunday at S.A.S.H. when the next day is a public holiday. This time around, it’s something of a double-header. During the day, UK house and techno tastemaker Mark Henning will stretch out in the sunshine at Greenwood, before the action moves to Home Nightclub from “8pm to breakfast”. The local lineup is extensive for the all-night shift, and S.A.S.H. is also promising a couple of secret guests.
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The Naughty Noughties Public Holiday Eve @ Cliff Dive 

If you feel like a bit of nostalgia, Cliff Dive on Oxford Street has got you covered – they’ll be serving up 2000s hip-hop bangers all night long from 9pm. A host of folks will be spinning the goods, from Matka, Jordvn, Lil Vanilla Manilla all jumping on the decks. Only $5 entry before 10pm too.

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