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Melbourne’s Newest Festival Is Too Cool For School

By Peter Tzimos
14th Nov 2016

Thanks to the teams at Shadow Electric and the University of Melbourne, the nation’s cultural hub is adding another festival to its already extensive list (suck it, Sydney).

In the first two months of 2017, the mysteriously named Shimmer Lands Festival will take over Melbourne Uni campuses with live music, an outdoor cinema, a physical representation of foodie heaven and spectacular events that’ll guarantee to get us out of the holiday lull and onto the nearest tram.

From January 1 to February 26, the festival will celebrate all things music, art, film, and hospitality, from dawn to dusk. With Parquet Courts already a confirmed headliner, the music program will feature international and local acts that highlight the very best in the industry. There’s going to be free shows on top of ticketed events, so there’s really no excuse to come and jam.

Human Rights & Arts Film Festival Director Lauren Valmadre will also be putting together a film program of over 45 cult classics, independent releases, and documentaries, to be screened at an outdoor cinema that will rival its infamous Abbotsford Convent sibling.

What’s almost more impressive than this implosion of culture and arts is the food and drink available for everyone. The Pavilion, an oasis designed in conjunction with Melbourne’s best architecture students, will host multiple custom built bars and DJs, and plenty of room to lounge before and after shows and events.

Meanwhile, the Food Quarter will have Jess Ho (of Chin Chin and Smalls fame) hand pick 16 institutions in the hospitality industry. The focus here is on quality and indulgence, so Shimmer Lands will only have the best in the biz. St Ali, Pho Nom, Trattoria Emilia and more have already signed on for what is sure to become one of the best festival launches we’ve seen.

This massive project will all be organised alongside state-of-the-art innovation, in some of the most beautiful and expansive grounds the city has to offer. It’s almost too cool.

For more information, just click here.

Image Credit: Shadow Electric 

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