Art & Design

Dive Into The Best Of Melbourne’s Urban Culture With These 8 Epic Underground Events

By Ioana Dragnef
19th Feb 2020

Can’t Do Tomorrow is making things easy for us this month when it comes to keeping you up to speed on what’s cool, new and trending. Why? Because the new underground festival has assembled everything that’s cool, new and trending under one roof this month.

Can’t Do Tomorrow is just as much about street art as it is about urban culture, creativity, music, food and drink, so if you are into any of that, then you should seriously book some tickets ‘cause it kicks off this week. (And if you use the promo code URBANCDT when you book, you get $10 off your ticket cost; you’re welcome.)

Festivals tend to be a bit overwhelming though, so to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the must-see underground, urban culture-fuelled events happening at Can’t Do Tomorrow this month.

War Of The Words

THURSDAY 20 FEB (Opening Night)

Nope, this is not a re-enactment of the 2005 Tom Cruise blockbuster (though that would be kinda cool). Can’t Do Tomorrow’s opening night will include a 90-minute live-painting experience that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Shelf and Amuse, two rap letter enthusiasts, will bend and twist the alphabet by using their minds and spray paint cans as their only weapons and you can participate, too: throw words into the hat and watch as the two artists go head to head in an underground battle for the ages. Book here and prepare to be amazed.

Art In The Streets: The Beautiful Rise Of The Urban Underground

FRIDAY 21 FEB | 7PM SESSION (SESSION 2)

Skip the boring old Friday pub session and skip to Can’t Do Tomorrow’s lineups of lifesize 3D installations, disco beats and discussions on urban culture like this one. On Friday, LA-based artist Aaron Rose joins The Design Files’ Lucy Feagins for an intimate discussion about Rose’s career and his influence on the 90s New York street art scene. So if you’re into art, design, and urban culture, book it here.

Made In Hong Kong, Banned In China

ALL Sessions

Chinese-Australian artist Badiucao is one of the most popular and prominent political artists in China. His exhibition was initially set to be shown in Hong Kong but the organisers cancelled the event following threats made by Chinese authorities. You can catch the world premiere of Badiucao’s never-been-seen show Made In Hong Kong. Banned In China. throughout the festival. See what all the fuss is about by booking here.

HoMie Upcycled

All Sessions

For the first time ever, Melbourne’s beloved brand HoMie will be publicly displaying and selling its unique Upcycled collection, and new-season range, displayed in an installation built by the team. 100% of HoMie’s profits will go directly towards achieving its mission of supporting young people affected by homelessness, so book your tickets and do some good.

HoMie will also have a heat press on-site every day along with blank t-shirts in various colours (plus HoMie-branded shirts), so anyone will be able to completely customise a HoMie shirt for themselves. Yes, please.

Making Cool Shit Happen

SUNDAY 23 FEB | 6PM-7PM (SESSION 2)

Pop into this Sunday night session where you can soak up all the knowledge from venerated street art veterans. From festivals to collaborative murals, and uplifting installations, Dean Sunshine, Aaron Rose, Belinda Collins, and George Shaw are certified in the art of knowing just what it takes to make that cool shit happen. Book that cool shit here.

Urban Night

THURSDAY 27 FEB | FROM 7PM (SESSION 2)

Join the Urban List team for drinks, tunes, art and good vibes and then stay for Dirty Laundry, a discussion on the influence of urban culture on style, art and design. Led by our fabulous Urban List Fashion Editor, Sammy Preston, perk your ears to a lineup of notable names from the urban art scene, including HoMie co-founder Marcus Crook and Sneaker Freaker director Simon Wood. Book here.

SSR Freight Train

Various Sessions | Subject To Train Timetable

In a major collaboration with Southern Shorthaul Railroad (SSR), Can’t Do Tomorrow artists transformed a 22-carriage freight train into one of the largest moving outdoor galleries in Australia. The gallery commemorates the rich history of train graffiti and includes artists like Merda, Sirum 1 and Kab 101. Hop on the ride of your life here.

Closing Night Warehouse Party

SATURDAY 29 FEB | FROM 7PM

Cosmic disco meets NY underground and this unforgettable closing night party that you’ll look fondly on when the post-festival depression hits. We’re talking about a full-blown warehouse party where you’ll sweat your clothes off to a lineup of sick beats care of Cool Out Sun (live) and DJ Mikey Goodfellow that’ll go well into the night. Book it here.

Can't wait to check out Can't Do Tomorrow? Get your tickets here and use the promo code URBANCDT to get $10 off.

The Details

What: Can’t Do Tomorrow
When: Thursday 20 February to Sunday 29 February
Where: The Facility, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington
For tickets, head to cantdotomorrow.com.

Image credit:
Artist: Justine McAllister
Photo: 
Michaela Dutková

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