With all this Vivid madness, these guys must really think we’re party animals and we guess on some level, we are. Because all these crazy shenanigans sound bloody great to us and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be taking a day or two off work in order to fit them all in (tell no one).
Start thrift shopping for the most glitterful outfit you can find, and whip out your dancing shoes, here are the best dance parties to hit up at Vivid.
Romeo and Juliet Dance Party
Disclaimer: good ol’ Leo himself won’t actually be there but regardless, this is majorrrrrr 90s nostalgia news (so listen up). This Romeo and Juliet dance party is aptly called Young Hearts Run Free so needless to say you’ll want to sport your best masquerade feels and dress ups for all the killer tunes from the 1996 blockbuster movie.
Heaps Gay Qween Ball
The Queen’s Birthday will forever be a hit in Aussie hearts. Because long weekends people (read: an extra day off work). Along with this, the grandest, most OTT, most Rupaul-style celebration is also in order. Cue the Heaps Gay (heaps glittery and heaps fun) Qween Ball.
When the masterminds behind epic festivals like Field Day, Harbourlife and Listen Out put together a crazy-ass dance party, it would be dead stupid not to go. We’re talking ridiculous levels of you-should-be-embarrassed. Especially when Alison Wonderland, Vera Blue, FlexMami (hell yeahhhh), Crooked Colours, Poloshirt, E^st, Haiku Hands and a heap more. Like we said, you’d be crazy not to go.
Studio Parties: Lord Of The Isles
They may have started in a squash club in Bondi Junction but Sydney’s longest running dance institution (who now rock Marrickville Bowlo on the reg) are rolling off the green and heading straight under the schmancy sails of the Opera House. And just so you know, they kind of throw the best parties. Period.
In a glorious and loud two-night takeover, the glittered freedom fighters Club Kooky will host some seriously freaky dancing and a secret performer lineup. Yep, word on the street is that these are two nights almost bigger than a whole five years worth of Mardi Gras combined.
The juggernauts of Sydney’s underground electronic scene will be serving up one helluva smorgasboard of DJ-ing talent and we’re not even one bit mad about it. These guys seem to top themselves year after year (they’re kind of mass-overachievers in the music world) and return to the Studio this year with New York’s own legend of The Loft, Danny Krivit.
Uh yes, you can totally whip out your best moves on an illuminated dance floor like noooo other. We’re talking at skyhigh heights and overlooking Sydney Harbour. You can climb our iconic bridge above all the lights and dance on a 70s style multi-coloured flashing dance floor all in the name of Vivid.
Burial 12’s Played All Night Long
In a massive tribute to the once-upon-a-time anonymous London producer Burial (no biggie but he made one of the most important electronic albums of the 21st Century with Untrue) who refuses to play the fame-game but never performing live, this rave promises to bring his iconic UK garage beats straight to the dancefloor.
This award-winning bar has already housed some of Sydney’s best emerging musicians, DJ’s and artists. If you didn’t already know, Freda’s is set in a 100 year old warehouse space near Central Station in Chippendale bearing tribute nights with some sneaky twists.
The partay of all partayssss will feature Melbourne party-starters Wax O Paradiso and a live showcase from Ken Oath Records.
Super keen for Vivid, check out this year's program.
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