Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 29/12/2019

Cake, jam, velvet and a hell of a lot of crying.


10) Riva NYD 2020: Miami Horror DJs

1st January

What: Music lovers unite seaside, under the palms as we welcome in 2020 with Melbourne’s most popular theme party! This Winter they’ve been improving the beautiful Riva site and can’t wait to share it with you. This year’s Nautical theme encourages sailors, sailorettes, captains and first mates, lifesavers, deep sea divers and everything else below sea level. Let’s get shipwrecked!

Why: We’re placing bets on who gets garroted and eaten first.


9) Green Velvet & Claptone Day Party

4th January

What: Presenting the official Beyond The Valley 2019 sideshow featuring Green Velvet, Claptone, Michael Bibi and Rebūke! These four international heavyweights will be supported by a handful of top local talent, who will be taking over Burnley Circus Park for the first day party of 2020.

Why: The least interesting sideshow ever advertised.


8) Neon Wonderland NYE

31st December

What: Immerse yourself in a Neon NYE experience full of amazing colour and energy with state of the art sound and lighting over 2 massive levels, modernistic design & mesmerising balcony views. Get ready for the event of the year…Neon Wonderland! Featuring: Sam Withers, Orkestrated, Ali vs Aminos, Rockafellas, ESG, Short Round + more.

Why: What a country raging with blinding bright sun and fire really needs more of. A night of blinding bright lights and sky fire.


7) Closet NYD 

1st January

What: After their sell-out NYD soiree last year, CLOSET is welcoming the start of a new decade by throwing open the Gaso’s retractable roof again for a big open-air NYD party. Start the New Year in style with Fitzroy’s finest homosexuals for DJs, dancing, debauchery, fresh fruit, sprinklers (if it’s hot) and spritz.

Why: Fresh fruit. A totally non-jarring offering in the middle, there.


6) Animals Dancing: NYD

1st January

What: This summer Animals presents to you their largest production yet, roaring into the twenty-twenties for the ninth annual AD NYD celebration! They’re stretching their legs and spreading things out across the huge outdoor and warehouse spaces of Melbourne’s newest party compound for a limited capacity daytime dance! Over two expansive stages they have carefully curated your party experience for another year, set against the backdrop of Port Melbourne’s industrial rave ready past. Featuring: Lena Willikens (Dekmantel, DE), Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space, US), Tornado Wallace (Running Back, DE), DJ Sports & Central (Regelbau, DK), The Pilotwings (BFDM, FR), Nosedrip (Stroom, BE), Sleep D (Butter Sessions, AU), 12th Isle (Glasgow, UK), Vanessa Worm (Optimo Music, NZ), Darcy Justice (Sunset Sounds, AU), Pjenné (PBS, AU), Otologic (Animals Dancing, AU) and Andee Frost (Animals Dancing, AU).

Why: If only this event featured cats as opposed to humans dancing. You’d all become YouTube-famous and be wealthy enough to buy and sell an event like this. Oh well. Fingers crossed for a live-streamable atrocity.


5) Sundown New Year’s Day

1st January

What: Kick off your 2020 New Year celebrations at Melbourne’s biggest inner city gathering. Watch the sun set upon Melbourne’s city skyline as Sundown introduces a brand-new outdoor CBD concept. Boasting a 5,000 capacity venue that features one of the most spectacular backdrops the city has to offer. An improved venue has also allowed them to assemble our biggest lineup of trance, psytrance and hardtrance DJs. Featuring: Aly & Fila, Berg, Cold Blue, Mark Sherry & Scot Project Presents Gentech, Factor B and Jordan Suckley.

Why: Not to be confused with Melbourne’s other biggest inner city gathering. Where everyone’s scratching their needle-marked arms and asking if you can spare $500 and the music is far superior.’s-Day-2020/9c842fc0-2907-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


4) Sun Cycle NYD

1st January

What: Another rotation begins. The first dance of the year. Sun Cycle NYD debuts at the iconic Coburg Velodrome to celebrate a day of music and memories! Featuring 3 unique stages of international and local talent, Sun Cycle will showcase some of the world’s most compelling performers for the perfect start to the new rotation. Lineup: CC:DISCO!, DJ Seinfeld. Floating Points (LIVE), Freddie Gibbs, Jayda G, Sampa The Great, Adriana, Andras, Big Words, C.FRIM, College of Knowledge, DJ JNETT, Drmngnow, Ella Haber, Elle Shimada Music, Emma Stevenson, Emelyne, Interstellar Fugitives, Louis McCoy, UMUT and 6AM AT THE GARAGE.

Why: That’s what we thought when we read the name ‘CC:DISCO!’. We thought, “That sounds compelling“.


3) Coastal Jam

4th January

What: Your favourite dance by the coastline is here and ready for what is set to be an epic fourth edition. They’re kicking off their 2019/2020 series in the sunshine with world-class music acts, an extensive food and beverage offering and festival level production – all with views of Lorne’s prestigious coastline. Lineup: Claptone (Afternoon Set), 16BL, Dean Turnley, Elliott Creed, Metwally, UNO DJs, Hudson Watts, Chook & Moluck, INSAIN, Callum Robertson, Riley Harman, Curtis Judge, Josh Holt, DJ MVMT and AGILE.

Why: Not to be confused with the other “dance by the coastline” caused by rapidly encroaching global warming-induced rising waters we call the year 2020.


2) Let Them Eat Cake

1st January

What: Well established now in a class of its own, with offerings that far outweigh the short journey to the mansion. Featuring art, cocktails, teahouses, gourmet seasonal food and drink, and a richly boutique musical festival feel. Cake is about starting your year celebrating the rite of enjoyment, the indulgence of life’s pleasures and an epicurean appreciation of why we were put on this earth. Hedonism you say? Building all that beauty for only one day? Lineup: Cinthie (GER), Denis Sulta (UK), HAAi (UK), Harvey Sutherland LIVE (AUS), Honey Dijon (US), Jon Hopkins (UK), Madam X (UK), S.A.M. (DK), Shigeto LIVE (US), TOKiMONSTA (US) and Tom Trago (NL).

Why: No. She didn’t say it. She was a disgustingly rich ignorant moron responsible for countless deaths, but no, she didn’t say it.


1) New Years Eve on the Hill

30th December-1st January

What: NYE on the Hill is a 3-day (2-night) boutique music and camping festival for good-vibing, music-loving folk and it’s making its return to celebrate another lap around the sun, bringing with it an absolutely stacked lineup with a whole bunch of Aussie legends. Joining the already announced headliners, The Living End, will be the likes of Trophy Eyes, Odette, Gretta Ray, Eves Karydas, E^ST, Slowly Slowly and way more. Welcome back to the Hill. The happy place. The place of music lovers’ dreams.

Why: If your happy place is a place in which people use carets in place of letters in their names, keep your happy place the f^ck away from ours.

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