You don’t have to go to every party. Truly. And this might sound contradictory from a DJ, promoter and music writer, but I reckon it’s something important to think about. I read an interesting article on the Mixmag website the other day, which spoke about the perception that a dedicated clubber needs to go to every event. While Canberra might not have the same regular level of high profile international DJs as London, the problem can be the same – there’s an excellent party with a great headliner or concept every weekend, if not multiple amazing events over the one weekend (just look at my gig suggestions below).
Sometimes you’ll try to do the thing where you make an appearance at everything, and back up multiple events. But if going out and dancing to music is starting to feel like a chore just to tick off a box – then you’ve probably missed the point in the first place. It’s actually even a little rude to just turn up for the main act, and then move on to the next event. Another aspect the article mentioned is the burnout you can get from heading out every single weekend, especially if you’re properly partying until sunrise…
So I guess a bit of advice this month – pick your events, stick around and make the most of the ones you choose. It will make them so much more special, rather having a weekend out becoming the default. With that in mind, take your pick from the amazing selection of parties below!
First of the rank is the grand opening of Canberra’s newest nightclub – Kyte – on Akuna Street, Thursday March 16, with LA-based house and EDM DJ Mija. Fast rising Melbourne trance producer and DJ Factor B will make an appearance the following night with a bunch of trance locals. Pretty exciting stuff, I’m keen to see how the new space looks! Also that Friday, triple j favourite KLP returns to Mr Wolf.
Of course, the big one this weekend is the annual F_ck Art, Let’s Party following Art, Not Apart, except this time it’s in a secret warehouse location and will go until sunrise! As always, it will have the too many DJs showcase where 28 DJs will each play a six-minute set with six tracks each – madness. Plus headliners Child, Doppel and Humanizm with plenty more locals. On Sunday night is a gig that looks super interesting, with Turkish musicians Mercan Dede and Secret Tribe, who mix traditional Sufi music with electronic beats performing at The Abbey.
Friday March 24 sees Sydney club brand OWT come back to Canberra with recent Motorik! techno signees, McLean & Mai, this time at Kyte. The same evening, Sydney producer Enschway comes to Academy with his mix of EDM infused trap, while Swick will spin some beats at Mr Wolf. Canberra House Social has a free day party at La De Da kicking off at 2pm on Saturday March 25, with a heap of local DJs from across the Canberra house and techno scene.
Friday March 31 sees Roland Tings perform at Mr Wolf. Sydney-based producer Arona Mane brings his special blend of funk and electronic to Treehouse on Saturday April 1, while Beat Repeat is back at La De Da for some proper techno action. Get out there and enjoy the last gasp of summer before we all start complaining about how cold it is.
PETER 'KAZUKI' O'ROURKE