Last month, we checked out the after-dark, curiosity-charged Nocturnal at the Melbourne Museum, Carlton. For those who went, have your phone on the ready to call up your mates and tell them to cancel all plans on Friday 2nd of March. For those who didn’t snag a ticket, click to here to fire up your regret, and get pumped for next month’s packed evening of sweet tunes, sensory delights and lyrical storytelling. Performing at this soirée will be Jordie Lane and The Sleepers, Ainslie Wills, Sean McMahon and Hollie Joyce.
Coinciding with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and You Can’t Do That, a new exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, guests are invited to marvel at Australian style which has defied convention and challenged the mainstream. Designers such as Stella Dare, Prue Acton, Christopher Graf and Jenny Bannister will be spotlighted, along with trailblazing models, Yorta Yorta and Wunrundjeri woman Lois Briggs, now Aunty Lois Peeler, and transgender Andreja Pejić, the first transgender supermodel.
In the midst of a national tour, Jordie Lane and The Sleepers will capture the hearts and imaginations, with a travelogue of rootsy indie-country tunes and poignantly haunting observations. With a body of work now spanning eight releases, Lane will perform songs from his completely self-recorded album Glassellland. Deeply relatable, don’t be surprised if this Melbourne singer-songwriter encourages the crowd to join him in a sing-along.
After her captivating performances supporting Leon Bridges (US), Ainslie Wills is a dynamic performer demanding your Nocturnal attention. Following on from her Australian and Melbourne Music Prize nominations for You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine, the musically adventurous Wills will be performing songs from her latest offering Oh the Gold.
The contemporary Americana party continues with Sean McMahon weaving confessional narratives through rich harmonies, including his latest single ‘Show Me the Way’ and Hollie Joyce sharing her powerfully wicked voice through unconventional pearls of wisdom.
Between performances, explore the gallery with one-on-one access to Museums Victoria experts. Take the opportunity to meet a farmer, indulge in complimentary milkshake tastings and learn about the Invisible Farmer Project – a study of Australian women on the land.
Entomologists (y’know, the guys with the insects), Ken Walker and Simon Hinkley will share exquisite treasures from the collection and the Live Exhibits Team will be on hand to reveal the magic of camouflage. Curator, Michael Reason, Humanities Collection Store Manager, Hannah Perkins, and Senior Graphic Designer, Jo Pritchard will highlight You Can’t Do That stories of resistance, revolution and identity through fashion. Whilst Conservators, Charlotte Walker and Marion Parker, will explain how these fragile, precious garments are carefully looked after to last a lifetime.
With a focus on fashion this month, Nocturnal invites you to dress-up and share your own street-style, couture or personal drag on the dance floor; with the BEST dressed awarded a double pass to next Nocturnal, on Friday 5 April.
Nocturnal, Friday 2 March
Melbourne Museum, Carlton
Ticket Prices: Early Bird $25 / On the Door: $35
Image Credits: Melbourne Museum