Nocturnal is back again on Friday June 1st to transform the Melbourne Museum into a wonderland of live music, bars, great food and discussion. This instalment of Nocturnal boasts a killer line-up as Cable Ties, Ara Koufax, SIMONA and bebé take the stage. Though these artists are all sonically distinct in style, they are long time admirers of each other’s work. This connection will be explored through their post punk, electronic and industrial sounds, performed live with curated visuals in the museum.

The unique SIMONA first discovered Ara Koufax at a festival in 2014 when they did a track for the Camp Nong promo video. SIMONA has said of this collaboration that ‘it was a really uplifting track—it reminded me of that great 90s sunrise doof techno sound and captured that festival memory for me’. Since then, SIMONA has been a big fan of Ara Koufax, often playing their music in sets or on radio because of its well-produced nature, great textures, builds and percussive elements.

While SIMONA and Ara Koufax may explore different moods and narratives through their music, they connect percussively where techno and house cross streams, both giving a nod to similar 90s styles of techno.

Having worked previously for the architects who designed the Melbourne MuseumDenton Corker Marshall – SIMONA is looking forward to merging her two passions; music and architecture, saying ‘for my drums to reverberate through that atrium and occupy public space in that way is significant for my work’.

As well as live music and visuals there will be talks held on the night about the history of protests in Melbourne. Michelle Stevenson, Senior Curator of Politics & Society will hold a talk about how protests in Melbourne have changed over time. Visitors are encouraged to make their own badge to campaign for change, protest injustice, show their allegiance or express what matters to them. Visitors can also explore how light interacts with creatures and objects with talks from Museums Victoria experts on bio-luminescence in the depths of the ocean, invertebrate fluorescence under UV lights and the impact of light on their collections.

Visitors are also able to explore the Museum’s current exhibitions until midnight including Vikings: Beyond the Legend and Australian fashion exhibition You Can’t Do That.

Friday 1 June, 6pm to 11pm
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Nocturnal – Early Bird $25+bf / On the Door $35
Nocturnal + Vikings – Early Bird $39+bf / On the Door $49
Discounts for concessions apply