The Festival Club at Melbourne Fringe

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The Festival Club at Melbourne Fringe

What's on at the Fringe's nightly party at the North Melbourne Town Hall? A queer church service and a noughties party, for a start

RELATED: Our overview of Melbourne Fringe Festival and our top picks of the festival.

The Fringe Club, located at the North Melbourne Town Hall, is the beating, queer heart of the festival. This is the place where artists, art-lovers and everyone else come to cut loose in an open, free-spirited environment where the drinks are plentiful, the music is pumping and the live performances are always surprising. 

There's a huge themed party every night of the festival (except Monday) from 6pm until late. This year, high camp and kitsch performance company Little Ones Theatre will put on Immaculate (Fri Sep 23) in homage to Madonna, cabaret performer Mama Alto will present the highly irreverent Church (Sun Sep 18) and feminist arts festival GRRL Fest will unleash Femme Art Punk (Sat Sep 24). Controversially, the Fringe Club has decided to bring their famous 1992-1-Oh! party a decade forward, presenting Noughties by Nature (Fri Sep 30).

Naturally, you'd be silly to miss the Fringe Gala (Fri Sep 16) on the opening night of the Fringe, where performers from various festival shows burst onto the North Melbourne Town Hall stage, and DJs keep things pumping until late.

Equally as explosive will be the Melbourne Fringe Awards (Sat Oct 1) – your final chance to party with performers, audiences and fellow art fans as the awards are announced across all the categories of the program.

And that's far from it. For the full list of parties, head to the Melbourne Fringe website. It's not uncommon for queues to snake out of the North Melbourne Town Hall, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

By: Rose Johnstone

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