Just because we’re all stuck inside and apart doesn’t mean we can’t party. The Untitled Group (the Melbourne-based collective responsible for Ability Fest, Beyond the Valley, Pitch and Grapevine Gathering) is hosting a Virtual Day Party this May with a pretty banging line-up of artists.
Push your couch to the wall, put away the good china and break out your festival kit as you enjoy sets from ‘Something About You’ artist Hayden James plus Lastlings, Made in Paris, DJ Boring, Adult Art Club and Cassettes for Kids on Saturday, May 30.
The sets have been pre-recorded especially for Virtual Day Party in three fairly scenic locations across the east coast. Virtual Day Party is turning Old Melbourne Gaol into a rave cave for the event, decking out the 175-year-old prison with strobe lights and decks. Audiences will then travel (virtually) to Henry Head Battery in Sydney for Hayden James’s set that will overlook the ocean as the sun sets. Finally the event will zoom back to Avalon Airport Hanger to finish the event with a massive warehouse set with full lighting and production.
The online day party aims to recreate the feel of Untitled Group’s regular IRL festivals while helping adhering to current government restrictions (which are loosening but have still stamped a big ‘no’ on any gigs). Virtual Day Party is free to stream, but as the event still incurs production costs to the organisers, guests can opt to donate whatever they feel able during the stream, if they wish.
Virtual Day Party is being streamed from 1pm on Saturday, May 30 on the Untitled Group's Facebook page. Maybe trim your doof stick so it doesn’t dent your ceiling.