Nocturnal has forged a mighty, party-promising line-up for its October edition. Featuring live performances from Electric Fields, Ngaiire, and Black Tree, plus DJ Christopher Port and a series of presentations and talks themed around power, in all its forms.
Fearless. Fearsome. Fabulous. Extravagant, soulful future-folk vocalist Ngaiire is close to taking over the world. Expect boisterous costuming, stellar vocal force, tight beats, and big brave pop sounds. Drawing on her experiences growing up in PNG and NZ before calling Australia home, Ngaiire is one eclectic and talented artist who appreciates the true power of music.
Electric Fields are full of vitality, fresh off touring the world with their stratospheric combination of electronic music and living traditional cultures. They have dished out uplifting, striking and often haunting sounds from China to Scotland and beyond. Co-creating composer Michael Ross and vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding will have their powerful sounds reverberating
Black Tree is the ethereal musical project of Sydney-based singer songwriter Kyle Linahan. Black Tree’s forthcoming debut EP, co-written with members of The Jezebels, evokes the delicate, reflective alt-pop power of artists like Elliot Smith and The Cure. Not to be missed, Black Tree will make year heart soar.
Between these electrifying performances DJ Christopher Port will keep the thrills at 110%, with sets of turned-up, dance-floor ready tunes. Enjoy a drink and soak it all in as the museum takes on a joyous club vibe.
Museums Victoria’s partner Powershop will also be on-site, running an interactive people powered pop-up in the Science & Life Gallery. A world record attempt will take place live on site – the largest ever display of toy pinwheels, those vital tools of wind power. Get involved; grab a pink pinwheel and carve a space in the record books.
As usual, Nocturnal will be empowering visitors with opportunities to expand their minds. Sciences staff will talk Raw Power in the Invertebrate World. Senior Curator of Politics and Society Michelle Stevenson will talk Power and Protest, exploring messages about equality, peace, the environment and sex through slogans, posters, badges and tees from the 1970’s to today. Kimberley Moulton and Di-Di Vaha’akolo will address First Peoples – The Power of Resistance and Revival, highlighting significant moments in the revival of Koorie Victoria and powerful moments in Victoria’s Black History, with tours of the First Peoples exhibition.
One super bizarre and extra special power-themed presentation will occur. Museums Victoria’s Danielle Measley, Sarah Babister and Oskar Lindenmayer will talk about The Ultimate Puzzle – reassembling the Karnak Fulgurite. So what’s a fulgurite, you ask? Oh, just preserved lightning, no big deal. When lightning hits quartz sand it can fuse the sand into an amorphous, brittle glass tube, in the shape of the lightning strike. This fulgurite was excavated in Karnak, western Victoria in 1959 and reassembled for exhibition. But at some point after that, the specimen broke apart again. Mystery, patience and power.
Need some more power? Experience the might of Aboriginal women with the Because of her, we can! exhibition, the strength of huge ancient mega-sharks with the recently opened palaeontology display, and the strength of Aboriginal service men and women with For Country, for Nation.
Power up and party on at Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum on Friday October 5. Tickets on sale now.
Friday 5 October | 6pm to 11pm
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Featuring Ngaiire, Electric Fields, Black Tree & DJ Christopher Port
Tickets on sale Tuesday September 11
Members $30 / Concession $40 / Early Bird $40 / On the door $45
Discounts for concessions apply