An American disco icon is headlining, Floating Points and Total Giovanni are DJing, and the best of the suburb’s producers and makers are booked.
Duke Street in Abbotsford is being taken over for a massive block party where you’ll be surrounded by industrial warehouses and a view of Yarra Bend bushland.
Headlining Duke Street Block Party is acclaimed English electronic musician Floating Points. His mercurial, singular and emotionally resonant solo productions lean on jazz academia, but when he slips into DJ mode, as he will here, out comes his collection of mind-bendingly obscure disco, boogie and afro jams. Anyone who made it to Meredith Music Festival in 2015 will know the unbridled joy brought by Floating Points’ enviable record collection.
Doubling down on the classic disco and boogie vibe is iconic artist Evelyn “Champagne” King.
“Baby you make my love come down; ooh you make my love come down,” sings King on Love Come Down. It’s one of those earworms that has become almost ubiquitous at parties, following a resurgent interest in classic disco and boogie over the past decade. Despite its high rotation, it just never gets old. King’s other hits, such as Shame and I’m in Love (try not to fall in love with that filthy bass line) will be brought to life by Mondo Freaks, a bunch of gun Melbourne session musicians led by Graeme Pogson of the Bamboos, GL and Bermuda fame.
There will also be a DJ set from Melbourne’s own favourite dance-floor kings, Total Giovanni, who are still riding the wave of their excellent debut album Euphoria. They’ll be joined on the line-up by John Gómez, the compiler of the outstanding Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978–1992 (Music From Memory, 2017). Melbourne soul collectives Big Words and 30/70 are also on the bill.
Melbourne-based DJ CC:Disco is hosting the Club Coco stage. Watch her Boiler Room set at Sugar Mountain to enjoy her love of carefree disco.
The best of Abbotsford’s local businesses will all be involved on the day, including the mad hop-scientists from Moondog Brewery & Bar, and small-scale coffee-roasting incubator Bureaux Collective. Hub Furniture is having a pop-up market, and motorcycle workshop Kustom Kommune is doing a live bike build along with live artwork by visual artist Nina.
Duke Street Block Party is brought to you by Untitled Group (the folks behind Pitch Music and Arts Festival, Beyond the Valley and Ability Fest, among others), as well as Crown Ruler and Moondog Brewery. Trust us, these guys know what they’re doing.
From 12pm to 10pm.