Quiet long weekend away? We think you'd rather be partying at these huge club nights
Since 2008, LA-based travelling music festival HARD has brought some of the world’s best alternative and electronic artists to the world. Never quite making it to Australia’s shores, we’ve watched jealously as acts such as Calvin Harris, Crystal Castles, deadmau5 and MIA took to the HARD stage. The first-ever Aussie lineup features HARD founder and electro maestro Destructo, as well as fellow LA artists Clockwork and Oliver. Hailing from South Australia is DJ/producer Motez, known for his remixes of some of pop and R&B’s biggest tracks. Melbourne.
After building his name over the last few years as a producer of garage-based house music, UK artist Huxley can now safely be considered one of the world's most in-demand club acts. He’s moved into deeper house lately, which will make for a packed dance floor. Pair that with a free BBQ on the balcony at 6pm, and you’ve got yourself some excellent long weekend vibes. St Kilda.
Part of the always-out-there Next Wave Festival, this fusion of yoga, interpretive dance and house music may look like an ill-advised craze in an episode of Kath and Kim, but will legitimately have you working up a sweat and feeling more relaxed (and possibly more in tune with your spirit animal) than you could’ve imagined. No yoga or dance experience is required: just a willingness to let deep house express itself in your body through downward dog. But it’s not all saluting the sun – the class ends at 9pm, which is when the bar opens and the all-out disco party begins. Northcote.
In this party of epic proportions, join your fellow revellers in a countdown of the world's top festival anthems of all time. Steering the Reminisce party bus this time round is Sydney DJ Goodwill, who'll spin tracks ranging from Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers to Avicii and Deadmau5. South Melbourne.
If you don’t know who Krafty Kuts is, you probably don’t deserve to be there. Just saying. Eight-time Breakspoll winner, and DJ Mag's best international DJ, he’s played beside the Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and the Rolling Stones and now he’s coming to Melbourne. Holy wow. You’re in for the long haul with 12 hours of explosive bass lines and heavy beats, supported by a list of local DJs across two stages, and there’s a free BBQ. It’s no surprise first release tix have already sold out. Melbourne.
Club events don’t get much bigger than Circoloco. The hedonistic club brand is known for touring cutting-edge techno and house acts all over the world, and on the ANZAC Day weekend, they'll be putting on an all-day party. Berlin DJ/producer Dixon is making his way almost directly from Coachella, and will play a three-hour set of his distinctly versatile house and techno that he’s honed since the ’90s. Next up is the New York duo The Martinez Brothers – emerging leaders of the global house scene. Melbourne.
Drum'n'bass rules at this new club night from Melbourne-based crew Dance Mission. Not only will they be bringing great vibes and fresh tunes, but they'll also be providing an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming DJs. One talented amateur will get the chance to play their own one-hour set on the night after submitting their mix online. Think you've got what it takes? Visit the website, send through a mix and be in it to win it. Fitzroy.