The beloved NGV Friday Nights series is returning this December, featuring a diverse selection of local and international talent.
The artists on the forthcoming lineup have been handpicked to bring a classic ’80s sound to the NGV garden — everything from disco to post-punk. What’s more, the NGV is partying with Melbourne queer party CLOSET to feature a range of DJs and performances artists throughout the evening.
International acts heading to the NGV this summer include New York City’s Ge-Ology, UK-based producer Alex Rita and Detroit’s Nicole Misha, among others. Representing the local scene will be Melbourne-born, LA-based singer Banoffee, nightlife veteran Soju Gang, DJ collective Interstellar Fugitives and plenty more.
The new handful of shows coincides with the world premiere of the NGV’s latest exhibition, Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Haring and Basquiat were both artists in the late 20th century who used their talents to create idiosyncratic imagery and discuss complex radical political ideas. Their unique brand of visual language and use of symbols continues to influence contemporary visual culture today. The exhibition will feature more than 300 artworks, including public works, paintings, sculptures and photographs. As always, a ticket the NGV Friday Nights will also get you access to both the gig and the exhibition.
Check out the full NGV Friday Night lineup below:
Friday December 6 — Ge-Ology and Emma Stevenson
Friday December 13 – Loure and Paul Gorrie
Friday December 20 – Fei Pao (Hot Wax Sound System) and Sullivan
Friday December 27 – Banoffee and SPUNKGUNK
Friday January 3 – MzRizk and Danny Hotep
Friday January 10 — Noise In My Head and Jade Zoe
Friday January 17 – DJ Jimmy James and Edd Fisher (DJ Set)
Friday January 24 – Simon Caldwell and Shelley
Friday January 31 – Alexander Powers and DJ Cookie
Friday February 7 – Natasha Diggs (NYC) and 6am at the Garage
Friday February 14 — Alex Rita & Errol (UK) and Simona Castricum (DJ Set)
Friday February 21 – Rok Riley and C.FRIM
Friday February 28 – Ruby Savage (UK) and Soju Gang
Friday March 6 – Interstellar Fugitives and Merve
Friday March 13 – Beth Grace and A.Kid
Friday March 20 – Whiskey Houston and Lori
Friday March 27 – Memphis LK and CLIFTONIA
Friday April 3 – Nicole Misha (Detroit) and DJ Manchild
Friday April 10 – YO! MAFIA and River Yarra
Saturday April 11 – DJ JNETT and Toni Yotzi
Tickets for NGV Friday Nights are on sale now via the gallery’s website.
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