Golden Age of Nocturnal

Nocturnal presents Totally Mild, Jess Ribeiro, RVG and Jade Imagine, Friday 4 May. Tickets on sale now.

Totally Mild

Championing the local music scene, Nocturnal joins forces with Our Golden Friend to present Totally Mild, Jess Ribeiro, RVG and Jade Imagine on Friday 4 May at the Melbourne Museum.  Arising out of an exploratory approach to museums and a love for both emerging and established artists, Nocturnal welcomes schmoozing amongst the State’s Collection and rock ‘n’ out on the dancefloor.  

For the first time at Nocturnal,Totally Mild bring their re-imagined lounge-pop to stage with delectable glamour.  This alt-pop four piece are armed with dreamy-yet-drenched-in-melancholy tracks, fresh from their highly-anticipated second album, Her out via Chapter Music.  Produced by James Cecil (Architecture in Helsinki, Super Melody) expect heart-pulling woozy ballads thanks to vocalist / guitarist and songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, Zachary Schneider (guitar), Lehmann Smith (bass) and Dylan Young (drums).

Continuing the powerful vocal poignancy, Jess Ribeiro delivers sock'm self-conscious narratives traversing the genres of alt. country, gothic folk, slowcore and swampy post-punk.  With a debut album (Kill It Yourself out via Barely Dressed Records) produced by Mick Harvey (founding member of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), she’s definitely been blessed by the golden touch.

Since performing at Nocturnal in August 2017, RVG have gone on to be nominated for The Age Music Victoria Award.  Soaring even higher in 2018, they've conquered the influential SXSW Music Festival and been nominated for four AIR Music Awards.  Centred on singer-songwriter and namesake Romy Vager, this four-piece band including Reuben Bloxham, Angus Bell and Marc Nolte are back to kill it again with their strummy-goth charm pumped full of wistful intelligence.

Rounding out the evening will be Jade Imagine, a stalwart of the indie scene with their EP out via Milk! Records.  Fronted by Jade McInally (previously Tantrums, Teeth & Tongue and Jess Ribeiro), the band currently features Liam ‘Snowy’ Halliwell (The Ocean Party) on bass, producer/guitarist Tim Harvey (Emma Louise, Real Feelings) and James Harvey (Teeth & Tongue) on drums. 

Merging music with science and humanities, Nocturnal welcomes all 18+ to tour the exhibitions (with drinks in hand!), gaze upon collection treasures and speed-meet Museum experts who will be scattered across the gallery spaces. 

For those brave enough, the Museums Victoria Live Exhibits team will have on display golden silk orb-weavers and other impressive species demonstrating all-things-bling. Richard Marchant (Senior Curator, Terrestrial Invertebrates) and Simon Hinkley (Collection Manager, Terrestrial Invertebrates) share sparkly examples from the galaxy of entomology and join Dermot Henry (Deputy Director Sciences) as he showcases the geology of GOLD.  Learn how scientists use gold to scan microscopic creatures from beneath the sea with Lupita Bribiesca (PhD Student, Marine Biology) and Ricky-Lee Erickson (Assistant Collections Manager, Vertebrates) revealing golden marine invertebrates, including worms and sea stars. 

Revellers can also head downstairs to visit worshippers of gold in Vikings: Beyond the Legend a new exhibition from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm which features more than 450 original artefacts. Usually depicted as barbaric warriors, this exhibition unveils the reality of the Vikings and their rich, often misunderstood culture. Pick up a ticket to Vikings: Beyond the Legend when you pre-purchase your early-bird Nocturnal ticket from the Melbourne Museum website.

Explore the entire Museum with galleries open till midnight, including the next innovative superstars from VCE and VET with Top Designs 2018, and a look at Australian fashion which has defied convention with You Can't Do That (presented by the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival).

Nocturnal invites guests to rediscover wide-eyed wonder, unearth stories and revel on the dance floor at Melbourne Museum.  


Friday 4 May April, 7pm to midnight
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Nocturnal - Early Bird $25 / On the Door $35
Nocturnal + Vikings - Early Bird $39 / On the Door $49
Discounts for concessions apply.

Interviews available on request. For all media enquiries please contact:

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Bronwen Sewell
Community and Media Contact, Royal Exhibition Building
[email protected]
0478 401 003

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