Nocturnal x Blak & Bright



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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Nocturnal, Blak & Bright Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival team up to present an unmissable celebration of First Nations artists of all disciplines inside Melbourne Museum.

Featuring Birdz, The Merindas, DRMNGNOW, DJ KYAANZ and Soju-Gang

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Northern Territory-raised rapper Birdz continues to solidify his spot as one of the most exciting acts in the Australian music scene. In 2017, following an emotive Triple J Like A Version performance, the rapper released his debut album ‘Train Of Thought’ to critical acclaim taking out the Best Independent Hip Hop album at the 2018 AIR Awards. 

The Merindas

The Merindas

Melbourne based duo The Merindas are a synthesis of warrior queen, on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive music dedicated to their cultural heritage and unprecedented on the Australian music scene. Accompanied on stage by the mastery of Jake Steele's mixing skills, together they create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop.



DRMNGNOW is independent Naarm/Birraranga (Melbourne) based artist Neil Morris. His sound and approach, grounded in strong cultural and values fuse a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, instrumentalist and poet with a searing decolonial and culturally engrossing message.

Soju Gang

Soju Gang

No stranger to the Melbourne party scene, Soju-Gang is hard to miss, and her DJ flavour hard to resist. She spins a set as powerful and eclectic as her personal style. With deep roots in ’80s and ’90s hip-hop, R&B and everything party, Soju Gang has a hard-hitting presence in the local scene, and is swiftly becoming synonymous with a jam-packed dance floor and a night out so good you won’t remember much.


DJ Kyaanz

DJ KYAANZ is Kalyani Mumtaz. Ending her stint as the front person of Willow Beats, the electronic pop duo that sold-out shows across the country, Mumtaz brings her love of dancing to the decks. DJ KYAANZ seeks to create a fun and inclusive dance floor through a selection of pop, R&B, and First Nations bangers from around the globe.

River of Language

Revellers can also explore ngulu wurneet, galada-al wurrung-u, parniwaru tyalingi, waran woorroong-ee, barringgi dyaling - River of Language - an immersive soundscape exhibition that celebrates UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages and the 25th Anniversary of the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL).

Nocturnal October featuring Tora

Friday 4 October, 7pm–11pm

Byron Bay electronic quartet Tora will headline Nocturnal with their blissful sounds, in celebration of sophomore LP 'Can't Buy the Mood'. Textured, vibrant and intoxicating sounds are coming to Melbourne Museum, with a full line-up of performers and expert talks soon to be announced.


Tora have been spun on the BBC by Sir Elton John, clocked 100 million+ streams globally, and sold out sets in Melbourne, Paris, and London. Tone Deaf called them 'enthralling'. Triple J's Dave Ruby Howe declared their sounds 'smooth like butter'. Melbourne, this is your once chance to catch Tora live on this tour.

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